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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
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 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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