brian’s juice bar – chicago

I have really been wishing there was a juice bar somewhat close to where I work. (sigh).  Since I started with the green monsters I have been dying to try a green juice. Yes, there are places to get juice in Minneapolis, but so far I haven’t found anything that is exactly convenient so I had had yet to try. While in Chicago (read about my awesome trip to karyn’s raw restaurant) there was a juice bar right around the corner from my hotel – at first glance I thought it was hopeless, but when I gave it a try and went in I knew it would work and so I took full advantage! Refrigerators FULL of fruits and veggies.
My absolute favorite? Apple, Kiwi, Cucumber and Parsley. Yes, it may sound a little odd to some, but it was so unbelievably refreshing, not overly sweet and all around amazing and I’m dying to have more of it. I picked up some Naked Juice Green Machine which I used to love but it just wasn’t the same and almost tasted too sweet.
I’m going to hunt down a juice bar and try to find my juicer for the Magic Bullet because I just can’t live without this juice…
Do you have a favorite juice combo when you go to a juice bar??

grilled veggie & shrimp salad

Ever since I started grilling vegetables I do not want to stop! They are so great on everything (and not to mention that there is NO clean-up)! This salad included greens, cucumber, tomato and then grilled zucchini, peppers and onions and a side of beautiful shrimp!
veggie salad with feta crumbles

side of grilled shrimp (amazing!!!)

all together…

restaurants: karyn’s raw restaurant

karyn’s is a place I’m longing to go back to and I was just there a few days ago. It was a great girls’ night dinner and a very memorable evening. It was hard to pick what to get because EVERYTHING sounded delicious. We decided on 2 appetizers and 2 entree’s. Everything. Was. AMAZING. I think that eating at a raw restaurant always inspires me to experiment when I get home. I can’t wait to make some fun nut cheeses. Unfortunately we were there too late to check out the raw salad and juice bar but it is definitely a place that I want to visit again on my next visit to Chicago.  Onto the meal…
Nachos: crispy corn tortilla chips with guacamole, sweetened sour cream, black olives, marinated red onions and caramelized jalapeno’s

Cheeseplate: an assortment of 4 home-made seasoned cheeses accompanied by fruit, nuts and flax crackers

Pad Thai: thin sliced coconut noodles in a jungle peanut base cream sauce with marinated shitake mushrooms, julienned peppers and a cilantro oil drizzle

Empanadas: flax and corn masa pastry dough stuffed with 3 pepper chorizo and a house blend chili spice. Served with authentic raw chocolate mole and a salsa verde

ladies of the evening…

grilled burgers with cheddar & smoky aioli

The cover recipe of Bon Apetit looked too good to pass up. Burgers layered with grilled peppers and onions, arugula and topped with a smoky aioli? Sign me up!
My version of the aioli contained a mixture of mayo, olive oil, garlic, paprika, coriander, cumin and smoked sea salt.  (I then proceeded to make a side dish of my own so that I could add some sriracha! I’m actually starting to get a little worried about my consumption of sriracha, it is out of control!!!)
Grilled Veggies for the burgers

The final plate


This ended up being SO delicious. I ate sans bun because, well it just didn’t need it! This might be the prettiest burger I’ve ever seen  and I don’t even know if I needed the meat – the veggies and aioli stole the show!