Gift Guide for Chicago Foodies:
Gift Guide for Chicago Foodies from Fig & Olive
Give the gift of food and booze this year.
Whether your friends and family have been naughty or nice this year, everyone’s gotta eat. Good food and drink is something that can bond us all, especially when said food and drink are derived from some of Chicago’s top restaurants and bars.
FIG & OLIVE: If high-end olive oil, jams, spices, and vinegars sound like something your friends would love, then visit FIG & OLIVE’s retail component, accessible here or at the restaurant. The provisions at this ritzy Mediterranean-inspired restaurant are ideal for holiday parties, glam stocking-stuffers, and hostess gifts. The olive oils are their bread and butter, so to speak, available in assorted bottles boasting different bodies, characteristics, and flavor profiles. One might be good for dressing a salad, while another might be prime for marinating or sautéing. They’ve also got infused olive oils made with the likes of blood orange and white truffle.
Christmas Dining in Chicago:
Christmas Dining in Chicago
Where to dine out for Christmas in Chicago.
It’s almost that time of year when a merry bearded man comes flying down people’s chimneys to deliver presents and eat their cookies. It’s also the time of year for filling up on familial meals at home and at restaurants. We can’t dictate what you do in your home kitchens, but we can help guide you to deliciousness for Christmas dining in Chicago restaurants.………………CONTINUE:
Tippling Hall and Chop Shop: Brunch Bites
Tippling Hall and Chop Shop
In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Tippling Hall and Chop Shop both add weekend brunch programs to their repertoire.
It seems like every week a new restaurant or two instates brunch service. It’s almost a mandatory requirement nowadays in Chicago. This week, we strike gold with two full-fledged new brunch programs from two hot dining destinations. First is River North’s eclectic new watering hole, late night haunt, and globally inspired dining destination, Tippling Hall, a juggernaut of a concept from the folks behind Mercadito. Nestled in the nexus of hangover city.………………CONTINUE:
Merriest Dishes and Drinks in Chicago:
The Merriest Dishes and Drinks in Chicago
Remember: if you don’t consume peppermint, eggnog, and gingerbread by the metric ton this holiday season, you will be added to the naughty list. Fortunately, meeting that merry quota is easy in Chicago, where restaurants, bars, and bakeries are chock full of jolly Christmas-y dishes and drinks. Consider this your edible bucket list for holiday dining in Chicago.………………CONTINUE:
Sourdough Cinnamon Roll at Baker Miller:
Sourdough Cinnamon Roll at Baker Miller
Unlike most bakeries, Baker Miller goes the extra mile of actually milling their own grains to make everything from oatmeal and grits to chocolate chip cookies, pie, and cinnamon rolls. The added effort pays off in otherwise bulky desserts like that cinnamon roll, which benefits from the refreshing, airy fluff in the dough. Unlike so many cloying cinnamon rolls, this sourdough iteration is discernibly wheaty and more fibrous, which serves to balance out quite nicely against the cream cheese frosting over top. The cinnamon-sugar amalgam is nicely balanced, the perfect juxtaposition against the savory twang of the sourdough, and an ideal compliment to the tartly sweet frosting. It’s the rare cinnamon roll that does it all, and does it all well. And I’ve officially found my new pastry temptress.………………CONTINUE:
Holiday Rock & Roll, The NOSH, Cuban Holiday Menu:
Holiday Rock & Roll, The NOSH
Holiday Rock & Roll
The only thing more festive this time of year than caroling and ice skating is the annual Holiday Rock & Roll event at Cafe des Architectes. Hosted by executive chef Greg Biggers and pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky, the event culls together several of Chicago’s top pastry chefs whipping up their modern takes on classic Bûche de Noël. Running from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., the event features sweet and savory food stations, cocktails, and live music. Tickets cost $45, with proceeds benefitting Share Our Strength. Get tickets.………………CONTINUE:
Steak News: PM Prime
Steak News: PM Prime
PM Prime boldly goes where no steakhouse has gone before: into the annals of aviation history.Have you ever been eating a nice steak and thought to yourself, “I wish there was a plane nearby?” Well you’re in luck! Because PM Prime
has launched a veritable homage to aviation in Chicago. The Highwood steakhouse, one of the best of its ilk to debut in the northern suburbs, is now serving up steak with a side of flight.
The newly opened PM Prime soars far beyond the typical steakhouse in more ways than one. For example, the decor honors pioneers in the history of aviation, not something seen in your everyday steakhouse. CEO Steve Platcow is the man behind the high-flying vision, amassing a collection of more than 200 black and white photographs depicting historic aviation through the ages. With imagery of the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, the Tuskagee Airmen, and lots more, PM Prime practically doubles as a steakhouse/flight museum, making the dining experience even more rare — pun intended.………………CONTINUE:
Satisfy Your App-etite:
Satisfy Your App-etite
The phrase “there’s an app” for that has become downright omnipresent in our vernacular these days. Considering the surfeit of apps at our fingertips, it’s actually pretty true. The latest testament to that? A couple new apps from a couple quick service dining and drinking staples: Argo Tea and Chipotle. The former rewards loyal patrons with a myriad of seamless upgrades, while the latter serves to help prospective employees apply for a new job. Whet your app-etite yet?
Coffee shops are a dime a dozen in any city, but tea-focused shops are still a rarity. That’s where Argo Tea stands out, representing the same sort of devotion and craft to hot beverages as any solid cafe worth its salt, but with a distinct focus on local and global loose-leaf tea blends. With over 40 outposts worldwide, including a strong presence in Chicago, Argo Tea is ideally equipped to roll out a loyalty app, aptly dubbed LoyalTEA. As the name implies, it rewards brand-loyal customers through various incentives. First, it allows users to pre-order and pay for beverages for immediate pick-up at the bar. Upon downloading the app for iPhone or Android, users get a $5 cafe credit good in.………………CONTINUE:
The 12 Days of Meatloaf:
12 Days of Meatloaf
The Meatloaf Bakery counts down to the holidays with the 12 Days of Meatloaf.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree. Followed by a dozen days of meatloaf. I’ll take the latter. In line with the omnipresent holiday jingle, The Meatloaf Bakery is embracing its festive side with a spree of special meatloaves available as part of its “12 Days of Meatloaf” promotion. This surefire cold-weather comfort food, adorably shaped into cupcake forms and heaped with “frostings” made with various accoutrements, is ideal Christmas fodder for holiday parties, snacks, at-home dinners, and anything else that merits cutely shaped meat. A different loaf flavor is on deck each day starting December 10 and running through December 22, as prepared by head meatloaf maven Cynthia Kallie. Put those partridges, swans, and drummers aside for a minute and count down with me:
Tiramisu at Andy’s Jazz Club:
Tiramisu at Andy’s Jazz Club:
Tiramisu at Andy’s Jazz Club
Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining and snacking in Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout out.
When it comes to classics, tiramisu and jazz go hand-in-hand. While the former is usually hard to take seriously in most any context, there’s just something so righteous about tucking into a wedge of tiramisu while swooning to smooth jazz in an old-school downtown club. It’s a piece of old Italy and a piece of old Chicago in delicious tandem. And that synergy doesn’t get any better than dessert at Andy’s Jazz Club, one of the best destinations for timeworn jazz in Chicago, complete with a sleeper hit of a dessert menu.………………CONTINUE: