Bang Bang Pie is my favorite pie shop in Chicago, and I was excited to get an afternoon snack with my sisters before showing them around Bucktown and Wicker Park. We were planning on eating dinner at Piece, so we decided to share two slices between the three of us. The choices were lemon, chocolate peanut butter, and butter custard (I think it was butter custard…butter something!). We initially chose lemon and chocolate peanut butter, but as much as I love lemon, this wasn’t my favorite pie. It was extremely tart. I don’t know if the staff was feeling generous or if they could tell the chocolate peanut butter pie was disappearing much faster than the lemon, but they brought us the third option on the house! And we were so glad they did. The butter custard pie was far and away one of the best pies I had ever tasted! They served it with raspberry compote, and it was so fresh, kind of like a sweet ricotta cheese. My words can’t do it justice, but trust me, the pie was incredible.
The other pies we tried. The chocolate peanut butter was really good as well.
Bang Bang’s shop is so cute. It was my first time going in the winter, and they have more inside seating than I remember. In the summer, they have this cute little courtyard area with picnic tables. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any biscuits. Next time!
The menu changes regularly, so if you live in Chicago, you should definitely go try the butter custard while it’s still around!
We had a great end of last week/weekend with two of my sisters in town. Paula came in Wednesday for a conference and Monica arrived Friday afternoon. We had one overlapping evening and definitely took advantage of it. We got pie, pizza, explored Chicago a bit, and had an impromptu at-home karaoke session. So many embarrassing videos!
It was great to catch up with both my sisters. I love my large family, but it is very rare that I get to have one-on-one time with anyone. Weekends like these are such a treat! After Monica headed home yesterday, Keith and I enjoyed a quiet afternoon around the house. I tried to open our balcony door to get some fresh air, but it’s not quite warm enough for that yet!
Before I worked in finance, I did consulting. I was constantly on the road, eating out all the time, and working long hours. My older team members told me to enjoy the lifestyle while it lasted, because eventually my body wouldn’t be able to keep up with that schedule. Well…I think I’ve hit that point! Last week I traveled to four cities in three days. Lots of flights. Lots of airport food. Little sleep. I couldn’t wait to get home. Since our schedule is more low-key this week, we decided to stock up on fruits and veggies and do a little cleanse.
We wanted to make this mostly fruit and vegetable based: smoothies, salads, and roasted vegetables. I did a lot of prep on Sunday to make our weekday mornings as easy as possible. We juice on a regular basis, but it’s been fun to make smoothies this week. I’m starting to see the true power of our vitamix!
We’re only a couple days in and I am already feeling better. This is not a strict schedule by any means (there were girl scout cookies at book club last Sunday and they were delicious!), but it’s been nice to eat cleaner this week. We’ve been having a smoothie for breakfast, a raw salad and smoothie for lunch, and roasted veggies (sometimes with quinoa/rice) for dinner.
This weekend went by in a flash! After a crazy week, Keith and I had a great dinner together on Friday. We spent Saturday hunting for a hook to display some new kitchenware, as well as doing a little shopping. Saturday night we ordered in dinner with some friends and played poker. It was my first time learning and I really liked it! I wrapped up the weekend at book club with my girlfriends, which is always fun. It doesn’t feel like we did a lot, but all of a sudden, another week is upon us. I barely pulled out my phone all weekend, so here is a dark picture Keith took while we were out at dinner Friday.
This week will be busy for us because we have family in town. My sister Paula is staying with us while she attends a conference, and my youngest sister Monica is visiting next weekend. I am excited to see them both! What are you up to this week?