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7 PB&J Dishes and Drinks in Chicago

7 PB&J Dishes and Drinks in Chicago . . With back to school season in full swing, it’s a fitting time to think about some of the most nostalgic lunchbox items. This means none other than the classic PB&J. In honor of school season, here’s a roundup of some of the best PB&J-inspired items on […]

Chicago Dessert

Chicago Dessert Sweet of the Week column . In the past, we’ve featured lots of Chicago desserts and confections, many of which have been highlighted in our ongoing Sweet of the Week column. But every once in a while, a dessert comes along that defies the norm, pushes the boundaries and commands attention well beyond the […]

Weekend Planner: Ice Cream Edition

Weekend Planner: Ice Cream Edition Keep cool this weekend with new ice cream treats from HotChocolate . HotChocolate Fudge-sicles on The 606. Ice Cream Edition With the Dog Days of Summer upon us, there’s never been a better time to hit The 606 and cool off with Fudge-sicles by none other than Mindy Segal. The owner […]

Snack in the Lap of Luxury

Lap of Luxury: Lap of Luxury: Thanks to $260 chocolate and $1,000 ice cream sundaes, it has never been easier to snack like kings and queens.     You know those moments when your sweet tooth sets in but you also want to pretend like you’re a Hilton heiress? Well there are a couple new […]

Sweet of the Week: Pistachio Soft-Serve at Mercadito

Pistachio Soft-Serve: Pistachio Soft-Serve at Mercadito Fish   August didn’t quite shape up to be the “dog days” we all have come to expect of late summer in Chicago, but that hardly stifles my incessant screams for ice cream. I’m obnoxious about it, regardless of temperature. In particular, there is nothing more scream-worthy than soft-serve. […]

Pastry Crumbs: Guest Pastry Chef at Atwood Cafe and New Vanilla Patisserie

(More of these. Vanille macarons.) Just as New Year’s resolutions start to unravel seems like the perfect time to open sprawling new patisseries and create special dinner menus with three desserts. We’re in luck, because Atwood Cafe happens to be inviting a special guest pastry chef into its kitchen on Monday, January 6, to collaborate on special […]

Sweet of the Week: Nutella Bar at Eataly

(Nutella bar eats at Eataly) Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery. 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, […]

Sweet of the Week: Cannoli at Filini

(Cannoli at Filini) In the pantheon of classic “ethnic” desserts, cannoli reigns supreme as far as I’m concerned. I defy anyone to decry the combination of sweet ricotta, crispy fried pastry shell, and pistachios as anything less than perfect. Heck, even a lackluster, poorly made cannoli is delicious. You know the ones, with pre-bought shells […]

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Does a Splendid Deed

(Our hero) It may be hard to find the heartfelt message amidst all the wrapping paper and gingerbread houses, but the holidays are really all about giving back, generosity, and supporting others. It’s a time of year to do good deeds, assist those in need, and spread holiday cheer in the form of a helping […]

Forthcoming Bakery Plus Holiday Pies From Mindy Segal

Acclaimed pastry chef Mindy Segal just announced plans to open a bakery in Logan Square next year. In the meantime, indulge in one of her unique holiday pies.  Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate Bakery SEE FULL STORY  For more about Chicago Steaks see:   CHICAGO BEST STEAK.COM