Lunch at Fred’s at the top of Barney’s in Chicago!

What a gorgeous sunny day in Chicago!

What better to do than lunch and shop on a crispy cool Spring day?!

Where better to go for both than Barney’s and Fred’s?!

A seat next to the window with a glorious view of the Gold Coast was the perfect way to enjoy this beet and goat cheese salad!

Fred’s is a cool upscale spot which features organic and local food as much as possible.

The atmosphere is pure Gold Coast; Comfortable luxury!

The salmon was wild caught, tender and juicy.

The spinach was perfectly cooked and flavorful.

This is a great combination.

I can eat salmon and spinach everyday!

The avocado and tomato salsa made this the absolutely perfect meal for me!

All my favorites on one plate with green onion, too!

Very fresh. Delicious!

My honey had the linguine with clams in a very light tomato sauce.

This dish was garlicky and spicy.

Absolutely fantastic!

We were both jockying between the two plates trying to decide which was better.

It was a tie.

We were so full!

But that did not stop us from completely cleaning our plates!

Of course, we walked around Michigan Avenue for a while.

I shopped, he tried to stop me from shopping, and so it went until we stumbled on Tavern on Rush……..


Beet Salad with Pistachios, Al Fresco!

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The first outdoor dining of the 2010 season!

How exciting it is to sit in the warm sun for an afternoon lunch.

The gold and red beet salad was light and delicious with the added touch of pistachios.

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The sun was a welcome ingredient after a long winter.

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Tartine is the best place to enjoy al fresco dining in town.

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Gorgeous beets and a light vinaigrette.

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Beet Cucumber Salad

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Certified Fitness Trainer, Life Fit Coach and Veg-Chef writer, Carmen Garcia has contributed her Beet Cucumber Appetizer Salad today.

Carmen is passionate about fitness, vegan diet and nutrition and it shows in her vitality and excitement for sharing her experiences and recipes with others.

Beet Cucumber Salad Appetizer

Easy Recipe, Serves 4


2 medium beets, chopped
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup organic sauerkraut
2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
4 leaves, savoy cabbage, raw or lightly steamed
1 tsp dried dill weed herb
20 raw almonds (pre-soaked for tenderness)
sea salt, dash
raw sugar, dash


Steam beets for 15-20 minutes (depending on how tender you prefer).
Rinse with cold water.

Set aside. Mix cucumber, sauerkraut, dill and rice
wine vinegar in a bowl.

Add a dash of raw sugar and sea salt is optional for

Chill all of the ingredients scoop ingredients into cabbage leaf cups.

Garnish with a small portion of almonds in the center of dish for extra crunch.

You may add slivered or whole (raw or roasted) almonds over cabbage cups.

Tip: If you prefer a bit more tender veggies vs. raw and crunchy, lightly steam each appetizer to serve warm.


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