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Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian, Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules for a Good Cause Puppies and cocktails seem like a pretty win-win combination, and The Bristol combines the two for an evening of cuteness, altruism and of socialization. Moscow Mules & Mutts is the apt name for the shindig, taking place March 21 on the second floor of the restaurant from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 […]

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Mar 13, 2018 01:59 AM
Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

What is brunch without a little booze? And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, but the weekend repast is just so much more satisfying […]

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Feb 22, 2018 10:24 PM
National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM

Sweet of the Week: Green Tea Cream Puff at Slurping Turtle

Cream puffs always seemed a throwaway dessert to me. Maybe it was the frozen foods company my mom always used to order cream puffs from en masse when I was a kid. Those bland, stale little golf balls were never very satisfying, piped with barely a dollop of cream filling. Heck, I have never been very big on eclairs either. I guess pate a choux pastries just aren't my thing. Usually. If you're gonna bake a pate a choux dessert, you'd better go big and bring it, which is something Slurping Turtle does with their miscellaneous cream puffs, most especially their incomparable green tea iteration. 


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Slurping Turtle cream puff

After a meal of noodles, dumplings, and sake at Slurping Turtle, an apt finale is one of the restaurant's cream puffs, which dovetails nicely with the cute, vibrant Hello Kitty vibes here. The stars of the surprising dessert menu, the cream puffs are quite a bit larger than the cream puff norm, roughly the size of a baseball. Rather than dry out quickly in the shape of tiny ping pong balls, the larger form keeps the texture in check, as well as provide ample room for pastry cream filling. In this case, said filling is green tea, an aromatic abundance of green-tinged custard that fills every nook and cranny of the pastry. It's silky, smooth, and heady with toasty, nutty notes of green tea, a nice juxtaposition against the crackly, buttery pastry shell. A dusting of green tea powder overtop rounds out the whole dish quite nicely. 

And that's how you do a cream puff. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River North

Michelin-starred chef Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi) opens his Japanese noodles shop in River North, offering a moderately priced menu. In addition to a number of noodle dishes, you'll also find dumplings,...

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