Get in the Holiday Spirit at Christkindlmarket Chicago – Daley Plaza

The Christkindlmarket is open through December 24th and is a quintessential Chicago holiday eat, drink and be merry experience. Good news for the Christkindlemarkt purists, the boot mugs for Glühwein (mulled wine) and hot chocolate are back! Prost!

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If you:

-Need help getting into the holiday spirit

-Still need to get some Christmas gifts

-Are hungry for some meat

-Are thirsty for some Glühwein

Then head down to Daley Plaza for the Christkindlmarket.

The first thing I do when I am there is head to the Glühwein line. Depending on the time and day it can be long so by the time you order you might be a bit cold and ready for a warm drink.

The mulled wine comes in a souvenir boot you can get refilled and take home.

Next is the food line. I’ve been to the market more than a few times so have had the pretzel (comes in about 6 types), potato pancakes, brat, Thueringer, snowballs and curry sausage. All was good and pretty authentic, although any German will tell you, not so cheap. But hey, you are here for the…

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Galician Home Cooking at Cera 23 – Barcelona, Spain

Cera 23 Barcelona Sign

Make your way down the narrow streets of Barcelona and take in the beautiful sounds and smells from the various Southeast Asian, African, South American, Pakistani and Spanish stores, restaurants and homes that make up El Raval neighborhood.

Cera 23 is a cozy spot in the middle of El Raval serving Galician and Mediterranean home cooking. Reservations recommended but you can kill time waiting for your table by trying the famous  blackberry mojito at the small bar in front. Continue reading

Breakfast at The Winchester – Chicago

Vegetable Poutine The Winchester Chicago

Poutine is usually served with cheese curds, french fries and some sort of meat gravy but this is the flavor-packed vegetable poutine from The Winchester. Rich mushroom Bolognese, flash-fried potatoes, a sunny egg topped with scallions.