Chicago Adventures

Yolk

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 6:00AM-3:00Pm; Sat 7:00AM-3:00PM

Phone Number: 312 789 9655

Price Range: $15-25

Address: 1120 Michigan Ave 

Website: www.eatyolk.com 

Station: Roosevelt Subway Red Line; Harrison Red Line; Roosevelt Elevated Green/Orange Line 


I was fortunate to participate in a scholarship program that flew me out to Chicago for a couple days before heading back to Shanghai to intern for the rest of my summer. One of my friends studying in Chicago was kind enough to pick me up from my hotel after church and take me to her favorite brunch spot in the downtown area. 

As expected, the line for this place on a Sunday was crazy long so we grabbed a number and waited for a good thirty minutes before being called inside. Good thing the servers here are attentive and the food is served unbelievably fast. 

My friend had her usual favorite, Chicken 'n' Waffles.

Golden waffles with batter that's  infused with bacon bits - now that's what we call true Southern comfort food. Boneless chicken fried until crisp smothered with their special sausage gravy with a side of maple syrup. No wonder it's a crowd favorite. 

Next we had the Iron Man Omelette.

I'm not normally one to waste a brunch order on an omelette I can easily make at home, but this one exceeded my expectations. The egg white omelette came with a variety of veggies including mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and green peppers. Bonus points for the added  avocado that gave the omelette a thicker, creamier texture. The meal also came with a choice of side, either fruit or diced red potatoes and another side of either toast, english muffin or a stack of pancakes. 

Overall, highlights of this restaurant include its hearty "all American" portions, quick service and food quality in general. I'm also diggin' their high ceilings and bright colors - really kicks off Sunday morning with some nice, quirky feeling vibes. 

San Francisco Adventures Part 2

Thought we'd take a break from our favorite bagel places (Morning Fix and the Posh Bagel) and try somewhere new so we went to Café da la Presse for breakfast. 

My friend ordered the Oeufs en Meurette, which was poached eggs with mushrooms and lardons in red wine sauce as well as a pot of Earl Gray tea. I ordered my usual Oeufs à la Norvégienne (Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and a side of potatoes) along with a cup of their famous latte. 

Beautiful presentation, but food was meh. Ambiance is 100%, but dishes are outrageously overpriced. Definitely a one time deal for us.

After breakfast, a friend from college who grew up in San Francisco came to pick us to take us around for the rest of the day. First stop was the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project.

 So creatively and wonderfully crafted. Notice how you reach the moon and sun as you climb closer to the top.

So creatively and wonderfully crafted. Notice how you reach the moon and sun as you climb closer to the top.

Our friend hustled us up the stairs to bring us to our first vantage point. 

Definitely worth the huffing and puffing. Here, rather just seeing the cliche Golden Gate Bridge, you'll also be able to see a view of almost all of SF's different neighborhoods. 

Next, we made a pitstop at my friend's favorite bubble tea shop.

San Francisco offers all sorts of crazy flavors when it comes to boba - any fruit you can think of, they'll have on their menu. One of my favorites has to be the passion fruit, but I'd also recommend black sesame if you can find a place that sells that flavor (we were only able to find one shop that did). 

Our friend insisted that we stop by San Tung Chinese Restaurant to try the best "crack wings" ever made. 

Damn straight they are. Order their dry fried chicken wings, just do it. Absolutely no regrets. 

Knowing my weakness for pastries, my friend also took us to Arizmendi Bakery, one of his childhood favorites for pizza. 

 Mad cute 

Mad cute 

My friend got the Berry Scone

I ordered the Raisin Oat Scone. 

Hands down one of the best scones I've ever had. Moist and crumbly - can barely taste the butter which I loved. 

Don't worry, you might think all we do is eat, but I do want to point out that we made a trip to the California Museum of Science, thank you very much. Our friend had a family membership so we were lucky enough to go for free, but in case you need to buy a ticket you can find prices here. Our friend then drove us across the Golden Gate Bridge to our second vantage point. 

 View from second vantage point. 

View from second vantage point. 

On our way back we stopped by the Palace of Fine Arts.

We decided to opt for a cookie break at Anthony's Cookies. 

 Oatmeal raisin 

Oatmeal raisin 

 Left: oatmeal raisin; Right: walnut chocolate chip

Left: oatmeal raisin; Right: walnut chocolate chip

Simple menu, amazing cookies. Soft, chewy and perfectly portioned - good destination to pick up something to bring back with you for your folks. 

We drove to my friend's favorite Mexican joint, Taqueria Guadalajara. 

  Carne Asada

Carne Asada

  Enchiladas

Enchiladas

 Order chips and pick your own dip flavors

Order chips and pick your own dip flavors

Well then, guess I can't eat Chipotle anymore. This place ain't about glitz and frills; they serve authentic Mexican food and you can take it or leave it. I advise taking it and getting seconds (if your stomach can handle such big portions) 

We were brought to one last destination before heading home and that was Bi-Rite Creamery. Had multiple people recommend this place to me so I figured it was a must go.

 Meyer Lemon with Ginger Snaps 

Meyer Lemon with Ginger Snaps 

 Blue Bottle Coffee & Banana 

Blue Bottle Coffee & Banana 

 Blue Bottle Coffee & Banana 

Blue Bottle Coffee & Banana 

Guess he decided to save the best for last. This place was definitely the highlight of my eating experience in SF. If you're visiting SF, pleaseeeee do me a favor and wait in line to get a scope of...well just about any flavor will do. They've got seasonal flavors like the Meyer Lemon with Ginger Snaps (I still drool thinking about it) whereas others like their Mint Chocolate Chip remain as one of their classics. They let you try the flavors before you make a final decision, but honestly you can't go wrong with any of them. Click here if you want to check out what they've got right now. 

Once our friend dropped us off at our hotel, we literally climbed into bed and passed out from our food coma. Indeed, a day well spent. 



San Francisco Adventures Part 1

One week with my best friend in San Francisco = nonstop eating and exploring. Decided to document all our activities in hopes that any of you who are making a pitstop at SF will find these posts useful as to where to eat/what to do here. 

Bright and early we climbed out of bed and took the cable car from Powell & Hyde to the Fisherman's Wharf. You can buy roundtrip tickets for $12. 

From there, we rented bikes from San Francisco Bicycle Rentals at Fisherman's Wharf. Tip: if you book in advance online here (no commitment required), you can get 20% off. We paid $24 each for the Comfort Hybrid to ride all day and promised to have them returned by 8PM (though I would recommend renting the mountain bikes because it'll make the steeper hills easier to climb).  Service was great and they really put in the extra effort to take care of you - gave us maps, tips and adjusted the seats for us. The guy working at the desk even helped us get returning ferry tickets with a discount. Would definitely recommend renting from them if you want to do a whole day biking trip around this area. 

 

 

We rode our bikes to Presidio Park where we stopped and grabbed a quick bite to eat at the Warming Hut, a small cafe that sells baked goods, coffee, sandwiches and souvenirs. Food is alright, but it's a good place to rest and chat away from the chilly weather.  

 Warming Hut's Blueberry Scone 

Warming Hut's Blueberry Scone 

Next, we biked across the Golden Gate Bridge and made a pitstop at Sausalito. Saw a long line for Lappert's Ice Cream so decided to join the bandwagon. We opted for the macadamia and coffee. 

Solid choices. Licked away our ice creams as we sat on the dock and watched the view. 

When it hit 4:30PM, we took the Ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf and just so happened to walk by Boudin Bakery. Heard too much about this place from my friends so I just couldn't resist getting one of their soughdour soup bowls. We got the Rustic Tomato Soup Bowl.

Hello carbs, hello happiness! Creamy and dreamy soup with freshly baked sourdough bread. Not gonna lie, kind of wish we tried one of their unusually large shaped animal breads as well...

Walked around the pier and ended up at a marketplace where we bought the Crab and Shrimp combo with cocktail sauce. 

Not gonna lie, I've had better. Probably worth more finding a restaurant to eat at rather than the marketplace. 

Afterwards, we took the cable car home, but the wait was almost an hour. Keep in mind that you can probably get back to your hotel by taking the local bus (costs 75cents for those who are 17 and under) or you can walk to Embarcadero station and BART back (though the walk is a bit longer). 

Got home and took a nice lonnnnngggg shower. Forgot how cold it could get in SF, especially at night. Do remember to bring a jacket when you're out exploring!