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Foodie Friday Catch Up (Family, Food Fest, CSA Fun + Burrito Beach!) 7/5

Today, the Friday Catch Up goes seriously Foodie Friday! No recipes, just awesome finds, stories, and some discounts for you!

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Friday Catch Up 7/5

First and foremost, in the interest of full disclosure, I am writing this post on Wednesday afternoon. Why? Because my family is arriving Thursday for the weekend! You know what that means… 


1) Yes, I researched our restaurants, and yes, we have reservations for each night and one brunch. Thursday, we are going to Beacon Tavern, which you may remember from this post. Alex has to work Thursday, so after I gather up the fam and feed them lunch, we are going to head downtown and, weather permitting, do some fun things down there. Then Beacon Tavern for dinner!

Tonight (Friday), we are going to a new (to us and to Chicago) resto called Ella Elli, which is apparently on the rise and looks delish. Saturday morning will bring us back to Hutch for brunch and then Lillie’s Q for a fun, casual dinner. 

I am super excited, yes, to have delicious dinners (you know how I do), but to have my whole family together and for everyone to meet Ridley! Cross your fingers for good weather and a good time!

2) Another reason that it is important to note that I am writing this prior to Thursday night? Because Thursday, before my family arrives, Edited to add: i had the days mixed up! So today my family, Erica and I are going down to Taste of Chicago to browse around and check out some of our favorite vendors! I’ve never gone before (I’m cheap and don’t trust myself in the presence of all of that deliciousness), but I am all atwitter to finally check out one of the largest and most renowned food festivals in the country and the world. Biggest bonus of all is that I will be going with Erica, one of my favorite people, and we will get to catch up and make plans for our upcoming racecation to San Francisco for the Empowered Race Series!

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3) We got our second CSA box this weekend, and as you know, I immediately started using it, first the dill in our omelets and then the Napa Cabbage for our tacos over the weekend. Since then, I’ve been sauteing up the Swiss Chard for lunches and dinner, and Wednesday, I steamed the beets and beet greens, which were delicious!

I wanted to go ahead and cook the beets so that I could try freezing one or two and enjoy the others. They are gorgeous, so you know that I can’t wait too long to eat them.  We still have lots of other fun things to enjoy, but with the fam in this weekend, those plans are going to have to wait!

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4) Speaking of plans and eating all fancy like, I ate super fancy on Wednesday night. I had the steamed beet green with a side of ever so elegant string cheese and loaded baked oatmeal. We had planned on having chicken Pad Thai (using CSA goodies) but Alex got sick off of one of the pieces of chicken that we had (not from the CSA), so we had to toss the rest + he was going to be home later. Hey, gotta take the high brow with the low brow, right?

5) Wait, MORE food news? Yup.

Monday, Burrito Beach treated me to their entire Beach Body menu as well as some not so “beach body” friendly treats, their amazing frozen custard creations. Alex and I have long loved going to Burrito Beach–in fact, I much prefer it over Chipotle for the options and the way I feel after eating the food. Chipotle always leaves me feeling greasy after, while Burrito Beach just feels fresh. I also love all of their protein options!

All items on the Beach Body menu are under 500 calories, but they do not lack in flavor or nutrition. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Burrito Beach actually makes almost everything they serve in house–from the meats that they butcher in the kitchen and then marinate in house-recipes to the salsas, which have beautiful layers of flavor. 

But the goal of the Beach Body menu isn’t to cater to the “Beach Body” trend, though, sure, it is playing into that with the name. The goal of the Beach body menu is to show that Mexican food doesn’t have to be a dietary bomb in order to be amazingly flavorful and satisfying! In fact, my favorite of the dishes were the two that were unique to the Beach Body menu, the Mexican Quinoa Salad and the Vegetable Chili, filled with quinoa. I would eat those every single day, and the fresh quinoa salad is actually a perfect foil to the ancho chili-based chili. And yes, you can get them both, served alongside a chicken taco in the Skinny Combo.

There are plenty of optional add-ins and protein options as well, so the menu is definitely vegetarian friendly as well as tastebud and waistline friendly.

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Something else that is tastebud friendly and perfect for the summer? Those frozen custards. I got to Triple Chocolate Blackout (brownies and fudge are involved) and the This Isn’t Going To Hurt A Bit (using Eli’s Cheesecake, graham cracker, and strawberries). My FIL would be in HEAVEN. Yes, you can devise your own creations, and they also have frozen yogurt! But that custard… I don’t even usually like custard (you know me and yolks) but these were amazing.

Burrito Beach invited me for lunch, but all opinions are my own!

Ok, that is it from me. I’m going to go walk Ridley in anticipation of all the eating I’m going to be doing this weekend. Because I gotta make some more room, right?

Anything fun and foodie to report?

Ever been to a major food fest?

Favorite type of taco?

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  • Reply Alicia @bridges Through life

    Love taste of Chicago. It definitely can be pricey though. Fun to experience at least once though. I think I have been 3 or 4 times.

    July 7, 2017 at 5:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely was an experience!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Christina @

    Those frozen custards look so good! I can’t get enough of ice cream this summer.

    July 7, 2017 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      For over 4 years I had ice cream every single night. Not kidding.

      July 15, 2017 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    I’m so excited your family is in town!!!!! I know you will have a lovely time this weekend!!! I’m jealous of all the food you’re going to get to eat that you don’t. have. to. cook. And I want the little chicken plate from that brunch place (if I were there i would absolutely try to buy it off them). As for my favorite taco: blackened fish with pineapple habanero salsa from a place in Charleston. Delish.

    July 7, 2017 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I went to taste of Chicago once about 20 years ago and I remember it being crazy good way back so I can only imagine how amazing it will be now. You always do it up well when the family is in town can’t wait to see all of your epic eats! Have a great time

    July 7, 2017 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you enjoyed what we got into!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Cora

    And nowwww I want Mexican. Gah I’ve been working so much lately… I havn’t made a single thing for myself in so long. I think that needs to end. I’m hankering for a good loot of fresh farmers market produce. Enjoy your weekend with family!! Can’t wait to hear about all the yummy eats I know you will have.

    July 7, 2017 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Go and get your Farmer’s market on, lady! I’m with you–I don’t feel so great when I don’t make my own food (like right now)

      July 15, 2017 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Sounds and looks like a day of deliciousness!

    After my beet OD, I don’t know if I can ever eat them again. I haven’t felt well since.

    July 7, 2017 at 7:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh jeez. that is no good!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    Aw have so much fun with your family this weekend CANNOT wait to see all the foodie pics. I’m heading to Chicago for a girls trip in August so I’ll have to chat with you about some of your favorite places, even though one of my friends lives there and has started planning. And OMG that burrito place, Mexican is my favorite but I try to have it sparingly because I love ALL the toppings 🙂

    July 7, 2017 at 8:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes! Send me an email!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Patrick@looneyforfood

    It all looks great! When I owned my coffee shop I went to all kinds of food shows ! Holy cow, they have them in football stadiums and you go around tasting everything to possibly put in your shop! So much food

    July 7, 2017 at 8:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wouldn’t survive lol

      July 15, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Emily

    Ok. Wow. Wow. That custard sounds delicious and the burrito place also sounds really good. I always find that a local place that has food that is similar to a chain is always better, because they seem to really work on developing the food quality. 🙂

    I hope you have a super duper fun time at that food festival. All that food sounds delightful and delicious.

    July 7, 2017 at 9:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We had the best time, thanks Emily!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Ohhh how FUN! I’m so glad you get to spend the weekend with your family! I love it!

    July 7, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Gretchen

    I’m glad you’re also loving your CSA! It’s made me get out of my food box and try new things. So much fun 🙂 I also got beets so I have to cook them up asap.

    July 7, 2017 at 11:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We love it, but it is so. much. food!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    Taste of Chicago sounds so awesome. Hope you are having a wonderful time with family!

    July 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Glad you will get to spend time with your family and eat some amazing food!!

    July 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are pretty good at it lol

      July 15, 2017 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FAMILY!!! So happy for you!!

    July 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Kat

    YAY for family time!! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend together. I can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂
    And that shot of your Burrito Beach meals just reminded me of how my hubby and I went to Chipotle Friday night for dinner only to get to the “would you like guacamole?” part and find that they had NO MORE GUAC. Like, what?! Apparently their supply had yet to ripen and I’ve gotta say, as much as I enjoy Chipotle, it definitely isn’t the same without the guac!

    July 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      bahahahahaha what is the point of chipotle in that case?

      July 15, 2017 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Lindsay

    Why couldn’t they have taste of chicago NEXT weekend? I will been in Chicago for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon. Will you be out there cheering anyone on? I will look out for you on the course if you will be. 🙂
    p.s. Is it bad that we plan to eat in the suburbs because parking is cheaper. Any recommendation for eats in the suburbs??

    July 9, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We love Seasons 52, but otherwise I don’t know the suburbs at all!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Can we just take a moment to appreciate that first dish? It’s so quirky and cute! Is it supposed to be a devilled eggs dish or something? Because that MAY make it a little bit creepier/more confronting but it’s still cute 😛

    I have NOTHING fun and foodie to report… well, other than I just finished stuffing my face with these peanut butter cookie bars that I’ll be sharing tomorrow and ohhhhhhh me oh my are they good! Totes tooting my own horn.. but it’s food… and peanut butter and chocolate and yuh, totally not just my handiwork.

    July 10, 2017 at 11:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SEND ME COOKIES. There is pimento cheese, quail eggs, pickles, and smoked trout dip with Ritz crackers. DELISH

      July 15, 2017 at 9:28 am
  • Reply San

    You make my mouth water with all this food talk and the images!! Especially because it’s dinner time!

    July 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm
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