When I went? I’ve been to Girl and the Goat twice now… first, about a year ago and more recently, about a month ago.
Who went? Both times there, my husband and I were on a double date with different couples.
Favorite part? Hands down, the ridiculously amazing wood oven roasted pig face! You see, the menu is split up into three sections: vegetarian, fish, and meat but I have to admit that both times we were there, I hardly even glanced at it. Why, you ask? Because Girl and the Goat is another one of those foodie restos (I say that in the most positive way possible this time, unlike when I reviewed Baume & Brix – which I coincidentally just learned has already closed (not surprised!)) where even though you may have never heard of some of the items and dishes on the menu, whatever you go with, you will most likely love and will eventually be licking the plate to gobble up every morsel (welllll, maybe you won’t go that far but you catch my drift, right?!) To elaborate, whatever you choose is often ten times better than whatever the menu description pans it out to be. So usually, myself and the other girl that we’re there with will leave the ordering up to our food-adventurous men. So far, so good. Like the pig face, for instance… never in my right mind would I think that I would something called pig face. I mean, whaaaaaat?!?! But here’s the thing, while the name might be off-putting, the dish is anything but. I wish I could put into words how freaking amazing it is but I’ll leave it at this: there are so many different components to it (an egg, for starters, is just one of it’s perfect ingredients) and the whole thing just works. So well. So SO well. To the point that we all really did want to lick the plate after it was devoured in a matter of minutes, errr seconds. Just thinking about it makes me hungry! Other stellar entree items that I really loved were the roasted cauliflower and the naan which comes on the side of the crisp braised pork shank (which is always a fav amongst the men). The chickpea fritters are a win as well!
Least Fav Part? Hmmmm, this is a tough one. What I will say is this: the menu changes frequently and while the pig face will always be a staple (thank goodness!), a few dishes that we loved from the first time around were no longer being offered when we went on our most recent visit. I know when my brother and sister-in-law went a few months back that they weren’t that impressed with the menu options at that time (but then again I also know that they didn’t get the pig face (rookie mistake!)).
Overall, would I go back? 100% YES!! I love the scene and I love the food, so of course I will be back! But here’s the deal, it probably won’t be for at least 6-7 months from now because the one super frustrating thing about this restaurant is that you cannot get a reservation on a whim. Nor can you get a reservation for even 3-4 months out, especially if you want to go during prime hours! I seriously believe that it is the most booked restaurant in Chicago, and it’s been that way since Stephanie Izard (also the brains behind Little Goat) opened it in July of 2010!
Archives for July 2013
Growing up, I remember my mom anticipating the start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every year. I also remember getting pretty excited about it myself, probably because her enthusiasm rubbed off on me even at a very young age. When I went to overnight summer camp, which I loved every minute of, I recall secretly wishing that I could come home for a few days – mid camp session – just to attend the sale, since I knew by the time camp was over and I was on my way home that it would already be over! One year, I got my wish but it came along with a broken foot, which is a completely separate blog post but I remember even with a broken foot and having to leave camp for nine days, a part of me was fine with it because I would get to go to the one and only Nordstrom Anniversary sale! HA – if that doesn’t show my love of shopping, I don’t know what does.
If you live in Chicago, you would know that just within the past week alone there have been A LOT of musicians in town to perform for their fans! The big ones including Beyoncé, New Kids on the Block with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees, Phish, R. Kelly, Pearl Jam and Justin Timberlake with Jay-Z. If you were amongst one of the lucky devotees, you got to see at least one of these unbelievable artists perform live, obviously giving it all they got. I had the pleasure of attending two of these big-named artists’ concerts and seeing them give it their 100% in my hometown! As I mentioned in my catch-up post from last Thursday, I knew I was going to have a busy week which included going to the New Kids concert with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees as well as watching JT and Jay-Z do their thing together on stage. I also had the opportunity of taking part in a few other special events (some planned, some not) & I must admit, it was all pretty epic! That’s why I thought I’d share with you, my most favorite readers, the highlights!
I’m not sure if you recall, but this past April I blogged about a nifty little app called Cleverbug. If you have no idea what I am talking about, or if you are a new I Adore What I Love reader (welcome, by the way!), Cleverbug is one of my all time favorite iPhone apps where you can create your own personalized card for someone, no matter the occasion. Almost a half-year later, it’s no surprise that I am still whole-heartedly UBsessed with it!! In recent months, there have been tons of updates and because of that, the app just keeps getting better and better!!
Let me explain…
Actually, before I go into too much detail, please read my original review here because it’s a damn good overview of what Cleverbug has to offer, if I do say so myself.
Now that you’re all caught up on the already awesome basics (how it works, pricing, etc), I’ll share with you some of the smart new features that the Cleverbug founders have recently integrated into their app, per the suggestion of user feedback. I know you will be impressed…
Why you ask? Well, because of a few reasons:
- When mangoes are good, they’re good.
- Especially during this time of year, they are one of my all-time favorite fruits!
- Anything from the freezer excites me… can’t help it. Just adore a good frosty treat!
- They were different!!!
- 5 fresh mangoes
- 8 oz. container of Cool Whip Free
(I used my kitchen-aide but I think combining everything in a blender and doing it that way would be better)
Best eaten when NOT hard-as-a-rock!!
Store the remaining frozen halves in zip-lock freezer bags in the freezer.