Sick Days, Dad Dates, and Farmhouse

Hey team! I’m writing to you from the horizontal position on my couch that I’ve maintained for the past eight hours.


Sickness is a funny thing…sometimes you feel it coming on and, like a wave, it passes mildly, but other times, *WHAM*, out of nowhere, it feels like Clay Matthews came at you out of your blind spot and you’re out of commission for awhile. I’m so lucky that my home in the suburbs is less than an hour away so that, during times like this, I can come home, act like a baby, and be taken care of. My day has mostly revolved around soup, m&ms (for my mental health, of course), and Buzzfeed.

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Speaking of which, I found a pretty cool article you might find helpful!

24 Diagrams to Help You Eat Healthierenhanced-26575-1420833073-9My favorite diagram is the one about nuts — now I know I can eat allllll the pistachios.

Before The Plague of January 2015 came on, I had a pretty awesome Saturday spent with my dad. After I got off work he came to the city and we made a night of it. If you’ve ever read my About Me section, my high school life revolved around basketball, and it was my true love for quite awhile. I even considered playing in college but decided I wanted to go to Illinois, a D1 school, and that was never gonna happen haha. But my dad was always my #1 fan, always at all my games. Anyway, we used to go watch women’s basketball games at Northwestern, and since it’s been a few years we decided to bring back the old tradition and go see a game.

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It was so much fun to be back at Welsh-Ryan arena with my dad, especially because the Wildcats played Michigan (our #1 team). Funny how I used to be terrified of college athletes but now that I’m post-grad, the players all looked so small! Perspective is a funny thing.

unnamed (12)After the game we went to dinner at Farmhouse, a farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on seasonal, local food. We sat at the bar and had a few drinks and appetizers before placing our dinner order. It was a beautiful space!

unnamed (13)Their drink list is interesting — they don’t carry any commercial brands (you should have seen the look of surprise on my dad’s face when he asked for Bombay Sapphire gin and was instantly shut down). I asked for the closest draft to my beloved Stella and the bartender gave me a few samples before I settled on a wheat ale (I really wish I could remember what it was! Blogger fail).

After consulting Yelp, we knew we had to start with their famous cheese curds

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Beer Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds with homemade ketchup and spicy curd sauce.

Now, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad plate of fried cheese, but these were definitely special. The sauces were both homemade and you could tell the curds were as fresh as possible. Each and every one was well-sized and stuffed with cheese — no extra breading at all. We both loved them.

And for our entrees Dad and I got the same thing — the Indiana Fish Fry.

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Beer battered yellow perch, tartar slaw, mustard seed gatstrique, and tavern-cut fries

There’s usually nothing special about fish and chips. It can be great no matter what — all you need is a little lemon and tons of ketchup or tartar sauce and you’re golden. But the special thing about this was the entree as a whole: when you combined the fresh fish, slaw and mustard seed gastrique all in one bite is was absolutely perfect. I could have swam in a pool full of that gastrique. The bartender said it was sweetened malt vinegar and mustard seeds. I would love to meet the person who created that — I love restaurants that take care to make sure all the elements of a dish come together to make one spectacular eating experience. It was like a math equation: fish + slaw + gastrique = perfection. Now that’s math I can understand.

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So even though I spent half the weekend horizontal on my couch, it was a great one. Great time spent with my dad and wonderful food. Now I’m spending my Sunday night with some of my favorite ladies…


And gents…


My besties.



  1. Argh, hope you’re feeling better buddy! I love that movie- I claim fame to Fat Amy (even though she was not that character there but still).

    Fried cheese curds? Okay, I need to google this because it sounds amazing.

    1. See now you need to come BACK to America and try cheese curds. And even though she wasn’t technically Fat Amy she was basically Fat Amy in that movie haha. What a good claim to fame for Australia! She’s the best.

  2. Glad you didn’t forget the M&M’s for your mental health! And I played basketball all my life too. I was supposed to play in college but then I got hurt my senior year 😦 Another thing we can talk about when we finally meet ha.

  3. I’m sorry that you weren’t feeling well! BTW, Farmhouse has some of the best chicken soup in the city. Also, their cheese curds are a must, and the Humdinger is my favorite of their cocktails. I LOVE THAT PLACE

  4. Sorry you aren’t feeling well! At least Saturday was a good one. Your restaurant choice looks amazing. I didn’t feel so hot last week either – my stomach had been a little off but nothing crazy. Then I went downhill one night really fast. It’s all good now though. Hae a great Monday!

  5. Mmm fried cheese. I’ve also never had bad fried cheese. I’m guessing it’s just universally delicious.
    Sorry to hear you’re sick. It seems like everyone in the world was sick last week, including me. Hope you feel better soon!

  6. I love restaurants like Farmhouse! The food tastes so much better than chain restaurants it makes me wonder why people even go to them! Hope you feel better too!

    1. That’s what I was telling my dad! I had no problem eating all that food because I knew whatever it was, it was all high quality. The cheese curds, for example, were fried but not over-fried with tons of extra batter. It was all so delicious, flavorful, and satisfying.

  7. Oh no! Sorry you’re not feeling well! Oddly enough, the blogger right before you in my Bloglovin’ feed was also down for the count this weekend, so at least you’re in good company 😛 That’s great that it’s so easy for you to to go home, though! Whenever I’ve been sick since becoming a “grown up,” pretty much the only thing I’ve wanted is for someone to take care of me. In fact, that’s become my litmus test for if I’m *actually* sick or if I just *feel* sick (my stomach has a mind of its own, so queasiness and I are pretty well acquainted with one another :P): if I need to call Mom, I know I’m actually sick hahaha.

  8. What a fun date with your dad! I haven’t spent time with my dad just hanging out in YEARS. Like more years that I can even count. Maybe I should give that guy a call. All that food looks yummy and I’m starving.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re sick too! WTF is up with all the sick right now!? I hope you feel better today!

    1. I definitely feel better today, thanks! Don’t just think about it, DO IT. Give him a call 🙂 it’ll mean so much to both of you. I appreciated those few hours more than anything I’ve done in a long time.

  9. Sorry you’re not feeling well! I got sick right before the holidays and it literally came out of nowhere and I couldn’t get out of bed for 3 days. It was the worst! I hope you are at least able to relax a bit and enjoy being taken care of!

  10. Hope you are feeling better! There’s no place like home to try and get back to your normal-self. Love that you had a date day/night with your dad. There’s nothing like special time with your parents, nothing!

    1. That’s how I know I’m REALLY sick — because 9 times out of 10 I hate sitting on the couch all day and not being productive. But with the way I was feeling yesterday, that’s all I COULD do. Aka the sickness was real haha.

  11. So sorry to hear that you caught the plague! I am finally recovering from it as well- I spent all of Friday night and most of Saturday half alive on my couch watch Investigation Discovery 😛 Hopefully you’re back to 100% soon!!!

  12. Hope you feel better soon ❤ Glad you had a fun day with your dad though! I'm hungry now thinking of that food! Bar food is my favorite. That infographic is really cool, though! I'm excited to look at it a bit closer.

  13. “I love restaurants that take care to make sure all the elements of a dish come together to make one spectacular eating experience.” Yes, yes, yes! Kudos to understanding and most of all appreciating this aspect to a great restaurant experience. I like it when I have buddies (even blogger buddies) who can understand my obsession for GREAT food. And appreciate the art behind it. Sorry to hear you’ve been down with the plague. On the bright side, I do think Bridesmaids is some good choice of therapy. Never can get enough of Bridesmaids. Feel better!

  14. I hope you are feeling better now Lauren! I must admit all you want to do when you feel poorly is snuggle down in a blanket at home, a bowl of hot soup and someone to take care of you!
    What a fab day out with your dad. I love spending time with my dad, always feels really special 🙂

  15. ughhhh sick is the worst. hope you’re feeling better, and it’s so nice to have home nearby. i’m such a baby about it and just want someone there to take care of me and affirm the fact that i am justified to feel so lousy and whine about it. haha i saw that algebra thing on Insta last week and it always cracks me up.

  16. So I stumbled here from another blog and I think you’re a keeper. First, in the first and only post I read, you discuss Clay Matthews, you like Stella, and your first comment is from my guy Armen. Then, I look through some photos and it appears you do some fitnessing at a CrossFit box, which is a plus. Oh and your blog starts with the same word as mine. So yeah. I just might come back. Get feeling better!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind remarks! Stella is in a league of its own for sure. I would like to pretend I do CrossFit but I basically do bootcamps that resemble CrossFit w/o Olympic-style weights. I tried CrossFit awhile back and injured my lower back so I’ve been scared to go back ever since. Gotta work on that fear! I can’t wait to read your blog! I already checked out your About Me section and I have to agree that red velvet cake is in the top 10 best foods on the planet. So we can definitely be friends now! haha thanks for stopping by!

  17. Hope you feel better soon…seems like everyone is getting sick! Gotta love the movie Bridesmaids + Chocolate…that combo will make anyone feel better!

  18. Lauren!! I’m so excited to have found your blog! I just read through your past…uh…maybe 10 posts 🙂
    I actually haven’t seen Bridesmaids yet! But I’m definitely all about the M&Ms…especially the peanut butter ones 🙂
    Hope you feel better ASAP!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I want to check out yours as well but I can’t seem to find your blog link via your profile…comment back with a link pretty please! 🙂 m&ms are my favorite candy…strangely enough they were my least favorite back in the day but now I just can’t get enough. And don’t even get me started on the pb ones — they are pure CRACK! Bridesmaids is so great — it gets funnier every time I watch it.

  19. Love the reference to Clay Matthews. Wish he would’ve done a bit more during the last 2 minutes on Sunday. GRR!!! What a horrible way to go out 😦 😦

    p.s. I hope you start feeling better. Keep eating those m&ms though. I’m sure their the perfect cure to any sickness

  20. Hey!! Sorry you were feeling sick!! Yucky!! I’m sure you still looked gorgeous!! 🙂 Also, love that you spent time with your dad!! Basketball is amazing and I know you were an amazing player! I wish I would’ve played basketball. I grew up playing with my dad. He was a basketball player. I always cherished those fun mornings playing basketball with him. Have an amazing day because you’re amazing! XOXO

    1. Basketball is such a fun game! Im so happy i had so many good years playing it. Happy i didnt take it too seriously though otherwise i wouldnt have had time in college to discover my love of food and running/other types of fitness

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