Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Neighborhood Restaurant: 90 Miles Cuban Cafe

Photo from http://www.foodsmackdown.com
Even though it's technically in Logan Square, 90 miles Cuban Cafe is only about a 15 minute walk from Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast, and also boasts one of our favorite restaurant amenities - it's BYO.  It's got an all season covered patio (it was 30-something degrees last night and we were perfectly comfortable) and a pretty engaging service staff.  Here are some things we thought you might like to know:

-Their slogan is "taste the forbidden" - so even if our dear motherland is not so crazy about citizens visiting Cuba, you can still get a taste for the food.
-Our waiter (we regretfully did not take the time to remember his name) has been there since the day they opened, and will not let you order something he doesn't think is one of their best.  Seriously, he refused to take our initial order of the Vaca Frita, and only came back after we had chosen Fricase de Pollo.  He also made quite clear that he would still have rather us ordered the Churrasco.
-The Cafe con Leche (coffee with milk, sweet) is not to be missed.
-If you bring a bottle of wine to share (or 2, or 3), they will not let you leave with an open bottle.  Technically it's "illegal" and they could get in trouble.  They are willing to make a scene over this if you are...
-appetizers are in the 4-8 bucks range, we got the empanadas, 3 for $6 or so.
-Entrees are around 13-22 bucks.

Overall it's a great spot, if you get there before around 7 it's not too busy at all, but will fill up throughout the night - it remained pretty busy and we were there around 630 on a Monday.  Located at 2540 W Armitage Ave.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cold Weather Activity: Cosmic Wonder at the Planetarium

Ever wonder what to do once the warm weather is over?  Perhaps you should check out all Chicago's great indoor activities!  Museums are open all winter long and we will occasionally be highlighting great events and spots to take in.

Cosmic Wonder is a show at the Planetarium running all winter long.  If you remember those field trips as a kid to the planetarium staring up at the ceiling of stagnant stars wondering how long until you got to go to the gift shop and buy your "girlfriend" a glow bracelet so that maybe she'd sit next to you on the bus ride home, then this will make up for it.  Shows of this kind have come a long way the goal of Cosmic Wonder is to immerse you in the cosmos.  It's based on an interactive model that integrates audience questions and participation.  The show goes through April 4, 2014 at the Adler Planetarium (easy to get to by public transit)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Bang Bang Pie Shop Extravaganza

Bang Bang Pie Shop - The epitome of hipster success in business, is putting on a one-day event this Saturday - October 26th. The First Annual Harvest Market will feature vendors from near and not-so-far including:

-Fleur flowers and goods, in case you need to make up for something
-Hillside Orchards fruits and veggies - in case you need a pre-holiday health fix
-Bus Shop sweaters and clothes - in case you forgot you were in Chicago in October
-City Lit books - in case you want to pretend to be literate to impress that cute hipster who nabbed the last piece of your favorite pie
-Nourishing Notes cards and goods - in case you need to write an apology note for spilling your coffee/cider/cocoa on said cutie.
-Martyn George culinary goods - to make your kitchen and dining area look like the set for an anthropologie photo shoot.
-Hands Occupied crafts - blogger, crafter, and librarian- she's waayyyy cooler and more productive than you, maybe buying some of her stuff could get you into gear.
-CROP Chicago Rarities Orchard Project - bringing orchards to the city.

And of course Bang Bang will be providing mulled cider, candied apples, and popcorn, etc.

Free and open to the public, Saturday 11-3 at 2051 N California (about a 15 minute walk from Ray's)