The day is in your forever in your favor when you walk into Blend and you see they are having $5 Mojito’s all day!

Though I don’t normally find myself having lunch in Queens, I’m glad I didn’t pass up an invite to Blend. When in Rome, you order Mojito’s like the special calls for and you start your day on the right foot even though you didn’t have breakfast that morning. Enjoy yourself! Dine out with people who won’t judge you for drinking during lunch.

     

Mojito Blend

As usual, I couldn’t resist getting the Ropa Vieja off the menu. Considering Blend had a Latin flair to it, I knew i couldn’t go wrong with this option  With braised beef accompanied by rice and sweet plantains. It didn’t fail me. The combo itself, which I’m very familiar with, is one of the best combos put on a plate and served. A little bit of the pork, that has a great chew and sauce to it, with the perfectly cooked rice, and sweetness of the plantain will have you swooning. I’m sure it helped that the Mojito’s just kept coming.

Ropa Vieja Blend

The vibe at Blend is pretty laid back. The environment is full of relatively simple aesthetics that made it perfect for a quick lunch or a really casual date. However, if you would like to step it up a notch and looking for something different and a little more upscale, they also have another location called , Blend on the Water.  Just remember, the environment you choose while dining out can make or break your experience.

I ended my lunch at Blend with the Bread Pudding for dessert but wasn’t a huge fan. The ice cream was good but the pudding needed an upgrade, So you may want to opt for something else on the menu when you’re ending your time there.

Dessert Blend

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Peach Sake Sangria Mirai Sushi Chicago
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Casandra Rosario

Many of our readers know about my long standing infatuation with the city of Chicago. So finding some of the best sushi in Chicago could help reinforce it. Brunch, however, has sustained that love for the past few years with visits like Yolk, and Batters & Berries. When I was last in town for the Natural Hair Brunch Affair, I had some time where I was working the event and needed a good bite to eat. Having never eaten sushi in Chicago, I was determined to find the very best! Although, that quest was no easy feat.

Mirai Sushi Chicago

I decided on the Wicker Park location and stumbled into a relatively empty restaurant. It was still pretty early in the day, so I wasn’t too worried about the emptiness of the place. To help keep that worry to a minimum, I ordered a glass of their Peach Sake Sangria. While on the hunt for the best sushi in Chicago, I stumbled upon the best sangria in Chicago.  It was absolutely delicious. Every flavor in that sangria was right on the money and I was in need of another round.

Mirai Sushi Chicago

With hunger pains going to work on my insides, I ended up over ordering. I started with the Honey Glazed Shrimp and the Tempura Soft Shell Crab. The shrimp was lathered in the rich glaze but still somewhat crispy which made the textures fun. The soft shell crab was tender as expected  with the right crunch in the right places. Surprisingly, I was ready for more.

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For the first time, and maybe the last, I tried the Spicy Mono which is a octopus roll topped with spicy tuna. It wasn’t my preference of the afternoon so I found myself digging into the shrimp tempura roll, however, it was certainly interesting. The roll was very flavorful but the flavors just weren’t for me, someone else however, might think it’s the best sushi in Chicago. They certainly come close and have plenty of other options on their menu that can make that come true. Personally, I would love to go back for another Peach Sake Sangria.

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