A beautiful Saturday afternoon, six girlfriends, and the most adorable pie and biscuit shop.
The shop’s tables are made with salvaged wood from the nearby Rebuilding Exhange. Awesome, right? Homemade jam, butter, and coffee roasted in-house? Check, check, and check. (Their iced coffee, lemonade, and iced tea are on tap!)Savory tart with local vegetables and goat cheese. Nom!
Freshly torched s’mores pie, and blueberry cheesecakeOf course, I had to buy an extra slice and bring it home for J. Brownie… er… pie points?
!Bang! Bang Pie Shop (Logan Square)
2051 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Middle of winter. 14 degrees outside.
The solution? Dinner out with family– hot tea, steaming bowls of soup, and Peking duck.
Be sure to have the Beijing Duck Feast, which I believe isn’t even on the menu but everyone orders it. They bring out a plump, juicy roasted duck and carve it tableside, then serve it with steamed bao, pickled daikon, and hoisin sauce. The duck itself is delicious, but once you eat it with all the other ingredients, you’ll be dreaming about it for days. Once carved up, the duck carcass goes back into the kitchen to make broth with wintermelon, as well as fried rice (pictured below), which are soon brought back out to your table.
Other goodies include (from top left) the aforementioned duck fried rice, fish with ginger and green onions, Chinese broccoli, and a combination BBQ plate.
Corn egg drop soup and fried fish balls –tender fish with a perfectly crisp, slightly sweet crust– are also definitely some of my favorites.
Sun Wah BBQ (Uptown/Argyle)
5039 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640
Every year during the holidays, when you’re walking in downtown Chicago and approaching Daley Plaza, the smell of hot pretzels, spices, and cinnamon wafts in the air– it’s Christkindlmarket time!
One of the greatest things about Chicago is its celebration of the many, many cultures that are present here. From Greektown to Chinatown, to Little Italy to the Polish Triangle and everything (and every country) in between, there is a wealth of ethnic neighborhoods to explore. Every holiday season, the Christkindlmarket, a traditional German holiday market, sets up shop right in the heart of the city. Here you’ll find hand-blown ornaments, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, and other gifts galore. And, most importantly of course, you will find food. Check out the vendors selling marzipan, strudel, nuts, and chocolate, sink your teeth into wienerschnitzel piled with onions and tangy mustard, hot potato pancakes topped with sour cream and applesauce, and finish it all off with some hot chocolate or gluehwein (German hot spiced wine) to keep you warm. Frohe Weihnachten!!