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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Sweet of the Week: Blueberry Almond Cake at Bake

 Blueberry Almond Cake : If there's one thing I love more than cake, it's blueberries. One of my favorite ingredients of all time, I legit wait all year for blueberries to come into season so that I may savor all the sweets at their prime. When blueberries are on, they are ON, enlivening any dish or drink they touch. Naturally, as a dessert-lover, I am all about the blueberry confections, be it a good blueberry pie, a blueberry turnover, or blueberry ice cream. Or of course, blueberry-almond cake from Bake. This adorably nostalgic bakery has a way with classic American pastries, especially of the cake-y persuasion. So when I saw their pastry case stocked with blueberry-almond cake one morning, I sprang on it faster than Tigger on Pooh. 


Bake
(Blueberry almond cake at Bake)


Bake's blueberry-almond cake is like a glorified, exceedingly decadent and satisfying coffee cake. Whereas coffee cakes are relatively straightforward and predictable, this one sports a myriad of buttery nooks and crannies, a smattering of toothsome almond slivers, and succulent pockets of fresh berries, exploding with juicy sweetness with each bite. The cake itself is soft, warm, and doughy, like a thick slice of toasty poundcake. Some of the edges are caramelized, lending added crunch and texture, and it's all finished with a generous dusting of powdered sugar to balance the not-too-sweet cake. It's the perfect vessel for summer fruit at their finest. 


- Matt Kirouac

Tags: dessertcakebakeBucktownblueberryalmond
Neighborhoods: Wicker Park

Husband-and-wife chef team whip up signature pastries and desserts at this tiny Bucktown bakery with attitude. Signature sweets include the Brownie Nut Pie, chocolate chip orange breakfast bread, malted caramel...

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