Posted in Bar Scene, Chicago, food, getting around, lunch, nightlife, parties, restaurants, things to do, tagged celebration, chicago dining, chicago restaurants, cocktails, d.c. crenshaw, efete.net, eivissa chicago, fete chicago, fete select tv, ibiza, infused drinks, NBC Chicago Street Team, Old Town, sangria, tapas, wells street on June 30, 2009 |
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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyday was Friday? Well supposedly the tropical island of Eivissa evokes the type of energy where every night out seems like a Friday night celebration. Eivissa, the Catalan name for Ibiza, is known for its summer club parties that attract a ton of tourists and a lot of publicity. It’s no wonder why the owners of the new tapas restaurant Eivissa are attempting to bring that same type of energy to Old Town. The concept sounds cool, but can the new kid on the block pull it off? Maybe for partying, but not so much for the cuisine.
The best thing about Eivissa are their “Islas Baleares” cocktails and “Chupitos” (infused shots). Their standard red sangria is infused with vanilla beans and Ceylon cinnamon for a warm, spicy taste. But after the alcoholic beverages nothing else is memorable, except for their Pinxtos, a unique mixture of morsels on toasted bread. The “Salpicon Aioli”, consisting of different seafood was the winner in this category. Their classical tapas are just average and be sure to order more cocktails to help wash down the dry ”Croquetas De Jamon”. The “Carnes-Meats” section featured a duck and asparagus dish. My advice is to take the asparagus and leave the duck. The dessert menu featured a tart, rice pudding, and a chocolate churro, but I was too disappointed with the service to move on to the next course. Oh, did I mention service? Two words sum up the service. Not good. The communication or lack there of with the server was frustrating. There was no explanation of the menu and dishes were slower than normal to arrive at the table, despite a sparse lunch crowd. The restaurant is nicely designed, but a return visit is necessary to determine the vibe. Eivissa is not a first choice for tapas, but their fabulous drinks may have the Old Town folks sipping libations on their patio throughout the summer.
Eivissa is located at 1531 N. Wells St. Log onto www.eivissachicago.com for more information. Check out www.efete.net for more restaurant reviews and an inside look into Chicago’s newest and hottest restaurants.
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Posted in chicago fashion scene, fashion, Shopping, things to do, Weekend Activities, tagged accessories, boutique, clutches, denim, dresses, hand bags, jeans, Old Town, purses, Sara Jane, Wells St., women's clothing on January 7, 2009 |
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Itika Oldwine, NBC Chicago Street Team
I am committed to starting the year off on the right foot! And that means it’s time to begin shopping for my 2009 wardrobe! Even in the country’s current economic state, shopping is an indulgence that any fashion-forward human should be able to enjoy whole-heartedly. So, a shopping trip to Sara Jane at 1343 N. Wells Street should definitely make the New Year to-do list of any respectable fashionista out there.
Of all of the well-stocked boutiques in Chicago, none have the personality and flare of Sara Jane. And that is in part due to Sara herself, the owner and brain child of this delightful Old Town post. Sara is one of the most unpretentious, down-to-earth and perfectly pulled-together women I know, and her store reflects this disposition. She carries everything from “it” jeans by brands such as Fidelity denim — Rihanna was spotted rocking this brand — or 1921, a denim house that hand cuts each pair of their jeans, to stylish must-have dresses in a variety of looks like the ever popular maxi or cocktail sheaths with fun and flirty embellishments. If accessories are your thing, she offers up some of the prettiest jewelry designed to punch any outfit up several notches. You will also find great handbags and clutches in some of the most popular colors and fabrics for the season.
On display in this fashion haven.
Accessories and more!
And if this isn’t enough to get you excited about re-stocking your closet at Sara Jane, remember you can top off your great day of shopping with a stroll through the historic neighborhood of Old Town to check out the neighboring restaurants and swanky shops along the ever bustling Wells Street.
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