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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM

Sweet of the Week: Bacon Cookie from Cookies & Carnitas

Bacon Cookie: There's just something so virtuous about visiting a farmers' market only to binge on cookies. At least I can rest easy knowing the cookies are studded with locally sourced, artisan ingredients, right? At least that's what I tell myself as I shovel morsels of bacon-glazed cookies from Cookies & Carnitas into my mouth at Green City Market, Cookie Monster-style. One of the quintessential stops at the market for sweets and ready-made food (their carnitas sandwiches and tacos are killer), it's the first half of that ampersand that really stands out. And as their name suggests, the company with the penchant for pork and sweets seamlessly combines their two passions in the bacon-glazed cookie. 


Cookies & Carnitas
(Cookies & Carnitas at Green City Market)


Cookies & Carnitas originated as a Green City Market vendor before going on to open its own storefront in Edgewater. They are still a perpetual presence at the market, however, slinging their porcine, sugary wares to the hungry masses. While others are fueling up on samples of black garlic hummus and tamales, I make a beeline to Cookies & Carnitas for a dose of wholesome comfort food. Nothing beats their cookies, especially the ones made with bacon. The bacon-glazed cookie has a crumbly, buttery shortbread quality, studded with candied and crackly nuggets of bacon. It's all finished with a mildly treacly, sticky glaze that serves to round out the porky infusion quite nicely. It's hefty and indulgent, but still easy to polish off entirely, making it the ideal fuel for a day of farmers' market shopping. 


- Matt Kirouac




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