Hubbard Inn Winter Menu Preview


This time of year is always a time full of family, magic, and holiday cheer, but it is also always a time of frantic planning, shopping, hosting, and altogether chaos. Some nights, I just need a short break. A few hours where I am able to relax, dine, and drink with adults. I replace the Doc McStuffins theme song with jazzy lounge music. I replace the yoga pants and slippers with fitted pants and some boots. Continue reading “Hubbard Inn Winter Menu Preview”

Supper Club Saturday: Kanela Breakfast Club (Andersonville)

Kanela Breakfast Club

5413 N Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60640


“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!


Thirsty Thursday: It’s National Coffee Day!!

How did you celebrate National Coffee Day?

It’s no secret that Justine, Maeven, and I LOOOVE our food. And that includes our coffee!! Of course, we here at Eat Play Chicago LA will not let this day go by without sharing with you guys how we celebrated this awesome holiday.

Justine’s cup of joe:

Justine went to Krispy Kreme with the two kiddos for coffee and donuts. Coffee is life and everything, but just look at how yummy those Halloween donuts look!

Maeven’s cup of joe:

Look at how beautiful Maeven’s Cafe Latte is from La Colombe in Andersonville, Chicago.

Jaja’s cup of joe:

As for me, I spent the afternoon at my makeshift “blogger’s office” at Starbucks to enjoy my venti Iced coffee paired with vanilla bean scones.

How did you spend National Coffee day, our fellow coffee enthusiasts? Let us know! Have a nice day and enjoy that cup everyone! As a small reminder, make sure to carry with you a reusable cup to help the environment a little, not just to day but as often as you can remember.

-Jaja (@theforevertourist)


TAZO Passion Fruit Lemonade

Thursdays will be dedicated to the better half of food – drinks. Tasty, pretty concoctions to share with friends or family, or to just hoard to yourself.

This week I’ll be featuring a family favorite: the Tazo Passionfruit Lemonade (made famous at Starbucks).

My husband was the one who got me hooked on these.  But even at less than $5 for a venti, it was still costing me way too much for my own good.  So I started making them at home, and now I make it at every small or large get together, or even just on bright sunshiney days with the kids.  It’s caffeine-free so I don’t have to worry about my kids bouncing off the walls after lunch.  I mean, more so than usual.

You could definitely shortcut some of these steps by just getting premade lemonade or getting the powder type & just add water. But I prefer the taste of fresh lemonade.

So to start, I measure out all ingredients I need:

2 TBSP sugar

2 TBSP water

2 TBSP lemon juice

2 bags Tazo Passionfruit Tea

4 cups water

2 cups of ice

First up, I make the Passionfruit Tea. You should be able to find this at your local grocery store, but if not, you can find it here.  This part is easy.  Steep 2 tea bags in 2 cups of hot water.  I usually let this sit for about 20 minutes.

While waiting for the tea to steep, I make the lemonade.

I make a simple syrup by mixing 2 tablespoons of sugar in 2 tablespoons of water over medium heat.  Once fully dissolved, I then add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 cups ice cold water.

Now this step is important – taste it. Does it taste like a good lemonade? If it seems too tart or sweet, add a little bit more water. If it tastes too watery, add more lemon juice & sugar. Everyone seems to like their lemonade different so at this point, customize to your liking =)
Then I just put everything except the ice together! If I’m serving it right away, then I add the ice in and give it a good, gentle stir – because otherwise I spill. And the super red-pink liquid is NOT fun to drop on nice light-colored clothing. Or the counter.

Actually, here’s an *official disclaimer*

If I’m not serving it until later in the day, however, I just pop it in the fridge BEFORE putting in the ice. I tend to make a big batch of this because measurement wise, it just makes sense. It gets too fancy to attempt making ¼ of a batch.  Plus it is so popular with my family that we go through the big batch in no time!  Hope you are able to try it out and enjoy it as much as we do!