We started off the month by trying a new barbecue place close to us: Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon. As displaced Texans, we never pass up a chance for Southern barbecue, and thankfully, this place didn’t disappoint. We had loaded brisket fries (which were truly loaded with brisket), and I had the half brisket plate, which was tender and delicious. It's definitely not the best brisket I've ever had, but it was still good. The best part of the meal to me was the Windy City Sauce, which was one of the best barbecue sauces I’ve ever had. They told me they are going to start selling it in bottles, and I will definitely be buying some!
Chris had to work on Valentine’s Day, but he still made it special. It was snowing on Valentine’s Day, and he took Skyler to the dog park in our building once he got home. I was watching them (I can see the dog park from our balcony) and noticed Chris stomping around. When he finished, I realized he had written C
Chris had the Monday after Valentine’s Day off, so we went on our Valentine’s Day date to the Bohemian House, a delicious Eastern European restaurant. We had Hungarian langos as an appetizer, and I had lobster egg noodles with a pistachio sauce as my meal (seriously amazing). I would love to go back to Boho, but there are so many amazing restaurants in Chicago, so I don’t know if we will make it back.
One of my favorite days in February was when Christopher had a Saturday off on a gorgeous 50-degree day. We spent the day going on a long walk to the Chicago River and then walked the Lakefront Path along Lake Michigan. It was the first warm day we had enjoyed in a while, and there was no better way to spend it than by the water with my love.
Our last new restaurant in February was an invite from a childhood friend who has lived in Chicago for several years. We joined her and her fiancé for a fun night of Irish food and live music at Galway Arms, a pub in Lincoln Park. The food was delicious, the music was fantastic, and the company was even better.