Post Tagged with: "bakery"

12Oct
2010

Dulce de Leche in Buenos Aires

Milk caramel needs a translation to Spanish to earn the sweet, sultry name it deserves, which here is dulce de leche. It is probably inaccurate to call dulce de leche an obsession in Argentina; it is so integrated into the everyday life, culture and food — especially sweets — of this place that it occupies a realm entirely different than obsession. It’s so present and normal it’s nearly negligible. Dulce de leche comes to its sticky, sugary goodness through the […]

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15Feb
2010

A Very Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday is also, appropriately, called Pączki Day wherever there are Poles or Polish immigrants — in this case, the greater Chicago area. The jelly donut-like pastry, which means “little package” in Polish, is deep-fried and stuffed with custard, fruit filling or cheese, and topped with sugar glaze or powdered sugar. Apparently, pączkis (pronounced “poonch-keys”) were first made to quickly and deliciously use up eggs and lard prior to Lent, which the Roman Catholic church prohibits during the pre-Easter period. Bennison’s […]

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23Oct
2009

Chicago’s Viet Town Treats

Whether you’re trying to cure a hangover, add some green to your space, find some cheap groceries or test a new rice pudding flavor, Viet Town off the Argyle stop on the Red Line is packed with Vietnamese goodies. My motivation, I admit, was a hangover cure. Nothing jump-starts the day after a long night like a banh mai sandwich, so I grabbed my roommate, Chenault, and made the trek.     Our first stop: Ba Le French Bakery (5018 […]

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18Sep
2009

Cannolis, Cassatines and Mille Foglie

Chicago Magazine (in the recent “Best of Chicago” rankings) voted one of my favorite bakeries, Pasticceria Natalina, as the producer of the best cannoli in Chicago. Though the cannolis are decadent and far from any other “cannoli” you may have eaten outside of Italy, this little Sicilian bakery beckons the adventurous taste buds — everything tastes as good as it looks. Two of my favorites are the mille foglie and the cassatine tea cakes. Below is a TKGO original video on […]

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