Fountainhead, Ravenswood

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Oh do I love a good rooftop dining experience, especially in Chicago during the summer. It might be my favorite way to experience Chicago summers, actually. Good food, great weather and views, cool drinks, good company. It’s such a relaxed way to unwind.

So when my cousin came in to visit, I had to wow her with a dining experience like no other. We headed to Fountainhead, a German-inspired restaurant in Ravenswood with a killer rooftop and am awesome sounding menu of snacks to munch the evening away.

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Drinks

We started with sonme drinks at the bar while they prepped our table upstairs. Since Jessie’s under 21, she stuck with a diet coke but I got more adventurous and tried their rosé sangria. Oh my goodness was it sweet. But actually really good! It was crisp and refreshing even if my molars were wondering why I’d done this to them. I don’t know that I would order it again but it was good for a start.

Sarah ordered a rhubarb cider that I thought was awful but she loved. Rhubarb is super not my jam, though, so I knew I was in for disappointment with that one.

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Atmosphere

With our table ready, we headed upstairs and were seated. The vibe of the rooftop is so chill. Disposable cups and dishes, umbrellas, TVs, an open grill. It was great and exactly what we were looking for, even if we couldn’t really get any good views from where we were.

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Food

The main event! This was where Fountainhead really won me over. Between the three of us, we tried a good chunk of the rooftop menu (which is different from the menu downstairs in the main restaurant). Tacos, german pub bites, and so much more. This stuff was gooooood. Keep scrolling for details on the food we ordered and more photos form this amazing evening.

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sangria and cider

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Elotes, Fountainhead style! This dish is inspired by the traditional hispanic version. Corn, cheese, butter, chile powder, cilantro, and lime. So delicious.

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Chicken taco. Looked good, smelled good. Pretty traditional and got a thumbs up from Jessie!

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Pretzel with dipping mustard. That mustard was teeming with horseradish. Definitely not for the faint of heart but really tasty nonetheless.

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Pork taco. Also really tasty.

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Pub cheese, which is exactly what it looks like. A tub of cheese and a pretzel roll for spreading. Spicy with horseradish and so yummy.

Fountainhead, Ravenswood | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I highly recommend checking our Fountainhead for an awesome rooftop experience. Their extensive drink menu will have something to satisfy everyone and their food is wonderful! They do not take reservations so prepare to wait a little while if you want to sit up top, even on weekdays!

Public Hotel & Pump Room Summer Cocktail Launch

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

To kick off the best season in Chicago and show off their new seasonal cocktails, Public Hotel hosted a party for influencers in Chicago. A rooftop party. With cocktails. Literally the most signature Chicago thing you can do in the summer. Needless to say, we FLOCKED there in droves. I saw so many of my favorite blogger babes including Rachel of Wayfaring Rachel, Maddy of Chicago Cheap-Ass, Katie of Dining at my Desk, and Chrissy of The Hungary Buddha! It was an amazing chance for us to all catch up, unwind, and share a drink in this picturesque location.

Now, I’m in lust with the Gold Coast already. The whole neighborhood is STUNNING and I’m just a little bit obsessed. So getting a chance to party there might have made my entire week. And on the rooftop with those gorgeous views of the skyline? Yep, I was sold.

The cocktail menu featured the new seasonal selections for each of the Public Hotel’s various restaurants and lounges. This includes the Pump Room and the Library & Coffee Lounge (which is going to probably become a regular haunt for me in the very near future). I sampled four of the cocktails on feature and am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

The Niña Fuerte features a Yerba-Mate tea infused Milagro Reposado Tequila alongside Luxardo Marachino, lime, pineapple, and mint. I happened to be nearby when this one was being mixed up and got to watch its creator, Ben Pavlichek, at work. It was mesmerizing watching the expert cocktail creation!

Among other drinks sampled were the Strawberry Royale, a sparkling rose with strawberry syrup (just a bit sweet for my taste); the Gold Coast, La Colombe cold-brew with barrel-aged gin, non-dairy milk, simple syrup, and a kiss of cinnamon (so delicious!); and, the surprise of the evening, the Coffee Stout, sparkling cold-brew coffee with whiskey, vanilla simple syrup, and a touch of lemon zest. It was so refreshing!

I highly recommend checking out Public Hotel for their many different dining and lounge options and trying all the summery cocktails available.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Strawberry Royale alongside the menu of drinks for the evening.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The making of the La Niña Fuerte

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Finished product!

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gorgeous views to accompany the evening.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Romper | LOFT (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes | Topshop (similar here, here, and here)

Joy District Chi, the Grand Opening

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Let me tell you about this awesome restaurant called Joy District. They’re stationed in River North and are one of those awesome concept places with three floors, one of which is a dope rooftop. I’m such a sucker for rooftops that anyone with one has automatically won me over simply with that.

So before I get to the food, let me tell you about the restaurant itself. This place has some of the best styling I’ve ever seen at a restaurant! Super gorgeous patterns, nice industrial vibe with the exposed brick and crazy high ceilings. Mirrors and art all over the place. Seriously, it’s an Instagram dream!

And the rooftop? Lounge chairs everywhere. Amazing views. Everything you could ever want in a Chicago rooftop plus some stunning art. So good.

But this food now.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good photos of the food since it was going so fast! They brought out delicious bites on trays that didn’t last long at all. Trays were being decimated left and right!

I got to sample their burger slider, fish slider, tuna sushi, and more. I’m happy to announce that literally everything I ate was phenomenal. Enough so that I will definitely be going back to sample their full menu in the future.

Even though this was just an opening party and I didn’t get to fully experience everything that Joy District has to offer, I was super pleased with everything I DID get to experience. I definitely recommend this restaurant!

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Joy District in Chicago, a New Restaurant | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Copper Fox, a Gastropub

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gastropub
/ ɡastrōˌpəb/ noun. British / a pub that specializes in serving high quality food.

Basically, everything I loved about England. Right in the heart of Chicago. Naturally, when I walked by them I knew I was bound to go back to sample some delicious food.

Copper Fox is one of the newer restaurants to grace the River North area. They’re so new, they don’t even have a website yet — just Facebook! Adorable logo, stunning decor, and a menu that made me have dreams of the food I would one day eat there.

Cue excuse for a birthday lunch and you bet I was all over going here! I finally got to sample the amazing menu that tantalized me for several weeks.

We got a table and I immediately booked it for the drink menu. After spending lots of time in England, I honestly find it kind of weird that we don’t have a drink with lunch here in America. So when I have the option to sip on something while I dine I definitely will. I went with a lovely fruity chardonnay that supported the rest of my meal rather beautifully.

I had a beet and goats cheese sandwich which had fresh arugula (or rocket, depending on where you come from), and was served alongside some pretty scrumptious sweet potato tots. Sarah sampled their fried avocado salad, though her avocado was not fried so as to work with her allergies.

Which reminds me- they were actually pretty great with that! The menu didn’t have terribly much that was dairy and egg free from the start but they were willing to work with us to modify a dish so that Sarah could enjoy the amazing food without getting sick. Any restaurant that takes the time to do that is A+ in my book! So good job, Copper Fox.

The food was, needless to say, amazing! It lived up to the expectations that I had been building in my head. My sandwich was so so so delicious. I’m convinced that beets at goats cheese are the most delicious combination known to culinary kind and, thus, it’s the combo that brings out my foodie more than most places.

Sarah’s salad was super tasty, too! It came with these candied jalapeños that were a little sweet, a little pickley, and a little spicy and just made the salad so perfect, particularly since the avocado was just raw. It definitely supported al the ingredients in the dish. I can only imagine how good it would be with the fried version!

We finished our meal and actually got to chat with Dominic Angotti, the general manager. He inquired about our meal and made sure our allergy needs had been well tended to. I got to hear a little bit about the restaurant and their future plans which include a sidewalk patio (my favorite!). Then he asked about dessert and this was where they really shined.

We don’t do dessert terribly often since most desserts are laden with milk and/or eggs but they went out of their way to create something just for us. A fresh raspberry sorbet with chunks of strawberries and (because I mentioned it was my birthday) a candle sticking out the top. Definitely off-menu and very simple but it showed a commitment to the diner as well as their commitment to quality ingredients. That was easily some of the best sorbet I have ever had!

My overall experience at Copper Fox was seriously wonderful. I will be returning there again and again for a high quality lunch, a round of drinks, or whatever I happen to be feeling on that particular day. Make sure to check them out at 155 E. Ontario St and let me know how the experience is!

Onto the photos. Enjoy the scroll!

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

A little wine to go with my dine.

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gorgeous tables around the bar.

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Super unique art. Film clippings from the film In Old Chicago, 1938.

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

My beet and goats cheese sandwich with sweet potato tots. SO GOOD!

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Another shot of that work of culinary art.

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sarah’s Fried Avocado salad with candied jalapeños sent from the gods.

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And then there was dessert.

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Make a wish!

Copper Fox, River North. A New Chicago Gastropub | Stile.Foto.Cibo

 

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogger Collective

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogger Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Last weekend I got to attend a brunch with my favorite blogging group, the Windy City Blogger Collective. It’s a group of bloggers from around Chicago getting together to make our blogs bigger and better. You may remember them from the Blog Your Best 2016 conference I attended earlier this year. Basically, they’re amazing.

The venue for our brunch was this amazing loft, DL Loft, which is an event space you can rent out for just about anything from photo shoots to dinners and more! The space is simply stunning! And can totally be booked overnight. I’m not saying I want to spend my wedding night here, but I wouldn’t mind waking up on my first morning of being married in this simply stunning venue.

It’s a two floor loft in the heart of Lakeview. Exposed brick everywhere, a gigantic wall of windows creating the most gorgeous lighting ever, beautifully styled furniture and decor, a back garden that’s every blogger’s dream, and a fully loaded chef’s kitchen make this space everything I’ve ever needed.

We had donuts from Doodles Donuts that we got to decorate ourselves with brightly colored icing. Mine didn’t turn out that great since it took me a little while to get the hang of the icing but we got there. And they were GOOD! Mine was filled with an amazing chocolate cream that oozed everywhere and made a giant delicious mess.

A mimosa bar by Tastings.com, braids by Stylisted, and an amazing host in Debbie and this space was absolute perfection. I want to move in! Or at least host a bunch of events. I can almost guarantee that this space will show up again on the blog (did I hear someone in the back say Blogiversary Party?!). Enjoy the photos!

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Donuts and other delicious goodies!

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Mirror selfie. Typical.

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Mimosa Bar by Tastings.com

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Braids by Stylisted

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

MORE braids by Stylisted

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Can I have this wingback in my home? Please and thank you.

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Living Room goals like whoa. Obsessed.

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gorgeous decor at every turn!

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Even more braids. Hey look, I found Rachel from Wayfaring Rachel!

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Clean slate donuts waiting to be doodled on

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gorgeous string lights on the back patio.

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And mirrors for days. How gorgeous would a party be out here at night?!

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Can I wake up here every morning? I’m in love!

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Dress by Pink Blush

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gold Pave X Ring by t+j Designs

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

This whole loft was goals. Let’s be real.

Brunch at DL Loft with Windy City Blogging Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Can I drink my morning coffee gazing into this mirror every day? Thanks.

Thanks for reading along!

Dress | Pink Blush
Ring | t+j Designs
Necklace | ILYMIX (get 20% off your order with code “stile20”)
Shoes | Target 

Bloggers Who Brunch @ The Allis, Soho House

Bloggers Who Brunch

What happens when you get a group of amazing blogger babes together and you all go out? Brunch at one of Chicago’s most beautiful spots, that’s what.

The wonderful Dasha of Windy City Wardrobe got this great group together to share a meal, meet each other, and just commiserate over being a blogger in this city of ours over some amazing food. We met up at The Allis inside Soho House.

Left to right in the photo above we’ve got Sabrina of Styles by Sab, Lindsey of Butter & Type, Dasha of Windy City Wardrobe, me, and Jalpa of Samosa Pop. We also had Michaela of The Deep End Review, Dasha’s wonderful wife and our photographer for the day. It was so great to get together with other bloggers where we could really chat with each other about all things blogger and there was zero judgement over taking tons of photos (and standing on chairs to do so) and just being our blogger selves.

But let’s talk about The Allis for a second. Because oh my goodness.

This little photography haven is actually the lobby of Soho House and serves a very limited menu. Their brunch menu is less than 20 items and that includes pastries. But every single thing is so so good and $15 or less. So it’s perfect for those of us who have to brunch on a budget but still want to have a wonderful and delicious time. Between all of us, we sampled a hearty portion of the menu and I think it’s safe to say we all really enjoyed what we had to eat.

My favorite item was definitely The Allis Breakfast. It’s avocado, hard eggs, smoked salmon, tomatoes, and toast all for you to mix and match and mash and devour. I also highly recommend the grilled cheese (there’s goats cheese on this, people!) and their lattes which are as delicious as they are beautiful. I definitely plan on going back very soon as it was so good.

I mean… I DO have a birthday coming up next month… (THIS IS A GIANT HINT!)

Beyond their brunch, The Allis is known for their afternoon tea which is served every single day and ridiculously popular. Definitely book in advance for that. Their lunch menu, equally small, is rumored to be wonderful as well. I’m convinced this place can do no wrong.

Now on to the photos!

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

A good portion of our spread. Check out those amazing plates!

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Allis Breakfast

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

That wonderful grilled cheese. Comes with a smoky tomato dipping sauce.

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gorgeous latte art. Decaf for me!

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Check out these blogger babes!

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Of course there were mimosas to be had.

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gorgeous decor everywhere!

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

A little salmon and avocado toast from The Allis Breakfast. Delicious!

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

More of that gorgeous latte art. I’m a sucker for pretty milk.

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

In case you forget where you are, there’s gorgeous art to remind you!

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And this wonderful piece.

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

That grilled cheese again. With the tomato sauce dip. So. Good.

The Allis @ Soho House | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Vegan Tofu Satay

Vegan Tofy Satay | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Are you drooling yet? One photo should be enough to make that happen. I know I am even thinking about how delicious this dish was.

I’m always looking for new ways to cook up tofu and this seemed like a no brainer. I used to love chicken satay and sometimes Thai restaurants have tofu satay. It’s one of my favorite Thai dishes! How had I not made it at home yet?

Well, that situation has been rectified thanks to this amazing meal. This serves two. Feel free to double if you’re having lots of people over (or if the two of you are particularly hungry).

Vegan Tofu Satay | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Tofu:

  • 1 package firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha hot sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp agave nectar

Skewers, soaked in water for up to an hour.

Satay Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • half an onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2/3 c smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 can coconut milk

Prep your tofu. Cut the block into four big sections, wrap in paper towels, and press with weight for an hour to an hour and a half.

Once the tofu is pressed and nice and dry, cut it into smaller pieces. The size you’re going to want to skewer them.

Mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a dish (I used a loaf pan because it’s what I had on hand). Add the tofu and toss it around a bit. You’re going to end up only really coating one side of the tofu. That’s okay. Let it sit for 30 minutes, come back to it, and flip it to the other side. It’s going to real real slimy. Just prepare yourself for that.

Vegan Tofu Satay | Stile.Foto.Cibo

While the tofu is marinading, go ahead and move into sauce land.

Add your coconut oil to a pan over medium heat. When that’s good and hot, toss in your onions, sriracha, and garlic. Sauté until everything is soft and starting to color. I’d give it 7-10 minutes for good measure.

Vegan Tofu Satay | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Next, add in the peanut butter and agave and melt the peanut butter. Keep stirring constantly while you do this so the peanut butter doesn’t burn on the pan. That’s not good eats.

Vegan Tofu Satay | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Be warned. At this point in the process, any peanut butter loving dogs in the neighborhood might come round for a sniff. After all, everything is going to smell like peanut butter at this point.

Zoe the Love Nugget

Take the mixture and, being VERY CAREFUL, transfer it to a blender.  Blitz while adding your coconut milk until you get a good dipping sauce consistency. Feel free to add more coconut milk if it seems too thick.

Vegan Tofu Satay | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Now, back to this tofu. Preheat your oven to 450F. While that’s happening, take your skewers and add the tofu to it. Drape these over the edges of a baking sheet. They may touch the sheet because of soggy skewers but don’t worry about it. As long as they have some way to get into the oven, you’re good.

Vegan Tofu Satay | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Bake the tofu for 10-15 minutes until everything is sizzling happily and the tofu is cooked. This is honestly going to depend on your oven. I ended up doing mine for about 12. Eyeball it and trust yourself.

Now, pour that amazing sauce into some little bowls for dipping, plate your tofu, and garnish with some chopped cilantro or chives. Totally optional but definitely delicious.

Vegan Tofu Satay | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Take a moment to admire your handiwork. Maybe snap an Instagram photo. Then dig in! Be warned, this stuff is highly addictive. You’re going to want to eat it for every single meal for the rest of your life after this. Enjoy!

Vegan Tofu Satay | Stile.Foto.Cibo