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Hottest New Brunch in Chicago

Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, with new restaurants and menus emerging seemingly every week. Especially lately, the city has seen a surge in reputable brunches debut, each offering a stylistic and innovative approach to the weekend pastime. From internationally inspired dim sum to morning fare rooted in culinary traditions of France and Spain, […]

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May 24, 2018 11:51 PM
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

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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