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Amidst the hustle and bustle of busy downtown Chicago Saturday night, Luke's Lobster mimics the feel of the New England countryside. Fresh flowers occupy the mason jars sitting at the center of each table, nostalgic photographs of fisherman, alongside buoys, line the walls. The rustic atmosphere makes you almost forget, for a moment, that you're in the heart of a busy city as opposed to a modest Maine fishery. Ordering your meal up at the counter, decorated with chalk board signs, one can almost taste the salt of ocean.
On our first visit, Mark and I wanted to try it all. Everything from the classic Lobster Roll to the unique Wild Blue Salad made my mouth water. The menu is simple, quite small in size, but offers a variety of delicious options. Beyond the lobster, shrimp and crab are also served on their heavenly warm buttered rolls. They dish up both clam and lobster-corn chowders, along with side options such as Cape Cod chips, side salads and poppy-seed slaw. For just $5 one can also add a half lobster tail to any meal. Luke's does a great job of catering to dietary needs! Many menus items are deemed "gluten friendly" and they also label their vegetarian and dairy free menu items. For an extra $2 any roll can be made gluten free and the wild blue salad is available without lobster for their vegetarian option. Price wise, a trip to Luke's will cost more than your typical dinner of Chick-fil-a or Panera, but the food is well worth it!
After gazing at the chalkboard menu for a solid 20 minutes, we finally decided on Luke's Trio, which features three half rolls topped with shrimp, crab and lobster. We also ordered up a large cup of the Clam Chowder. Although the portion size of the rolls was a little smaller than I expected, they were incredible in taste, and paired with the chowder, filled us both up. Each of the rolls was stuffed full and each bite of the clam chowder had at least one clam, they definitely don't skimp on their meat! The rolls themselves melt in your mouth and the lobster, crab and shrimp all tasted incredibly fresh, bursting with flavor. The classic lobster roll was rich in taste, but the crab and shrimp also stole my heart! Both Mark and I questioned ordering the shrimp, but were surprised with it's flavor.
Overall our first experience at Luke's Lobster was a great one! The atmosphere allowed for a nice break from the busy city life, the staff was helpful and kind, and the food was fantastic. Although I wouldn't consider this an everyday dinner option for penny-savers like me, Mark and I will without a doubt be back for more on a date night soon! I recommend checking out one of their many locations throughout the US! Here's a link: Lukes Lobster (Chicago)
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Hello Lovelies! I'm finally sitting down to finish up this post after the longest day spent at work. It seems like the sunniest days are the days I'm stuck at work all day long. But the money in my pocket and coming home to my cozy bed and a hot cup of tea make it worth it! Speaking of tea, let's get talking about the today's post.
I am a lover of teas. That is how I will define myself. I really like coffee too, hot or cold, but tea always has special place in my heart. There are so many types and so many ways to drink it. Plus the stigma around tea is to relax and be calm, while coffee is to get stuff done and hurry the heck up! I prefer the first option. Anywayyy, here are three of my all time favorite teas as of lately!
Tazo Chai Tea
Chai tea is and has been and will forever be my obsession. My mom has always drank chai tea from the time I was a little girl, and at age seven nothing excited me more than being like my momma, so of course I started to love it to. I have so many favorite chai teas but as far as 'tea bag' teas goes, this is my fav. One thing I'm picky about with chai teas is I prefer the milkier and more cinnamony (is that how I spell that?) versions. This one hits right in the middle, although it's not super milky it has the perfect amount of cinnamon and tastes delicious steaming hot off the pot!
Yogi Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea
I love Yogi teas! I have a few different kinds and I seriously love so much how they each have a specific health benefit. This one contains ingredients to better your skin, I also have a ginger tea that helps digestion. I was really intrigued by this specific one both because of it’s claim to help my skin and it’s flavor. I love cinnamon drinks (maybe because of my obsession with chai?) and this tea is such a nice cinnamon mix. I love drinking it on a chilly winter day!
Tazo Passion Tea
Okay I gotta be honest, I saved the best for last! I have mentioned over and over that I am obsessed with the passion tea from Starbucks, it's my go to drink any day, any time of the year. I am a serious passion tea addict. So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I found out this delicious hibiscous based tea could be bought in stores. You can purchase both hot and iced bagged versions and I love both. I was a little weary of the hot one at first but I actually love it's fruity taste warm, although I still prefer it iced!
What are your favorite teas? I'd love some recommendations!
Last week I paid a visit to my doctor due to some stomach issues I have been having lately and I walked out of the appointment starting a brand new lifestyle. In my appointment my doctor recommended I go completely gluten free. I struggled to grasp this at first, but if it can help my health and overall well being of course I’m going to do it. The problem is of course, I love to eat and going gluten free means giving up not only hundreds of foods I adore but also completely altering my lifestyle. I never realized how hard it would be to walk into a party with no food I can eat. Those days of casually picking up the brownies and cookies and egg rolls and bread and cake and pizza and candy sitting on the table are no more. I have to plan my diet now and say no to foods I would normally gorge myself in. As I’ve began this new journey I’ve learned a lot and after tons of reading, watching and doing I have found there are 5 major steps in beginning the gluten free journey. 1.) Know what you cannot eat and learn to read labels
This one sucks but you really do have to start here. Being gluten free does not just mean you cannot eat bread, it means you cannot have anything with the major ingredients of gluen: wheat, rye, oats, malt vinegar, baker's yeast or barley. It sounds like a lot, but trust me it’s not as bad as it sounds! Read the labels and if you see any of those things in the label it is not gluten free. I recommend downloading the app ShopWell to help with your shopping trips! Simply scan the bar code of an item and it will tell you if it is gluten free or not! Also a lot of companies have started labeling their items as gluten free.
2.) Focus on the foods you already eat daily that are already gluten free
This is something I have read on every blog post, article and website I’ve been on. Focus on what you already eat! Yes, going gluten free is a huge diet and lifestyle shift, but you don’t have to give it all up. Foods don’t have to say “Gluten Free” on their label for them to be gluten free! Fruits, veggies, nuts and other natural options are great places to start. Beyond that corn chips
3.) Find substitutes for the things you eat that aren’t gluten free
A big one for me (and for most people) is pasta. I eat pasta a lot more than I ever thought I did. Luckily for me there are tons of g-free options on the market. Other major things to substitute include: flour, granola bars and cereal. Also when going out in restaurants pay close attention to g-free menus, and even do some research ahead of time. I tried the Houlihan's Seared Georges Bank Scallops (in photo below) yesterday and it was 10X better than the burgers I normally get!
4.) Round up some blogs/sites with supportive G-Free info
I have been actively reading Gluten Free Girl for the last few days, her explanations and support astound me. She also has hundreds of delicious looking recipes embedded with the same kind of advice.
Although I am not celiac this website still has an abundance of advice, information and recipes for anyone going gluten free.
This blog is FILLED with every type of gluten free recipe I can think of. I can’t wait to try out the many foods listed on this blog.
5.) Accept it and be supportive of yourself
What choice do you have? Feeling sick or not eating gluten? I know which one I’m choosing. Acceptance is hard and I am struggling with this one the most. I tell myself “I can have this bread and cheesecake, I will be fine!” and then two hours later I feel like I fell off a building. Some days I so want to cave in and eat whatever I want, I want to complain to everyone that I can't eat what they can, but negetivity does nothing good for your mental or physical health! So be positive! Know the good this is doing for your body and recognize the many upsides of being gluten free. Trust me if I can do this anyone can.
How have you coped with a lifestyle shift like this one?
Happy Holidays Everyone!