Joining the team at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago in 2007, Chef Concierge Kristen Klus lives in Roscoe Village. A native of the Windy City, she is known as the woman about town, constantly trying new restaurants, tours and other diversions in the city:
One of my absolute favourites for brunch is Lula Café in Logan Square. They were doing “farm to table” before everyone else was. Lula’s culinary team has crafted a menu that rotates seasonally, such as quail with bok choy, sweet potatoes and macadamia nuts in the winter. The menu also includes a six-course vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings. My most recent favourite for brunch was a ham and cheese panini – simple but with quality ingredients that made it just delicious. It was followed up with their homemade chocolate chip and sea salt cookies, which can’t be beat.
Reno, a funky Logan Square café features a casual brunch with a Cowboy Killer breakfast sandwich (with maple fennel sausage, fried egg, bacon, American béchamel), wood-fired bagels and vegan baked goods. At night, Reno’s pizza shines – from the Puebla (with chicken mole, rajas and cotija cheese) to the Spanish Monster (Spanish chorizo, crimini mushroom and white mushroom sauce).
In Roscoe Village, I love to stroll up and down the “main drag,” Roscoe Street. Hamlin Park is the perfect neighbourhood gathering place with its basketball courts, tennis courts and a swimming pool. Walking along Roscoe, I always stop in the Denim Lounge for cute accessories or a new pair of jeans. Afterward, I pick up a sweet treat at Paciugo (a gelateria) and browse through Shangri-La Vintage if I feel like treasure hunting. Later in the evening, I’ll stop by Volo Wine Bar for a flight of bubbles.
A bit north of the neighbourhood, I’ll venture to Amy’s Candy Bar in Ravenswood for a thoughtful hostess or party gift. Out of all of Amy’s homemade local sweet treats, the OMG candy bar is always a winner with three layers – caramel, hazelnut praline and milk chocolate ganache.
Cocktail aficionados tune in: Logan Square has no shortage of hip cocktail bars. My favourites include Billy Sunday, Webster Wine Bar and Lost Lake. Billy Sunday can be defined as “refined nostalgia” with classic craft cocktails; Webster Wine offers an extensive by-the-glass selection with extremely knowledgeable staff; and Lost Lake is kitschy tiki bar perfection with tropical libations and bites, such as curry udon, a Gochujang pork rice bowl with roasted nori and a duck-fat fried egg.
Chocolate and Design at Four Seasons Hotel Milano
With the reopening of its seasonal Sunday Brunch, Four Seasons Hotel Milano will unveil the new décor of its Chocolate Room. This year, Pastry Chef Daniele Bonzi is paying tribute to Milan’s famous reputation for design, with the creation of an art exhibition.
No less than one ton (2,200 pounds) of the finest Valrhona chocolate was necessary to create this new decor featuring geometric shapes, pop-culture and tape art elements as well as three-dimensional installations. Among these, guests can enjoy an interactive sound wave wall filled with chocolate desserts and a reproduction of the famous Needle, Thread and Knot statue by celebrated artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
“Besides fashion, Milan has also positioned itself as an important cradle for contemporary art and design, and you can clearly feel these influences when seeing the numerous art exhibitions in town, or by simply walking around the city or visiting the annual Furniture Fair. This is what has inspired me to create this multi-sensorial art experience. Just as all the paints and materials used in art, chocolate is a fabulous matter to work with, providing endless ways of use, with various natural tones and textures,” explains Pastry Chef Bonzi.
Certainly one of the most loved Hotel’s highlights since its creation in 2007, this hand-decorated delicacy has successively taken the form of a Ratatouille-themed lounge, a chocolate factory and a tropical forest featuring jungle-inspired vegetation and exotic animals. The Chocolate Room can be visited during the traditional Sunday Brunch and booked for private events, chocolate tastings, breakfasts and afternoon breaks.
A must-go occasion for guests and locals alike, the Hotel’ Sunday Brunch provides a unique moment to indulge in traditional Italian dishes served buffet-style including typical recipes as Milanese-style risotto and cutlets, gourmet selections of cold cuts and cheeses, delicious salads and roasted meats. And with its children’s play area and babysitter service, it is also a perfect occasion to spend a relaxed meal with the entire family.
Located in a dramatically 15th century reborn convent, Four Seasons Hotel Milano offers the perfect destination to spend a family holiday. Thanks to its position in the city’s bustling Fashion District, the Hotel allows an easy access to Milan’s historical quarter of Brera and the iconic Duomo, while for those looking for a shopping escape in the world leading couture houses, the Hotel’s Spa is a serene after-shopping respite to be pampered in with exclusive signature treatments.
The Sweet Treasure of Seasonal Cantonese Cuisine at Shàng-Xí
Hairy crab season is something that all real food-lovers, from diners to cooks and head chefs are waiting for all year around. There is nothing that quite matches the light, sweet tastes of hairy crab, and its ability to accompany a wide variety of different ingredients.
At Shàng-Xí, renowned Chef Simon Choi has considered the natural delicacy of hairy crab and created a menu that takes guests on a culinary journey. From braised bird’s nest soup with crab jus and egg white to baked avocado and crab cream, sautéed fresh crab with conpoy and eggs, and oven-baked crab cream puffs, this one-off menu is a truly fine way to enjoy the unique flavours of the hairy crab.
The chef’s autumn special menu also showcases crab cream in unison with flavours that aptly accompany. The result is the culmination of decades of cooking expertise simmered down into rich aromas and savoury splendour, only at the award-winning Shàng-Xí at Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai.
Gourmet Superstar Chef Gordon Ramsay Returns to Bread Street Kitchen Dubai
The great thing about Atlantis restaurants is that they draw in big names from the culinary world and bring you the best cuisine right here in Dubai! And there’s no denying that Atlantis, The Palm’s food scene is hot right now, with the world’ leading chefs flocking to the resort to show off their culinary skills. From creating signature dishes at Atlantis’ signature restaurants to sharing their top-notch tips and tricks during live demonstrations and masterclasses, our celebrated chefs are rustling up a storm during the entire duration of the Culinary Month in Atlantis Dubai.
One of the key aspects of this edition of Culinary Month celebrations is TV personality and multi Michelin-starred celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s visit to Bread Street Kitchen Dubai to launch his biggest menu change yet – the new ‘Fit Food’ menu.
What’s on The Menu?
The ‘Fit Food Menu is crafted around clean eating and offers a collection of delicious healthy meals that help guests meet their fitness needs and goals. The menu represents Gordon’s commitment to making easy healthy food and the will cater to the health-conscious foodie looking for something fresh and healthy, yet exciting! The recipes on the ‘Fit Food’ menu are inspired by Gordon Ramsay’s new healthy cookbook ‘Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Fit Food’ which will be launched on October 11th, 2018 at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar.
While cooking remains his passion, Gordon is a committed athlete and emphasizes the importance of staying fit and healthy. He says “These are my go-to recipes when I want to eat at home. My great hope is that this will inspire you to get cooking to improve your own health whatever your personal goal”.
Atlantis is offering you the unique opportunity to meet and greet Gordon Ramsay, and try his brand new ‘Fit Food’ inspired menu and recipes with a special four-course meal. You will also have the chance to purchase a copy of the book in the evening to be signed by Gordon.
Lastly, a quick reminder of some of the exciting events Chef Gordon Ramsay is hosting that you won’t want to miss:
Fit Food Night – Thursday 11th October 2018 6:45pm – 12:00am
Launch of the ‘Fit Food’ menu at Bread Street Kitchen with Gordon and Channel 4 radio. Set Menu (food only) for adults is priced at AED 295 & kids (ages 4-11) is AED105
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