Celeb Sighting at One of Chicago’s Well-Known Vegan Restaurants



On December 13th, Karyn Calabrese, the queen of all things vegan in Chicago, posted the above picture of her and Beyonce at one of her well-known vegan restaurants, Karyn’s Cooked off North Wells. When it comes to food, Beyoncé finds herself at all things veggie now-a-days (she happened to be performing at the United Center that same night). I must say, I frequent Karyn’s Cooked A LOT. My absolute favorite is the Taco Salad Bowl…so good — a mix of lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole and soy cheese topped with tasty grilled seitan and a side of chipotle sauce. Oh, and can’t forget! The freshly made donuts that you can find there in the mornings are the BEST!

Chicago Restaurant Review: Kitchen 17

kitchen 17

I recently visited Kitchen 17 with a friend last week. It’s located on the north side of Chicago, right off of Broadway on West Briar Place. Walked in and was immediately greeted warmly by the owner, Don, who so kindly suggested some of their most popular dishes. And I definitely needed help deciding, as there were so many delicious options to choose from. It’s also very rare to walk into a Chicago restaurant that is exclusively vegan and one where all the items on the menu sound just as tasty as the next. I ultimately ended up choosing the Rosemary Veggie burger and a slice of lemon cake for dessert. The burger was fantastic. Very hearty, grainy and the seasonings were spot on (the rosemary was an amazing touch). The burger was topped with a hummus spread, this wonderful sesame tahini sauce and the traditional: lettuce and tomato, all in between soft, crisp ciabatta bread. Cannot forget the dessert! The lemon cake was light, fluffy and just the right amount of citrus flavor. I could have easily had another piece or two…or three, it was just that good.

*Forgot to take pictures of the food! I was so mesmerized by the meal. Next time, I will definitely take pictures and post…and believe me, there will be a next time. 😉

LYFE Kitchen’s Chicago Debut in November


LYFE Kitchen’s Chicago Debut in November

I first tried LYFE kitchen at its Culver City location while in Los Angeles for work. They have a great modus operandi… They promote sustainability, local farms and environmentally sound businesses. Even better, they are all about giving back to the community. Although this restaurant is not specific to a plant-based diet, they do have a vegan specific menu. And now, they happen to be opening up a River North location this November. Also, they are opening up three other locations soon thereafter (Streeterville, Evanston and the Northwestern Hospital campus). When that happens, I will be first in line to review this new Chicago hot spot!
LYFE Kitchen – Vegan Menu The Kale Caesar salad and Tal’s Ancient Grain bowl are to die for!