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Devon Seafood Grill (Chicago & Wabash)

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After our flight got into Chicago we immediately jetted off to do some sightseeing and realized after that we were starving and could eat a whale.  Well not really, but yes we wanted a nice meal after a long day of hustling it from Toronto to Chicago.

Andrew is vegetarian but eats seafood.  I just love seafood.  A fellow blogger at CHiEATS | chicago eats, restaurants and recipes. recommended we try Devon Seafood Grill.  Thanks lady!  😉  After signing up to Devon Seafood Grill’s website, I received a $15 off coupon to be used towards our meal – I was sold.

Devon Seafood Grill is an upscale seafood restaurant offering simply-prepared fresh fish, premium steaks, an impressive wine cellar and handcrafted cocktails. Their chic-casual atmosphere suits any occasion, with seamless service and imaginative seafood dishes that truly sets them apart from other seafood restaurants.

We checked out their Chicago & Wabash location and marvelled at their menu.  It offered the area’s freshest premium seafood, Prime steaks & an impressive wine selection. Devon Seafood Grill works with quality fishmongers, water men, ranchers & artisan producers to create dishes that are excellent from the start, using fine ingredients that separate the good from the great.

Andrew ordered:

MAINE LOBSTER BISQUE $9

CHAR CRUSTED TAHITIAN AHI TUNA* roasted yukon gold potatoes, asparagus, foyot sauce $35

I ordered a:  LOBSTER SPAGHETTI cold water lobster, tomato-fennel pomodoro, olive oil, basil $27

In terms of presentation both meals were spectacular.  Andrew felt his plate was colourful provided a lovely juxtaposition of flavours and textures for his CHAR CRUSTED TAHITIAN AHI TUNA*.

He appreciated the server pouring the MAINE LOBSTER BISQUE into an elongated bowl.  The aroma that echoed from the pour into the bowl was all about romance. He was in love.

I loved that my LOBSTER SPAGHETTI was rustic and looked like it was plated in Tuscany. The opaque tomato sauce, thick noodles and beautiful crusty slice of doused olive oiled bread was warm and inviting.

In terms of taste, Andrew did not say much while sipping his MAINE LOBSTER BISQUE.  For a warm summer evening and hoofing it all around town and through an airport, he found the bisque to be soothing and a perfect starter to his main.

He found his CHAR CRUSTED TAHITIAN AHI TUNA to be lovely.  It was indeed lovingly seasoned and provided an adequate amount of protein. The tuna was soft, aromatic and went down like butter.  He stated even if he returned to Devon in the future, he would order this meal again. The tuna was the hero on his plate next to its asparagus cohorts.

I also fell in love with my LOBSTER SPAGHETTI.  When perusing the menu in Toronto before we left I already knew that I was ordering this plate upon my arrival at Devon.  The chunks of lobster in this plate was beyond generous.  The lobster was fresh, sweet, velvety and I wanted it to go on for ages.  The tomato-fennel pomodoro was a simple sauce but highlighted the lobster’s beauty gorgeously.  After I finished my meal I was sure to sop up the remaining sauce with the lovely crusty bread still left on my plate.

The service at Devon was just right.  Not too much attention but when the server was in the vicinity she was sure to check in appropriately and was friendly which only accented the ambience of the restaurant.  She advised us of Devon’s promotions in the days ahead – which we were sad we would be missing because of our already packed schedule.

We loved people watching from our spot in front of the restaurant as we prepped our Lollapalooza schedule.  Devon Seafood Grill was a great pal in offering us some respite from our day, filling our bellies with fresh seafood love and throwing out the welcome mat for our first day in Chicago.

http://www.devonseafood.com/default.aspx

Lollapalooza Weekend Hotel Choice: The Allerton Hotel Chicago on Magnificent Mile

Lollapalooza Weekend Hotel Choice:  The Allerton Hotel Chicago on Magnificent Mile

Lollapalooza Weekend Hotel Choice: The Allerton Hotel Chicago on Magnificent Mile

Like last year my friend and I wanted a hotel for our Lollapalooza weekend in Chicago that was a) close to Grant Park b) cool, safe, clean and had a boutique vibe c) was going to offer us luxury after long days in the hot summer sun.

Our choice?  The Allerton Hotel Chicago on Magnificent Mile and it was truly magnificent.

When we arrived on the Thursday the day before Lollapalooza we were lucky to have snagged two king rooms in the spring.  The hotel’s  443 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 84 suites were sold out for the weekend.

We got in late from O’Hare so it was nice to be able to settle into our rooms when we arrived after 5 p.m..  We found our rooms to be warm, inviting, clean, with new carpeting; sweeping panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, majestic cathedral ceilings, the rooms were free of any weird odours and emanated an elegance right out of Domino Magazine and free WIFI.  All around decadence.

I loved the heavenly beds, the puffy and yet firm pillows, the powerful shower heads and soap sets, the pale blues and marshmallow shades in the rooms were soothing and serene, the padded white punctuated headboard felt like I was staying in a South Beach hotel suite, the abundance of towels and huge TV monitors which played HBO series (a blessing for a girl who doesn’t have cable at home) along with loads of other great entertainment channels made me feel like I was staying in a palace.

I liked that this year the Allerton Hotel launched an OPT-Out Green Program where if you popped a lil green sign outside your hotel room at 2 a.m. that night you would let the hotel know that you were not requiring housekeeping the following day.  In return the Allerton would gift you with a $10 credit that could be used in the restaurant, lounge or in-room dining.  We totally took advantage of this program and for us it was well received.

I liked that the Allerton Hotel was not a ‘party’ hotel but more a professional and mature space.  This was huge when we came back after a 10-12 hour day.  Relaxation was key and is what we got for the 5 days we stayed at the Allerton Hotel.  There were also loads of places to grab a meal and a drink after a full day close to the hotel that didn’t require a costly cab ride.

In the morning if you need a quick caffeine fix – you can venture down to the 2nd floor where from the hours of 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. you can have a lovely cup of Joe on the house.  The coffee was indeed very yummy.

This year I would venture down to the Starbucks across the road and grab a tea.  I also went down one day to the Allerton’s hotel restaurant and had an amazing slap up ‘American’ breakfast consisting of warm whole wheat toast, salty yummy bacon and sausages, yogurt, muffins, fluffy scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and divine pancakes.   Well worth the consumption, if you don’t want to venture out of the hotel in the morning.

I loved the overall aesthetic of the hotel.  This is a listed building and it is lovingly maintained.  From the brickwork, exquisitely decorated rooms, hallways and common spaces, always helpful staff and overall architecture I definitely felt like we were staying in a building full of history and interesting stories.  I felt instantly comfortable and very much at home.

After long days at Lollapalooza and trekking around Chicago, I really appreciated coming back to the Allerton Hotel Chicago and kicking back on my King Size bed.

Bring on Lollapalooza 2014!  😉

The Allerton Hotel Chicago on Magnificent Mile

701 North Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.440.1500 312.440.1500

Toll Free Reservations: 877-701-8111

http://www.theallertonhotel.com/

Target: State and Madison (Chicago, Illinois)

The new Target store on State Street officially opened on Sunday July 29, 2012 in downtown Chicago.  It’s a prime location close to the old Carson Pirie Scott building at State and Madison.

This Target is called a City Target. It’s smaller than suburban Target stores (but still has two vast floors!), and it is designed to be a one-stop shop for commuters and nearby residents. Food and household supplies will be replenished more quickly than at traditional Target stores.

Ten percent of the store will have fresh food. There’s also a special cosmetics department and free WiFi access for shoppers.

The tall pillars with crown mouldings near the front of the store and a wee Pret A Manger for some small eats.  I found it pretty classy for a Target.  Very impressive.  This store didn’t look like the well worn Target store in American suburbs that we are used too.  There was a classier air to this location.

I found the store to be nicely laid out, organized and extremely spacious.  On the flip side…it’s hard to find stuff.  Yes, indeed this is a super store and some items are a bit pricey.  But if you are looking for convenience when it comes to groceries and picking up bits and pieces to carry you through on holiday and to bring home for friends and family as economical and practical gifts – this is the Target to go to.

Check it out!

1 S State St

Chicago, IL, 60603

(312) 279-2133

M-Fr: 7:00AM-10:00PM

Sa: 8:00AM-10:00PM

Su: 8:00AM-8:00PM