Chicago Athletic Association Hotel – Michigan Avenue

Chicago Athletic Hotel Michigan Avenue

Built in 1890 as an athletic club, now a popular hotel and home to one of the best rooftop terrace views at Cindy’s, Cherry Circle Room restaurant, a huge game room and 8-seat bar Milk Room there is no shortage of things to do. Shake Shack is on the first floor as well.

Lunch at the Beautiful Chiltern Firehouse – London

Chiltern Firehouse London Hotel

Chiltern Firehouse, once the Marylebone Fire Station built in 1889, has been transformed into a luxury hotel and restaurant by André Balazs (The Mercer, Chateau Marmont) and is favored by celebs and posh Londoners.

The proper doorman will guide you past the gates, through the patio and  into the plush dining room with red leather booths, cream and red patterned fabric ceiling and bustling wait staff attending to all of the beautiful people’s needs.

Go for the scene and drinks. For food, breakfast or lunch is your best bet price-wise – sit at the bar along side the kitchen to see all of the action.

Peek inside:

My favorite part of lunch: Dark Chocolate Tart with clementines and whipped ricotta.

Chiltern Firehouse London Dark Chocolate Tarte

Rest of lunch:

Strike Gold from Drinks to Desserts at Oro | SoMa, San Francisco

Salted Date Ice Cream | Oro

Salted Date Ice Cream | Oro

The salted date ice cream with cardamom marshmallow and sesame chocolate granola from Oro in San Francisco is a must order. Spicy, herbal, citrus flavor of the soft marshmallow with the crunchy sweet granola is heavenly.

Chefs from SF favorites Commonwealth and Foreign Cinema bring you California/Mediterranean cuisine in industrial but warm space with concrete walls, marble bar, Edison lights and brightly colored local art. Be sure to check out the cocktails, blind tasting menu and the crispy, juicy roasted chicken – great for a group or a date.

The Food/Drink:

Roasted Chicken | Oro San Francisco

Roasted Chicken | Oro San Francisco

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Experience a Bombay Café at Dishoom|Shoreditch, London

Dishoom Tented Patio Shoreditch London

Modeled after the Irani cafés in Bombay, Dishoom is full of tiled floors, brick, bentwood style chairs, old-timey photographs and delivers great Indian and Irani flavors in a bustling atmosphere.

Need to Know:

  • Get here before 6:30pm to avoid a long line, sorry, queue
  • Reservations available for 6 or more
  • Tented patio is a bit mellower, inside dining room is lively and basement is absolutely buzzing with the extra activity, sounds and smells the kitchen provides.
  • Make sure you check out the cocktail list – Hunterwali’s Julep is tasty
  • Near the Shoreditch High Street Station
  • 8am – 11pm – Good for dates and groups

Let’s eat!

Dinner Dishoom Shoreditch

Dinner Dishoom Shoreditch

  • Pau Phaji – Bowl of mashed vegetables with hot buttered pau bun, Chowpatty Beach style. “No food is more Bombay.”
  • Chicken Ruby – “A good and proper curry redolent with spice and flavour. Tender chicken in a rich silky ‘makhani’ sauce, best mopped up with a Roomali Roti.”
  • Garlic Naan with coriander sprinkle.
  • Spicy Lamb Chops had good flavor but were a bit too charred, so many other options I’d skip this one.

I will be back to try their breakfast. If this picture doesn’t do it for you, the promise of bottomless Chai should.

Image via Dishoom.com

Image via Dishoom.com

The restaurant: