I have a secret.
I am having a summer love affair…and I thought you should know.
Floriole Cafe and Bakery is my obsession. It is Paris in Chicago, and I simply cannot make it through a single day without popping in for an inspired and soulful bite.
My crush first developed over the years at Green City Market, on Wednesday and Sunday in Lincoln Park. We loved waking up, riding our bikes down Clark Street to the park, and enjoying a delicious, chewy croissant or pastry for breakfast. Sadly, the market packs up right after lunch…so our time together was numbered. But now, oh boy, now it is a full on love fest – errrr – feast with their Lincoln Park cafe open 6 days a week (yet another reason to begrudge Mondays).
At first I couldn’t get enough of the BAD sandwich, Bacon, Arugula, Dates and Goat Cheese on Yeasted Corn Bread (above right). I found myself laying in bed at night, dreaming, wishing, stomach growling. As if it doesn’t taste INCREDIBLE, it is dressed in the most charming little white paper wrap…perfect for a picnic in the park or in my case, lunch on the go.
Then I became hooked on their mouth watering, salty and sweet Ham and Sharp White Cheddar Cheese Baguette. It is so flavor packed, I cannot believe it is simply ham and cheese alone. It goes to show with fresh, natural ingredients, the simple foods make the best foods.
But now, those old flames are behind me. Yesterday, they sold their first summer Peach, Basil and Lincoln Log Goat Cheese Baguette. I savored, I smiled, I almost didn’t want to even eat it – it looked so fantastic and smelled beyond heavenly.
I did of course enjoy it after admiring it lovingly for awhile. It was pure heaven. Seriously. I wanted to go back and get another one for dinner.
But, I restrained myself. I went today for lunch instead.
I prayed it would be on today’s ever changing du jour menu again…and when I walked into the cafe…there it was! Front and center on the chalkboard.
Imagine my shock and surprise when the woman in front of me ordered the last one in the case. Ugggh.
However, their staff being so top notch, Nick behind the counter quickly asked the kitchen to make up another batch. Phew. Life is good.
I am so inspired for our big Summer Picnic in the Park Gala next weekend…
Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com