Eating my way through Chicago

Eating my way through Chicago was so fulfilling… as long as you do like I do and organize your restaurants to allow for lots of walking in between. Warning: this post will make you want to jump on a plane to Chicago. But, you can easily cover all this in a day, so let’s go to Bar Toma, Eataly’s food emporium, Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel, the christkindlmarket and Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria.

Late breakfast/early lunch at Bar Toma

Love love love the prosciutto! It was so great added to the pizza too.

Love love love the prosciutto! It was so great added to the pizza too.

It was national hot chocolate day on my visit and the manager at Bar Toma so sweetly shared a sample of their hot liquid chocolate and it was amazing. The prosciutto is a fabulous appetizer and I highly recommend starting with this, but saving some because you are going to want to add some to your pizza.

Walk it off at Eataly: A foodie’s paradise

A food lover's paradise: the sights, smells and tastes.

A food lover’s paradise: the sights, smells and tastes.

Eataly is a must visit in Chicago – with 33 eateries it is the place for foodies: it’s a food emporium! The nutella eatery pulled me in right away and I had to go back to all the places I passed as I zoned in here first. Watching the experts make Neapolitan pizza was the best 30mins of drooling I’ve ever experienced, however the live making of buffalo mozzarella was pretty fantastic as well. I was there for almost 2 hours exploring and consuming this experience with my eyes, nose and mouth. You’ve got to see this place for yourself to witness all the variety of food and drink.

Afternoon tea at the Langham Hotel

Afternoon tea here, even solo, is a magical experience.

Afternoon tea at the Langham, even solo, is a magical experience.

I went a bit earlier then my reservation just to get a sense of the location and what I was in for. Well the beauty of the Pavilion, the location for their Tiffin, was astounding. And I was lucky enough to come during the festive theme of “Wonderland Tea at the Langham.” I just sat there, soaking it all in, the excitement building inside me. The waiter was spot on recommending the full bodied tea “fields of France rooibos.” It went so amazingly well with the coronation chicken salad, roasted beef tenderloin, smoked salmon, cranberry chocolate scone, tea soaked raisin scone and the chocolate tartlet. I left utterly happy and I’ll be dreaming and reliving this experience for a long time. Thank you Carole for this idea in your lovely blog post here.

Christkindlmarket: walking in a winter wonderland

Yum! Potato Pancakes are here!

Yum! Potato Pancakes are here!

Here’s another perfect way to walk off your last meal, while preparing for the next! The weather, the Christmas music, the people, it all came together for a great christkindlmarket experience. There’s lots of cute shopping areas here too, but most of all, lots of German food on display, especially the potato pancakes, served with sour cream and applesauce! Yum!

Lou Malnati’s

This delicious and fresh taste pizza is the perfect individual size!

This delicious and fresh tasting pizza is the perfect individual size!

Is Lou Malanati’sthe best pizza in Chicago?

Go there and try it for yourself – you won’t be disappointed! The personal service, the cosy Chicago style atmosphere, the tomatoes from California, the cheese from Wisconsin, the flaky buttery Buttercrust(tm); it all came together for a lovely tasty experience: one that I would definitely return to Chicago for and recommend you do too!

What are your favourite Chicago eating destinations? Have you been to Bar Toma, Eataly’s, Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel, the christkindlmarket or Lou Malnati’s?


About Marsha Idella

It's my Edible Journey! I love food. I love love love chef tastings. Eating out inspires my home cooking. I’m passionate about sharing the foods I’ve tasted – made by someone else or me. I love sharing my journey through food, advising where to eat and what to eat. Sometimes it’s a homemade meal, a nearby restaurant, a culinary vacation or a food themed event. I love sharing food photos and their descriptions just as much as eating, but I also need to archive my foodie photos and recommendations thus far so that I don’t forget where I’ve been. Sometimes it is about eating the same thing twice – especially when you want to share that experience with someone or just relive it. “This is amazing, you gotta eat this”
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