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This Week In Chicago Food Porn: Cold Weather Motivation

By Melissa McEwen in Food on Jan 5, 2015 5:20PM

As the temperatures dip below zero, here are some visual treats to motivate you to get outside. If you are hardy enough to endure the cold, this kind of weather is actually the best time to visit your favorite bars and restaurants as they often aren't as crowded as usual.


"Duck fat focaccia, roasted garlic butter" from Charlatan

Meilleur Cafe: "The drink translates to “improved coffee” and refers to [Head Bartender Mea Leech]'s interpretation of the classic coffee cocktail. Leech uses a raw whole egg to give a light, fluffy texture and creamy mouth feel to the cocktail. The technique of incorporating a whole egg in cocktails was first seen in 1862 in Jerry Thomas’ book, How to Mix Drinks: Or, the Bon Vivant’s Companion and is a style of cocktail called a “flip.” from RM Champagne Salon

"Created specifically for finishing winter dinners. Crème de menthe, crème de cacao, chocolate pizzelle, cocoa nibs" from A10

"New tasting menu dish, for the New Year. Beef ribeye, sprout leaves, turnip puree, beluga lentils, wilted frisee" at Acadia

"Whole wheat sourdough croissant, raw honey, Greek style yogurt" at Elizabeth Restaurant

"Avocado toast on our seeded sourdough" at Floriole

Winter Citrus Salad at Gaslight Coffee Roasters

Winter consolation: Medley brothers bourbon, smoked paprika & cranberry syrup, served hot at Kinmont

"Hamachi, gazpacho blanco , chicharron de arroz salvaje, espuma de papa morada" at Mexique