Chicago: Day 2 (Part 3)

February 5, 2012

Kyle Hepp and I, along with our husbands, were invited to dine in Geja’s Cafe, otherwise known as “the most romantic restaurant in Chicago.”  At the last minute our mutual friend Jennifer and Kyle’s Mother decided to join us as well.  The more the merrier is certainly true when it comes to sharing food, especially when it is fondue!

My husband and I arrived a few minutes before everyone else and decided to celebrate our earlier photo shoot (you can see the photos here and here) with some prosecco. 

Once everyone arrived, we were escorted to our table, which was conventiently next to the Spanish guitarist playing flamenco music.  Him combined with the exotic candlelit decor definitely created a romantic ambiance.

Fondue dining — which consists of cooking your own food at the table — is truly an intimate experience no matter who you are dining with.  It was difficult to continue our conversations once the rich, creamy Swiss Gruyere cheese that had been melted over an open flame was placed in front of us with fresh breads and fruits for dipping.  It was so delicious that Kyle, who normally dislikes cheese, could not stop eating it.  We were also served a crisp green salad that was dressed with a tangy Dijon vinaigrette.  Then we were presented for our mail meal with plates of lobster tails, jumbo shrimps, beef tenderloin, sea scallops, chicken breasts, and an array of colorful vegetables to cook in our pots of sizzling oils.

As if the meal could get not any better, it did, because for dessert we were given marshmallows for roasting along with moist pound cake and fresh fruits for dipping into the velvety Belgian chocolate fondue.

This is a meal I will never forget, since I could not ask for better food or company.  If you are looking for a special dining experience in Chicago, Illinois look no further than Geja’s Cafe.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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53 thoughts on “Chicago: Day 2 (Part 3)

  1. Leah

    I took my youngest niece to a fondue place in Houston this summer and she’s still talking about it. It looks like a beautiful restaurant. Cheers!

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I love that she’s still talking about it! Lucas and I are still talking about it too. We’d totally go once a week, if it wasn’t so $. It was SUCH a beautiful restaurant!!!

  2. Kristen

    Wow… I’ve heard great things about fondue but sadly I have yet to experience it! Everything sounds sooo yummy! This is my first time visiting your blog and after reading your About page, I think I may be hooked! You seem like a wonderful person- excited to start following your adventures 🙂

  3. Alex

    One side of my family is all in Illinois… I’ll have to bookmark this for next time I’m in Chicago! I love that photo of you and the hubs. Something about it is so… nostalgic!

  4. Terra

    Do you know that I have not eaten at a fondue restaurant before? We were going to go in Tucson, and never did. I always get nervous of the raw meat, LOL…it is the food safety in me, I am weird:-) But this looks wonderful! I would love the fruit part, YUM:-) Hugs, Terra

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  6. Jennifer Shivers

    Oh, how this brings back memories! The food was absolutely amazing. I still think about it! I need to go back there soon, but it won’t be the same without you guys! It was so unbelievably perfect that you and Kyle were in Chicago at the same time and I got to spend time with you both! Unforgettable!

  7. Michelle

    That looks delicious! I love fondue! Chicago definitely has some great places to eat…I lived there for a year for university, and it’s one of my favourite cities in North America!

  8. Katie

    There’s a fondue restaurant in Philadelphia called The Melting Pot with a very similar menu. What’s not to love about gobs of melted cheese and chocolate?!

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