A Beautiful Wednesdate

This week in Chicago, there was a point that with windchill, it “felt like -25 degrees.” In our opinion, that warrants double-pants, hot toddies and staying within five feet of the fireplace. However, we do have day jobs that force us to brave the elements and interact with other humankind outside of our homes. (It’s a gift. Truly.)

So on Wednesday of this week, we decided to look past the frigid temps and get cultured–specifically by some mediocre bar food and one of Beautiful’s last performances at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. If you don’t know, Beautiful is about the early life and career of chart-topping legend Carole King. As a fun throwback note, Mandy and her parents tried to see this musical the year it opened on Broadway (2014) when it starred Jessie Mueller. The rush tickets ran out four years ago, but thanks to TodayTix in 2018, we scored inexpensive, central seats for a fraction of what they would have cost by buying directly from the theatre. We highly recommend this service to Chicago theatre-goers (or any place TodayTix has a presence–check out their site!).

Before the show, we grabbed a bite at Randolph Tavern, which is conveniently located directly across from the theatre. In full transparency, their location may have been the best part of the experience. The menu was overwhelming (including barbecue, Mexican, and Asian foods, oh my!), and the waitstaff didn’t exactly help narrow down the selection; however, the food we chose was decent (Morgan enjoyed the brick chicken and “The Loop” drink, Mandy devoured her “dry” shrimp tacos and Daisy Cutter beer, and they both dug the “bacon & eggs” starter). In a pinch, or simply for convenience, we’d go back, but likely only to accompany a show across the street.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical runs until January 28 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. If you’re into jukebox musicals, the 1960’s, and/or heavy Brooklyn accents, get your tickets and Feel the Earth Move today!

Taste Talks 2k17

So, to start out with, we’ll be blogging about some of our real-time dates as well as a few from the archives. As we post, we’ll be sure to let you know which is which. This entry features a date from last fall…in case the greenery and lack of clothing layers weren’t a dead giveaway. 😉

Taste Talks, a national series of food festivals produced by Brooklyn-based media company Northside Media, took place on September 8-10. Each festival, which happened in four cities in 2017, brings amazing chefs, restaurants, and cultural figures together with everyday food enthusiasts through symposia, awards, tastings, dinners, and parties. For Mandy, it triggers a bit of nostalgia, as she worked for the company during their Taste Talks Chicago debut in 2014 (hi, Nside fam!).

This was our second year attending together, and it was just as tasty as the first time around. The All Star Cookout, which historically takes place the last day of the festival, features 10+ booths that pair the hosting city’s top chefs, usually with another celebrity chef or restaurant, and create unique tastings for the event. A few of our favorites from this year’s event at Palmer Square Park include:

Although half of us may be slightly bias because of the folks who put the festival on, we think it’s safe to say no one leaves the All Star Cookout with loose pants.

Welcome 2018!

Hello and happy new year!

We are Morgan and Mandy, the bacon-loving couple behind this very blog, and we’re pretty pumped about 2018. After meeting in 2016 and about a year and a half of dating fun, we decided we wanted a space to chronicle our adventures together. So here we are!

This year, we’re looking forward to sharing some of our favorite dates, Chicago restaurants and events, and travels both around the city and beyond.

We kicked off 2018 by relaxing in our pajamas and eating pancakes with some of our favorite friends…and of course, bacon. With the city “feeling like -11 degrees,” we couldn’t have asked for a cozier way to bring in the new year.