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Chili Cook-off, Weekday Planner: Fall Edition

Chili Cook-off at Lottie’s: Chili Cook-off The only other thing I care more about in the fall than caramel apples is chili. Nourishing, hearty foods like chili make the chill entire worthwhile, I don’t care what you say. In honor of chili’s autumnal omnipresence, Lottie’s Pub will host their third annual Chili Cook-off on September […]

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Sep 19, 2014 07:21 PM
Beefy Back-to-School Specials

Beefy Back-to-School Specials: Back-to-School In case the aroma of pumpkin spice backpacks aren’t enough to clue you in, it’s back-to-school season! And that means lots of loosely related back-to-school dining specials are popping up faster than aromatic lattes. Two of said specials involve ground meat. Let’s find out where.   First, longtime familial Lincoln Park […]

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Sep 18, 2014 07:42 PM
Fall Menu Preview, Kinmont Supper, Scofflaw: Weekend Planner:

Fall Menu Preview: Fall Menu Preview: Weekend Planner September 19-September 21: No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend. Fall is just about here — sorry — and to help ease guests into the season, Mercat a […]

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Sep 18, 2014 03:29 AM
What’s a Cronut and where can you get one?


 “Cronuts” Dominique Ansel’s



Part doughnuts, part croissants, “Cronuts” are the latest culinary craze sweeping New York City. The baked goods debuted last month at Dominique Ansel’s, namesake SoHo bakery. The cult following for the limited-availability pastry has not only led to extensive lines at Ansel’s bakeshop, but also a black market peddling the authentic articles for up to $40 each.

If you want a real Cronut, you’ll have to go to New York to get it — Ansel has applied for a trademark on the confection — but for a taste of the same style, you need only go as far as Elmhurst. To some city dwellers that may seem nearly as distant, but that’s where software engineer-turned-pastry-chef Rubina Hafeez, owner of Gur Sweets, is frying her own doughnut-croissant hybrid.

Gur’s “croughnuts,” available in limited quantities, come in such flavors as rose with Madagascar vanilla filling and strawberry-glazed with mango filling, each $5.


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Rubina Hafeez bakes a wide variety of American, European and South Asian treats at her suburban bakeshop.

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