November 3, 2011 is a day I will not forget very easily. I was in Chicago on business and decided to have breakfast at Prasino, a restaurant in Wicker Park that is eco-friendly, promotes organic agriculture and supports local growers.
The scene inside the restaurant this morning was fairly quiet. It was a rainy and cold day in the windy city. I would say the restaurant had only 3 other tables occupied besides mine.
The menu features like classics like French toast and pancakes, Eggs Benedict, crepes and frittatas. On this blustery day, our appetite was revved. Here’s what showed up on the table …
A smoothie titled basil the great – pear, orange juice, greek yogurt, prasino honey, basil. Totally natural, organic and a great start to the meal.
Pancakes … carrot cakes – fresh grated carrot, cinnamon, nutmeg, golden raisins, sweet cream, pecans. So moist and decadent!
Eggs benedict Caprese – english muffin, tomato, basil, mozzarella, poached eggs, balsamic, hollandaise. Pure protein and carb mixture with a delicious creamy and chewy texture with an Italian twist. Nice!
And simple scrambled eggs and potatoes.
Seated by the window, just about halfway through the meal I notice a white blur that I caught with my peripheral vision. It appeared to me that a police car was giving chase. Ten seconds later I hear what sounded like a jackhammer on steroids blowing through the glass windows a few feet behind me. With shattering shards of glass flying through the restaurant, I look behind in absolute disbelief. A Chicago city cab driver lost control of his vehicle, jumped the sidewalk and crashed through the restaurant. The patrons, wait staff, kitchen staff and the owners were in shock at what had just happened. A young family with 2 little kids were just inches away from the crash. I was seated a few feet from where the cab blew through the glass. I was seated where you see the napkin (pictured below)
Our barely eaten breakfast amongst the chaotic scene that followed. A mad rush of fire fighters, paramedics and policemen swarmed the eatery and started taking statements. One of the officers says to me “you should buy a lottery ticket”. That I did later in the day (for the record, I did not win). A close shave that reminds us all – life is precious. Enjoy every moment and breath that you take on this earth!