Archive for the ‘BYOB’ Category

Mindy’s Pick of the Year…and it’s only January

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The Floating World Artisan Sake Imports has brought us some of the most beautiful, unique and rare treasures I have seen in a while.  The Mukai brewery dates back to 1754 and the current Toji (sake brewer) is the eldest daughter of the family, Kuniko. She is one of the first professional female sake brewers in Japan. Kuniko experiments with unusual rice and yeast combinations and uses a rare red rice in part of the fermentation.

All their sakes are made by hand in small batches by small, family owned companies using locally grown rice. Each one is lovely and captivating. It was love at first sight, smell and taste for me. For those who are not sake fans, this one may change your mind. The Mukai Shuzo Inemanki from Kyoto is incredible and so versatile. It really shows you what a sake can be. Of course, you can grab a bottle and go to your local BYOB sushi spot, but there is so much more. This sake has a light smokey nose and pairs beautifully with our meats here at the LUSH snack bar, try it with the duck prosciutto. It is slightly fruity and balanced by a stunning acidity that is a perfect compliment to cheese. If you want to go Tapas style, get a little tin of Spanish octopus and you won’t know what hit you. Then again, you can just sip it slowly as an aperitif, all on its own.

LUSH: Back to the Basics

Friday, February 11th, 2011

by Ms. Jessica Tessendorf

LUSH lingo leaving you a little bamboozled? Let’s get straight to the facts. An honest to
goodness list of everything your neighborhood LUSH can provide just for you.

1. FREE booze! If the lights are blinking, you’re drinking. 12-10, 7 days a week. Anything
we have opened is fair game.
2. FREE Scheduled tastings. 2-5 each and every Sunday afternoon. Check out the website
or call your local shop to see what the weekly theme is. Not a wine fan? 25% of our
scheduled tastings are either beer or spirits. We provide the topic, the booze, and some
tasting notes, you provide your face.
3. Personalized tastings. Pick a topic, or don’t. Have it blind, or not. Have some snacks
to pair, or drink your food. Set a date with Ms. Carrie ( at Roscoe Village, or Ms. Alicia ( at West Town & University Village, get
some friends together, and have a more tailored tasting event. (more…)

What to Do While Moving. [What to Drink, Rather.]

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

by erin

For people sound of body, brain, and spirit, moving from one domicile to another is an activity that inspires the worst feelings imaginable: dread, preemptive exhaustion, crabbiness, irritability, and leg cramping. Okay, maybe the leg cramping happens after moving. Go eat a banana, girl!


BYOB: Han 202

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

This Christmas, the three LUSH managers plus our intrepid Employee of the Year[s], Kelly, all decided that in lieu of buying one another gifts, we would spend the money instead on getting together, the four of us, for a shared meal.


BYOB: Ciao Amore

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Dear reader, I cannot express to you how lovely it is for me to discover a new BYOB restaurant–particularly when it is right between the store and my house. And so it is with a fair bit of enthusiasm that I left Ciao Amore last night.


Things I heart, take 4

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Hmm, so many new things how can I ever choose?  Well, the thing that I really heart most today would definitely have to be the 2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Petillant Brut.  Holy crap that is good!  I had the pleasure of drinking it at one of my favorite BYOBs, Home Bistro in Boystown, last Sunday with great friends.  We opened it at the beginning of the meal and of course I was excited, but after sniffing then tasting, I was even more excited.  Such an amazing sparkling wine.  Beautiful in the glass with a golden color and tiny bubbles.  Aromatic and vibrant on the nose.  Honey and lemon really came out on the palate with a great minerality that I love heart.  It also has a great acidity which is probably why it also went so well at our Fried Chicken and Bubbles event last week.

My suggestion is to grab a bottle of this and drink it.  Sharing is optional.

LUSH Weekly Email: Blind Tasting

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Oops, it happened again.  Posted here for your perusing pleasure…

I apologize profusely for the horrifying event of last week…you did not receive your weekly LUSH email.  GASP.  Apparently our email utility people were napping.  But, no worries, this is a fair representation of the information you missed last week, minus my suggestions for a glorious Memorial Day weekend, but I am sure y’all did quite well with partying and enjoying the beautiful weather!

P.S.  My coolest cousin, Ms. Alice, will be buzzing into town for a sweet visit with an old family friend, Ms. Lucy.  We all grew up together in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas…running, climbing, playing in the mud and the garden, swimming, and delving into general mischief and mayhem.  They may be hanging out, causing trouble at LUSH next week!

Hoooweee, put it in my glass!

I am not so sure about y’all, but I am very tempted to slip off my sneakers, run around barefoot for a while, and go play outside.  Granted, any playtime deserves a nice, chilly bottle of pink or white wine.  Or a sixer of local pilsner.  Venture out to see us…we have bottles open to sample for (shhh!) free.  And, we are local, friendly, and like to share.


Dear Spring:

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

[Three weeks ago] Are you there, Spring? It’s me, Erin. I have some questions for you, if you’ve got just a— no wait! Come back! I hate you.

[Now] Okay, you little tease. I’ve got one wary eye on the sky and another on Tom Skilling, but it seems like you might actually be here for good. Now, I know I’m usually a hater–and can you blame me? Spring, you’re a little too windy and rainy and allergy-y for my taste– but you do have some things going for you. I will list them in alphabetical order: asparagus, bunnies, Dark Lord Day, IPA, gruner veltliner, less curl-up-and-sleep thought patterns, Lush patio-friendly weather, ramps, sailing, saison beer releases, and sunshine.


BYOB: Urban Belly

Thursday, November 13th, 2008


3053 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 583-0500

Urban Belly, LUSH Fieldtrip

Urban Belly, LUSH Fieldtrip

Urban Belly is amazing. Seriously, go there. Now. Tucked into a little strip mall, nestled in next to a laundry mat, the restaurant is a hidden gem. Chef Bill Kim has created a warm, communal space and a menu that comprehensively represents his evolving philosophy on food and nourishment. Yvonne Kim is a gracious and inviting host as well as super efficient managing influence. And, the next most brilliant thing besides the owners/chef and the food is that this place is BYOB with no corkage fee!


Fashionably Late

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Ok, just to be clear I’m not (finally) writing on this blog because of peer pressure, nor has my job been threatened (over blogging anyway), I’m doing it for the short ribs.