Little Butcher Shop:
Publican Quality Meats. Plus Off Color Beers.
Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: January 19-23.
Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop
Meat + beer = happiness with Off Color Brewing on January 22 for Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop. It’s a reception-style open house with five Off Color brews on hand along with small bites by chef de cuisine Missy Corey. Think rutabaga tarts paired with Off Color Scurry; lonza with dulce de membrillo, Idiazabal cheese, and hazelnut on rye paired with Off Color Fierce; and Navajo tacos with braised coppa on potato bread paired with Off Color Biere de Garde Dog. The event runs from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and costs $55 per person. Call to make reservations………………CONTINUE:
Citrus Bucket List:
Citrus Bucket List @ Baker Miller
Get your citrus on this season at Chicago bars and restaurants.
In the midst of winter’s unholy death grip, one of the sole beacons of light is citrus. Seasonal produce this time of year is a far cry from the fruitful bounties of spring and summer, but hey we’ve still got oranges and grapefruits and Meyer lemons and other sunny vittles to chirp about. To help ease the sting of frost bite, here’s your citrus dining and drinking bucket list this season in Chicago………………CONTINUE:
Weekend Planner: Sweet Sundays, Seasonal Slam
Weekend Planner: Sweet Sundays
Weekend Planner January 23-25:
No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend.
Sugar Hills Bakery is one spot taking the adage “you can have your cake and eat it too” quite literally. With their new Sweet Sundays promo, guests get a free slice of cake with purchase between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Chicago location. More than 14 different cake options are on hand at the bakery, running the gamut from chocoholic-friendly chocolate chiffon cake with straciatella mousse and chocolate glaze, to the more fruit-forward…………………CONTINUE:
Cozy Winter Restaurants:
Cozy Winter Restaurants ( Scofflaw )
It’s imperative that your winter dining itinerary come with a side of cozy fireplace comforts. Here’s where to dine and sip in cozy style this winter in Chicago.
Chicago winters demand the nourishing solace of fireside dining and drinking comfort. Embrace the hearty libations and dishes at one of these warming Chicago spots.
Scofflaw: A gin-centric bar may not be the first place that comes to mind when on the prowl for toasty cocktail dens, but Scofflaw meets muster with its second room located around the corner from the actual bar. Here you’ll find a parlor reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland tea party, complete with regal, snug couches, chairs, and a glowing fireplace. It’s the perfect setting in which to enjoy hot buttered rum, burgers, and enough gin to make you forget about the temperature outside…………………CONTINUE:
The Promontory Chicago Brunch:
The Promontory Chicago Brunch
Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and dining happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites. Music is an integral component at the Hyde Park restaurant…………………CONTINUE:
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Dylan’s Candy Bar:
Dylan’s Candy Bar in all its glory
Willy Wonka basically signed a lease on Michigan Avenue downtown with the opening of Dylan’s Candy Bar, the first Chicago location of this freakishly popular New York City-based candy wonderland. Revered for its never-ending array of candies in every shape, size, and color, Dylan’s is the most whimsical, sweetest thing to hit Chicago in probably forever. Being the sweet tooth I am, this was the opening I was fervently waiting for. It’s like the mother ship calling me home. But I was not prepared for the overwhelming miscellany of confections that lay within. Upon entry into this confectionary juggernaut, I could practically feel my teeth rotting into cavities just by breathing the air. It hurts so good. Here’s a primer on some of my favorite sweets.………………CONTINUE:
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Comfort Food Dishes to Combat the Polar Vortex
Comfort Food Dishes at Blackwood BBQ
Real talk: the term “polar vortex” is worse to me than most swear words. It’s a threatening phrase that strikes fear in Chicagoans with its promise of frigid temperatures and merciless wind chill. Screw the polar vortex. Obviously, there’s no better way to flip off the polar vortex than by eating hearty, hefty, rib-adhering comfort food. Barbecue, pie, and fried things are the best defense against a vindictive forecast. Here are some of the best vortex-fighting dishes in Chicago worth braving the wind for.
Beef brisket at Blackwood BBQ: I’m gonna get real for a minute. Over the holidays, I was in Orlando, Florida, and New Orleans. It was warm. My blood thinned. Then I came back to Chicago on January 4 and I could literally hear the Celine Dion song from Titanicechoing through my frigid blood stream. It hurt. On January 5, I was downtown working remotely in the warm confines of a coffee shop when lunchtime struck. It became a dire situation because I didn’t want to leave the cozy cafe to face the blustery cold. It would have to be something real worthwhile; like, worth potential frostbite. I remembered that Blackwood BBQ was a few blocks away in the Loop, a beefy bastion of expertly crafted pulled pork, brisket, and smoky chicken. And so I was off, clad in three layers of scarves and coats. It was only a few blocks away, but those blocks hurt and made me question my life. The wind was a stabbing pain likely akin to being murdered in Scream. Despite the brutal wind pains, I finally made it to Blackwood and everything was OK. I relished in its warm embrace, my nose following the aroma of succulent brisket. When glazed in sweet Memphis BBQ sauce and piled high on a doughy bun, paired with treacly sweet lemonade, this is the stuff of winter wonderland dreams. It epitomizes polar vortex food. There isn’t much I’d be willing to venture a few blocks in subzero temps for, but this brisket is the perfect exception.………………CONTINUE:
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French Cooking Class, Sunday Supper, $3 Cocktails:
French Cooking Class @ Parris Club Bistro
Ever wanted to play Julia Child? Well now you can. Sorta. Paris Club Bistro & Bar is hosting a French cooking class on Saturday, January 17, featuring demonstrations on classic dishes by chef Christian Eckmann. The tutorial du jour will be coq au vin with pommes puree, all accompanied by a glass of French wine of course. The cost for the class, which runs from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., costs $60 per person. Reservations can be made by calling.………………CONTINUE:
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Italian Edition: Weekday Planner:
Italian Edition: Weekday Planner at Tocco
Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: January 12-16.
The wines of Tuscany step into the spotlight for a four-course wine dinner at Tocco on January 15. Wines to be featured for the dinner include Chianti, Vin Santo, Super Tuscan, and Vino Nobile, each paired with a different dish. Dinner kicks off at 7:00 p.m.. Call to make reservations.………………CONTINUE:
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Won Kow Oldie but Goodie:
Won Kow Oldie but Goodie
Ameri-Chinese food doesn’t get any better than Won Kow in Chinatown.
Christmas Eve 2014. In the throes of seasonal lethargy, and in an attempt to pry myself off the couch and actually participate in the world around me, I trekked down to Chinatown for a little comfort that only MSG can provide. I love traditional, authentic Chinese food as much as the next “foodie,” but now and then I just want a big, gloppy plateful of orange chicken accompanied by a freakishly sweet tropical drink with an umbrella straw.
And Christmas Eve seems like the perfect time to embrace such desires.………………CONTINUE:
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