Saturday, April 2, 2011

Chicago, end of the visit

Chicago French Market, is a year around market, similar to Pike Place market.  Located at the West Loop in the MetraMarket.

Exquisite desserts from Vanille Patisserie, we did not make it to their main location in Lincoln Park, but they do a wonderful job a fine dessert pastries.

Al Khayam Bakery, in the Al Khayam Grocery in the Albany Park area was a real find. We happened into the store and heard a loud slapping sound from the back of the store. Larry checked and found a baker deflating pieces of dough, getting ready to bake them in an old-style oven. The baker and his assistant were more than happy to pose for us --- but they referred questions to the owner of the store who spoke English. The oven is used to bake Pitas and Taboon Bread, (shown). The store also makes and bakes an incredible selection of baklavas. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

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