Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mon Ami Gabi et Les Cubs

I flew home to Chicago one sunny May weekend for my brother's high school graduation. My whole family was so proud of him.
the nice picture...

and the fake tattoo sleeve. my family is awesome.

One of my absolute favorite parts of summer is going to baseball games at Wrigley Field. Something about that old park makes you feel like it's 1928, and given that the Cubs haven't won the World Series in over a hundred years, it may as well be. But no matter, the Friendly Confines are a great home to a great team of lovable losers, and some of the best fans the game has to offer. Me being one of them.

yours truly!

about to win the game. no, really!

After the game, we went out for a nice dinner at Mon Ami Gabi, the French extension of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant corporation, located in the beautiful Belden Stratford Hotel. It has several incarnations in other major cities as well. The restaurant itself is charming, with a classic French decor and crisp white linen. Plus, they have a specifically gluten free menu, one that is très magnifique.

As if that weren't enough, they start the table with a loaf of freshly baked gluten free French baguette. That's right, you read me correctly. Gluten free baguette. Thick and chewy, you'd think it was just biked in from an enlightened bakery on the Seine.

My mama swears by their gluten free French Onion soup. Indeed, it was a very filling starter to the meal, especially when paired with the bread. It was very well done, not too salty, and the melted cheese just gooey enough to slurp down with the broth and sweet onions.

For a main course, I'm a sucker for sea scallops, so after seeing them featured on the GF menu, I naturally had to order them. They came with a garlic butter cream...sauce? I'm not sure what to call it. It was thicker than marinade or sauce, but thinner than a dip. Either way, it was the perfect complement to the soft, rotund, perfectly broiled scallops. The side of leafy spinach was also a nice addition to the meal.

As if that weren't enough of a meal to last for days, my family and I split a piece of the gluten free molten chocolate cake. Now this was an intense end to the already rich meal. Densely chocolately, the cake had enough of an airy feel to not taste exactly like fudge, but it was close.

Needless to say, I was absolutely STUFFED after this amazing 4 course French meal. We took a lovely sunset walk around Lake Michigan's museum campus afterwards to walk off the post-meal snooziness we're all prone to having.

Moi et ma mère après dîner

If you want a modern French feel in Old Chicago, look no further than Mon Ami Gabi. Because being gluten free, c'est la vie!

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