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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
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

Sweet of the Week: Popcorn Mousse at Bar Takito

This may sound a bit taboo to say, but I'm not really a fan of popcorn. It's never something I order at the movies, and it's especially not something I snack on at home. It just doesn't do it for me, and I'd much rather eat just about anything else. But that's not to suggest I'm completely averse to absolutely everything and anything popcorn-related. In fact, one of the most memorable desserts I've had in recent memory is an homage to the classic snack. After a meal rich with pepita tortillas, beer cheese, and Carolina Gold rice at Bar Takito, the popcorn mousse is a welcoming finale in that it rounds things out on a buttery, caramel-y note that seamlessly combines sweetness with that infamous salty snack. 

 

Bar Takito
Popcorn mousse at Bar Takito



One of the best things about this dessert is how light it is. This mousse makes all other mousses look like leaden frosting by comparison. Infused with popcorn and butterscotch, the whole thing tastes like a bundle of caramel corn whipped into a silky-smooth puree, with meringue-like lightness. A little bit goes a long way, as the daintiest dollop of mousse is utterly packed with flavor, brimming with just the right amount of popcorn goodness. The mousse is accented with a smattering of almond crumble, which lends a welcome crunch. There's also a drizzle of seasonal fruit, for an added dose of fructose and a bit of tartness. Altogether, it's a masterful and well balanced interpretation of an iconic flavor. And it's the only form of popcorn I actually crave.

- Matt Kirouac 

Tags: dessertmoussepopcornBar Takito
Neighborhoods: West Loop

An offshoot of Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen, Bar Takito is a larger space with a more booze- and small plates-centric menu. Wildly popular Bar Takito features contemporary Latin American cuisine,...

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