Monday, May 31, 2010

Nosh Restaurant, Geneva, IL

May 30, 2010.  St. Charles host and excellent fine arts show every year on Memorial Day weekend.  But we wanted to do that on a full stomach, so we got an early start and stopped at Nosh Restaurant in Geneva for breakfast.  As usual we split.  But the restaurant took the extra trouble to split both dishes for us and each in an very nice presentation.  The Migas de Pan Caliente was delicious.  What is is?  Well, it's three eggs (scambled) with house-made croutons, bacon, spanish chorizo, proscuitto, garlic carmelized onions and drizzled balsamic reduction.  MMMMMMMM.  It was perfect with Nosh's french toast - challah bread soaked in a vanilla-orange zest infused batter, served with lemon creme anglaise and powdered sugar.  Kate's only complaint was the croutons in the skillet.  Also, it can get very noisy.  Over all we both give Nosh 4 eggs. 
Nosh is located at 211 James Street.

Meli Cafe, Chicago

May 22, 2010.  This was our second visit to Meli Cafe.  The first trip was just before starting this blog.  It was as good as the first time.  We split the Gruyere and Canadian bacon Frittata and the Stuffed apple french toast...two slices of challah held together by a layer of spiced apple Mascarpone then dipped in a vanilla bean custard, topped with warm apple campote, pecans and caramel.  Very, very good.  Service and coffee were both excellent.  Definitely woth the trip.  4 eggs.  Meli Cafe is located at 540 North Wells.

Crispy Waffle, Romeoville, Il

April 30, 2010.  We stayed close to home this weekend and checked out a place we heard is pretty good: Crispy Waffle in Romeoville.  It was ok.  They highly recommended their "light and fluffy" pancakes but we found them to be rather bland and ordinary.  The almond coconut french toast was very good, so was the bacon and avacado omelet.  But the presentation lacked creativity.  Excellent service, good hot coffee.  2.5 eggs.  Average. Crispy Waffle is located at 642 S. Weber Road, Romeoville, IL. The have a second restaurant in Shorewood.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 25 - Wishbone Restaurant, Chicago. Guests Mike and Pat

Here it is.  Our first video review.  We're with Mike and Pat at Wishbone Restaurant in Chicago, Sunday, April 25, 2010.  We all rated this breakfast very high, as you will see on the video.  I still have to learn how to edit so you'll have bear with it through the beginning.  Enjoy

April 18 - Toast revisited

Kate missed my Sunday breakfast at Toast so we returned today with granddaughter, Jenna (12).  We wondered, how would she do with the fancier breakfast fare?  She did just fine. 

This is a very small restaurant in Lincoln Park.  The food is excellent.  I won't bore you with all the details again.  Go to the original review for more information. Afterwards we walked to Lincoln Zoo where I took lots of videos with my new camera (you'll have to wait until next week to see one).  Then, on Jenna's insistence, we went to her favorite coffee cafe, Starbucks.  When did she get into Starbucks!?  She doesn't even drink coffee yet.  12 going on 18.  Uh, oh.

Birthday weekend, part three - Sunday, April 12, the real day

The fifties are gone.  I am rolling into my sixties with my birthday present, and a dangerous weapon in my hands...a video camera (thank you, Kate).  Watch out.  I will have one soon in a breakfast review.

Birthday weekend, part two - Sunday, April 11

Brunch.  With Becky, Bryon and the kids...Jake, Jenna and Cassidy.  No fan fair, no big party.  Just breakfast casseroles, coffee and family.  Just the way I wanted it.