monthly dinner club: grand lux cafe

The continuation of the ladies’ monthly dinner club…. Next up? ME. (this is 2 weeks late… whoops!)

Grand Lux Cafe

600 N Michigan Ave,  Chicago, IL  60611
(312) 276-2500

Located on the Mag Mile, the Grand Lux has an extensive menu that will suit almost any appetite.

Environment:
Grand Lux is located on the second floor above Ann Taylor Loft (or what was ATL). The entrance is quite grand. Once you take the escalator upstairs, it’s a bit shocking to see just how big this place is. The views are spectacular, especially when the Christmas lights are still on the trees :) The lighting was dim and romantic-like. Dress was definitely casual to business casual.

Service:
The service was phenomenal! Our server was Sarah and on my goodness she was hilarious! Though I gave up sweets and desserts for Lent, she was mighty convincing on her sell of their delish homemade in-house desserts. She was INCREDIBLY knowledge and gave great advice on the menu.

Food:
I started off with a nice glass of wine – Beringer White Zinfandel. Sarah brought over bread for the table. It was delish, just wish it was served with cheese and oil :) Instead, it was with butter which was still good.

For my entree, I ordered the Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella. It was very good and incredibly filling. Their plate portions are HUGE so definitely get what you pay for. As for everyone else at the table, they were all happy with their meals – a range from salmon to flat bread sandwich to tofu.

Dessert time – I did not order anything (per my comment above) but they were on the table for me to smell and drool over. The Peach Cobbler seriously smelled and looked out of this world. You have to order that at the same time you place your order for your entree because it takes so long to make. Lisa got the Molten Chocolate Cake, which has a ooy-gooy center. YUM!

Overall:
I really liked this place. I didn’t realize until our dinner that this is a chain-like restaurant. They certainly don’t treat you like chain restaurants do. The food was great, and boy was there a massive selection for literally everyone. The location was my favorite part <3 Definitely try it the next time you’re out shopping on the mag mile!

Until next time
<3 jenna

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is it too late for a weekend recap?

So I’ve become sucked into this tornado that won’t let me out called work. Finally have a second to breathe. Is it too late for a weekend recap? Ehhh, never :)

Friday – Jake had a day trip to central IL for work and got home pretty late. I decided to do what I do best when wasting time and went SHOPPING :) Stopped by Best Buy to look at the camera I’m going to buy on Black Friday or Cyber Monday – AAAHH SOO EXCITED. I played with it like a ridiculous child and was getting far too giddy, so I left. Stopped by H&M to shop and laugh at the 20 people who were lined up outside for the new Versace line coming out the next day. Would you wait in line for this?

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Seriously, it’s disgustingly ugly. DISCLAIMER: I mean no offense if this is your style. It’s just not mine. Afterward, I stopped by a few more places to shop. Finally became hungry and tired of looking and headed home. Once Jake got home, we spent the night relaxing after a long day for the both of us.

Saturday was fun! In the AM, I had brunch with KO, who is a good friend and essentially my wacky other half. We ate at Orange in River North right at Grand and Milwaukee. It was super yummy. I had the cinnamon bun pancakes – couldn’t resist :) I miss hanging out with Kathy. We spent most of the meal contemplating what animals couldn’t clap. Our list was short – started with T-Rex. Let me know if you can think of more, other than fish.

Once brunch was done, Jake picked me up and we headed to the Shedd for the day. It was sooooo much fun. I love going to look at the animals and fishies and sharkies! They have a new exhibit for gellies. Pretty cool!! We spent about 3-4 hours there, then jumped back in the car and drove .75 miles home.

Once we got back, we stopped by our place then walked to Michigan Ave. for the Chicago Light Parade! There were TONS of people lining the streets of the Mag Mile. The parade was awesome filled with cool floats and singers. I personally liked when the lights went on all the trees :)

After the parade was over, we went out for dinner then headed home with me of course singing Christmas songs to Jake the whole way. It was such a great day. I’m feeling so festive now :)

Sunday we headed to Timothy O’Toole’s per the usual to watch the Vikings game at noon. The bar was PACKED with Bears fans and Chargers fans that were going to the game. We made tons of new friends all from out of state. One of the guys (Bears fan from NY) said that just being at the bar surrounded by Bears fans was his dream. He also said that going to a Bears game in Chicago was his lifelong dream. Taught me not to think lightly of what I do each day :) You never know, you may be living someone else’s dream :) After Jake’s game, we headed home to watch my game. Very proud with how my boys played, but totally bummed about Cutler :( Here’s to hoping Hanie does well for us!

Sunday was also Jake and I’s dating anniversary. I didn’t realize it until late that night. I turned to Jake to wish him happy anniversary and ask what he got me, and he laughed. I realized that apparently once you’re married you no longer celebrate this anniversary.

All day today and yesterday have been nuts. Clients are coming to me like crazy with ridiculous number of projects to be completed in short timelines. Holy cow I’m busy. NOW I can kinda breath and prepare for Thanksgiving. Well not really. Here’s my to-do tonight:

  • Grocery shop for all ingredients for dishes and desserts I’ll be making
  • Determine budgets for each person for Christmas presents
  • Figure out what to get everyone so I can go in prepared on Black Friday
  • Pack for a 5+ day leave
  • Prepare list of what personal things I want to buy for all my DIY projects for the holiday season (more to come)
  • Clean the house

Wish me luck! I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

Until next time
<3 jenna