Monday, April 4, 2011

Staycation Day!

Yesterday the weather was better than anyone expected it to be and we decided to take full advantage of our last day of spring break!  All four of us headed into the city for some shin guard and leotard shopping and a fantastic and much needed day in our gorgeous city.  After Emma painstakingly selected two new pairs of pointe shoes and Finn discovered the wonder of all things Adidas we took a nice walk down Michigan Ave and made our way to The Purple Pig for an early dinner.
cheese, swine, and wine

Pork Fried Almonds, Rosemary & Garlic

Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Pecorino Noce & Parmigiano-Reggiano

Salt Roasted Beets, Whipped Goat Cheese, Pistachio Vinaigrette
 Chorizo Stuffed Olives

Potato & Speck Croquettes

Roasted Marrow Bones with Herbs
Turkey Leg Confit

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder with Mashed Potatoes

Scallop Spedini with Chickpea Aioli

Manchego, Cabot Cheddar, Blu di Bufala

Sicilian Iris...Ricotta and Chocolate Chip fried Brioche

Panino con Nutella...marshmallow, banana, nutella sandwich

The Purple Pig was voted 1 of the 10 best new restaurants in America by Bon Appetit Magazine in 2010 and is certainly one of Chicago's hottest places to dine at the moment.  Sneaking in there early with the kids was a brilliant idea and a memorable way to end our spring break.  When we arrived the restaurant was fairly quiet, but by the time we were ready to head back home the place was packed to the gills and food was flying out of the kitchen!  

The communal, meat forward fare did not disappoint!  Since the portions are small and meant to be shared, the kids were eager to try many new things throughout the meal.  When Emma tasted her first bite of turkey confit she was hooked! Finn was very taken with his rich and buttery pork shoulder, but left room to have a nice smear of bone marrow, too.  Personally, I could eat the beets and scallops every day.  The chickpea ailoi would taste divine on cardboard and became just  heavenly when paired with a perfectly cooked scallop!  At the end of our meal Leif and I loved sipping on a coffee and watching the kids devour their desserts!  It was a perfectly sweet finish to a wonderful week.  I'd highly suggest taking the time to visit The Purple Pig!

1 comment:

Kaberi said...

you had the Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Pecorino Noce & Parmigiano-Reggiano!! remember back in Jan when I begged you to decipher the recipe without having ever tasting the dish? Well?

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