This is perhaps why one of her favorite places in Chicago is the Art Institute, which houses such a massive and beautiful collection of historical and modern pieces of art that one could get lost for days in a Stendhal Syndrome induced haze of ecstasy and wonder. As Brandy's good friend Mama Bee (owner and operator of the Honey Bee Bakery honey empire) was just about to end her trip to Chicago, Brandy thought she might enjoy a little trip to the Art Institute to see the such iconic works as American Gothic and A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Not to mention the current food related exhibit Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine, which runs until January 27th). It was only upon buying tickets for the museum that Brandy remembered there was a world class restaurant attached to the Art Institute in the form of Terzo Piano (which had created one of Brandy's favorite dishes during last year's Chicago Gourmet Festival), and they just so happened to have a Sunday brunch service. "Well, I can't very well pass that up, can I!" she said to herself, and immediately made a reservation.
The interior of Terzo Piano was befitting of its home in the Modernist wing: open, clean, warm beachwood floors, white walls, tables, and chairs, and flashes of color from the little installations scattered around the dining room. Brandy supposed the space was very adaptable for big events and ceremonies like wedding receptions and the like, as it could easily be rearranged and sectioned off as need be. The views from the huge windows were quite breath taking (if one didn't look down at the desolate train yard below), showcasing everything there is to love about Chicago's architectural wonders.
The prices were a tad steep, the service was quick and friendly, and though their expectations were crushed a little when it came to the look of Terzo Piano's food, the strong, bold flavors made Mama Bee and Brandy's brunch a very stimulating experience. "And now to stimulate our other senses and walk off all that food in the museum!" Brandy said, pointing the way and waddling across the expansive floor.
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