Aodake Asian Bistro's chefs quickly whip up traditional and westernized Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese food. Guests order their meals at the front counter, and then head to a free table to wait for it. There, they can relax and watch TV or take advantage of Aodake's free WiFi while swirling yaki soba noodles, biting into oyster tempura sandwiches, or popping cooked- and raw-fish sushi rolls into their mouths. Aodake also has a variety of vegetarian rolls that feature the likes of avocado, sweet potato, and free-range seaweed.
The bistro opens early to ply guests with Taiwanese dan bings and Asian breakfast sandwiches. The dan bing is a savory crepe crammed with green onion, eggs, cheese, and sauce. The Asian breakfast sandwich features a fried egg, cheese, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and sweet mayo on toasted Asian milk bread.
Chef Kasra Medhat's refined culinary techniques draw from his diverse gastronomic history, from his childhood filled with Turkish- and Iranian-style family meals to his college internship at a Chicago gourmet restaurant, as well as his catering work. Today, Kasra captains Magnolia Cafe, where he infuses all that passion and experience into his innovative French-American recipes.
In the kitchen, Kasra and staff cobble together ingredients plucked during their peak growing season in a variety of meat and seafood dishes. Upon white tablecloths, plates of appetizers and entrees meet with the house's specialty martinis and boutique wines in crystalline glasses, which are great for clinking or playing pieces from Mozart's glass-harmonica phase. Soft jazz music pulses amid the exposed brick and beams that ring the dining room, which is speckled with hanging photos of the flowers from which the establishment takes its name.
Dr. Sonia Moussa opened Clark Dental Care in 1999. Years later, when it came time to expand her practice, she decided to add another location and another Moussa—namely, Dr. Therese Moussa. Today, the duo fosters oral health during general and cosmetic dentistry services including Invisalign regimens, teeth-whitening sessions, and restorative implants. In order to successfully treat as many patients as possible, the doctors speak English, Spanish, and Arabic, which, when spoken all together, sound a lot like Portuguese.
Vegan cuisine might not be the first thing many carnivores think of when dining out, but the chefs at Urban Vegan are working to change that. They don’t sacrifice flavor in their Thai and Asian dishes, instead using soy pepper steak, soy shrimp, and seitan to give their entrees a satisfyingly meaty texture. But it’s how the dishes are prepared that really makes them tasty. Stir-fried mushrooms and fresh ginger give one dish its complex interplay of flavors, and hot red curry paste makes another spicier than Tabasco-brand mouthwash.
In an article for the Sun Times¬ baker Stephanie Samuels recalled how, as a nine-year-old, she would dream of whipping up desserts in her friend's Easy-Bake Oven. But as much as she loved the toy oven, she never had one of her own. That is, until she opened Angel Food Bakery and decided to buy as many of the ovens as she could find to help decorate her space. They kitschy contraptions mesh perfectly with her menu, which takes inspiration from the retro treats she loved as a kid. The Airstream, for example, is an oblong cylinder of golden white cake piped with marshmallow buttercream that looks an awful lot like a Twinkie. She also whips up homemade whoopee pies, thin mints, s’mores, and marshmallow igloos, which feature a devil’s-food base that's so decadent no one would ever guess they were made from snow. Samuels’ repertoire also extends into current trends. She constructs custom cakes that, in the past, have resembled everything from a silver 1950s camper to a giant ear of corn-on-the-cob, and her kitchen churns out a full slate of cupcakes, brownies, carrot cakes, and cherry macaroons to help fuel everyday special occasions.
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