Bad Wolf Coffee – Get It While You Can

Bad Wolf Coffee Cappuccino

Bad Wolf Coffee Cappuccino

Bad Wolf coffee is a locally owned shop with a menu that changes daily. If you are lucky they will have kouign amann –– an amazingly sweet croissant-like pastry with layers of sugar and butter. Check out my Tastemade videos to see for yourself:

Standing room only makes this a spot where conversing in real life is encouraged instead of staring into a computer screen. Bright colors and artwork cover the walls and morning light give the room a vibrant feel. The coffee is strong and is delivered with some art of its own.

The owner is pulling up stakes to move down south, so stop in and enjoy this unique spot while you can.

Bad Wolf Coffee

Bad Wolf Coffee

Cochon555 – Chicago

Cochon555 is a national culinary competition and Sunday they were in Chicago at Morgan Manufacturing. It was a night full of pork, wine, spirits and great people. Five chefs compete using five hogs to create dishes that ticket holders vote on. The winner from each city meets in Aspen June 20th for the Grand Cochon and bragging rights of the best heritage hog chef in the U.S. Congrats, Chef Nicole Pederson from Found Kitchen!

Check out my video to get an inside look at this ultimate pork extravaganza!

Dose Market – Chicago

Dose Market is one of my favorite markets in Chicago ––they feature a creative mix of local food, clothing, chefs, artists and designers. The market on Sunday was held during the FX Summit in the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center. It’s a fun way to spend your Sunday, meeting up with friends to discover the Chicago vendors Dose put together.

The next Dose is May 10th at the Soho House and is free for all. Go get inspired, eat delicious food and get a gift for Mother’s Day.

Trip Down South – Husk, Charleston, SC

Husk Charleston

Husk Charleston

Husk sits regally on Queen street in downtown Charleston with its Victorian details dating back to the 1880s. The interior is modern while still distinctly southern. Next door is the equally charming but rustic bar.

Sean Brock (of McCrady’s fame) is a James Beard Award winning chef and puts his talents into utilizing all the bounty South and North Carolina farms have to offer. A huge board in the entrance displays where every ingredient is sourced.

Reservations are recommended and lunch is a great time to try the menu. See the deliciousness for yourself:

Everything was fantastic from the drinks, entrées, the bread to the service. The vegetable sides are equally full of flavor and depth –– I’m sure butter is a big factor but I say, “When in the South…” Definitely get the fried chicken, it’s crispy and juicy and the brussels, spring onions and smoky tomatoes on the side hold their own in richness and flavor.