Well, hello. We're back from the great city of Chicago! I was there for some meetings for a service organization I serve. The meetings went really well and I feel more supported and energized about my role. While I was in meetings, Ryan took it upon himself to check out his surroundings. He will be blogging about that later.
When we first arrived to Chicago (we drove - 7 hours), we checked into the hotel and headed straight to the Blind Faith Cafe upon recommendation from Kleopatra.
We were soooo hungry and ordered a bowl of chili to split while we waited for our meals. The chili was really good and had beans, tomatoes, green peppers and probably some TVP. We were too hungry to take a picture - sorry!
For our main meals, I ordered the Pesto Grilled Vegetable Sandwich. It was served on foccicia bread with grilled zucchini, grilled yellow squash, roasted red peppers, organic tofu and a pesto of cashews and basil.
The sandwich itself was HUGE and could have served at least 2 people. I barely finished off half of the sandwich. I really liked how the veggies and tofu weren't directly layered on top of each other (which would make a very tall sandwich), instead, it was spread out across the sandwich with only some overlapping. I would definitely try to make this at home as it was a very tasty sandwich. It was served with some multi-grain tortilla chips and salsa.
Ryan ordered the Mongolian Stir-Fry which was seitan, broccoli, red peppers and scallions in a Mongolian spicy sauce served with brown rice on the side. This was the first time we have had seitan and we loved it! It added a hearty-ness to the dish. It was so good and not salty at all (compared to other stir-fry dishes).
We had so many leftovers and they packaged them up very nicely. No styrofoam containers here!! Almost all of the containers were reusable which made us happy and they fit into our cooler so Ryan could eat the leftovers while I was in catered meetings.
Thanks a lot for the recommendations - the Blind Faith Cafe was a winner! We would be happy to return to this place again; which will probably be during next summer's trip to Chicago.
We hope to get back in the swing of things pretty soon, but our week is pretty packed already. We love traveling, but are always happy to be back at home and back into our routine. We need to get to the grocery store this week and planned out some meals last night so there will be more blogging in store soon!