Post Thanksgiving thoughts and eats…

I’m back in the Bay Area after a long weekend in The Windy City with family and friends. Albeit pricey, travel was simple and easy this holiday. No flight delays and my flight home was even 30 minutes early. Thanks, United!

Thanksgiving consisted of the usual turkey, stuffing and lots of booze.

Black Friday on the Magnificent Mile would normally be shopping insanity. However, this year was a little different. The release of a dash cam video depicting the shooting of African-American teenager, Laquan McDonald by a white police officer in October 2014 prompted a holiday shopping boycott. The Trib reported that Black Friday sales were negatively impacted by 25-50 percent due to the protests. Walking down Michigan Avenue every store had 5-10 protesters at the entrance with arms linked blocking the entry of anyone trying to go inside. Many were chanting, “No justice! No shopping!”

Let’s move on to the real MVP this weekend, RPM Italian. This was my third time at RPM and I seriously cannot get enough of this place. A relatively new tradition of post-Thanksgiving Friday night dinner in the city with both families was spent enjoying bottles of wine and delicious pastas. Perfection. My vote for best dish still goes to the Spicy King Crab Squid Ink Spaghetti. Every single time it’s perfect. We ended the meal with the dessert special, beignets. Enjoying these at Cafe du Monde in NOLA was just as good as RPM.


Spicy King Crab Squid Ink Spaghetti


Beignets aka pillows of heaven

Sunday night I met some friends at a new pizza place downtown Chicago called Happy Camper. Let me tell you we were all “happy campers” after some pretty good za. The interior is big and open with awesome lighting. Tons of TV’s to watch the game and large, spacious booths line the perimeter of the dining area. Now on to the pizza… Options were truly endless from veggies to meat there was something for everyone. If you can’t agree on a pizza to share they also offer personal pizzas. We ended up starting with the goat stix, beer-basted bread sticks served with a goat cheese marinara. I’m a sucker for goat cheese so well these were pretty average bread sticks the goat cheese took them up a few notches in my book. For pizza we ordered the Tony: prosciutto, spinach, caramelized onion, sundried tomato, balsamic, goat cheese & cream cheese and the Peter: pepperoni, blackened chicken, bacon, red onions, cheddar & BBQ sauce. I preferred the Tony, but I think we had equal votes for both by the end of dinner. With so many pizza options in Chicago competition is high. I think Happy Camper is a great spot to check out with friends.

happy camper



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