This is my Drew, who had just bitten into a Beignet at the FABULOUS TokioPub in Schaumberg, IL (Get on your bike, hop into your car, fire up your Vespa and go over there for some amazing food and sweet music). Drew got chocolate all over his hand much to his family's surprise and hilarity ensued. I love the wily look he got as I took this photo- I think he will be wary of molten gooey goodness from now on.
At TokioPub here are some great dishes to try: of course, Beignets, Pork Nachos, Dragon Roll, Fish Tacos, Pork belly and rice. It's a small plate restaurant but they do have entrees like the Pork Belly and rice plate. I am now wishing that I had taken a photo of it as it was the BEST pork I have had in such a long time. This place also has amazing cocktails like the Ginger Mojito and the In Bloom. If you love indie music, good food and a cool ambiance, this is the place for you.
My mother in law made this and both Drew and I nearly died of deliciousness. It's called "Monkey Bread" and it is super easy to make. You just place rolls in a round pan and sprinkle them with cinnamon, sugar and vanilla pudding mix and leave it over night with a towel covering. I'm sure there are probably lots of recipes out there- try Smitten Kitchen, she has to have one.
This photo does not do these justice! My sis bought these for me so naturally I love them. But these are truly gorgeous. They were purchased at Nordstrom in the newly opened TopShop section. Hooray! TopShop is now accessible to suburbanites! I wish we had that here... But I digress, I've been really getting into metals and jewelry that reflect a kind of mechanical aesthetic in a feminine way. These earrings really do that well. My favorite detail? The inlaid shock of orange in the transparent plastic.
I am so pleased with this super-lame Instagram photo that I took at TokioPub (yes, I am that weird hipster that takes pictures of food and Instagrams them... I know...). It's just their plates stacked up before we got our food and that image really struck me for some reason. They reminded me of Donald Judd's pieces, so simple, so geometric.
It was a very happy birthday for me. : )