Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Reader Appreciation Series Part 24:
Kingsbury Street Cafe (and a link-up)

I mentioned this on Friday, but I was such a fool when I was young.  Rioting against mandatory naps, enraged at the idea of someone making me go to bed at 9, offended that my parents had the audacity to force homemade family dinners on my important teenage schedule... I was a menace.  A menace and a fool.

But besides just regretting my truly baffling opposition to all things wonderful in the world, I also wonder if I'm going to look back in 10 years and think the same things about my 23-year-old self.  Will I look back on these posts and say to myself, "And you complained about using duct tape to fix a hole in your bathroom wall?!  You didn't know how great you had it."

Maybe I will and maybe I won't, but just like with pre-elementary school me who protested mandatory nap time, I probably won't know until it's too late.  But I guess that's life; you don't always know a good thing when you see it.

So this one is for all of you out there who have ever let a good thing go.  You had no idea nap time was a blessing until after your first 2PM office meeting.

So no matter what good thing you overlooked in the past, don't worry: I've got something here for you.

But in your defense, running can sort of suck.

75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For A Run

If you think about it, becoming a little bit more informed every day on something other than NCAA basketball was sort of neat.  But don't worry; just because you graduated doesn't mean you have to stop.

42 Incredibly Weird Facts You’ll Want To Tell All Your Friends

This one is okay because they make kid food for grownups nowadays.  And it looks divine.

#1. Roasted Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Grilled Cheese via Heather Christo
#2. Roasted strawberry, Brie + Chocolate Grilled Cheeeeeeeese via How Sweet It Is
#3. Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions via She Wears Many Hats

Maybe you'll realize this more than ever once you read this.  Or at least your "fragile" luggage will.

It's sad, but who's got time for books anymore?  At least you can read these good signs instead, though.

It's nice when things are on your schedule, not the bus driver's... because timing really is everything.

I've definitely got my beef with Chicago.  (I'm pretty sure that Satan pays for his brunch with the Illinois state income tax.  Why else is it so mercilessly high?).  But God knows he's eating well... because Chicago can do brunch.

If I've said it once, I've said it five million and thirty two times: someone could spend five lifetimes in Chicago and never try all of the amazing brunch menus in this city.  But that doesn't stop Derrick and me from trying.

This week, we took a little bus ride down to Kingsbury street so that we could try its cafe.

Derrick noted that we were in a nice part of the city as he watched a Lexus pull into the Whole Foods parking garage.  I didn't notice though; I was too busy listening to the muffins.

Oh, you didn't know that muffins made noise?  Well they do; if you listened closely, you could hear the soft sound of a choir of angels being emitted from just under that blueberry.

I did finally notice, however, when we sat down and looked at the menu.  One of the choices was "chai seed breakfast pudding."  It was like the healthy living blog of brunch spots.

But instead of scoffing, I did exactly the opposite; I ordered the pudding.  Because what kind of life are you living if you never have chai seed pudding, a cheddar scone, and a Bloody Mary at least once?

Well, I'll never know because that's what I had.

And not only was it delicious, it was also very photogenic.

Aesthetic appeal is not high on Derrick's brunch priority list, however, and if you're looking at my pudding wondering what is wrong with me... you're not alone.  Although Derrick supports my "alternative" brunching style, he doesn't participate.

Luckily, his make-your-own chicken, mushroom, bacon, and cheddar omelette suited him just fine.

Overall a solid brunching experience, but we both agreed that it wasn't anything worth going out of your way for.  

Unless, of course, you are really just hankering for some chai.  And even if you aren't, you might want to just try it out anyway for the sake of social media.  Because really, nothing says suave like some chai pudding through an Amaro Instagram filter.

I did this once before, and I'm doing it again: I'm making this post a link-up.  Because one of the best parts of being a blogger is finding other bloggers.  And also because my train ride to work is currently longer than my Bloglovin' feed, so I need some new stalk-ees.

So link-up, be appreciated, and give me something cool to look at!

It's Monday.  Kick its butt!

Want more tea? Have a second cup!
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