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Chicago: The Purple Pig

May has been the busiest month of my residency as I am wrapping up my research project.  After many hours of data crunching, presenting my research at Western States Conference in Monterey Bay, and celebrating with a trip to Chicago, I am excited to blog again and share with you my culinary adventure in Chicago.  We flew into Chicago last Friday and hit up The Purple Pig for dinner, located conveniently on the Magnificent Mile.  Recommended by a friend for its lively atmosphere and creative menu, we could not pass up the opportunity.  With a group of seven, we ordered practically everything on the menu.  I will tell you my 4 favorites of the night: Razor Clams with Oregano and Lemon & Olive Oil, Mussels with Pancetta and Crème Fraiche & Marjoram, Pork Blade Steak with ‘Nduja & Honey, and last but not least, Steak and Mushrooms.  The razor clams were grilled to perfection, flavorful, and left me wanting more even though my stomach was ready to explode.  The mussels, on the other had, were the best mussels I have ever tasted in my life.  They were tender, moist, and and delicious.  Who would have thought a restaurant specializing in pork would have such amazing mussels!  The pork blade was Vu’s favorite.  According to him, it was the best piece of grilled pork he has ever had in his life, and I concur.  The thickness was just right.  You can taste a hint of sweetness from the honey mixed in with the char.  The steak was seasoned perfectly and so juicy.  It beats David Burke’s Primehouse famous 55 day aged ribeye and Ruth’s Chris steakhouse in my book.  There were so many other amazing plates that we ordered but those four stood out the most.  The Purple Pig was my favorite restaurant from this trip, beating out L2O and David Burke’s Primehouse with regard to taste and price.  I would go back to this restaurant again and again.

Salt-Roasted Beets with Whipped Goat Cheese & Pistachio Vinaigrette

Charred Cauliflower, Toasted Breadcrumbs, Cornichons & Parsley

Asparagus & Hazelnuts with Arugula & Treviso

Octopus with Favette, Celery & Radishes

Purple Pig Platter

Pork Liver Pate

Eggplant Caponata with Goat Cheese

Roasted Bone Marrow with Herbs

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder with Mashed Potatoes

Mussels with Pancetta, Crème Fraiche & Marjoram

Razor Clams with Oregano, Lemon & Olive Oil

Pork Blade Steak with ‘Nduja & Honey

Steak and Mushrooms

Birthday Celebration at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

The past two weeks have been super busy for me.  In between celebrating my birthday, working, and attending the SCCM conference, I have not had time to relax or step foot into the kitchen.  I found out that a friend at work has the same birthday and Amy, my other friend, has her birthday exactly one week after mine so we all celebrated at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.  Fortunately, it was during San Diego Restaurant Week so we took advantage of their 3-course meal for $40.  I picked the seared ahi tuna for the appetizer.  It was very fresh, comparable to Sushi Ota’s.  For the main course, I went with the petite filet which I anticipated to be much smaller than the filet mignon, but was pleasantly surprised by the portion.  It was a bit dry for medium well but was still delicious!  Vu ordered mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, and they were the best crabmeat stuffed mushrooms I have ever had.  Filled with real crabmeat and no filler, they were seasoned perfectly.  His 12 oz ribeye was even more delicious than my petite file.  Tender and buttery, it was the perfect piece of ribeye.  We ended the night with two heavenly desserts, chocolate sin cake and duo of cheesecake and sorbet.  The chocolate was light but decandent.  I could not stop eating even though my stomach was at max capacity.  I did not enjoy the cheesecake as much but the raspberry sorbet was fresh and delightful.  Overall, it was an excellent meal, perfect for a birthday celebration.

Seared ahi tuna

Mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat

Petite filet

12 oz ribeye

Chocolate sin cake

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