New Year, New You! Again!
This time around I'm feeling all sorts of positive change: new music, new friends, new foods, new experiences. I've never needed a fresh new start more!
I'd love to pretend like I spent the first day of the year slaving in the kitchen, just to kickoff my aspirations of getting in there again, but that'd be a lie. Instead, we spent our New Year's Day in Ypsilanti... starting at Woodruff's for Mittenfest and The Bell Beat show (to see my lovely and über talented friend Marina perform). It's important I mention Marina, since she's one of my favorite dining-partners-in-crime. (See details on our November Chicago eats once I finally catch up on the last 6 months of blogging.)
For a break from the hours and hours of live music, Emil and Monica welcomed us to their new house. Emil whipped up a Korean BBQ Slider for me as a Veg option - with delicious saucy tempeh and tangy sauerkraut from The Brinery. Another example of how easy spontaneous gourmet cooking is for professional chefs. (If you haven't tried The Brinery's "fermented local vegetables" yet, go to your closest store and buy it RIGHT NOW. I'm eating their Veg-Gee Kimchi almost daily.)
The New Year of new food is off to a good start!