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Evanston Find

It may seem unnecessary to go to a dentist in Skokie, or a hairdresser in Evanston, since there are so many options closer to home.  Besides my confidence in my dentist and my hairdresser, I like to have an excuse to go to Evanston, and try to co-ordinate my appointments in the area, leaving time for lunch, and a visit to one of my favorite antique shops, Secret Treasures.

Often, my choice of restaurant is determined by where I can find a place to park.  This last week, I was steps away from Lyfe Kitchen, and made that my stop for lunch.  Approaching the entrance, I crossed the plaza of the building, which had quite a bit of outdoor seating for the restaurant.  Once inside, I found the restaurant airy, urban, and inviting.
The ceiling calls for special mention.  It is veryIMG_0614 sculptural and the recessed lighting is attractive.  The patron has three choices of water – chilled, carbonated, and one other.  The flatware is substantial and well designed.  Other unusual features were the herb “condominium” IMG_0617– a three-tiered structure under grow lights with labels on the

Now on to the food.   There is a stand with menus adjacent to the entrance.  The patron can choose from an “E” menu, (for people who can eat everything)
a “V” menu (vegetarian), a “GF” menu (gluten free) and a
“W and B” menu (for wine and beer).

At the counter, I ordered a gluten free sandwich with grilled chicken and avocado.IMG_0613  I was given a GPS device to take to my table to guide the server when she came with my order.  My sandwich was well-prepared – flavorful, and the chicken was not overcooked or rubbery.  It was just a bit crispy, but tender.  Perfect.  The plate had a garnish of greens with carrot shaving.  But that was all. I felt the plate should have had something more – maybe fries, chips, or a serving of salad.  I left somewhat hungry.

Once home, I checked the reviews for Lyfe Kitchen, and found several other reviewers with the same complaint – not enough to eat. One reviewer said the meal seemed more like an appetizer.  I contacted the restaurant through their website, saying that they seemed to have so many things right, but felt that they need to provide the patron with a more generous serving of food.  I was pleased to get a very prompt response, not just to my initial email, but also to the follow-up message I sent.

The Evanston location is quite new.  It has many things going for it, and seems to be a good fit with the Evanston market.  It will be interesting to follow up and see if they provide a more generous meal.




Fridge on the Fritz

Our refrigerator went on the fritz last Thursday.  We couldn’t get the repairman to come until Monday.  It’s amazing how much this impacted us for those few days and how we take the convenience of the refrigerator for granted.  Some of the food in the freezer had to be discarded.  Ice cream had melted, for instance, and some of the frozen meals were beyond saving.  We took advantage of the situation to clear our freezer of some of the older items.  Fortunately, my stock of gluten free bread and pita was salvaged, and put in the spare refrigerator/freezer we keep in the garage.

The major inconvenience was just in the day-to-day access to refrigerated food.  Our garage is not attached to the house.  The weather had changed over the week-end and became cold, windy and rainy, so the trips to get food out of the refrigerator were somewhat unpleasant.   The weather insult came on Monday, when we got a fresh layer of snow.

The pita bread mentioned above is a very versatile product, and my favorite item from Rose’s Cafe & Bakery in Evanston.  You can use it instead of bread for a sandwich or wrap, tear it to use with dips (hummus, etc.) or warm it and spread it with butter and jam.  Rose’s has many baked items and prepared foods that you can eat in their cafe or take home.  They have recently opened another location in Highland Park.

Rose’s Cafe & Bakery
2901 Central Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201