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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 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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