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Random Mon Jun 16 2014
After a lengthy culinary escapade through Japan, my affinity for bread-related products has nearly tripled in strength. Sure, I consumed ramen and yakitori in massive quantities, but even I was surprised by how much the Japanese love their bread and pastries -- literally every street corner and mall smelled like buttery croissants and French loafs.
Great-tasting bread isn't some whole-grain, organic spelt shit that reduces your cholesterol and increases your overall well-being. No, every bite should take you one step closer to diabetes, or you're doing it wrong. Here are some Chicago bakeries and their products worth my Japanese seal of approval:
Hachapuri Penovani (puff pastry dough filled with a mixture of feta, mozzarella and farmer's cheese)
Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter
Liege waffle: yeast-dough waffle covered with hot sugar
Chiu Quon Bakery
Any of their baked or steamed buns, filled with unique innards such as taro and sesame paste.
Uptown Soda Bread Co.
Jalapeño or Bacon Cheddar soda bread satisfies a savory palette, while Cranberry Walnut or Chocolate Chip fit a sweeter profile.
Mexican items like conchas and campechanas