A Squared: Weekend Updates & Chicago Food Social

Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekend Updates & Chicago Food Social

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

The weather in Chicago at the end of last week was warm and balmy and it was starting to look like we were going to have an Indian Summer. By Friday night, things cooled down and it ended up being one of those perfect cool and sunny fall weekends here. I love it. This kind of weather makes me feel energized and like I can go all day and get a million things done. The best part was that I actually did get a lot done around the house-- a little fall cleaning/organizing/purging-- and we also had a few fun things on the docket this weekend too...

... Like a Friday date night at Porkchop in the West Loop. I'll tell you more about the food later, but here's a sneak peek at our cocktails: A Memphis Mule for him (A Moscow Mule - Vodka + Whiskey) and a Not Your Momma's Apple Pie for me (Apple vodka, St. Germain, housemade cinnamon syrup & champagne).

Check out this amazing sunset we saw walking down Randolph Street toward Porkchop. Fall in Chicago is just lovely.

I made a batch of Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow (and threw in my guilty pleasure Mellowcreme Pumpkins!) on Saturday. It's yummy and was my first experience with Biscoff a.k.a. Cookie Butter. Yum! Check out the recipe here from one of my favorite food blogs Gimme Some Oven.

On Saturday afternoon Alex and I walked up to Kendall College for the Chicago Food Social, a small neighborhood festival dedicated to my favorite thing: food!

Alex placing an order at the Two Italians food truck

There were a handful of food trucks and a few Chicago restaurants in attendance in addition to musical entertainment and cooking demonstrations. This was really fun for us because neither of us works in an area frequented by food trucks, so we were super excited to check out all of the trucks we hear so much about! We decided to head over after working out so that we had plenty of room to sample lots of good stuff...

... like a delicious (and huge!) spinach and ricotta stuffed arancini from Two Italians food truck. They were serving up great Italian favorites and were one of the busiest trucks we saw there. Alex got an enormous slice of pepperoni pizza that he devoured pretty quickly (and ordered quite seriously as you'll note in the photo above).

... A tender BBQ brisket slider with a side of mac and cheese from the Husky Hog BBQ Truck.

Alex is a bit of a barbecue snob and was a big fan of this truck! They were serving a huge variety of barbecue here: pulled pork, chicken, brisket, and almost a dozen different sides. Impressive!

Last-- but not least-- we needed something sweet! Puffs of Doom was serving up huge homemade cream puffs and they were so delicious. They had several sweet ones on the menu and a few savory too-- like mac and cheese and loaded baked potato-- so cool!

On our way out, Alex and I both grabbed a cream puff: a honey apple goat cheese filled for me and a salted caramel hot chocolate (topped with marshmallow cream) for him. We weren't even that hungry after everything else we ate, but were able to polish these off completely on our way home. They were that good.

On Saturday we headed up to my friend Alexis's place for a little apartment warming party. As is usually the case with parties in our group, there was a lot of food involved.

Our gracious hostess for the evening.

My husband got silly with the props that Alexis put together for her party's photo booth.

And we got silly in a few and far between girls photo that night too. So much fun!

Have a great week!


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