If you live in Chicago or are visiting from out of town, there is a good chance that The Bristol restaurant is not on your radar. One of the reasons for this maybe that The Bristol is tucked away in the Bucktown neighborhood ten minutes north of down town Chicago – you have to know about it to find it. This small, quite restaurant is where I like to go when I want good food, good service in a chilled out easy going atmosphere. Full of mostly locals the decor is bare brick walls and a blackboard at the back with the days menu written in chalk. This laid back, easy going vibe is reflected in the food. The restaurant adheres to the philosophy of farm to table dining – so the menu is short and simple. The ingredients are seasonal and dishes are meant to be shared.
A few years ago chocolate and chillies were not two foods I would have associated with one another, for one thing they are not even in the same taste group one is sweet and the other is hot. However as the saying goes opposites attract and for me a spicy hot chocolate drink is a delicious cold weather treat.
Almost all coffee shops, casual restaurants and even some bars serve their version of a spicy hot chocolate drink throughout winter and in some cases all year round.
I have lived in America for 18 years. During that time I have never thought about Pancake Day, until this year. Just last week I remembered that the Pancake Day celebration also known as Shrove Tuesday falls in February every year and is celebrated in my native Britain. After googling the date and finding out that Pancake Day this year was on 17th of February. I felt the need to celebrate, so I dragged my family to La Creperie in Lakeview, Chicago to indulge in sweet crepes.
For those of you who celebrated Valentines Day on February 14th, I hope you had a great time. My husband and I decided to try a new cafe that I had seen in Lincoln Park, Chicago called Sugar Fixe. The cafe serves hot drinks and desserts but specializes in macarons.
I love macarons. Firstly, I want to differentiate macarons from macaroons, which are made of egg whites, sugar and dried coconut shreds. Macarons are made of egg whites, sugar and almond flour.
Afternoon tea does not really exist in Britain. Tea is simply drunk all day long morning, noon and night. What is British however is dunking.
To dunk is to submerge some food into a beverage. In this instance the food of choice is Rich Tea Biscuits and the beverage of choice is piping hot tea.