I’m back! I feel like this past weekend in Chicago was just one big breath of fresh air. It was so nice to be away from the daily grind, I loved it.
I headed down to the windy city on Friday with Joseph’s house (He is an Evan’s Scholar). On Saturday we walked up and down Michigan Ave and did a little shopping (Aren’t girls supposed to have a better fashion sense than guys? Not in this relationship…) and had lunch at The SoupBox. I HIGHLY recommend this place (Big shout out to my dear Maren for recommending it!). It was featured on Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels on the Food Network and voted best soup in Chicago. 12 freshly made gourmet soups daily! We both got side salads (freshly prepared in front of you, right down to chopping the cucumber and mushrooms!) and a split lobster bisque in a giant bread bowl. We fell into a food coma after, but it was so worth it. Seriously delish. Soupbox also has full nutrition info for all of their soups on the website, which is a definite gold star in my book. Plus, they let you sample as many as you want before you order. No buyers remorse!
After a well-deserved nap after wandering the city we met up with a couple of friends for dinner at The Carriage House. (Can you tell Joseph and I really like food??? I may or may not have chosen my dress for the ball based on the fact it was a little loose so I could eat more during the day…) This place specializes in modern southern comfort food. They have about 4 entrees and a huge list of small plates. The idea with small plates, if you are unfamiliar, is to order a handful for the table and share them and try a little of each. Here is what we ordered:
- Fried Green Tomatoes( whipped pimento cheese, spicy hominy,creamed ham, buttermilk vinaigrette)
- Skillet Cornbread (sweet cornbread with a pear preserve and whipped cream cheese on top)
- Pickled Acorn Squash Salad (salt roasted pears, torn herbs, asher blue cheese, toasted squash seeds, peppered honey)
- Tea Brined Scallops (oxtail marmalade, hushpuppies,apple & turnip piccalilli, sage aioli)
- Beef Short Rib (buttermilk blue cheese grits, creamed brussels sprouts,red onion jam, horseradishvinaigrette, braising jus)
I really can’t tell you what was my favorite. They were all so good, you could definitely taste how fresh and organic the ingredients were.
Price-wise, Soupbox was very inexpensive making it a perfect pit-stop for lunch. Carriage House was a little more on the upscale side, more of a special-evening-out type place. Both got two thumbs up from me though.
Saturday evening was the “Golf Ball” dance. So we got all dressed up and headed out to mix and mingle with scholars from other universities. It was a great time.
I couldn’t help but overhear a lot of the girls saying how they shouldn’t be eating so late at night (they had sliders and chicken fingers from 8pm-12am) because it would make them gain weight (Yes, I did enjoy a nice little burger and I did so guilt-free. What’s my favorite phrase??? Moderation? Exactly!)
So, let’s take a look at this whole late night eating and weight gain thing, shall we? I did some research and will tell you if this is fact or fiction.
Does late night eating cause weight gain?
Several clinical studies have been done and there is no conclusive evidence that there is a connection between eating at night and weight gain. The AND (Remember, this is “The Man”) agrees that it is the amount eaten, not the time of day, that causes weight gain.
What tends to happen a lot of times is people don’t factor their night-time snacks into their daily caloric intake. This causes them to be eating a lot more calories than they think they are, which can cause weight gain. Think about it, do you mindlessly eat while watching tv or pick at leftovers before putting them in the fridge? Those calories add up.
In short, the body processes food the same way after dark that it does during the day. Eating too many calories and a lack of physical activity is what causes weight gain, not eating your calories in the dark.