Breakfast and Brunch, Coffee, Dessert, Dinner, Farmer's Market, Lincoln Park, Uncategorized

Blue Door Farm Stand

Blue Door Farm Stand

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Address: 843 Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: (773) 935-2583
Website

Price Range: $10-15
Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5

What We Tried: Brussels & Kale Salad, Roasted Beet & Farro Salad, Fig & Arugula Grilled Cheese, Purple Line Wrap, Turkey & Aged Cheddar Sandwich, Roasted Vegetable Wrap

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Cute!

 

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Okay, cute!

 

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Ca-ute!

 

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I gave up sweets for Lent…

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Brussels & Kale Salad…the bacon evens out.

 

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Apple Pie Grilled Cheese

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Turkey Cheddar

 

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My kind of place.

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Roasted Beet & Farro Salad

 

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Order at the counter.

 

Our Take:

Kale. Mason jars. Oprah. These are a few of my favorite things. All three come together at Blue Door Farm Stand, the Lincoln Park cafe/restaurant named after none other than Ofrey’s Indiana property. 

Blue Door serves up seasonal wraps, sandwiches, salads, juices and coffee, all made with ingredients from local farmers and farmers’ markets. As their mission statement declares, “Our philosophy at Blue Door Farm Stand is simple. We believe in the seasons dictating what’s on the table. We are committed to being part of the community and the importance of having personal relationships with all our purveyors. We believe in providing a warm and welcoming space for all our guests to enjoy wholesome delicious food.” 

Same. Try Blue Door Farm Stand for brunch, lunch or dinner, eight days a week. I’m partial to their Brussels & Kale salad, but I won’t say no to a roasted vegetable wrap, either. They also serve the best carrot cake in Chicago (I would know), which you can have delivered to your apartment via the Locally app (I wouldn’t know anything about that). 

10/10, 100%, favorite cafe in Lincoln Park. Meet you there for coffee at 5. I’ll be there, drinking my almond milk latte, checking out Oprah’s Instagram. 

– Carolyn

Harvest Day!

Harvest Day!

 

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Farmer's Market, Lincoln Park, Recipes

Green City Market

Green City Market
Farmer’s Market

Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Address: 2732 N. Clark St., #302, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: (773) 880-1266
Website

Price Range: $6-30
Our Rating: 4 out of 5

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The vegetable section

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Baked goods

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One of two flower stands–I wish there were more!

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What We Tried: Black Garlic, Peaches, Nectarines, Apples, Apple Cider

Our Take: I came to Green City Market with obnoxiously high farmer’s market standards, thanks to two summers spent in Park City and Saturdays at the Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market. Green City Market looks bigger from the outside than it actually is, but it has everything you need in terms of fresh fruits and veggies. There are a couple stands each for jams, sauces, and cheese, and two or three baked goods stalls. One corner of the market is devoted to food vendors. We didn’t stop at any of the food vendors, but the line for the savory spinach crepes was down the block, and people were raving about some kind of bacon cookie. My only complaint? Everything was very expensive. I purchased five peaches for $6, but other than that, I couldn’t afford much else. (Although, as soon as I get my next paycheck, I will be treating myself to a package of black garlic) I am fully in favor of eating local and supporting nearby farms, but I also need to pay my rent. Maybe someday! 

So, we went to Jewel and bought all the same vegetables that we wanted to buy at the farmer’s market, instead. At Jewel, I also participated in an in-store contest where you stood inside a glass box and tried to grab paper dollar bills as they flew around. Which was maybe the exact opposite of the farmer’s market. But hey, the nectarines we bought at Jewel were still gone in two days, and Meredith and I made an excellent dinner of cauliflower pizza with three different toppings. (Kale, Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion; Eggplant and Pepper, and Peach, Arugula, and Balsamic). Speaking of balsamic, see below. You can just pretend I bought the strawberries at the farmer’s market.

-Carolyn

PS. My must-make recipe of the moment: 

Balsamic

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries (Before roasting)

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

Ingredients:
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1-2 tbsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper. 
2. Combine liquid ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add in strawberries and toss until they are well coated. Transfer the contents to the baking dish. Be sure to drizzle out all the sauce from the bowl into the baking dish, too.
3. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until the balsamic vinegar is thick and syrupy.
4. Let cool, and then store in a closed mason jar (or any kind of container) in the refrigerator. 

Use the strawberries as an addition to salad, pasta, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, or even on their own. I made a zucchini noodle pasta salad with them, which I am posting below:

Zucchini Pasta Salad with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries, Avocado, and Pistachios

Ingredients:
Salad Greens, I prefer a Spring Mix
Balsamic Roasted Strawberries (see above)
25-30 shelled pistachios
1 avocado, cubed
Zucchini Noodles (We own a spiralizer, see how to make zucchini noodles here) 
Rice Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:
1. Place the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Dress the salad with one turn around the bowl each of the rice vinegar and balsamic vinegar. 
3. Toss, and serve. 

The salad of the summer

The salad of the summer

 

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