Category Archives: Take the ‘rents

On the table: Balena

4 plates, 4 napkins, 4 forks, 4 knives,4 water glasses, one votive. Balena, 1633 N. Halsted.


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On the table: Sixteen restaurant

2 dinner plates, 2 napkins, 2 bread plates, 2 butter knives, 2 water glasses, 2 forks, 2 knives, votive, flower, vase. Sixteen restaurant in Trump Tower, 401 N. Wabash.

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How do I just make a passing reference to dining at Henri and not post some photos? The place had me at smoked steak tartare with a quail egg, and kept me pretty captivated all the way through to the dark chocolate tart. Did I mention we also had cobia gravlax on grain bread all for the three-course prix fixe lunch price of $25? The room itself is elegant without being stuffy, and each dish is dotted with lovely details, from flower petals to dried fruit slices and generous pepper cracklins’. Lunch, dinner, date or just to perch with wine and some Michigan Avenue people watching, I heart Henri, 18 S. Michigan Ave.

Petite Niçoise moderne


Cobia on rye

Smoked steak tartare with quail egg

Crème brûlée

Dark chocolate tart

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Magnolia Bakery

Sure, everyone knows that NYC-based Magnolia Bakery (which landed in the Windy City’s Block 37 early fall) is all about the line-around-the-block-wait-worthy cupcakes, but what about mini red velvet cheesecake, old-fashioned ice box cake and the famous banana pudding? Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of Devil’s food cake cupcakes with meringue icing, but within the pastel-hued old-school bakery confines of this bakery are so many other sweet treats…and espresso to boot, it’s worth a stop before your next holiday shindig. Magnolia Bakery, 108 N. State Street.

Devil's food cupcakes with meringue icing

Hannukah cupcakes...who knew?

Chocolate cookies

Banana pudding and red velvet cheesecake

Ice box cake

Mini cheesecakes

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Sweet Spot Macarons

Oh hello. Yes, it’s been too long. Multiple trips and deadlines have caused a backlog of tasty pics in my iPhoto and no time to put them any of those bad boys up. SO! I am back dear readers, and very excited to share all of the awesome things I’ve tried around town lately (and some new categories for posts!). I am also going to begin a weekly (or somewhat weekly) post of my most recent Elizapicks, from where to take your picky, annoying Vegan cousin to brunch, to dinner for the even pickier visiting rents who want to eat at 5PM and just want a perfect 35-day wet-aged steak for gosh sakes (Chicago Cut).

And speaking of perfection, in the world of fresh, gourmet French macarons, follow the tweets of Galit Greenfield to find her Sweet Spot macaron truck and load up on flavors like pistachio, hazelnut, strawberries and cream, chocolate espresso and most recently, Reese’s Pieces (you’ll swear you are eating the real thing). Each light-as air gem literally melts in your mouth with intense flavor only achieved in a pastry kitchen. Might be the perfect dessert after your thick turkey meal.

Hit the Sweet Spot

More macarons

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