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Openings Fri Sep 30 2011

More Than Just Cupcakes: Magnolia Bakery Opens Tomorrow

I'm not the world's best baker, but sometimes I get lucky, like I did several years ago while looking for a great cupcake recipe for a friend's birthday. I stumbled upon New York's famous Magnolia Bakery cupcake recipe, and it's been my go-to ever since.

While the above recipe is tastes nearly exactly like the real-deal, if you don't have the time or inclination to bake or fly to New York, you can pick up a freshly-baked cupcake for yourself in Chicago's Block 37, starting tomorrow at 10am.

But let me tell you a little secret: the bakery is more than just cupcakes and sprinkles. Oh sure, those are fantastic (from the classic red velvet to the seasonal pumpkin with maple frosting and pecans), but I *highly* recommend the banana pudding -- and this is coming from a person who is by no means a banana-lover. Other highlights include the double fudge brownies, key lime cheesecake, molasses cookies, and the lemon bars. Heck, everything I sampled was fantastic. And of course Magnolia has great coffee options to go with your desserts. The interior is made to look like a bakery from the 50's - white wood trim, blue metal chairs; it's cute without being cutesy, so feel free to spend some time and check out the vintage signs and knick knacks on the shelves.

Definitely bring your sweet tooth to the loop this weekend, or pop in on your way to work next week. You won't regret it.

-Magnolia Bakery, 108 N. State St.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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