Monday, December 13, 2010

Perfect Day To Indulge . . .


The official start of winter is still more than a week again, but you couldn't tell that by looking outside.

Instead of complaining about it, let's just embrace it by indulging in wintertime faves like hot chocolate. Today, by the way, is National Hot Chocolate Day!

If you're in the Loop, The Gage and sister resto Henri offer Trinkschokolade, a European-style hot chocolate made with famed Julius Meinl chocolate and steamed milk.

If you're shopping in Bucktown along Damen Avenue, make sure to stop in Silver Cloud for what's some of the best comfort food in the city. In addition to hearty portions of home-style spaghetti and meatloaf, you're certain to dig the thick and rich hot chocolate, which comes spiked when requested.

Uncommon Ground in Lakeview offers a few selections that are both spiked and non-alcoholic. Depending on your mood, you can go for the seasonal Sleigh Ride Mocha that's made with Rain organic vodka, espresso, house-made garam masala spice blend, Omanhene chocolate, steamed milk and whip cream. For those taking it easy, the signature Uncommon cocoa (Omanhene cocoa, steamed milk, whipped cream) is just as delish.

And how could you possibly resist the Mexican Hot Chocolate served up at Xoco when they make it fresh right in the front window?! The frothy stuff's made from Mexican cacao beans and goes perfectly with hot-from-the-fryer churros and flaky empanadas.

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