Sears House Seeker

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2023-11-20 00:30:04

Houses in Elmhurst were on the agenda for the rest of the day, Sunday, to be finished off with dinner at Citrine Café , in Oak Park, and it did not disappoint, either. Like Fire & Wine , it was located on a main street in town (actually, directly across the street from the Oak Park station of the CTA Green Line) in a brick storefront with a cool looking interior, and with an outside patio, which is where we sat. The menu was Mediterranean / Italian inspired, with some good vegetarian friendly options. Betsy and I started with their hummus appetizer and their lepinja bread with ajvar and goat cheese, and I had Caesar salad and white sauce mushroom pizza, while Betsy's entree was mushroom and ricotta ravioli. It was a ton of food, and we left half of our entrees. Word to the wise: the Croatian Pomalo, "Pet Nat" Rose they serve is actually a naturally sparkling wine, and that was not explained or mentioned to us when my sister ordered it, and it was not what she would have wanted... so that was a bit of a disappointment, and should have been clarified by our waiter (who simply hinted that he'd "let her discover the surprise" when it got there... nope, should have clarified that it was sparkling).

Of course, the building itself is magnificent, including the new, modern wing, and there are art treasures from all eras and all parts of the world. There are famous works that you learn about in your Western Art History class in freshman year of college... like American Gothic (Grant Wood), Mary Cassatt's The Child's Bath , George Seurat's A Sunday On La Grande Jatte,  Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day , one of Van Gogh's Self Portrait paintings, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks , Toulouse Lautrec's At the Moulin Rouge , and lots of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings you've heard about and seen in books, as well as other 20th century artists to see ... Cézanne, Picasso, John Singer Sargent, Degas, Pierre Bonnard, Monet, Manet... the list goes on. 

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