It’s no secret that consultants in general work very hard; the travel alone is a lot, coupled with nonstop actual hard work, it’s a grind. (I see you, people that sit at work all day and troll Buzzfeed and Pinterest.) I tend to be happier when my life is super busy though, so this lifestyle works for me. And luckily, my team is awesome so it makes my job all that more enjoyable (they also read this blog now so, had to pump them up a bit here. This post is also basically for them because I have been promising to write it for a lifetime but you know, I had “work” to do. You’re welcome, guys).
While the travel can be tough, the dinners we are able to enjoy in our various destinations are not. Enter: this post- I’m going to blab about a few amazing dinners I’ve had over the past few weeks so if you’re hungry, welp, sorry. Go grab a snack.
First Up: Canoe, Atlanta, Georgia
This place was so cute- exactly the kind of place you think would be tucked away on the Chattahoochee River. I’ll get to the food in a second but the backyard was probably my favorite part. Fresh green grass, beautiful foliage, a bar on the water (real selling point here), back porch, sweet tea in mason jars, twinkling outdoor lighting. So perfect. We had a window seat looking out over the river and obviously I claimed the seat with the view- snooze ya lose. The food was, of course, amazing as well (I mean, it’s the South after all). Options ordered included mussels, rabbit, beet salads with whipped goat cheese, smoked salmon on crispy potato cakes, and an AMAZING bread basket (I could go on for days about this bread basket but I also love carbs (damnit) so I’ll keep it moving for all you gluten-phobes and fitness nazis). Remember how good life was before we knew carbs were the enemy? If you’re in the ATL, aka “Hotlanta,” take a trip here. The scenery alone will win you, and maybe a date you are trying to impress, over.
Next Up: GT Fish and Oyster, Chicago, IL
Okay so I know this is in my city, but when you go to an amazing restaurant like this, FOR WORK, it’s a whole new ball game. I absolutely love seafood, and thankfully so do my co-workers, so we get along. The ambiance here is very modern and chic, but I really want to highlight the food. I think I ate a years’ worth of seafood in one sitting (HELLO MERCURY POISONING!- honestly could care less. Risk I’m willing to take.) My boss really went wild here and I was not the least bit pissed about it. We ordered the seafood platter to start which I could basically just eat for life and be perfectly content; king crab legs, oysters, clams (Side comment: Does anyone actually care/notice a difference/or remember a difference and names of oysters? Every time a waiter tries to educate me I listen and nod contently but really I’m just thinking, k you can go now, I got work to do on this platter. Thanks for your time.)
We also ordered all of the other appetizers so feel free to menu browse online. All unreal. For my main dish I ordered the Branzino with leeks, potato, lobster consomme (Lobster. Consomme. Need I go on? K moving on.) The wine we ordered was a perfect Bench Pinot Noir and I was the happiest consultant on the planet I am pretty sure. This restaurant was my choice, so well done, me.
Next Up: Nico Osteria, Chicago, IL (Back to back seafood dinners here. Not upset.)
Grilled arctic char, pea puree, pea tendrils, yogurt, dill. FINE.
Again, amazing seafood at this spot- right in the heart of the Viagra triangle. This was one of the first spots I visited when I moved here and I’ve been dying to go back. The outdoor patio seating is perfect for people watching in a high-class area. I ordered the Arctic Char dish (Oh how weird. Another fish dish- something new and different for me), but I had a few bites of my coworkers’ pasta dishes and was BLOWN away.
Lobster pasta situation
The Lobster Lasagnette with swiss chard, tomato, and creme fraiche was phenomenal; my boss kindly shared a few bites. However, the real winner in my opinion was the Stuffed Pappardelle with milk braised pork, carrot, and black truffle- one bite of that and I was sold. Not usually a huge pork person but I would 100% make an exception for this. Enjoy this patio in the summer while it lasts. You won’t be sorry.
Last Up: Morimoto, Philadelphia, PA (Warning: website has sound. WHY???)
Unclear what was happening with these light fixtures secured to each table. Not gonna get into it.
As a team, we spend a lot of quality time in the Philadelphia area- cool city in its own right. I honestly love exploring cities by myself. Just walking around with my headphones in, taking in the sights, and enjoying watching people interact in their home towns, especially when the weather is nice. I’m very much an introvert though so this may sound like a super loser-ish thing to do to some. Get over it.
Oh hey, it’s my face. You’re welcome.
Anyway, when I heard we were going to Morimoto to celebrate the end of challenging project, I was stoked. I’ve watched Iron Chef since it basically was created (I don’t have cable now but I specifically subscribed to this on my Apple TV- again…just the coolest girl in town it’s fine). This place is quite possibly the coolest restaurant, appearance wise, that I have been to recently. I mean, the colors are just awesome. The food was amazing too, but again, lots of seafood and I get it, we’re seafood-ed out so I’ll spare you but just trust me that it was amazing and worth the whole experience. I believe he has restaurants all over the country, so look him up and find the nearest one to you, STAT.
View from our Philly office. Doesn’t suck.
So, all in all, you are welcome for the longest post in history that you did not ask for. Many thanks to my team for a fun and productive past few months. As for the rest of you, at the very least, try to go to at least one of these so you feel that the 10 minutes you took to read this post was worth it. (That is, if you are still reading, which you are probably not, so I’m going to just end this here now. K thanks bye.)