August 29th

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A Delicious Day in Chicago

girl and goat chicago bread

No doubt about it, Chicago is a food town and there is something to be said for taking a break from watching what you eat to eating while you watch. The food that passes by and the people enjoying it are just as fulfilling as the meal you choose. Here is one way to spend a blissful eating day.


Begins at 10 on the river at Bridge House Tavern. 

Bridge House Tavern On The River on Urbanspoon

Chicago is one of those cities that truly takes advantage of its waterside. Kayakers paddle, runners run, boats drift as the city wakes up.  Sip black coffee and go for the smoked trout hash ($14) with the Hollandaise on the side, you won’t find low fat here but at least you can enjoy generous portions omega 3’s to kick start your day.

Grand Lux Cafe on Urbanspoon

Lunchlux chicago salad

After a good walk and shop along the Miracle Mile (Michigan Ave) and a trip into Nordstrom’s Rack for an armload of discounted designers, you will want to stop for a beautiful view and a monstrous salad at the classic Grand Lux Cafe.  Go for the Polynesian Salad ($15) which has more high anti-oxidant ingredients than the others (and no bacon or cheese to bump the fat overboard). Dressing on the side has never been more important, this one is overly dressed and a tad sweet, you can get away with about 1/3 of what the chef will use.

Grand Lux Cafe on Urbanspoon

Cocktails a la rooftop

A little hard to find is III Forks which has a rooftop bar that holds hip happy locals for a cocktail and snack. Try today’s popcorn ($3) perhaps some lean grilled scallops ($17) , and, if you are really hungry, some healthy hummus ($7) .  All are super foods that will take the edge off but not ruin your next step. The bar will accommodate your specific cocktail wish. If you really want to know what the lowest cal cocktail is, check here.

III Forks on Urbanspoon

Dinner to Die For

I have been twice now to The Girl and The Goat and each time it was packed to the brim and full of jocular conversation way late into the night.  This tapas style menu just keeps knocking your taste buds off dish after dish. They will tell you that 3 dishes per person is appropriate.  I’d say go with a bigger group and choose 1.5 to 2. ($$40-60 per person with wine) Even the vegetables are deliciously rich with taste beyond compare.  Be sure to order the bread du jour with the spread to go with it, worth the indulgence. You will walk it off.

Girl & the Goat on Urbanspoon

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

As a Toronto Nutritionist, I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!

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