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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: Alfajores at La Sirena Clandestina, ROCKS!

Even as a young child, I always felt Cookie Monster was unstable and borderline dangerous. What sort of a foggy-eyed creature could become so wildly unhinged over something so simple as a cookie? Ever heard of moderation? I never understood such lunacy over a single food... until I tasted the alfajores at La Sirena Clandestina, at which point everything made sense. For the first time ever, I was seeing things clearly. I was blind before, and now I've found the light. That light, by the way, is the radiant luster of dulce de leche, and I am willing to go full-fledged Cookie Monster on these things. 

 

                                                                                                               La Sirena Clandestina    

                                                                                                                                                La Sirena Clandestina


Alfajores sound straightforward enough. They're popular Latin American desserts made by sandwiching shortbread-like cookies around a dulce de leche filling. They sort of look like pale, caramel-filled Oreos. But looks don't nearly do these humble confections justice. As prepared at La Sirena Clandestina, alfajores achieve celestial dessert success, impressively stealing the show from other composed dessert plates. It's the sweet simplicity that makes these things shine. It's the buttery, gentle crumble of the soft cookie exterior. It's the bright, salty-sweet interior exploding with caramelized sugar. Together, they form a one-two punch of a bite that excels where every dessert tries to excel, satiating sweet tooth cravings in one handy plate. And just like that, all of Cookie Monster's manic quirks make total sense. 


- Matt Kirouac

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