The Christkindlemarket in Daley Plaza is an authentic (and free!) European (German mostly) Christmas marketplace. You can get handmade ornaments, scarves and hats, Christmas decorations, mugs, cuckoo clocks, candies and much more. They also sell German food, hot cider, beer, and warm spiced wine- yum! Pro Tip: go after work during the week instead of on the weekend, it’s prettier at night and you can beat the crowds!
Yes, the Chicago CTA Holiday Train is a real thing. It travels each train route thru the holiday season. You can see where it’s going to be on the CTA schedule. It’s super cute and lots of fun (even if some of the people in the pics don’t look too thrilled- they are secretly holiday lovers or they wouldn’t have gotten on the train!). The trains are decorated inside and out and they play Christmas music inside. So festive!
Montague’s Parlour at 1019 South Tejon Street deserves its own post because it is so charming and has the best cake in the city, maybe even in the state. Plus they have really good hours and stay open late most days.
The decor is full-on granny old lady tea parlour, which I didn’t like at first, but it eventually grew on me. Think mismatched antique tables and chairs and vintage china.
Linda, Tori, and Mike at Montague's Parlour
They serve lots of different soups, salads, sandwiches and daily quiches. They have a decent vegetarian selection and breakfast on the weekends.
Cream of Broccoli soup at Montague's Parlour
Pot pie and chili from Montague's Parlour
Delicious turkey on croissant at Montague's Parlour
These are the best cakes in the state!
The most fabulous coconut cake — you have to try this cake. This particular cake is the best cake on earth.
They also have breakfast pastries like croissants, scones, danishes, etc.
Lots of different drinks, too. This is an Italian cream soda.
Many many different kinds of tea, both hot and iced.
Assorted espressos, teas, and snacks. Something for everyone at Montague's.
If you haven’t been to Montague’s, you should go. You’ll like it.
Last year, we tied for third with then-Business Journal writer John Hazlehurst and decided that he must be destroyed. He has since moved to the Indy, which means that while he still pens a regular column, we have not seen any Hazlehurst-specific “blog.” Consider yourself destroyed, Mr. Hazlehurst.
The first-place winner was a coupon thing, so whatever with that. Who can compete with bargains? The second-place winner is a member of Big Media, and who can trust Big Media?
It’s time for Oinkety to be the Springs’ No. 2 blog.
You have to vote for at least 15 things for your ballot to count. Here’s a sampling of what we voted for:
Adrienne and I agreed on a few of the categories. But we disagreed on a bunch, too:
Best Neighborhood Restaurant – West: Adrienne enjoys La Baguette, but I like Cucuru.
Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Central: Adrienne went with Shuga’s, while I went with Detz.
Best Restaurant for Dining Alone: Adrienne would rather go to Shuga’s alone, and I prefer Poor Richard’s.
In fact, for just about every category, Adrienne picked Shuga’s. Best Happy Hour; Best Patio; Best Place for a Wedding Reception; Best Appetizers; Best Soup; Best Bartender (Kevin); Best Place for a Fancy-Pants Cocktail. Someone has a Shuga’s addiction.
We sometimes write about cats. That alone is worth your vote.
We enjoy the music of The Mitguards a great deal, and they’re playing Saturday night at Poor Richard’s. If you’re downtown, it’s worthwhile to stop in for a listen. The show is free and starts at 7:30 p.m.
From their website: “The Mitguards bring a unique and non-traditional perspective to folk music, combining sharp, insightful lyrics with haunting melodies and flawless harmonies. Roots-based Americana takes on a new, Southwestern air in the talented hands and voices of Deb and Chris Mitguard.”
The Mitguards are playing Saturday at Poor Richard's.
The Mitguards performed at Rico's a few weeks ago.
Paul enjoyed an Anchor Steam beer at Rico's. Mom had a pinot grigio, and I was adventurous and tried the Bourbon Barrel Stout. I will probably have to try it again.
We haven't come close to trying all of the food and drink at Rico's. We're on our way, though. This is the Peppermint Patty (hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps) and a shot of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.
You'll want to save room for dessert. We shared the chocolate sundae. Jealous?