Food:: Chicago:: Fig & Olive

Adjacent to sister stores Sandro and Maje, this restaurant is sure to get traction. Fig & Olive offers Mediterranean cuisine mainly inspired by the South of France. The restaurant is, by far, visually perfect. The décor theme –a wood motif, simple neutral colors, and wine bottles — pairs well with the food served. When you are seated, you are served an olive oil and bread platter, featuring edible rosemary bread squares as well as three different olive oils, all carrying their distinct flavors, which I wholeheartedly appreciated. Overall, the food was presented ever so beautifully, but for the most part, the aesthetics triumphed over taste. It’s akin to meeting absolutely stunning people who are dim-witted or unkind. There is a certain dissonance between the exterior and interior, which is always disappointing. With that said, there were still two that I thoroughly enjoyed… It’s perhaps a matter of ordering the right things on the menu –as this was our first time here, we didn’t really know what to order. If you come here, you MUST try what I put in the “TRY” section 😉 They are there for a reason~

WHAT: Fig & Olive

WHERE: 104 E Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611

TRY: Truffle Risotto, Lavender Crème Brûlée

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Truffle Risotto- Now this, my friend, is a work of art. The creaminess melts in your mouth for the ultimate effect. This is far-by the most delicious risotto I have ever eaten :-)

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Life is Sweet with Sugarfina

As you may already know, my favorite candy store in the whole world is in California: Sugarfina! The brand offers the best of the best of gourmet candy. From Kyoto Blossoms imported from Japan to Aphrodite Strawberries imported from Greece, it is no surprise or secret that Sugarfina carries the most fine, exquisite candy. I recently got the opportunity to sample more of the high-quality sweets to share with you guys. And I’m squealing with joy and excitement. Let’s get this started.

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The beautiful assortment of candies~ My sister, Cachet de Chloé, will review the top ones, and I will do the bottom :-) I’ll link her post at the bottom of this one!

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Gotta love this.

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From left to right: Robin’s Egg Caramels, Matcha Green Tea Caramels, Champagne Gummy Bears, Kyoto Blossoms, Sugar Lips, Confetti Dolci

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Food:: Chicago: Nellcôte

It’s been a while since I’ve done a food post. Over the weekend, I stumbled upon a beautiful restaurant called Nellcôte, which is actually named after Keith Richards’s (Rolling Stones guitarist) mansion in the south of France. The restaurant boasts Parisian elegance and opulence, and the color scheme that was used created an atmosphere that made you feel as if you were actually in a mansion in France. Effective and brilliant. I’ll go more in depth in the post. But for now, get your Francophile hats on and enjoy the ride…

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