Sushi Samba Chicago

For my cousin’s birthday we decided to go to Sushi Samba in downtown Chicago. Sushi Samba features a very unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine & design. Originally opened in New York in 1999, Sushi Samba is located in Chicago: 504 North Wells. The menu prices range but you could go and spend about $20 per person (not including drinks) and be truly happy…. Or you can spend $50 and still be happy, just happier. The wait staff is phenomenal and catered to our every need.

Of course the night began with something safe and something adventurous! For appetizers the safe: edamame ($5) and the adventure: 

Sawagani: flash fried japanese river crabs

Sawagani flash fried japanese river crabs ($12) and by flash fried they mean the little crabs were happily living their life in captivity until the big mean cook grabbed them and threw the little crabs into the burning hot oil. I will admit because of this, the little crabs had some interesting poses. The most exciting part about this is you eat the ENTIRE little crab…. shell and all. I can’t eat the crab because I eat kosher,  however, my cousins said it taste like a crab flavored potato chip.

For the rest of the night we stayed on a tuna and salmon selection (minus my cousin’s eel roll. Starting with traditional Salmon sake, we decided to let the waiter choose the rest of our selections… I think he did good: Unagi Tamago freshwater eel, zuke tuna, cucumber, tempura flake, wasabi crema ($16)

We finished the night sharing my cousin’s FREE birthday desert: a Banana Chocolate brownie unlike any other I’d ever tasted (and I hate bananas but this was soooo good!) topped with yummy vanilla bean ice cream. Then right before we left the bartender bought us a round for a great bday ending! This drink was DELISH: Nina Fresa® Svedka vodka, muddled strawberry, orange liqueur, lime, guava.

If i was a huge drinker, this would be my drink! Nina Fresa® Svedka vodka, muddled strawberry, orange liqueur, lime, guava

End of the Summer Family Friendly FUN!

It’s August! That means its almost time to go back to school! But you have a few weeks to get in all the summer fun you can before its time for the kids to go to school. So here are a few of my picks of summer fun to get in before the end of August! Here are some great activities this August:

  • Retro on Roscoe
  • Where: 2000-2300 W Roscoe
  • Sat/Sun Aug. 11/12 2012

There are 3 main stages and 6 blocks of fun! (Artisans, antique vendors, local restaurant, & an antique car show) Money benefits the Roscoe Village Neighbors nonprofit organization to ensure excellency in advocacy of quality of life for their residents and neighbors.

For More Information: Retro on Roscoe

  • Family Fun Festival by Target
  • Where: Millenium Park’s Chase Promenade North
  • When: 10am – 3pm

The Family Fun Festival returns to Millennium Park is over September 3rd. The Family Fun Festival includes family performances and hands-on activities in the Family Fun Tent. The Family Fun Festival is sponsored byTarget and presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.

For More Information: Explore Chicago

  • Under the Picasso
  • Where: Daley Civic Center
  • When: 12 noon – 1:00 pm each day

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE cultural programs year round weekdays at Noon at the Daley Civic Center.

Friday, August 10 : Live musical & dance performances: Celebrating the cultural vibrancy of Chicago’s robust relationships with cities around the world. Chicago Sister Cities International presents the 7th annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival with international village filled with a rich variety of authentic ethnic food, merchandise and entertainment that will enliven the downtown Loop with tastes, sights and sounds of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods born from cities throughout the global community.

Monday, August 13 : India Independence Day: The Associations of Indian in America (AIA), celebrate India Independence Day with a raising of the flag and program.

Tuesday, August 14 : Flag Raising Ceremony, The Consulate General of Pakistan Chicago has official flag raising followed by program and music.

For More Information: Explore Chicago

  • 175 Days to Love Chicago
  • Various days & Events
  • Various Times

The City of Chicago celebrates its 175th birthday on March 4, 2012! Marking this important milestone are 175 days of special events, festivals, promotions and fun facts, March 4 – August 26, 2012. Find dining deals, shopping specials, and guided tours created exclusively for this celebration to marquee annual events such as the Taste of Chicago, Air and Water Show, and the Chicago Blues Festival. Discover hundreds of ways to enjoy all the city has to offer this year with 175 Days to Love Chicago.

For More Information: Explore Chicago

Hope these summer suggestions help! The girls and I will be checking them out as well!