by Ms. Jessica Tessendorf
LUSH lingo leaving you a little bamboozled? Let’s get straight to the facts. An honest to
goodness list of everything your neighborhood LUSH can provide just for you.
1. FREE booze! If the lights are blinking, you’re drinking. 12-10, 7 days a week. Anything
we have opened is fair game.
2. FREE Scheduled tastings. 2-5 each and every Sunday afternoon. Check out the website
or call your local shop to see what the weekly theme is. Not a wine fan? 25% of our
scheduled tastings are either beer or spirits. We provide the topic, the booze, and some
tasting notes, you provide your face.
3. Personalized tastings. Pick a topic, or don’t. Have it blind, or not. Have some snacks
to pair, or drink your food. Set a date with Ms. Carrie (email@example.com) at Roscoe Village, or Ms. Alica (firstname.lastname@example.org) at West Town & University Village, get
some friends together, and have a more tailored tasting event. Read the rest of this entry »
This Christmas, the three LUSH managers plus our intrepid Employee of the Year[s], Kelly, all decided that in lieu of buying one another gifts, we would spend the money instead on getting together, the four of us, for a shared meal. Read the rest of this entry »
Dear reader, I cannot express to you how lovely it is for me to discover a new BYOB restaurant–particularly when it is right between the store and my house. And so it is with a fair bit of enthusiasm that I left Ciao Amore last night. Read the rest of this entry »
Hmm, so many new things how can I ever choose? Well, the thing that I really heart most today would definitely have to be the 2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Petillant Brut. Holy crap that is good! I had the pleasure of drinking it at one of my favorite BYOBs, Home Bistro in Boystown, last Sunday with great friends. We opened it at the beginning of the meal and of course I was excited, but after sniffing then tasting, I was even more excited. Such an amazing sparkling wine. Beautiful in the glass with a golden color and tiny bubbles. Aromatic and vibrant on the nose. Honey and lemon really came out on the palate with a great minerality that I love heart. It also has a great acidity which is probably why it also went so well at our Fried Chicken and Bubbles event last week.
My suggestion is to grab a bottle of this and drink it. Sharing is optional.
[Three weeks ago] Are you there, Spring? It’s me, Erin. I have some questions for you, if you’ve got just a— no wait! Come back! I hate you.
[Now] Okay, you little tease. I’ve got one wary eye on the sky and another on Tom Skilling, but it seems like you might actually be here for good. Now, I know I’m usually a hater–and can you blame me? Spring, you’re a little too windy and rainy and allergy-y for my taste– but you do have some things going for you. I will list them in alphabetical order: asparagus, bunnies, Dark Lord Day, IPA, gruner veltliner, less curl-up-and-sleep thought patterns, Lush patio-friendly weather, ramps, sailing, saison beer releases, and sunshine.
3053 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Urban Belly is amazing. Seriously, go there. Now. Tucked into a little strip mall, nestled in next to a laundry mat, the restaurant is a hidden gem. Chef Bill Kim has created a warm, communal space and a menu that comprehensively represents his evolving philosophy on food and nourishment. Yvonne Kim is a gracious and inviting host as well as super efficient managing influence. And, the next most brilliant thing besides the owners/chef and the food is that this place is BYOB with no corkage fee!
Ok, just to be clear I’m not (finally) writing on this blog because of peer pressure, nor has my job been threatened (over blogging anyway), I’m doing it for the short ribs.
My mom was in town this past weekend, and for her last evening in Chicago we went to dinner at Terragusto. Terragusto is a popular BYOB in Roscoe Village known for its fresh, seasonal, authentic Italian food. I had been once before, but quite a while ago, before I was–gasp!–really that into wine. My mom is becoming increasingly more open-minded and adventurous when it comes to wine, so I had pretty much free range for selecting a wine to go with dinner. I couldn’t help but choose a new favorite of mine: the 2006 Velonosi Vigna Solaria. Read the rest of this entry »
After spending most of yesterday ducking the heat (and saving money!) by hanging out in the libarary, the gym, and our neighborhood pool, my fiance and I decided to take a break from cooking and grab a bite to eat elsewhere. Not really concerned with the type of cuisine, we instead prioritized that the place be 1) inexpensive (saving for the wedding!), 2) a BYOB, and 3) airconditioned. Well, two out of three ain’t bad.