Valentine's Day is an occasion to celebrate the companionship that supplies you with a practice partner for kissing your arm. Make love less mushy and more gooey and chocolaty with today's Groupon to Sarah's Pastries & Candies. For $5, you'll get $10 worth of pastry and confectionery arts that say, "I love you no matter how many truffles you eat in one sitting." Your Groupon is valid at both locations on Oak Street and the first floor of Macy's on State Street, each of which received otherworldly visitations by mistress of good things Martha Stewart in November of 2007.
Sarah Levy, the shop's owner and author of Sweetness: Delicious Baked Treats for Every Occasion, masterfully whips her buttercream frostings into a fluffy, not-too-sweet topping for supple cupcakes ($2.99 each) and coats tons of confections in rich chocolate. Pick up such glistening, chocolate-coated delights as marshmallows ($24/lb.), candied orange peels ($32/lb.), and pecan turtles ($26/lb.). Or arrange your own assortment of handmade truffles ($1.79/piece) with flavors such as champagne, vanilla bean, passion fruit, and peanut butter to tempt your soon-to-be sweetheart out of a dysfunctional long-distance relationship. Sarah's toffee sugar cookies are also highly recommended. Check the menu for the latest sweet-spot offerings (options may vary by location).
Sarah can also help you wash down your sugar fix with a large coffee ($2.10) and fuel up with "real food," including a wide selection of sandwiches ($4.50–$8) and quiches ($3.95). A fresh baguette ($1.25) or an empanada ($3.99) from Sarah's Oak Street locale will add a touch of realism to the prop lunch sack you take to work. And while you're there, you might as well pick up a few to eat.
- Take a break from shopping on Chicago's Gold Coast and savor the Almond Chocolate Toffee or Dried Cherry Rocky Road at Sarah's. – Catherine L. Tully
- A wonderful shop: forget cakes made from your local chain grocery store. Sarah's has cakes ready to take home, while also providing a call ahead service where you can custom order your cake. You can get everything personalized, even something you just purchased. – megmadigan, Citysearch
- I especially enjoy their delicious and creamy buttercream frosting. It melts in your mouth. Matched with her delicious cupcakes, it is by far the best dessert in Chicago. – ajw99, Citysearch