WBEZ | pastry http://www.wbez.org/tags/pastry Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: What are your political peccadillos? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-18/morning-shift-what-are-your-political-peccadillos <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Capitol - Flickr - Teemu008.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss Reboot Illinois, which allows people to voice their concerns regarding policy and lawmakers in Illinois. And, State Senator David Kohler explains how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are being dealt with in your supermarket.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-67/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-67.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-67" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: What are your political peccadillos? " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-18/morning-shift-what-are-your-political-peccadillos Curious City’s Doughnut Crawl: Let’s divide and conquer! http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city%E2%80%99s-doughnut-crawl-let%E2%80%99s-divide-and-conquer-108121 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cutest%20thing%20ever.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Note: This story was the first in a two-part answer to a question posed to Curious City. Alas, our doughnut crawl is long over, but below we list terrific doughnut shops, and we present chef <a href="#guide">Enoch Simpson&#39;s taste guide</a>. For more, including crawl results and a fascinating history of privately-owned shops in Chicago,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/where-have-all-old-school-doughnut-shops-gone-108483">click here</a>!)&nbsp;</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>Once in awhile we get a question submitted anonymously. Sometimes it&rsquo;s challenging to answer those questions without following up with who asked it, but this particular question was straightforward enough:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Are there any privately-owned doughnut shops in Chicago? Which is the best?</em></p><p>A quick Google search takes care of the first part. Turns out, there&rsquo;s a good number of privately-owned doughnut shops in and out of the city, and that number may be rising. Dan Weissmann is delving into the history of privately-owned doughnut shops, but for now, let&rsquo;s jump to the second part of the question: Which is the best?</p><p>This is where you come in. While Curious City producers and editors are up for most challenges, we&rsquo;re still just a team of humans and &mdash; the last time we checked &mdash; each of us has only one set of arteries. Our strategy? Divide and conquer! Many of you heeded our call to submit your favorite privately-owned doughnut shops. We&rsquo;ve turned your list into a map of suggested doughnut shops and bakeries, and we threw in some routes to link them, to boot. Now, it&rsquo;s time to put your money where your mouth is by joining the first-ever Curious City Doughnut Crawl.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>The challenge</strong></span></p><p>To find Chicagoland&rsquo;s best privately-owned doughnut shop.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>How to help</strong></span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Pick a route</strong> from <a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/donuts.html" target="_blank">this map we created from your suggestions</a>. Also, feel free to pinpoint any privately-owned doughnut shops we may have missed and add them to this map. It&rsquo;s a public, editable google map, so anyone can edit it. (Remember: with great power comes great responsibility).</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Open, download or print&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/Enoch%20Simpson's%20Guide%20to%20Doughnut%20Tasting_edited-1.pdf" target="_blank">this handy-dandy guide</a>&nbsp;to what makes the ideal doughnut (thanks to Chicago doughnut hero Enoch Simpson of Enoch&rsquo;s Doughnuts and <a href="http://www.endgrainrestaurant.com/">Endgrain</a> for reference!)<a name="guide"></a></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.366666666666667" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_54723" scrolling="no" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/154818352/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-uh7i6bb3dflvdpea2xy&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Visit as many of the doughnuts stops</strong> on your chosen route as you can. You don&rsquo;t have to visit every single one, but we&rsquo;d like to think your decisions will be increasingly well-informed the more doughnuts you sample. If you go with a group of people, consider getting a variety of doughnut types and splitting them.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" />After you&rsquo;ve sampled the doughnuts,<strong> rate each doughnut shop</strong> as a whole using the <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/forms/d/1kxy_1i4xAklZK_foPXT4krMCg8_BV_G2Y42UAs1ZMBM/edit" target="_blank">survey form we created right here.</a></p><p>You can certainly take notes at the shop and later submit the form on a desktop computer; however, it may be best to leave this form open on a smartphone during your doughnut journey and submit one survey during or directly after each stop.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Share your doughnut crawl with us!</strong></p><p>Between now and our upcoming story, please send us photos of the doughnuts you tried on your route, the people you meet in the shop, storefronts, anything, really! Tweet us @WBEZCuriousCity, message us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook</a>, or email us directly: <a href="mailto:curiouscity@wbez.org">curiouscity@wbez.org</a>.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll be sure to post your thoughts and photos along the way.</p><p>So stay tuned. Stay in the loop. But above all, stay in touch with your sweet tooth.</p><p><strong><span style="font-size:22px;">The Dan Factor</span></strong></p><p>What&rsquo;s next? Well, recall that our doughnut-related question has two parts. Dan Weissmann (who you may remember from <a href="https://vimeo.com/47111430">our adventures at The Morton Salt factory</a> and <a href="https://vimeo.com/60300683">Chicago and North Western Historical Society) &nbsp;</a>is tackling the &ldquo;serious&rdquo; (aka, history-related) part, but it turns out he&rsquo;s a fan of sugared dough, too, so there&rsquo;s a good chance you&rsquo;ll see him on his own doughnut route. On the map, we&rsquo;ve conveniently labeled it &ldquo;Dan&#39;s Route.&rdquo; Dan will judge doughnuts with the same guide and survey that you do, and he&rsquo;d love to see you during his trip. He&rsquo;s already committed to hitting the doughnut highway on Friday, August 9, but watch our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook page</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZCuriousCity">Twitter feed</a> for more details.</p><p>He&rsquo;ll have his follow-up story ready soon after.</p><p>Green=Day Trip Route &nbsp;Red=North City Route &nbsp;Blue=South City Route &nbsp;Yellow=Dan&#39;s Route</p><div id="map-canvas" style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="no" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/donuts.html" width="620"></iframe></div></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city%E2%80%99s-doughnut-crawl-let%E2%80%99s-divide-and-conquer-108121 Something You Should Eat: Rustic apple tart from Bittersweet http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-rustic-apple-tart-bittersweet <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="302" width="403" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//IMG_3085.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-19167 " /><br /><em>Rustic apple tart from Bittersweet (photo by Steve Dolinsky)</em> <code> </code></p><p style="text-align: left;">I've been a fan of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bittersweetpastry.com/">Bittersweet</a> in Lake View since they opened, in 1992. For years, I've had them make the birthday cakes for my kids, because I knew there was no one else who could bake like Judy Contino. The former pastry chef at Ambria, Contino has set the standard for her colleagues around the city, even as competition has ramped up over the past 10 years. One of the items that has always been available at Bittersweet is the rustic apple tart. This hand-formed beauty is rife with apples, gently coated in caramel and surrounded by delicate pastry that has the slightest dusting of powdered sugar. Like everything else here, it is made with great care, great skill and European inspiration. There is no season for this tart - it is awesome all year long.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><object height="225" width="400" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"><param value="true" name="allowfullscreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><param value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10487493&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" name="src" /><embed height="225" width="400" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10487493&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p></p> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 07:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-rustic-apple-tart-bittersweet