SRIRACHANA’S RESTAURANT WEEK PICKS ROUND TWO WITH MUSICAL PAIRINGS!

The love/hate week for many of Chicago’s restaurant staff is coming up.  Fresh new line up of $22 prix fixe lunch and $33/$44 dinner menus offered from February 1-10, 2013.  I encourage you to take that extended lunch or excessively fancy dinner during the week because you can!

To find the full list of restaurants and reservations check out OpenTable!

These choices were my close contenders (mainly because I’m not made out of money and had to narrow my choices for my bank accounts & shoe collection’s sake). See my first round picks and continue with my second round picks! I hope you find your new favorite spot in the city!

Srirachana’s Picks Round Two with fine musical pairing!

 photo courtesy Time Out Magazine

pairs well with Rihanna, Lemme Get That

Allium, Gold Coast.  The revamped space inside the Four Seasons Chicago, cleaned up quite well.  Though still pricey, Kevin Hickey, head chef, breathed new life into the menu. The old restaurant was old school, and I mean old school. Way past #TBT status, they served petite fours and all (though that will be missed). The new joint’s kitchen knows what their doing! The food is modern, upbeat, but definitely not too gimmicky. The reason why I can hold off on this is because for all of the month of January, their three-course value offered through the month of January. With their Anti-New Year’s Resolution January menu, they couldn’t haven’t gotten more modern than that. I personally would like to highlight their high end all you can eat FRIED CHICKEN TUESDAYS. Splurge from your waistline and not from your wallet with three course prix fixe, extra entrée helpings, and fancy schmancy drink pairings including Spiked Sweet Tea.  Lemme Get (some of) that!

photo courtesy of NYT Travel

pairs best with TLC, Creep

 Balsan at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Gold Coast. This sister restaurant to the famed EPIC, also in the Waldorf, gives you that Crazy, Sexy Cool vibe with their unique American Contemporary Bistro fare.  The chefs pay attention to every detail on your plate and every micro detail to flavor.  There is a certain American “sensibility” and luxury at your fingertips.  I’m surprised to see this on the restaurant week list this year – a definite must try!  The hotel itself is a stylish celeb filled haven. (Ahem – I met T.I. & Marlon Wayans here and had the best meal in my life at Ria with my boo- I might be a little sentimental).  Though after morning the short lived and highly respected Ria, (the partners after two years are trying new adventures), the Waldorf still boasts the Balsan.  May the Waldorf forever transcend Luxury Hotel Dining!

photo courtesy of Belly Q

pairs exceptionally with Drake, Thank Me Now

Belly QWest Town.  Brought to you by the brains behind Belly Shack and Urban Belly, Chef Bill Kim’s new concept restaurant brings your season Asian BBQ utilizing local ingredients and a definite jump above regular chinatown roasted meats.  Tradditional yet new, the combination pops in your mouth. I have to admit I was hesistant at first.  I personally don’t care for Asian fusion or different reinventions of Momofuku’s pork belly buns.  My belly is very happily suprised! Your taste buds can just thank me now. You’re welcome.

Ant’s Week’in Raps

After a 2 week break from this sh*t, I’m back. Unfortunately for us this past week didn’t produce too much heat, just a bunch of okay’s and solids (smh). Lets not let that stop us from enjoying our weekend with some new bumps though. Take these few tracks I felt were a bit better and more fitting than the rest. This week I bring you records from the likes of Lil Wayne, Young Scooter, Alex Wiley, Dubb, and more. Lets get it!

Young Scooter “Jugg Season” f/ Future x “Made It Through The Struggle” f/ Ma$e & Verse Simmonds

 

Honestly, I think I enjoyed “Jugg Season” a bit more. Future makes that record. But Ma$e who I never expected to come with sh*t again, brought it on “Make It Through The Struggle.” No idea what got into homie but he gets two thumbs up for his effort on this record. Now if only he could stay consistent with that sh*t. Guess we’ll just see what happens. Personally, I doubt it. Prove me wrong though.

Lil Wayne “Rich As F**k” f/ 2 Chainz

 

Said to come off Wayne’s upcoming album, I Am Not A Human Being II, is this new release featuring 2 Chainz on the hook entitled, “Rich As F**k.” I’ll admit, I’m not that much into Wayne as I used to be. And I’m sure that’s the case for many others around too. So Wayne can thank his 2 Chainz hook for the feature. Oh…and smfh at the end of this song. Super wack!

Dubb “Hypnotized” f/ Smoke DZA

Dubb and Smoke DZA combine powers on a record that just makes me wanna lean the f**k out and get hella faded. Not such a bad idea either. It’s lean season. So lets get it this weekend. Leh go!

Alex Wiley “Swish”

 

Tomorrow is Alex’s big listening party event @ Jugrnaut for #ClubWiley. So why not throw one from him in the mix to get y’all prepped and going. Those of you who didn’t catch this when I posted it yesterday can hop on now. #ClubWiley coming soon!

Ca$h Out “M.O.E. RMX” f/ Trinidad James

 

To be quite honest, this is just a filler. No one really came with it like that this week with the exception of a select few. So therefore I don’t really have sh*t to say about this record. Just take it and go enjoy your weekend.

Have a great and safe weekend y’all. #Salute!

Ant’s Week’in Raps

Gotta say that this week brought forth a lot of bumpin’ records. So strap yourself down and tune in as I rap my week up with this new edition of my #WeekInRaps. Features for the weekend from Young Jeezy, Chief Keef, Wale, Pill, and more. Please enjoy and have a safe and happy weekend y’all. Good luck.

Chief Keef “Hate Bein’ Sober” f/ 50 Cent

 

This new Chief Keef has probably gotta be the one jam I’ve bumped to most this week. I know O boy’s lyrics ain’t the greatest…but I gotta give it to young dude. Homie knows how to make records that hit. So whether you hate em or love em, you’re still bound to hear this one for some time to come in the upcoming weeks. Especially since it features both 50 and Wiz on the track. This version however has no Wiz on it. And I’m not about to go find the version that does for y’all. Simply enjoy what we have to offer or go find that shit yourself.

Wale “Back 2 Ballin'” f/ French Montana

 

MMG’s Wale and Bad Boy’s French Montana are “Back 2 Ballin'” on this new bump which Wale released yesterday, followed by a post from yours truly. Guess this one ended up making the final cut of my #WeekInRaps after all. Must say I found this one to be a straight jam to bump to on our nights out for this upcoming weekend. Enjoy y’all.

Young Jeezy “R.I.P.” f/ 2 Chainz

 

It’s two weeks in a row for Tity. This week we catch 2 Chainz on a feature for one of Young Jeezy’s latest records, “R.I.P.,” which comes off snowman’s recent collection, It’s Tha World. Club swag written all over this one. Figured it was fitting. Also I don’t hate it as much as I do many other club anthems.

Pill “Money Bag” f/ Juicy J

 

Two of my favorite MC’s out here collaborate for a new jam entitled, “Money Bags.” Both Pill and Juicy J deliver hot verses on this one, making it a certified banger and sure in feature on this week’s edition of my #WeekInRaps. What’chall think and Who’s fuggin’ with this one? I’m jammin’ over here.

Red Cafe “Loaded” f/ Fabolous & Trey Songz

 

Can’t really say I’m all that in tune with Trey’s rappin’ anymore. I used to think he was decent at one point, then well I guess….I woke up. His feature on this new Red Cafe however wasn’t all that bad. I was a bit surprised actually that he came with it the way he did. For sure a strong feature to complement two dope verses from Red Cafe and Fabolous. Who agrees with me…who don’t? Chime in!

Alex Wiley “Something To Say” f/ Lil Nikk N9ne

 

The Hippie Sabotage production duo is back with another #WeekInRaps appearance. This time it’s for their production contribution to Alex Wiley’s latest release “Something To Say,” which features a killer guest verse from Chicago’s own Lil Nikk N9ne. That’s two for two from the young up and coming beat makers. If you recall HS was featured on Calez’s “B.S.O.A.T.,” which made it as the top feature on my first ever edition of #WeekInRaps. Got to say I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from the duo as well as these young rappers featured here. Look for Alex’s #ClubWiley to drop within the oncoming weeks. Enjoy y’all! 

Dave Coresh “LovE & MonEy” f/ Gatz & Chuck L.I.

 

This gotta be the illest shit I’ve heard from Dave Coresh in a while. A young Chicago rapper who’s been a bit inconsistent over the past few years, but that’s not to take away from homie’s talent. The kid can rap. We know that. But I know I and I’m sure several others would love to see a story unfold. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. In the mean time grab this record, “LovE & MonEy,” which features Gatz and Chuck L.I. on the track. A Jam coming off THC & Record.Breakers’ collaborative compilation entitled, E.L.E.. Look for the project to feature tracks from Tyler The Creator, Kid Cudi, The Boy Illinois, and more!

Hope y’all messin’ with my top choices in raps this week. Take these and enjoy yourself a great weekend out. But before you go though…be sure to grab the records below which stand as honorable mentions for this week’s #WeekInRaps. Happy Friday homies. 

Pavy “Hate Bein’ Sober (RMX)”

  

Grade Aplus “Turnt ^” f/ Weasel Sims

Girl Power: Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea at the Mid Chicago [Concert Review]

Rita Ora, born in Kosovo, moved to the United Kingdom the same year has been making big waves since her debut studio album release, ORA, with three singles shooting straight to number one.  She will soon be making waves as she kicks off her promotional shows in America.

With a budding following in Chicago, Iggy Azalea kicked opened wearing a a white crop top and paneled mesh-faux leather legging accentuating her itty bitty waistline and enviable booty.  Making her look complete, her porn star-esque booties and sexually charged lyrics had the whole club bouncing.  Though some of her songs lacked variety, she showed her potential to grow as an artist.  Iggy can really hold her own.  Can’t wait to see her head lining her own shows in the US because we need more girls like her.  Her rocking out the hip hop and Rita Ora coming out next, I was brought back to my girl power days of Spice Girls and thought how much more these girls could pack a REAL punch!  Whether the crowd knew Iggy’s lyrics or not, she got everyone to dance and even brought a few lucky fans on stage… including one in a red blazer complete with bedazzled panties. I couldn’t get a clear picture of his crotch because he was gyrating too much.

Before the concert, I got a chance to meet Rita!  She was so cute and bubbly with a fashion sense I admire. She rocked out some dark lipstick, eyeball dangle earrings, skull rings, and a mod white dress.  She really has some sick style.  As everyone at the blog already knows… I’m obsessed with skulls and creepy things. I’m glad I got to meet her and know that we have an obsession in common.

Rita Ora kicked off an amazing and intimate show. Her opening song, Facemelt, was 90 seconds of pure energy.  Her chained decorated mic and use of drum showed that was ready to give a good show.  Her cd years in the making only verified how much she has honed her performing skills.  Songs like Rock Da Life and Shine Ya Light were quintessential anthems to her Roc Nation heritage.   And of course, she took it slow with an emotional filled rendition of Swim Good.  Though not as soul forthcoming as Frank Ocean, her vocal chords were insane.  (then again, who can ever be as soul exposing as Frank O?)

Ending her concert with Uneasy and R.I.P, I felt complete.  Rita confessed R.I.P. is her ultimate favorite song.  Written by Drake, but rumored to be intended for Rihanna, this song was DESTINED to be Rita’s.  Nailing each note and “beating it down to a bloody pulp” as described by Perez Hilton, Rita’s rookie appeal and confident attitude is absolute perfection.  It was an early concert but I had myself singing her songs all weekend.  I left feeling like the next time I see her will be filling arenas.  She has a voice that her CD doesn’t do her justice.  She has a look that will only get better.  The craziest thing of it all… she’s just getting started.

Rita is on the RIIIIIIIISEEEEE!

I’m just trying to say that this girl has so much edge ad glam she can make anything look high fashion. You need your own clothing line! How could I have ever doubted this Refinery29 star?  😛