A few weeks ago I wanted to spend the afternoon in the Streeterville and Gold Coast neighborhoods of Chicago. I had been hoping for a sunny day but was greeted with rain clouds and bursts of cold wind instead. We didn’t want to cancel our plans so R and I strolled around the puddle filled streets and enjoyed ourselves indoors.
It was near lunch time and I had wanted to go back to a place I had been last year with a friend. Eataly is a two story Italian food heaven, so you can understand why I was excited to return and indulge in the foods. As you enter you are greeted with the warm smells of espresso pouring, fresh pastries and Nutella being spread on crepes. Taking the escalator up to the second floor you step into the middle of the most fragrant aroma of Italian cooking. Both stories are filled with displays selling imported Italian food, cooking utensils as well as a fresh market of meats, cheese and pasta on the second floor. Before sitting down to eat we walked around looking at the variety of foods.
The restaurant upstairs is split up into two parts: classic Italian dishes made with meats or the fish and vegetarian dishes. Because we were meeting with friends later in the evening for Japanese BBQ, we decided to try the fish and vegetarian menu. Our waiter seated us and we took a few minutes looking over the many choices. I ordered the gnocchi alla Romana con Ragu di Funghi, R chose the Cozze in Padellla (mussels) and we each had a can of Italian imported Coca-Cola. I told the waiter my order and he began to explain that my gnocchi wouldn’t look like the gnocchi I am used to seeing. I was a bit confused put he assured me it would be delicious so not to worry. When they brought us our plates I could hardly wait to see what these gnocchi would look like. They reminded me of Czech dumplings but when I took a bit of them it was like biting into a cloud and having the cheese and gnocchi melt onto my tongue. It took all of my self-control to not devour the meal instantly. R and I shared our plates and I had a few of the mussels that were mouthwatering.
The rain had stopped so we took the opportunity to walk to our next place. Along the way, we picked up a cupcake from Sprinkles Cupcake, a delightful little cupcake place that always has a line out the door. A few more blocks north we came up to Restoration Hardware, the furniture store and one of Chicago’s most instagramable cafes, 3 Arts Club Café, located in the atrium of the store. Because we had just eaten R and I went to the 3 Arts Club Pantry & Espresso Bar and ordered coffee and tea to warm us up from the walk.
We found an empty couch to sit on and spent the next hour people watching. We spent most of the time downstairs and then decided to take the elevator to the roof. The store is four stories and each floor displays the furniture collections. It’s like one big house you can walk around and sit anywhere you’d like while enjoying a glass of wine or cup of coffee. It’s a shame that it was raining because the roof deck looked amazing. Small couches are also inside the roof terrace, we wished we had gone to the roof first and had our drinks up there because it was more intimate. Definitely plan on going back.
Even though it rained we made the most of our afternoon eating and drinking. I highly recommend checking out both places =o)
x the Adventurer
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