MY PLACE 大城小聚 – CHICAGO, IL

Whenever I am in town, my family always go to My Place for dinner. Food was always hot and good portion. They get pretty busy during lunch and dinner rush.

A nice authentic Cantonese style dinner.

Authentic Cantonese Style Dinner

Ginger Scallion Lobsters 薑蔥龍蝦 – we always order the two lobster special for around $21, not bad for its value.

Ginger Scallion Lobster 薑蔥龍蝦

Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab 椒鹽軟殼蟹 – tasty!

Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab 椒鹽軟殼蟹

Honey Walnut Shrimp 核桃蝦 – we always love this dish! Crispy, sweet and little savory!

Honey Walnut Shrimp 核桃蝦

Stir Fry Garlic Snowpea Tip 蒜蓉炒豆苗 – my favorite veggie, and they give us a pretty good portion too!

Stir Fry Garlic Snowpea Tip 蒜蓉炒豆苗

My must go restaurant everytime I am in Chicago.

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QUARTINO RISTORANTE – CHICAGO, IL

This is one of the restaurant in Chicago I wanted to try for a long time. Came here on a weekend with my family with reservation. Lucky we had reservation, the wait was pretty long and big crowds.

The menu was very extensive. We opted for few items to share.

Salumeria Tasting – a great way to try out a bit of everything. I forgot the types of meat we have, but it was very enjoyable. The portion was very big, we couldn’t finish it.

Salumeria Tasting

Gnocchi – love house made pasta! soft pillowy potato dumplings with arugula pesto sauce.

Gnocchi

Braised Pork Shank – cooked in red wine, so tender, falls of the bone.

Braised Pork Shank

Love this place. Do recommend getting reservation.

THE LOBBY AFTERNOON TEA 半島酒店下午茶 (THE PENINSULA HOTEL) – CHICAGO, IL

Wonderful afternoon tea at The Lobby, we were seated right away as we had reservation. The place was very grand and live band was classy, service was top notch.

The Lobby (The Peninsula Hotel, Chicago)

The afternoon tea was the most beautiful experience.

The Lobby – Afternoon Tea

The Lobby – Afternoon Tea

Traditional English Afternoon Tea – the scone was great, warm and crumbly, loved it with lemon curd and strawberry jam. Everything was beautifully presented.

Traditional English Afternoon Tea, 3 tiers

Sweets and Desserts

Excellent Scones

Savory Sandwiches

The Lobby (The Peninsula Hotel, Chicago)

Live band 2nd level

Definitely worth the experience.

MINGHIN CUISINE 明軒 – CHICAGO, IL (CHINATOWN)

Visited this place when I was visiting my mom few months ago … it was overrated. The wait was kind of long, but it was Saturday. Don’t expect any service here.

Food was very mediocre, especially for the price point.

The only thing worth to order was the Roasted Pork – the skin was very crispy.

Shrimp Steam Flat Noodle

Beef Tripe with Daikon

Shrimp Chives Dumplings

Steam Shrimp Dumpling

Roasted Pork – probably the only thing worth to order

JOY YEE NOODLE – CHICAGO, IL

One of the busiest restaurant in Chicago Chinatown. Their popular for their bubble tea and smoothie, you literally see everyone holding one of their drink around Chinatown. The menu is huge, but food is so-so, very slappy.

We ordered couple smoothies. Real Fruits – no bad.

Mixed Fruit Smoothies

Mixed Fruit Smoothies

Tofu Fish Cake – can’t go wrong with fried food. Very hot from fryer.

Tofu Fish Cake

Tofu Fish Cake

Eel and Beef Cube over Tomato Rice – the presentation was impressive, served in a little bucket. Eel serving was a bit small, beef was good. Rice was a bit greasy.

Eel and Beef Cube over Tomato Rice

Eel and Beef Cube over Tomato Rice

Stir fry Fish and Squid – so-so, so much onion!

Fish and Squid Stir Fry

Fish and Squid Stir Fry

Malaysian Spicy A-Choy – so salty and small portion!

Malaysian Spicy A-Choy

Malaysian Spicy A-Choy

Overall, no impression about the food. Go get a drink is okay.