Supper Club Saturday: Kanela Breakfast Club (Andersonville)

Kanela Breakfast Club

5413 N Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60640

773.594.2874

http://www.kanelabreakfastclub.com/

“Breakfast is the important meal of the day” is how the saying goes (though, this may be up for debate to some).  For me, I can have breakfast any time of the day and still feel satiated, especially from Kanela Breakfast Club.

They pride themselves on using fresh and local produce whenever possible, with dishes reminiscent of what Mom used to make with a twist (to ad-lib from their website).

They have dishes that are very healthy and light as well as those that are savory and have a comfort feel to them.  I had a pretty stressful week, so I was aiming for one of their more comfort food type of breakfast.

Some of their (adult) drinks that we have tried include:  Kanela Mimosa, Sofiemosa, Bloody Mary, and Cinnamon Toast Brunch.

They also offer fresh squeezed juices and blended smoothies, as well as fresh brewed coffee from La Colombe.

At first glance of the menu, I was thinking, “I could eat ALL of this!” because they all looked so good!  From what we were able to try, we were not disappointed at all!

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Corned Beef Hash

Pork Belly Benedict with a side of Fruit

Chicken & Waffles

California Benedict with Peppered Bacon

Kanela French Toast
A couple of times when we were there, we sat at the bar.  There was a tv above it where movies would show (that day it was “Rogue One,” with captions) and the music would play overhead.  The two bartenders that were there were very friendly and kept wanting to give me more coffee (not a bad thing!)  We discussed the movie and our thoughts on the entire Star Wars movie franchise. On the overhead, the song “Africa” from Toto was playing.  When the part of the song go to the chorus, the wait staff broke into song and harmonized (beautifully, I might add):

Its gonna take a lot to take me away from you/  There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do/ I bless the rains down in Africa/ Gonna take some time to do the things we never had…

In fact some of the patrons sang/hummed along (like me…and you too! – don’t deny it), because really, how can you NOT sing along to Toto’s “Africa?”

Then, I found myself looking around, feeling almost nostalgic.

I had grown up in this neighborhood – my first job was literally kitty-corner from this place (R.I.P. The Swedish Bakery!)  Looking around at the tables at the men, women and children – a white man and a black woman, a trans couple, a family, a multi-racial group of friends (or couples double-dating?), and then at my show-toony, coffee-pushing bartenders, I felt such happiness and such pride.  Grateful and lucky to be witness to the openness and acceptance of this space and this neighborhood.  I sat, breathed in, and appreciated the moment.

I mentioned earlier about my stressful week.  Well, my time at Kanela ended that and left me with my hands full of Joe (thanks again to my legal caffeine pushers!), my belly filled with yumminess, and my heart overflowing with love.

Kanela Breakfast Club has five other locations, in addition to the one in Andersonville. Thats SIX places to choose from to enjoy their food and feel the love!

Have you been there as well?  What was your experience like?  Please leave your comments in the box below!

–Maeven

Meal Prep Monday: Greek Lentil Salad

I once had ordered lentil salad from a restaurant.  I won’t name them, because my experience wasn’t stellar.  However, this recipe inspired me to try it on my own.

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​Meal Prep Monday: Tilapia and Quinoa

So Mariano’s had this special where they take the fish fillet of your choice, they season it, and place it in an oven-ready bag for you to bake at home.  This week, they had a special on tilapia filets, so I ordered some.  They placed the filet in the oven-safe bag and added a pat of butter, parsley, lemon and rosemary garlic seasoning (there are five different seasonings to choose from).  The baking instructions are also on the bag.  My total for one package: $3.92 (awesome!) Continue reading “​Meal Prep Monday: Tilapia and Quinoa”

Supper Club Saturday

“Whenever I eat here, I feel like I was at my friends Mom or Grandma’s house…”

Greek Islands

200 South Halsted

Chicago, IL

 

I originally started coming here when I was at UIC (that’s the University of Illinois at Chicago for those who aren’t local).   Whenever I ate there, I felt like I was at someone’s house eating something their Grandmother just made.  The food was rich and full of flavor, and everything was so fresh.  From previous experience, after being in business for several years (or more), sometimes the taste changes (and sometimes not in a good way).  So now, the question is: “Will Greek Islands be the same?”

We started with the Saganaki.  Yes, its very cliché, but its one of the first things I tried from here, and it’s a classic.


Next, I created my own combo of moussaka and stuffed tomato.


Hubby had a combo of gyro and baked chicken.

After one bite of each, it was confirmed, a done deal, the last nail being hammered into the coffin…
After a taste of each dish, you can taste the freshness of the ingredients, I was still reminded of my friend’s Mother/Grandmother, so yes, this place still has it.

I also forgot that this place imports their olive oil straight from Greece (another explanation as to why everything is so good!)

Hopefully you will get to try for yourself!

Cheers!

–Maeven

Meal Prep Monday: Grilled Salmon & Quinoa

“When pressed with time, it can be hard to pull together meals for the week. Luckily, the store had some pre-marinated salmon portions on sale and I took advantage of that…”

When pressed with time, it can be hard to pull together meals for the week.  Luckily, the store had some pre-marinated salmon portions on sale and I took advantage of that.


I bought two filets marinated in maple dijon and two filets marinated in teriyaki, then placed it on the grill.  It only takes about 5 to 10 minutes (or longer if it’s a bigger portion).


For the quinoa, it’s a half cup of quinoa to one cup of chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Total cooking time was 20 minutes.  Halfway thru I added the butternut squash, and for the last few minutes, I added the spinach and the cranberries.  Remove from heat.  Let it sit for about five minutes.


Divide the quinoa and salmon in containers for the week and refrigerate.


See? Easy peasy!

Enjoy!

– Maeven

Meal Prep Monday: Beef Brisket

 

So I felt adventurous and wanted to make an attempt at beef brisket.  I found two different recipes that sounded good and, when I couldn’t decide on one, I just combined the two.

First, I brought together the following ingredients:

2 lbs Kosher Beef Brisket
Salt/Pepper

12 oz can/bottle of beer

Trader Joe’s Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce

1-Onion (chopped)



Second, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  I put salt and pepper over the brisket.  Take a baking pan and line with foil (because this gets messy).  I combined the beer and the BBQ sauce together and coated the brisket with it.  Pour in the chopped onions and cover it with foil.  Roast in the oven for three hours total.  At two and a half hours, remove the foil.
When finished, let the meat rest before slicing.

Pair with a side of vegetables, such as baby broccoli or roasted root vegetables.

FYI this came out very tender and flavorful!  Definitely making this again!  I hope that you enjoy this as well!

-Maeven

Recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/57264/simply-the-easiest-beef-brisket/

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/beef_brisket/

Meal Prep Monday:  Pressure Cooker Beef and Bone Soup

“One of my favorite soups for when the cooler weather hits…”

With the change of weather, people all around are sniffling and sneezing.  I couldn’t afford to get sick either.  So, other than taking a bunch of Vitamin C every day, and drinking my green tea, I made one of my favorite soups.

I tried getting oxtails for this, but the store did not have any at the time.  So, I bought some short ribs, marrow bones and beef shanks for the protein.  I also picked up a bag of soup vegetables that included carrots, potatoes, celery, parsnips, an onion, and a turnip.  I also diced some garlic cloves.

I set my pressure cooker to saute so I can brown the meat (it adds more flavor).  While that was heating up, I seasoned the meat with salt and pepper.  I also smothered some tomato paste onto the marrow bones.  The marrow bones add more flavor and richness to the broth.

I melted a tablespoon of coconut oil (or you can use olive oil) in the pressure cooker, and then added the meat.  Once the meat was browned, I added the garlic and chopped onion.  Once the garlic and onion became glossy, I added the beef broth (for more flavor).  I set the pressure cooker for 35 minutes.

At this point, let it cool completely, place the inner pot into the refrigerator until the fat solidifies on the top.  Once it does, remove the fat and reheat the pot in the pressure cooker.  I set it on saute for about 20 minutes.  Once the broth returns to liquid, add the rest of the vegetables and a bay leaf.  Then reset to Pressure cook for at least 30 to 45 minutes.

Ideally, you would let the flavors marry over a day or so.  If not, its still alright – its still yummy!
-Maeven

Ingredients:

4 cloves of garlic

1 chopped onion

1 turnip, cubed

2 parsnips, cut

3 small red potatoes, cleaned and diced

2 celery stalks, cut

1-16 oz can of cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed

1-32 oz container of beef broth

2 bay leaves

This meal was inspired by the following recipes:

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/34093639615/pressure-cooker-porcini-and-tomato-beef-short-ribs

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/toasted-garlic-beef-stock