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Fried Ice Cream at Gogi: Sweet of the Week

. . . Fried Ice Cream at Gogi: Sweet of the Week . . . . ..…………………………..See Full Story . . . Fried ice cream and I go way back. I first remember encountering this quasi-oximoron at a tacky Mexican chain in New Hampshire called Margarita’s. The restaurant served scoops of ice creams rolled in […]

Cheesecake Brûlée at Intro

……………. Cheesecake Brûlée at Intro .. . . . ..………………………….……………. SEE FULL STORY . . . . It seems such an obvious idea for anyone looking to elevate the dessert template; fusing cheesecake and crème brûlée into one seamless confection with the best of both worlds. Here you get the silken divinity of a cheesecake, […]

S’mores Baked Alaska: Sweet of the Week

                                                                             S’mores Baked Alaska: Sweet of the Week     SEE FULL STORY   Summer may be fading, […]

Strawberry Shortcake at Bar Toma: Sweet of the Week

Strawberry Shortcake at Bar Toma: Sweet of the Week   SEE FULL STORY   I like a little pomp and circumstance with my shortcake. For such an innately humble dessert as strawberry shortcake, one rooted in the classics and preconceived expectations, it’s an impressive accomplishment to infuse a little razzle-dazzle. That’s just what happens at […]

Best Soft serve at A10: Sweet of the Week

Best Soft serve   SEE FULL STORY   I never thought I’d crave a beet and goat cheese salad for dessert, but A10 has me singing a different tune. The savory duo, a common combo for the salad course, gets the dessert treatment in top form at the Hyde Park restaurant. Here, the dessert course […]

Gulab jamun at Rangoli: Sweet of the Week:

Gulab jamun at Rangoli:   SEE FULL STORY   “A dessert that will delight the child in you.” So goes the menu description for the gulab jamun at Rangoli on the edge of Humboldt Park. One of the most surprising restaurants in the neighborhood, a part of town not necessarily known for its vindaloo, Rangoli […]

Rice Pudding at Svea: Sweet of the Week

Rice Pudding at Svea: Sweet of the Week Rice pudding, against all childhood odds, is one of my all-time favorite desserts. Bar none. I remember scoffing audibly at my dad when he would purchase rice pudding at the grocery store when I was young. I thought the idea of rice in pudding sounded revolting, considering […]

Raspberry Pretzel Pie at Local Foods: Sweet of the Week

Raspberry Pretzel Pie at Local Foods: Sweet of the Week Whodathunk that a market would be home to one of the finest and most original slices of pie in Chicago? Newly opened Midwestern Mecca Local Foods operates as a veritable indoor farmers’ market in its Bucktown warehouse facility, showcasing anything and everything locally sourced, from […]

Cheesecake, Piccolo Sogno’s Chicago Restaurant

Cheesecake, Piccolo Sogno’s Chicago Restaurant   Cheesecake, Piccolo Sogno’s Chicago Restaurant The major flaw many cheesecakes succumb to is in the density. Too heavy-handed with the cream cheese (or cream cheese equivalent, like ricotta or mascarpone), and you’re well on your way to manufacturing a cheesecake so dense it could anchor a boat. It’s important […]

Cotton Cake at Oak + Char: Sweet of the Week

Cotton Cake at Oak + Char: Sweet of the Week   Angel food cake is the undressed salad version of dessert. It’s the closest to eating nothing you can get without actually starving. The egg white-based confections are far too often neglected as a health food alternative to dessert, rather than respected and dressed up […]