So I finally figured out where Ian was taking me for our anniversary on our walk to the ‘l’ — Boka! After the Chobani dinner I had mentioned to Ian how amazing the food was and how much I wanted to go back and try some things off their menu, well I guess he took note and made us a reservation for last night. Ian also made sure to call ahead and tell them about my food allergies which was so nice of him and made the dinner a lot easier for me.
Of course we were running late so I forgot to grab my real camera but I do have some crappy iPhone pictures with flash (so dark in there) to show you!
After we arrived at Boka Ian pulled a fast one on me and decided we should order a bottle of wine. This like never happens because he is such a beer drinker. We spoke with out waitress and she helped us pick out a bottle of Villa Creek Granache Blanc. Ian really liked it so maybe I have a wine convert?
To start the waitstaff brought out focaccia for Ian and then the same flaxseed crackers I tried last time I was at the restaurant. They were just as good as last time and I still really want to recreate them!
Next, I had the field greens salad with white balsamic vinaigrette and raspberries.
This salad may not look like much but it was so fresh and the raspberries were really good. My guess is that it would be even better with the feta cheese that I omitted!
Instead of a salad Ian ordered their raw tasting.
Bottom right is an oyster with peach champagne soda; bottom left is hamachi with lime, avocado, and a tamarind chip; top left is tuna, miso, edamame wasabi puree, and a soy milk meringue; and then the top right is snapper carpaccio, soba noodles, papaya, and coconut mousse.
We also each had another oyster for good measure .
For my main, I ordered the last special of the night which was a pan-fried snapper with assorted veggies, soy gelee (tried to not eat), wild rice (I was given this as opposed to a grain with gluten), and a broth.
I loved this dish. The fish was cooked perfectly and the portions were perfect. I finished my plate and felt comfortably full not stuffed.
Ian ordered the short rib ravioli which came with roasted cauliflower, red wine braised cabbage, lobster mushroom, Bartlett pears, and braised beef tongue.
He also really enjoyed his dish!
We figured that we would probably not be back at Boka for a long time (if ever) so we both opted to order dessert.
I was disappointed to hear that the almond sorbet had dairy in it (what?) so I shared three little scoops of huckleberry sorbet with Ian.
Ian also had the corn panna cotta with pickled and fresh blueberries and maple crystals.
He loved it!
Overall Boka was a big hit with both of us, the food and presentation were both excellent and I loved that the chef was willing to work with my food allergies. Prices are a bit steep but it’s totally worth it for a special occasion.
When we got home Ian and I exchanged gifts. I gave Ian two framed prints from the LyricalArtworks etsy shop as well as a gift card for a Chicago Beer Tasting tour and Ian gave me a new purse (my old one broke).
I’d kind of figured out what Ian was going to get me but I was super impressed with the purse he picked out. I love the color and the size. He knows me so well .
Sonic immediately claimed half of the box as his to play in.
This morning I woke up at 5 and decided to skip my morning workout. I have felt incredibly tired all week and today I decided I needed some extra rest. I can always workout after work too. I reset my alarm for over an hour later and happily passed back out. Even though I’m still really tired, I’m glad I cut myself a little slack and slept in.
Breakfast was my first batch of pumpkin oatmeal in a sunflower butter jar.
I cooked 1/2 cup oats in 1 1/2 cups water with 1 tsp chia seeds and then stirred in 1/3 sliced banana, 1/2 cup pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and maple sugar. I topped it all with pecans and a little cashew butter since the jar was pretty empty. It was delicious!
Now tell me- what are your plans this weekend?