Black Bull and a Pitbull (Boxer)

As summer officially begins to wind down and the days of staying up late and sleeping in come to an end, it is important for me to squeeze in as much dining alfresco time as possible. I am gritting my teeth at myself for using the word alfresco.

For most people, once you graduate college, summer means nothing but warmer weather and maybe wearing more deodorant. While the deodorant definitely applies to me (no pun intended), my “career” affords me a little bit more summer relaxation time than the average 30-year-old. As a teacher, I am lucky enough to still look at summer as a vacation and enjoy time off of work. Of course, I also make no money, so attorneys don’t be too jealous of me.  This summer, I spent a lot of time doing absolutely nothing and it was amazing. I spent quality time with my dog and even more quality time with Andy Cohen.

Last week, Mono and I met some friends at Black Bull, a tapas restaurant in Wicker Park. It was a perfect August night with no humidity and a patio dinner with Cava, spanish olives and a waitress with an accent was exactly what I needed. Below are some notes about the meal.

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Perfect start to a meal-bread, spanish olives and pickles

What we ordered:
-Queso de Cabra (goat cheese and tomato sauce)
-Coles de Bruselas ( braised brussels sprouts with poached egg, red onion, pine nuts and bleu cheese)
-Datiles con Tocino (bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese)
-Albondigas de Cordero (lamb meatballs, roasted red pepper and tomato sauce)
-Pulpo a la Gallega (grilled octopus, sea salt, paprika and potatoes)
-Empanadas (chicken and other things)
Pulpo y Queso, like my Spanish?

Pulpo y Queso, like my Spanish?

Wrapped and Stuffed Dates

Wrapped and Stuffed Dates

Official Rankings:
Best foodie dish: Coles de Bruselas
Most forgettable dish: Albondigas de Cordero
If you’re a vegetarian: Don’t waste your time here.
Best dishes for the carb-lover: Empanadas and Queso de Cabra
Brussels Sprouts and Meatballs

Brussels Sprouts and Meatballs

Empanadas, mmm carbs!

Empanadas, mmm carbs!

My favorite outdoor dinner date

My favorite outdoor dinner date

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