Steak & Eggs Whisk Chicago
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Anyone who finds themselves in Chicago and is a lover of all breakfast foods, is going to love Whisk. Even more so, if they’re a huge Ron Swanson fan because the place is basically a shrine to the guy. But we get it, because no one loves food more than Ron Swanson, except maybe you of course.

Kam at Whisk Chicago

Created by two brothers, Whisk is a breakfast delight by day, and the perfect burger spot at night. They’re open seven days a week and are BYOB friendly location. You can run to the local grocery store across the street in case you pop up on this place without your bubbly. I visited during the Taste of Chicago so with friends, we had more champagne than we could stand at our table. We did drink it all though, we had to. Especially since I ordered two dishes without an ounce of shame in my body. Not much of a drinker? Whisk has an extensive soda list for your tastebuds to have a party with.

Chilaquiles Whisk Chicago

Ilbert and Martine at Whisk Chicago

We experienced a short wait outside and our server was just the right amount of “is everything okay?”. The menu is easily Mexican inspired with crowd favorites like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. However, their insane list of out of this world pancakes are what really steal the show and will leave you deciding on what to get. I bet you’ll order two dishes as well because of that.

Steak & Eggs Whisk Chicago

Every choice we made was a good one, starting with the steak and eggs and chilaquiles which were both hearty dishes. The right amount of spice, sauce, and flavors shines through each dish. Not leaving much room for their special pancakes of the day and the banana berry pancakes we happily indulge in.

Featured Pancakes Whisk Chicago

The pancakes are indeed sweet, smothered in the toppings of your choice and best of all, fluffy. That’s how a true pancake should be and Whisk honors that, which you’ll be happy about on your visit. Breakfast lovers, enjoy!

Banana Berry Pancakes Whisk Chicago

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Taste of Chicago Group Trip
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Sometimes the hardest part of taking in a new experience is figuring out where to begin but the Taste of Chicago is a great start. Especially if you’re going to a city as big as Chicago you might ask yourself, what do you eat first and where to visit once you’re full? Well, with a dedicated team here at Food Before Love who’s already done the research for you, all you have to do is show up and be ready for a great time! Join us by securing your spot here.

Traveling While Hungry Chicago is for new-comers and experts of the Windy City alike. From July 6thJuly 9th, we are not only going to eat our way through the Taste of Chicago, but really get to know the entire city. Hidden gems, a cultural oasis, face-time with local restaurant owners & chefs – we have all of this planned and more. It is the perfect food-cation because you’ll be experiencing culinary delights with all of your senses – and the memories will be unforgettable. You can even find our top tips to experiencing the best out of the Taste of Chicago.

Taste of Chicago Group Trip

The best part of Traveling While Hungry with Food Before Love is sharing this experience with young-at-heart food lovers from different walks of life who love to eat as much as you do! With a flexible itinerary, there’s always something to keep you busy, but Food Before Love also has tons of recommendations for things to do on your own time. Traveling with the TWH family means you’ll always have a squad ready to explore, enjoy and experience the total beauty of the Taste of Chicago. Deposits are due by June 15th, so don’t delay! Sign up right now

 

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3 must try restaurants
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After traveling to Chicago, Atlanta and Miami, I came across these 3 must try restaurants. It’s hard enough finding a great place to eat when you’re traveling but we’ve made it easy.

Pull out your pen and paper and start taking notes because you don’t want to be traveling while hungry and miss these locations.

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Taste of Chicago Burgers
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The Taste of Chicago 2017 is scheduled for July 5th-9th, and you should be there. On my first trip to the festival, I fell in love with Chicago. I also learned how much of a food city it really is. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade that truly help make the most of the Taste of Chicago. As you plan on Traveling While Hungry to Chicago, here are a few things to know for the Taste of Chicago 2017.

Taste of Chicago Food Truck

     1. Plan to travel with a friend who likes to share their food (even if it’s only sometimes)

The Taste of Chicago works by ticket system. You purchase by cash or credit card, the amount of tickets you’d like and redeem them with vendors for either a taste or a heavier plate, considered somewhat of a full meal. The taste cost less and makes a ton of more sense to be shared with a friend because you’ll likely have more than one item on your plate. This way you truly get a Taste of Chicago and don’t run out of your tickets as fast. You can always order more if you think you should have shared less.

Taste of Chicago Burgers

      2. Get there early

One of the amazing parts about the Taste of Chicago is that they host pop up restaurants. They’re there for a limited time and then you may not see them again for the remainder of the festival so it’s a good idea to go early and catch them. The more popular ones are likely to run out of food by the time you’ve recovered from day drinking and seeing the sights. So if you’ve gotten a chance to see the line up early, be sure to arrive early for the vendors you don’t want to miss.

      3. Bring a Blanket

The Taste of Chicago is always packed and they’ve been doing a great job as securing more and more seating every year. However, at the peak hours it may be pretty difficult to find a seat or two, especially if you’re with a group. Being able to pull a blanket out of bag is going to be the best idea you’ve had in a while when the sun is shining and the burgers are calling. Totally, BYOB appropriate (B for Blanket guys).

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     4. Leave your diet at home

You knew this already but the Taste of Chicago 2017 will not be the place for anyone who recently decided to go on a diet. Everything you’ve ever wanted to eat, and things you didn’t even know you wanted, will be at the festival. Be sure to detox AFTER the Taste if you feel strongly about it, but certainly not before.

Taste of Chicago Mini donuts

     5. Pack a bottle of water

There’s a misconception that you can’t bring any outside food or beverages to the Taste but you actually can. No alcoholic beverages are allowed considering you can buy them once you’re inside. A bottle of water however, is what you’ll have a thirst for after walking under the sun for hours. You’ll be upset you wasted your food tickets on something you could have brung on your own so pack it!

Taste of Chicago

     6. Try something new

Who knows when the next time will be that you’ll have a poutine, chocolate covered bananas, and foie gras on a burger at your disposal? Live a little and try something you’ve never had before. You’re interested in going to the Taste of Chicago because you want to experience it all. You’ll get to drink, be at the concert, make new friends, get free stuff and eat. Make the most of it by doing it all, being present in the moment and going back home with something to talk about.

With these tips in mind, what are you looking forward to the most about the Taste of Chicago 2017?

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Peach Sake Sangria Mirai Sushi Chicago
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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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Mercadito Cocktail
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The last delight I enjoyed in Chicago was Mercadito, which I would consider upscale dining in the Chi. Completely dressed up for the occasion, I got the NYC Hurricane club ambiance here, especially considering the detailed layout and energy of the staff. It was obvious that this crowded night was the usual for them.

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Hungry as usual, I ordered two appetizers: The Guacamole and the Shrimp Ceviche. The Guacamole definitely tasted better than it looks, and it was nice mash up with the mango engulfed into the mix. I’m not too crazy about ceviche but the flavors were very fresh and fun.

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Then onto the fancy tacos. They have more than enough options here and my favorite were the Carnita’s. There were multiple layers of flavor in this bad boy, which always causes for a party. Not to mention, they bring out the most amazing green sauce to accompany your plantains on the side.

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