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Another Report from the Windy City

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Yet another lovely food-filled Chicago day. We started the day at Charmers Cafe, yet again, for another bagel sandwich. Today’s selection was a sesame bagel with corned beef, eggs, and swiss. Yummy, yum, yum.

Then, we hopped on a train headed downtown.

We stopped by the Chicago Hershey’s store for a peak and drooled over the candy-topped dessert selection.

Then, we wandered our way down the Magnificent Mile of shops. Bought tea. Did not buy a $300 tea set. Bought toys for the kiddies. Eyed a sweet knife at Williams-Sonoma. Totally intrigued.

Eventually, our bellies rumbled and we began wandering in search of food and drink. We landed upon an adorable European-style café on the lower level of The Peninsula Hotel called Pierrot Gourmet. An outdoor table awaited our presence.

We started with the Golden Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Apples and Candied Walnuts in an Herb Vinaigrette.

Champagne for me.

A basket of perfectly doughy multi-grain bread with fresh butter was brought to our table. So we ate it.

We also ate Warm Pretzel Fondue with Beer Cheese Sauce and Whole Grain Mustard.

And then we had Cheese Spätzle with Caramelized Onions.

A Tenderloin Slider with Red Onion Jam and Tarragon Mustard Cream also found its way into our bellies.

Did I mention the dessert selection? Given my druthers, I’d have ordered one of everything. But we practiced restraint and chose a Chocolate Obsession cake and an Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Tonight’s our last night in Chicago. Might catch a movie. Tomorrow we head back to the land of ‘Cuse. We’ve had a wonderful time in Chicago, but I desperately miss my little boys. Ready to get home for their snuggles!


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