When faced with lemons—or many other fruits—the proprietors of Oh, Olive! don't contemplate lemonade. Instead, they envision freshly pressed batches of extra-virgin olive oil, such as their tangy Eureka-lemon variant. The family-run shops specialize in this flexible condiment and stock their shelves with estate-produced Delizia oils. Their catalog covers both plain and fused types with flavors that range from the spicy notes of chipotle peppers to the sweetness of blood oranges, a fitting complement to cuts of chicken and fish. They also vend balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Fruits feature heavily in the imported collection, which includes pomegranate, blackberry-ginger, and cinnamon-pear vinegars in addition to a dark-chocolate infusion and the 18-year balsamic—a traditional vinegar aged in oak barrels and given a high-school diploma.
Often, the staff members don't separate the acts of purchasing and cooking with their wares. They prefer to interact with customers and host tastings, classes, and contests to encourage innovative recipes. Amid more than 60 kinds of oil and vinegar, Oh, Olive! sells meal add-ons as well. Tiesta Tea produces soothing, toasty brews, and stuffed olives contain hidden servings of jalapeños, sharp cheddar, and asparagus.
Dominic's Kitchen Store sells the highest quality gourmet kitchenware for the professional chef, aspiring chef, or the home chef while making customer service our number one priority. We offer an extensive assortment of kitchen ‘gadgets’ and high quality wares, professional knife sharpening services and more!
Specializing in sandwiches and salads served from the kitchen of An Apple A Day Catering, Meg's Café maintains a cozy setting for the day's ritual food sacrifice. At lunch, a vegetarian foccaccia sandwich overspills its banks with pesto, red onions, goat cheese, and zucchini flotsam ($7.59). A create-your-own omelette ($9.99), meanwhile, will appease architects tired of clients rejecting their vision of condominiums filled with mushrooms and melted cheese. At the sound of the dinner sousaphone, quell querulous appetites with a Thai chicken salad ($11.99) before digging for buried flavor-treasure through the grilled salmon topped with chilled cucumber-dill sauce ($16.99) or the orange-glazed half roast duck ($16.99).
Juggling scores of domestic and imported brands, the staff at Lincolnwood Wines & Spirits presents patrons with an exciting display of more than 1,000 hand-picked wines, premium spirits, and fine cigars. Shoppers can stock their cellars with the creamy, un-oaked Rietvallei chardonnay ($9.99) or Mother Zin, a zinfandel named for its creator's mom and how she loved to curse ($13.99). Create a special drink with North Shore's Chicago-made vodka ($33.99) by mixing it with nothing else and serving it in a Ming vase. Safely stowed inside a walk-in humidor, esteemed cigars such as Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real ($7.99), Acid Kuba Kuba ($6.99), and Cohiba Robusto ($13.99) eagerly wait to be taken into loving homes, guillotined, and set on fire.
Jeannie's Let's Celebrate fosters one-of-a-kind fiestas with a panoply of party supplies and custom decorations. The shop specializes in balloon design, transforming helium globes into arches ($15.99) or a daisy pillar with a blossoming pink flower resting atop a lime-green stalk ($19.99). Ground airborne elements with a handmade centerpiece ($19.99+) or a plastic tablecloth ($1) from a spectrum of shades as polychromatic as a rainbow shooting through a paintball course. Jeannie's also shelters every-occasion cards ($0.59 each), invitations, plates, napkins, and décor until they are adopted into party-happy abodes.