It’s kind of hard to wrap my mind that it’s almost the end of 2012. Time and life never takes a break but sometimes serendipitous things happen. (In relatively random order.)
First thing in mind would be my graduation gift from the luxe chocolate and pastry brand, La Maison du Chocolat…
Hot Doug’s and the line…before opening
For the past few years, I heard so many great things about Hot Doug’s. Besides my meal at Alinea, this was my other highly anticipated stop.
I know that this place was popular and has a cult following but I didn’t expect a line that goes [...]
My copy of Alinea’s cookbook (without its slipcover)
A friend of mine gave me a copy of Alinea‘s cookbook and it was part of my inspiration to head to Chicago earlier this month. The gorgeous, colorful photos and the food presentations looked very unique (though I can’t fathom of cooking from this [...]
Chinese New Year tray of togetherness, chocolates, tangerines; Pistachios from Wonderful Pistachios; Oolong tea and pistachios on the side
Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! 恭喜發財! In Cantonese, Gong Hay Fat Choy! I wish you all much prosperity and happiness in the new year of the Dragon!
One of the most important days [...]
La Colombe Torrefaction, Chicago: Exterior, Interior, delicate flowers by the window, baked goods display
As probably most of you might know, I am a die-hard coffee nerd/addict. I do admit that I’m pretty spoiled by the coffee culture as I’m coming from New York City, I have access to a lot of [...]
Exterior, Interiors of Vosges Haut Chocolat in Lincoln Park, Chicago
When I visited Chicago, I had to visit Vosges Haut Chocolat mostly because this company is started and based there.
I came with a friend to their Lincoln Park, which is considered Vosges’ flagship. It is much larger shop than the one [...]
Exterior of Floriole; Interior; Galette des Rois; Chalkboard listing local, organic sources used; Owner and Head Baker of Floriole Sandra Holl
One of my other pastry stops in Chicago was Floriole on a bright weekend morning. The minute I walked up to this bakery with my friend, I had a feeling this [...]
Blackbird (exterior), At the dining room, Floral centerpiece at the hostess stand
When I was planning for my trip to Chicago, I had was under the presumption that this city’s fine dining lunch is like New York – you have a lot of restaurants who would serve prix fixe menus. Except when [...]