Wednesday: Dinner at Urban Belly, second dinner at Smoque BBQ.
Thursday: Thanksgiving - PQM Turkey, Sweet Mandy B's Chocolate Cream Pie, a million sides made to perfection.
Friday: Leftovers followed by La Colombe Coffee with an Alliance Bakery Croissant. Drinks and dinner at Dillman's. Another drink at Lone Wolf.
Saturday: BLTs and Bloodies at Chop Shop. Ice cream at Margie's Candies.
Sunday: Homemade brunch, latkes and brisket at Dad's.
Yes, I ate amazing food from start to finish over the course of the last few days. Regrets: none. Also, I managed to participate in a 5K on Saturday and don't feel worse for the wear. Note: I said participate rather than "ran". Truth: I ran half, and sped walked the other half. Either way, I did it, I felt great, and they gave me a beer and fruit snacks at the end!
Now on to the point of this post. I visited the new location of Urban Belly attached to BellyQ - and thank goodness for the new location. Way more seating, a newish menu (lots of dumpling choices!), and guess what? Delivery. This place is going to be offering DELIVERY in the very near future. You heard it first, here, from me. The vibe was pretty much the same as the old locale, but rather than ordering from a walk-up counter, there is table service here. We had no problem getting a table, but again, we were there the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving. I'd like to give the place another whirl on a busy Saturday afternoon or Friday after work to peep the vibe, see how crowded it is. But this place is walkable from the Loop, and a stone's throw from so many good bars and restaurants, not to mention galleries, that I see myself eating my way through the menu in the next month or so.
As for the food, it was the tits, as per usual. But there was one wrinkle... my beloved wrinkle beans were removed from the menu. I was heartbroken to say the least. But Bill Kim was there, and naturally, I inquired... to which he responded by teaching me how to make the wrinkle beans at home. I penned the recipe down on the back of my receipt, all I need is a wok. And a secret ingredient. He shared with me, that the secret to delicious wrinkle beans is the balanced proportion of Chinese black beans to sundried tomatoes. When I asked where to get black beans, he rattled off some locations in Chinatown, then ran back to his kitchen to give me some of the tomato/black bean mixture to take home. Yes, I was given an ingredient from Chef Bill Kim's kitchen.
Stop the presses, I have died and gone to heaven. As soon as I make my beans, I will let you know how they turn out! But OMG, Bill Kim, you've wowed me again. Everyone, please support his restaurants, his food, and his person. He's good people, I promise.