Molly’s Cupcakes

If you ask any Chicagoan the best place to satisfy your sweet tooth with a cupcake, you will be quickly directed to Molly’s.  I was recently on a hunt for a delicious vegan cupcake.  Since we were already out and about, I didn’t research whether Molly’s made vegan cupcakes, but figured if any place in Chicago would, it would be Molly’s.  So north my friend and I headed to the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  We got off the red line two stops south of the closest stop to enjoy the sun on our cupcake adventure.  The wind swept down Clark Street nearly pushing us back towards the Loop, but with the sun beaming on our faces and cupcakes just ahead, we persevered.

When we finally arrived at Molly’s we quickly ascertained that we weren’t the only ones with a hankering for a cupcake.  The place was packed!  Not a problem, because their shop is such a quaint storefront that conjures thoughts of an old-time diner.  I’m also a sucker for the Trader Joe-esque signs placed next to each type of cupcake.  As I perused the old-school green chalkboard menu hanging over the cashier, my eyes were immediately drawn to the words, “Ask about our vegan cupcakes.”  *heavens part and angels sing*  So I did and decided upon a vegan chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting.  Once we ordered our cupcakes, we found room at the countertop, sat on the swings (yes, swings!) and savored our cupcakes with the soundtrack of small chatter and laughter from the other patrons.

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vegan chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting
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pumpkin spice cupcake
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What’s your go-to cupcake shop in the city in which you reside?

-nah

DMK Burger Bar

Like us, my mother-in-law can often find her television on the Food Network, especially if Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is airing.  Prior to the in-laws visit last weekend, we were told of one of Guy Fieri’s Chicago finds – DMK Burger Bar.  We were totally on board once we learned they only serve grass-fed beef!!!  They are served on some of the most delectable fresh baked buns to ever bookmark burger deliciousness!  To accompany their wide array of burgers, DMK offers a variety of scrumptious fries.  But the pièce de résistance – their parmesan truffle fries.  You know my taste buds dance at the mere mention of truffles.  To make the most of our experience, we quartered our burgers, passed them around for sharing and went in!  All the way in!

DMK Burger Bar
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corner of N. Sheffield and W. Wellington
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DMK Burger Bar
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DMK Burger Bar
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DMK Burger Bar
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DMK Burger Bar
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DMK Burger Bar
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#1-aged cheddar, smoked bacon, charred balsamic red onions, Rufus Teaque’s bbq sauce
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#7-The Big DMK-triple decker, special sauce, get it?
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#6-marinated portobello, blue brie, griddled scallions
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fries with that?
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sweet potato fries, lemon tabasco aioli
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sea salt & black pepper fries, house ketchup
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pièce de résistance
parmesan truffle fries
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DMK Burger Bar
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-nah

Truffle Tater Tots

According to a number of Food Network’s Chopped judges, truffles, be it as a salt or oil, are overused and often misused.  So imagine my thought when we perused the menu at The Henry at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and came across truffle tater tots.  Really?  They’re removing the tater tots from Napoleon Dynamite’s pocket and sprinkling them with truffle salt and drizzling them with truffle oil to make everyone’s favorite cafeteria item suitable for an upscale setting? Really?!?  **cues Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey for a SNL Really segment**  After out waiter assured me that they were nothing short of delectable, my mom and I succumbed and each requested an order.

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The Henry at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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truffle tater tots

MY OH MY!!!!!  Crispy, light, delectable, excellent, tasty!  In the words of Pops from the movie Boomerang, “Simply delicious!”

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Garden Style Hamburger

Oh, the hamburger was pretty amazing too.

-nAh

p.s. – off to search for truffle tater tots in Chicago . . .