Sweat, brunch, repeat…sounds like this Bitch’s favorite motto. If we could replicate our BWB SoulCycle event every Saturday morning, we most certainly would.
A group of our favorite fit Bitches, food bloggers, and other Chi-Town favorites joined us for a ride at the newest, hottest, and most addictive work out sensation: SoulCycle. Finally, the cycling ritual our NYC and D.C. Bitches rave about has arrived in Chicago! We were ready for the intense cardio party we heard so much about. Even the few anti-cardio Bitches were down with burning enough calories to indulge in the too-good-to-be-true Siena Tavern monkeybread and gelato that would later come our way.
In the dark candlelit room, we all clipped in with our fancy cycling shoes that were provided courtesy of SoulCycle. Our instructor, or, motivational leader if you will, really set the mood through her pep talk around breaking boundaries, challenging yourself, being present, and most importantly, having fun while you do it.
We would have done anything to have her energy and chiseled abs, so we were left with no choice but to follow suit. The forty five minutes of non-stop cycling fueled by positive vibes, raging EDM, and an amazing Britney Spears inspired playlist was a blur. We worked our cores, lifted small, but impactful weights, and worked our resistance dial so much that newbies and cycling enthusiasts alike left happily sweating. Needless to say, the class turned us all into SoulCycle groupies. We burned it, so we earned it…time for brunch.
Our group of sweaty Bitches arrived at one of our all-time favorites, Siena Tavern in River North. The fabulous Italian restaurant behind Top Chef, Fabio Viviani, is known for its crowded happy hours, vibrant scene, and fresh cuisine that never disappoints. Rich pasta dishes, wood-burning pizzas, and Tuscan-inspired egg dishes can officially be added to their weekend brunch list of fortes. The team at Siena crafted a Bitches Who Brunch exclusive menu complete with their favorite brunch dishes and cocktails. As we sipped on house made bloodies and crisp, tart mimosas, we recapped our ride together at SoulCycle.
Most of us kicked off brunch with their famous coccolis, featuring four crispy dough balls accompanied by dollops of stracchino cheese and strips of procuitto di parma, all drizzled with sweet truffle honey. A close second was their deconstructed smoked salmon board; its an Italian twist on lox and bagels…this Bitch prefers fried dough over bagels, any day. Divine!
The main courses included a colorful chopped antipasti salad, truffle scrambled eggs with goat cheese toast, an artichoke-filled omelette (served with most delicious crispy potatoes), and a large portion of almond pancakes which were topped with mixed berries.
Dolci? Yes, please! The best was saved for last. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the monkeybread: a tower of gooey sweet cinnamon bread dripping with caramel sauce and topped with hazelnut cream and crunchy candied hazelnuts. It was probably three cycling classes worth of calories…but who’s counting?
The perfect Saturday started off with a cardio party at SoulCycle, and was followed up by brunch at Siena Tavern. Anyone else up for a weekend of cycling and brunching? This Bitch is always in!