Food Shops


29 July 2012 · 4 comments

I like a good chocolate chip cookie or brownie, but if given a choice, I am way more interested in trying new kinds of pastry. That’s why I’ve been thrilled recently to have come across kouign-amann not only once, but twice, in Chicago. More about where in a minute. The first time I tried this […]


Fall French Market

16 October 2011 · 0 comments

Ooh, là, là. Every October a bit of French flair makes a showing in Chicago. This past weekend the Lycée Français de Chicago held its Fall French Market within the hallways, classrooms, and gymnasium of the school. I like this market because you can shop and taste the wares of more than 50 vendors, including Figaro Parisian Antiques, […]


Floriole Plum Galette

20 September 2011 · 0 comments

Sandra Holl and her staff at Floriole Bakery have gained quite a following for their rustic French pastries sold at Green City Market and at their year-and-a-half-old café. One of my favorites hands down is the crusty fruit galette that changes with the season. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. Last […]


For me, Valentine’s Day without chocolate is inconceivable. So, yesterday, instead of shopping at one of my usual chocolate shops, I decided to visit the special, two-day Valentine’s pastry market at the Logan Square Kitchen, held both Saturday and Sunday, featuring local Chicago, small-batch artisans. Lacking the capital needed to build a commercial kitchen, many […]


Panettone from Milan

22 December 2010 · 0 comments

So it’s December 22nd. Got your cards sent and gifts wrapped? Me neither. After working flat out the past few weeks, I decided it’s time for some comfort and joy before I head into the kitchen for a marathon session of baking and cooking. So to put me into the holiday mood I picked up […]


Floriole Café & Bakery

20 October 2010 · 2 comments

How can I count the ways Floriole’s Sandra Holl has gained a loyal following? Could it be her rustic fruit galettes, sesasonal market fruit crisps, or warm bread pudding made with silky-smooth brioche that Green City Market shoppers line up for week after week? Her mile-high quiches?   Or maybe, like me, it is for the […]


It’s crazy, but true: yesterday I tried eight different gelatos, and today I had three more. I normally don’t eat this way and I didn’t plan on doing a major tasting. But like a lot of fun times, it just happened spur of the moment. It all started when my friend Bernadette called yesterday evening […]


Plum Kuchen

3 September 2010 · 6 comments

The arrival of late summer finds me biking to Café Selmarie for plum kuchen. One bite reminds me of why it’s worth making the seasonal trek: the simple sweet dense cake cradles sliced, juicy Italian plums curled and tinged from just the right amount of time in the oven. It’s the perfect way to bring […]


Where did June go? I have been back from my travels a few weeks now, and hitting Green City Market every Saturday morning. Gone are the English peas, asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb! But at this unofficial mid-point of summer, local farmers are peddling the fruits and produce that early July in the Midwest brings: blueberries, […]


Just after I had posted the article below on Pierre Hermé’s pain au chocolate, I discovered I had a separate photo of his bostock from the same visit. Since I have never had or seen bostock in Chicago (or anywhere in the United States for that matter), I wanted to share this picture to give you […]