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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
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

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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