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Prasino — Chicago, IL

caprese benedict – english muffin, tomato, basil, mozzarella, poached eggs, balsamic, hollandaise

Aren’t these just so gorgeous that you can’t wait to stuff them in your face?

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Prasino — Chicago, IL

el guapo omelet – guajillo pork, charred tomato salsa, cilantro, avocado, crispy tortilla, queso fresco

Oh, oh. Be still, my hangover. Prasino is my new favorite brunch spot (the amazing patio doesn’t hurt), and once I go and have dinner there it will probably also be my new favorite dinner spot.

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Farmhouse — Chicago, IL

wisconsin cheese curds, alder smoked catsup

These are among the top cheese curds I have had in my life. They are magical. Cheese curds cheese curds cheese curds. 

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Dametra Cafe — Carmel, CA

greek moussaka

This picture is ugly because I forgot about taking it and basically just stuck my face in this dish. It made me think that maybe I like moussaka more than lasagna, which would just be mindblowing if true (jury still out). 

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Dametra Cafe — Carmel, CA

pan seared wild halibut with prawns over sauteed spinach, potatoes au gratin

Oh! What an adorable restaurant run by wonderful, gracious people who took in three hungry people right before closing time and fed us delicious thing. This was perfectly cooked halibut, a delectable cream sauce, and the best potatoes au gratin I’ve ever had.

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Gilt Bar — Chicago, IL

sauteed green beans with roasted tomatoes & parmesan

Brendan Sodikoff really knows how to make vegetables delish just by themselves. I could have eaten just a giant plate of these green beans and loved it.

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Gilt Bar — Chicago, IL

oven roasted pork meatballs catalonian style with romesco sauce

What I love most about Gilt Bar, aside from, you know, EVERYTHING, is how I can go billions of time and always find something new. These meatballs were fantastic. Nom nom nom.

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Wasabi — St. Louis, MO

okonomiyaki

This is sometimes called Japanese “pizza”, but it’s more like a giant, amazing, delicious pancake, filled with things and topped with things and drizzled with Kewpie mayo. I haven’t had it since my last trip to Tokyo, so this was a treat!

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Wasabi — St. Louis, MO

age dashi tofu

My favorite tofu dish, and they did it well here.

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Russian River Brewing Company — Santa Rosa, CA

paisano pizza: mozzarella, feta, pesto, salami, garlic

Maybe this is the perfect pizza, or maybe it was the 17 different beers we tried with it that made it go from awesome to perfect. Either way… yum.