Mmmmm. Sandwich.

The sandwich might be the perfect food. You can put almost anything on a sandwich.

Earlier in the week, I had two of my favorite sandwiches.  Ryan made Cuban sandwiches for our dinner.  (Delicious.)  And, we had lunch at The Grind where they have many sandwiches including The Med.  I’m not normally a “healthy food” kind of person but this is seriously one of my fave sandwiches in the whole city.

What is your favorite sandwich?

The Med = delicious

In which Ryan has to wear a jacket

For my birthday, Ryan and I went to a fine dining establishment for dinner. We’ve eaten lots of really delicious and sometimes quite fancy food, but this one was the first time that our dining was truly fine dining.

I love pasta.  I love love love pasta.  And for my birthday, I wanted to have some truly perfect pasta.  So, we went to Spiaggia.  The view is perfect (each table has a view of Lake Michigan and the spot where Michigan Ave. meets Lake Shore Drive).  The food is delicious.  Each course was quite lovely.  I left feeling full, fancy and spoiled by my husband for taking me to a place where he had to wear a jacket to dinner.

And then I saw the people coming out of the bathroom and became very confused.  These people had obviously just dined or were still dining at the restaurant.  And yet, they hadn’t seemed to have done any research on where they were dining.  Mini-sweater-dress?  Jeggings?  Really?

So, then I started to imagine all kinds of scenarios that would explain the casual dress.  Last minute dinner plans?  Just happened to be in the area?

We knew that it would be pricey so we planned and saved for this dinner.

Someday, I would like to have so much money that I can simply walk into a jacket-required-for-dinner restaurant on a whim.

I won’t be wearing jeggings, though.

One of the reasons why I love living and eating in Chicago

Last night, Ryan and I went out for dinner. The original plan was to finally get to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. However, when we got there, there was a wait time of an hour and forty minutes. Yea. Not so much. So, we went for a walk.

One of the best things about living and eating in Chicago is that if the wait time at one restaurant is too long, there is always another spot to go eat.  While Ryan and I were walking, we passed several places that we could’ve eaten at.  We finally decided on Frances’ Deli.  It was quite lovely.  Turkey dinner with all of the Thanksgiving sides?  Yes, please.

Did I know beforehand that this place existed?  Nope.  But that’s what’s so amazing about Chicago.  There are tons of places that you might walk by every single day and they might be really great.

You’ll never know until you try.  Or until the wait at the other place is way too long.