My best friend came down to visit from Paris last week. She was my coworker but we became the bestest of friends in a short manner of time. Our company has an annual boat party every year at Navy Pier. This year as I was getting back in my Uber, I noticed this super cute place that seemed like it had a really nice vibe called the Hampton Social. All I saw driving by was big windows and that’s what drew me in. Right that second I told myself I HAVE to go there for lunch sometime. I actually whatsapped the best friend/coworker saying we have to go here and of course she agreed but it took her moving to Paris for us to actually go. On another note, I’ve been thinking for the past few days. When it comes to this blog, I haven’t been unapologetically myself. I kept thinking about what was politically correct to say or not say on my blog. And honestly, nobody really gives a shit about my self censor. This blog is to pen my thoughts, feelings, and food (which is basically my life summed up), so that’s what I’m going to do. I don’t think I’ll offend anyone because I’m not an offensive person and I like billions of human beings have a voice that I can use unapologetically. So here goes. Also, there’s squiggly lines under unapologetically in this post but it’s an adverb, so I am being fed lies by this editor lol. But back to this super cute restaurant we went to that has you feeling like you’re on a pier in Maine with that fresh seafood smell that hits you soon as you walk in. There’s a difference between stanky seafood smell and a good seafood smell though and the Hampton Social has a good one. Honestly I had the best squid ink linguine in my life at this place.
There’s this cafe my brother kept telling me to check out. I work in the loop so I love exploring the city (as far as it comes to the loop) as much as I can while I’m here. Who knows I might not be here that long and I’d like to travel as much as I can but growing up Indian (of any type of Asian descent really) you can’t do anything unless it’s with your future husband. My workaround to this mentality? Lunch time findings in the city. I scavenge the loop to try to find cute places that I have to really walk for. I was telling my brother how I went to the grand opening of Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique and ended up getting a gluten free brownie but since it was their grand opening and I guess I’m kind of cute too, they ended up giving me a second one for free. And it ended up being the best brownie I have ever had and I can eat gluten. So booger (my brother) goes “Have you been to Goddess and the Baker, right across from it on Wabash?”, I say extremely curious “No…” and then he tells me “You should REALLY go.” And boom it was in the back of my head the whole time. I made up a plan to see some of my friends for lunch, they asked where do you want to go? I casually threw in Goddess and the Baker being least suspecting of also having never been there. And honestly it was such a good idea. The place is absolutely adorable. I found a location near my work place as well but I went to the one on Wabash since it’s right next to DePaul (I’m an alum, I need any excuse to go to school) and a couple of my friends are in school. The distance didn’t even matter because the matcha latte I had was well worth it! It was $5.75 but I kid you not, I didn’t even feel bad about it cause it was that good and also their mugs are the size of my face. They’re definitely going to be seeing more of me!
Ever since I got back on snapchat, I was off it a year ?, I discovered tastemade and I absolutely love almost all the recipes on there. I screenshot pretty much all the recipes or food so I can look at pics later and recreate them. It was the month of Ramadan, I got the ingredients for this recipe about a month ago, so the execution FINALLY happened. I love Ramen and there’s actually this specific brand of Ramen that I love called Maggi noodles but unfortunately I have to say this with a heavy heart it has been banned for high iron contents. Really though, with that stuff, high iron never hurt anyone……That was literally my childhood down the drain. I adapted Erwan Heussaff’s recipe from Tastemade and made Steak Ramen Stir Fry.
Steak Ramen Stir Fry
- 1 lb steak cut into small strips
- 1 red onion chopped
- 1 can baby corn
- 1 bunch of spring onions chopped
- 6 packs of ramen noodles
- 1 lime
- 1.5 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1.5 tspn chili powder
- 6 packets of cooked ramen (without any flavor)
- 1 lime
- 1.5 tspn brown sugar
- 1 lime
- 2 tspn sesame oil
- 1.5 tspn garlic ginger paste
Heat a large pan on medium high heat.
Cook the steak for 2-3 minutes. Add in all the vegetables and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add in ginger garlic paste and onion and cook for another couple minutes. Add in soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add in the ramen noodles and mix everything till fully incorporated. Squeeze on lime juice and garnish with peanuts or sliced water chestnuts for crunch.
Keep in mind ramen is best eaten soon as it’s cooked and you don’t want to overcook this, so it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to toss everything together.