I triumphantly returned to the Chicago-land area after my semi-disasterous trip out to Lake Geneva. In order to get the bad parts out of my head, I decided to go to the happiest place on earth. No, not Disneyland, I'm talking about Cuvee Cellars, the best wine bar/store in the area/world. You can check this place out for yourself at http://www.cuveecellars.com/storefront.htm. It is located at 545 Spring Road in Elmhurst, IL. Cuvee Cellars specializes in California wines and Champagnes, but I have seen a few Oregons and Washingtons creeping onto the menu in the last couple of months. Fortunately for everyone who visits, whoever is choosing wine to put on the menu is doing a spectacular job, so just trust their judgment. Cuvee Cellars has a great selection of very popular wine, but it also has many wines that you will probably never see anywhere else. Not only is the wine great, but the bartenders are nothing short of amazing. John and Craig are the owners, and they are frequently working (at least on the weekends when I usually go), Nick, Peter, Joey, and Deanna (during the day) round out the all-star bartending cast. No question that I've ever asked has gone unanswered no matter how off-the-wall or unrelated to anything it may have been. Joey even once explained to me where babies come from...well, that didn't actually happen, but I'm sure he could have because he...Ok, I'll just stop here before this topic takes a turn in the wrong direction. You get the idea, this place is great for anything. You can buy presents for birthdays or holidays with the confidence that whatever you choose will be delicious. You can stop in on a weekend and hang out all night (you will probably see me there if you go on a weekend, as an added bonus). If you like to drink before noon, you can even do that since they open at 11am. It's everything you could ever want in a wine bar and more, check it out. Now.
My current favorite wine on Cuvee Cellars' menu. Minds Eye Cabernet Sauvignon
Cuvee Cellars is having a Halloween party. You get 10% off if you come in costume...5% if it's a lame costume.
I think the best way to start this is to give you a general outline of my day. I wake up early in the morning and then go to bed early the next morning. In between sleeping (or lack thereof) there is a bunch of reading, writing, job hunting, and other such soul-sucking madness that makes up the law school experience. My escape from such madness is cooking or going out to eat. I will discuss things that I eat, things that I drink, or I might just rant about nonsense. In any event, it should be entertaining, at least for me. Special thanks to Carrie Campbell for such a sweet title.
After college, I spent a few years dining my way across America, and cooking things that could take three days to finish. Flash forward to present time...I don't have that kind of time to spend cooking, at least during the week. Now my cooking philosophy has changed to try to get the most deliciousness in the fastest possible time. Sadly, my restaurant experience has taken a similar turn to speed, though I have found many awesome places that I never would have visited if I had more time on my hands. Anyway, I will be relating all things food and wine to you. I hope you enjoy!