this chicagoan knows how to eat!

My love affair with food continues...will I really have time to hit all my favorite spots in Chicago by the time I leave?  I also recently got back from Los Angeles, and I must admit, I have been pleasantly surprised with the great food every time! The photos will speak for themselves...

@ mana food bar-vegetarian hot spot in wicker park

pumpkin ravioli with cream sauce-mana food bar

brown rice and mushroom sliders with spicy mayo at mana-delish!

spicy beef brisket sandwich @ cha'va cafe

trying to figure it out at cha'va

with grace and cindy at cha'va-congrats to my friend eddie hwang for opening up this beautiful cafe!

the ladies of atelier bliss-cindy, grace, sarah, and me!

bacon wrapped dates with chorizo @ avec...this is how chicago does it!

chicago's very best-garrett's popcorn!

the cheese & caramel mix is a must at garretts!

i made homemade pizza and orchiette pasta with sun dried tomatoes, chicken sausage, and cream sauce for my relatives who visited from korea-they were quite content!

i think this pizza turned out better than my first attempt!

live sweet shrimp sushi ike-los angeles...the chef cuts it for was still moving!

this uni melted in my mouth-sushi ike

fried shrimp head that comes with the sweet shrimp-sooo good!

beautiful yellowtail sashimi!

eggplant dish from a persian restaurant in westwood los angeles-attari

@ attari

persian ice cream spot that uses rose water as the base in westwood-this is a must stop!

a mix of rice noodle and cucumber sorbet-you top it off with lemon juice

date ice cream-this was my favorite!!! will have to attempt in making this myself :)

skirt steak at cobras and matadors in los angeles-spanish tapas

bacon wrapped dates with salami-cobras and matadors

inside cobras and matadors...

spinach salad at urth cafe-los angeles...i thought chicago portions were massive!

just had to add this random photo-this little boy was amazing at venice beach skate park!

went for a ride along venice/santa monica beach!