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Chicago: Doughnut Vault

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Shut up and take my money!  Yes, I may or may not have said this (or at least felt it) when I stepped into Chicago’s Doughnut Vault during my recent visit to the Windy City.  In today’s short but sweet post, I’m happy to share these doughnuts that were not only amazingly delicious but also as big as my FACE. Literally located in a teeny tiny vault space, Doughnut Vault offers a small but well-curated doughnut menu.   The menu of course offers fan favorite glazed (in vanilla, chocolate, and chestnut), a seasonal jelly filled doughnut, buttermilk old fashioned, a gingerbread stack, doughnut holes, an apple fritter, and a rotating daily special.  Short of ordering them all, what’s a girl to do? Continue Reading

Chicago: Acadia

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acadia-chicago-16A few weeks ago, I made a short weekend trip to Chicago – one of my favorite cities in the world!  I know I’m from NYC and now live in KC, but Chicago is seriously amazing – the extensive food, arts, and culture scene would keep me busy for ages.  Not to mention that the city itself is picturesque, with its location right on the lake.  I can’t wait to make a return visit!

Although our schedule was pretty packed, we did have an evening free for an indulgent dinner. We were lucky enough to score reservations for Acadia, which not only received two Michelin stars, James Beard recognition, and numerous distinction, but also has a reputation for delicious yet unpretentious fare presented in a welcoming, non-stuffy setting. We were psyched for the experience!  And since we were making the trip, we went with the 10-course tasting menu. I mean, why not!

My eating buddy for the evening and I both agreed after the meal that it was one of the best tasting menu experiences either of us has had. So, I can’t wait to share my photos with you! Unfortunately, the printed tasting menu lists only the featured ingredient of each course, so the details I provide below are from my memory.  But, let’s be real here – you’re mostly here for the pictures anyway, right?  Let’s get started then 🙂 Continue Reading

Chicago Chow: Garrett Popcorn

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During my first trip to Chicago two years ago, I was told that Garrett Popcorn was an absolute must-try.  The Chicago mix, in particular, is the stuff of legend – sweet caramel popcorn mixed with cheddar popcorn.  I tried it and was absolutely addicted.  Well, lo and behold – there’s a Garrett in NYC!  Oh NoshGirl, you’re so silly.  What is it that’s so amazing about Garrett? Where do I even begin…

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Chicago Chow: Hot Doug’s

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This past weekend, I paid a short visit to Chicago to visit some friends.  While there, I checked out a few of the city’s best specialties (hot dogs and pizza, of course!). This week, I’ll be profiling some of the best nosh in the windy city.  Sure I was stranded for an extra day when the snowstorm hit the Midwest, but was it worth it? You betcha!  I first started out at Hot Doug’s.   The above foie gras dog was just one of the joint’s numerous offerings. Intrigued? Keep reading…

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