The more I visit Chicago, the more I like it. I love the people, the parks and flowers, the lake, the architecture … I’m sure it would only take me one winter to hate it, but for now I have nothing but love for the city. And discovering Fox & Obel this weekend just added to the love.
I’ve made it a habit when I travel to ask friends or acquaintances for recommendations about where to eat. Someone I know kindly sent me a comprehensive list of restaurant suggestions, which included a wonderful idea: shop at Fox & Obel, a gourmet supermarket close to our hotel, and eat by the lake. The day was perfect for a picnic.
Fresh Market in Miami comes closest to Fox & Obel, only Fox & Obel has a tad more personality and charm. The store has beautiful produce and the smell coming from its artisanal bread section traps you as soon as you walk in. There is also a large cheese section where you can taste the cheese, a coffee section offers the freshly ground coffee of your choice, a prepared foods section and a cafÃ© sells a variety of foods to eat on site. That’s not to mention the seemingly endless shelves of olive oils, balsamic vinegars and wines. I wanted to take everything home.
The idea was to have a picnic but my girlfriends and I ate at the cafÃ© instead. We were just too hungry to wait for our food and make our way back to Millennium Park. Anytime I see lobster on bread I can’t resist, so I ordered the Maine lobster sandwich, which was served with bacon, avocado and frisee lettuce. The bread overpowered the lobster a little but it all tasted great. I usually deconstruct my sandwiches anyway.
On our way out, my friend bought some plums to eat at the park. And on a bench under a tree — clichÃ©, I know — we enjoyed juicy, sweet-and-tangy plums. It was a great day and Fox & Obel a great discovery.
Fox & Obel Food Market
401 E. Illinois Street
[tags] Fox & Obel, Chicago, picnic, food markets [/tags]