InstaEats May-June 2014

InstaEats May-June 2014

I'm a little late to the game, but I finally joined the fascinating, eye-catching world of Instagram earlier this year. I am a visual person and it is amazing to see the ways people capture the world on this social media tool. Instagram is where I am spending most of my social media time these days, but I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the stuff I share on there, particularly the meals out that don't make it on to the blog when I don't have my big, fancy camera on me. Here are some of the things I have shared and if you are so inclined, a href="http://instagram.com/esislater" target="blank"follow me on Instagram/a.br /br /I traveled to California at the beginning of May and it was a week long of working out, eating out, and green juicing.br /br /Lunch with my mom at a href="http://www.in-n-out.com/" target="blank"In-N-Out Burger/a. I had the cheeseburger animal-style and well done fries. I miss this place all the time. br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2TrWJL1sV5w/U6nK0o3gOHI/AAAAAAAADEI/hI2CrOsjA7A/s1600/In+N+Out.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2TrWJL1sV5w/U6nK0o3gOHI/AAAAAAAADEI/hI2CrOsjA7A/s1600/In+N+Out.JPG" width="320" //a/divWe had a pretty epic meal at a href="http://www.innovativedining.com/restaurants/boa" target="blank"BOA Steakhouse/a. We ended the meal with a selection of cronuts and now I finally understand the cronut craze.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9mrCkFYp1Qk/U6nKzDsi8TI/AAAAAAAADDs/r3PW51CbbwM/s1600/Cronuts.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9mrCkFYp1Qk/U6nKzDsi8TI/AAAAAAAADDs/r3PW51CbbwM/s1600/Cronuts.JPG" width="320" //a/divDinner at a href="http://eatatpot.com/" target="blank"POT at the Line Hotel/a. Get thee there immediately.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2AIMdms0zTI/U6nK1eD6OI/AAAAAAAADEo/tMNASoN8ylc/s1600/POT.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2AIMdms0zTI/U6nK1eD6OI/AAAAAAAADEo/tMNASoN8ylc/s1600/POT.JPG" width="320" //a/divAn amazing brunch at a href="http://sqirlla.com/" target="blank"Sqirl/a. The Malva pudding cake is pure sugar heaven and a good way to balance the perceived healthiness of the crispy brown rice bowl with egg.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p85vDKwGEz4/U6nK2zQ2lGI/AAAAAAAADEU/6IJxSUpQxA/s1600/Sqirl.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p85vDKwGEz4/U6nK2zQ2lGI/AAAAAAAADEU/6IJxSUpQxA/s1600/Sqirl.JPG" width="320" //a/divBack in Chicago, I have had a steady social calendar the last few months. a href="http://wafflescafechicago.com/" target="blank"Waffles Cafe/a is the home of the wonut, but they also make a mean chicken and bacon waffles dish.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fvyLRkoIRoE/U6nK4wlYnlI/AAAAAAAADEk/EpaaWL8dHas/s1600/Waffles.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fvyLRkoIRoE/U6nK4wlYnlI/AAAAAAAADEk/EpaaWL8dHas/s1600/Waffles.JPG" width="320" //a/divThis recipe for a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-green-shakshuka-recipes-from-the-kitchn-203633" target="blank"Green Shakshuka/a from The Kitchn is to die for. Make it immediately and then make it again.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GY0cxIOykdg/U6nNre1rRVI/AAAAAAAADFA/mCYCqWCVemY/s1600/Green+Shakshuka.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GY0cxIOykdg/U6nNre1rRVI/AAAAAAAADFA/mCYCqWCVemY/s1600/Green+Shakshuka.JPG" width="320" //a/divMy take on a href="http://joythebaker.com/2014/05/spinach-and-strawberry-chopped-salad/" target="blank"Joy the Baker's strawberry chopped salad/a.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3Y62jMWPd0o/U6nK3Yin8hI/AAAAAAAADEQ/q1lmPDEz5SY/s1600/Strawberry+Salad.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3Y62jMWPd0o/U6nK3Yin8hI/AAAAAAAADEQ/q1lmPDEz5SY/s1600/Strawberry+Salad.JPG" width="320" //a/divI love when friends come to visit, because I can try new places on my extremely long list of restaurants to try. a href="http://hcfoodventure.blogspot.com/"H.C./a and I visited a href="http://threedotschicago.com/" target="blank"Three Dots and a Dash/a for some tiki cocktails and followed it up with spicy miso ramen at a href="http://www.ramensan.com/" target="blank"Ramen-San/a.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hm-e2v2WG6c/U6nK4Tr2VPI/AAAAAAAADEs/hYyYlkFJK2U/s1600/Three+Dots.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hm-e2v2WG6c/U6nK4Tr2VPI/AAAAAAAADEs/hYyYlkFJK2U/s1600/Three+Dots.JPG" width="320" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-c3YPXGvOTsg/U6nMaOCzNJI/AAAAAAAADE0/Z-gwSAQ-WU/s1600/Ramen+San.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-c3YPXGvOTsg/U6nMaOCzNJI/AAAAAAAADE0/Z-gwSAQ-WU/s1600/Ramen+San.JPG" width="320" //a/divThe next night more friends were in town. We got the evening started right with cocktails and appetizers at a href="http://www.maudesliquorbar.com/" target="blank"Maude's Liquor Bar/a and a href="http://www.rmchampagnesalon.com/" target="blank"RM Champagne Salon/a.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3n8GFKaSwp4/U6nK082yl0I/AAAAAAAADD8/7pv9vsTuAr0/s1600/Maude%2527s.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3n8GFKaSwp4/U6nK082yl0I/AAAAAAAADD8/7pv9vsTuAr0/s1600/Maude%2527s.jpg" width="320" //a/divWe chased those cocktails with incredible ramen from a href="https://www.facebook.com/Highfiveramen" target="blank"High Five Ramen/a. Get there early to avoid a long wait since there are only fifteen seats in the whole restaurant.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0k3n5Vdw6LE/U6nKyw6HGGI/AAAAAAAADDk/q0OQtA-EHX0/s1600/High+Five.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0k3n5Vdw6LE/U6nKyw6HGGI/AAAAAAAADDk/q0OQtA-EHX0/s1600/High+Five.JPG" width="320" //a/divWork colleagues in town meant an extravagant dinner at a href="http://sundachicago.com/" target="blank"Sunda/a. Definitely order the brussels sprouts salad if you go.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S8AWKasxqhg/U6nK32Jz4TI/AAAAAAAADEY/TlpQewbjIXw/s1600/Sunda.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S8AWKasxqhg/U6nK32Jz4TI/AAAAAAAADEY/TlpQewbjIXw/s1600/Sunda.JPG" width="320" //a/divBreakfast mac and cheese with bacon and a fried egg from a href="http://taverna750.com/" target="blank"Taverna 750/a, one of my favorite brunch deals in Chicago.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-65ipPzoc-fg/U6nKzMcLy1I/AAAAAAAADDc/2afE-nbqBrU/s1600/Breakfast+Mac.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-65ipPzoc-fg/U6nKzMcLy1I/AAAAAAAADDc/2afE-nbqBrU/s1600/Breakfast+Mac.JPG" width="320" //a/divAfter all the decadence, a href="http://dishingupdelights.blogspot.com/2008/06/more-weekday-preparations.html" target="blank"black bean and tomato quinoa salad/a will help right the ship. This time I doubled the black beans and lime zest, but reduced the oil to 1 1/2 teaspoons, the juice to 1/2 lime,  and left out the sugar. br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D6EkhJ2S8F4/U6nKer5iWCI/AAAAAAAADDQ/myO3ct3UYSE/s1600/quinoa+salad.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D6EkhJ2S8F4/U6nKer5iWCI/AAAAAAAADDQ/myO3ct3UYSE/s1600/quinoa+salad.JPG" width="320" //a/divLife is certainly pretty tasty right now, and I am enjoying all of it.

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