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The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Weekly Planner: Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco and New Spring Menus

Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco Though spring in Chicago is notoriously finicky and fickle, one good indicator that warm weather is near is the onset of food truck season at Antique Taco. More specifically, the restaurant’s sprawling Bridgeport location is kicking into spring gear with its “Wheel Wednesdays” series, which invites a handful of different food […]

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May 02, 2018 11:35 PM

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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