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National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM
Chicago’s Best Restaurants This Week

Chicago’s Best Chicken Wings  Wings and the Super Bowl go together like eggnog and Christmas. Which is why now is an appropriate time to round up some of the best wings in Chicago, so you can feast your way around the city preparing for the big game. From classic wings to newfangled, here are some […]

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Jan 31, 2018 02:48 AM
Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover […]

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Dec 30, 2017 07:21 AM

Sweet of the Week: Pandan-White Chocolate Mousse at OON Restaurant

Remember when you were little and mom used to make you pandan mousse to comfort you after school? Good times. Okay so perhaps not, but after a recent dinner at OON, wherein a pandan-white chocolate mousse capped off the meal, I was left wishing I could do my childhood over to infuse more of this into my life. The dinner was a special multi-course prix fixe collaboration between OON's executive chef Matt Eversman and Slurping Turtle's Aaron Cuschieri, longtime friends teaming up and taking turns preparing dishes throughout the eclectic meal. I know I'm a sweets junkie, but there was a lot more to that dessert that made it truly special, and the real show-stopper of the dinner.

Pandan-white chocolate mousse at OON

(Pandan-white chocolate mousse at OON)


I like a dessert with a variety of textures, colors, and flavors that bat my taste buds around like a ping pong ball. Each bite has the possibility to be entirely new, with different combinations of ingredients on each fork tine. OON's finale had it all, laden with stone fruits, white chocolate, herbs, and pistachios. It's like I was raiding the candy aisle and couldn't decide what I wanted so I just got everything. In this case, more is indeed merrier. The pandan-white chocolate mousse lays the framework, a silky dome of meringue-like fluff perfectly balanced between rich and buttery white chocolate and herbaceous refreshment via the pandan, a staple in Thai kitchens. From here, the mousse is surrounded by a miscellany of accoutrements, from crispy pear slivers to juicy slices of plums and peaches. A pistachio genoise offsets the mousse, providing a shortcake-like structure on which to build each bite. A spear of pistachio brittle was the perfect in-between of savory-meets-sweet, and there was a lot of it.


 

 

Neighborhoods: River NorthWest Loop

Michelin-starred chef Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi) opens his Japanese noodles shop in River North, offering a moderately priced menu. In addition to a number of noodle dishes, you'll also find dumplings,...

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The American contemporary-focused restaurant boasts the vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia. It's owned by chef Matt Eversman, who previously worked at Saigon Sisters.

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