World’s First Nutella Cafe Is What Dreams Are Made Of (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

Every Nutella lover out there has indulged in a spoonful of the deliciously creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread straight from the jar. But now, Nutella lovers can indulge in their favorite spread by actually walking into the jar.

On May 31, the world’s first ever Nutella cafe is due to open on Chicago’s East Side. And the interior is designed to feel like the inside of a jar of Nutella. Nutella lovers everywhere, rejoice!

“It’s the first to truly capture the essence of the Nutella brand — not just in the dishes that’ll be served, but in the full experience from the moment you step through the door and into the space,” a Nutella representative told Eater Chicago.

Between creamy white walls and hazelnut-shaped hanging lights, the Nutella experience is fully immersive, according to the Chicago Tribune.

As we all know, a good jar of Nutella never stays closed for long. The two-story cafe will be open from morning to late evening, and will feature a spread of both sweet and savory items, Eater Chicago reports. Think Nutella gelato, Nutella crepes, Nutella French toast, Nutella waffles, and — for the healthy eaters out there –even Nutella oatmeal and Nutella yogurt! Did I say Nutella enough times?

There’s also a full-service espresso bar for those who want to pair their chocolate-hazelnut delights with Italian coffee. Talk about a match made in Nutella heaven.

Not all the menu items feature Nutella, however. For lunch and dinner, you can order an artisanal panini, a seasonal salad or a fresh soup of the day. If you’re in the mood for something savory, you can even order a savory crepe like the Bacon and Cheese Strata. The savory items look great, but personally, I’d love to see a Nutella soup added to the menu.

Unlike the small Nutella bar inside Eataly, the Nutella cafe is owned by Ferrero, the Italian company that makes the delicious spread, reports Eater. The cafe will be located near Chicago’s Millennium Park. According to Eater, organizers promise “special surprises” for the first 400 people in line on opening day!

For those who’ve never visited the beautiful city of Chicago, the Nutella cafe is definitely an extra reason to go.

Sources: Eater, Eater Chicago, Chicago Tribune / Photo credit: donald/Wikimedia Commons, Nutella via Eater Chicago

Tags: Chicago, chocolate, ferrero, nutella, nutella cafe
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Chicago Is Getting Its Own Epic Starbucks Roastery

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By Cooking Panda

Attention, Starbucks fans in Chicago: You’re in for a real treat come 2019.

I know it sounds like a long time away, but preparations are already underfoot for the new, interactive four-story, 43,000-square-foot Starbucks Reserve Roastery that is set to open up in Chicago, located on North Michigan Avenue and Erie Street on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, which sounds pretty magical.

Basically, the Chicago Roastery is going to bring customers a totally immersive and sensorial coffee experience; there will be multiple brewing methods offered, as well as specialty Reserve beverages and mixology. 

This Chicago Roastery will mark the third Roastery location that Starbucks has in the U.S.; one is in Seattle as of 2014, and one will open up in New York City in 2018.

“Having opened our first Starbucks store in Chicago nearly 30 years ago, our first outside of Seattle, this is a very special city for me. At the time, it was a true test for Starbucks because the Chicago customer is so savvy and discerning about their coffee,” Howard Schultz, Starbucks executive chairman, said in the company’s press release.

“Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, so we took our time to find an incredible space to match the unprecedented coffee experience our premium Roastery will offer. To be located on one of the best-known retail streets in the world is a proud moment for all of us and we can’t wait to bring Chicago and the world a coffee experience worthy of their most premier real estate.”

Starbucks is also hoping to eventually expand its Roastery locations, and plans on offering customers in international markets Roasterys, like the one in Shanghai, which will open in late 2017, and the ones in Milan and Tokyo, which are slated to open in 2018.

“Howard and I share the same passion for the companies we created, each centered around the customer experience and a relentless attention to detail. This building has a unique way of becoming a beacon for a brand, and I can’t think of a better retailer than Starbucks to offer Chicago something new and exciting with its Reserve Roastery,” Gordon Segal, the founder of Crate and Barrel said in the press release.

Source: Starbucks / Photo Credit: Jeff Wilcox/Flickr

Tags: Chicago, coffee, roastery, Starbucks, starbucks reserve roastery
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Homer Simpson Answers The Great American Question

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By Cooking Panda

There are a few questions that seem to be particularly divisive in contemporary America—Red or Blue, East Coast or West Coast, and, of course, Chicago or New York style pizza. People have been debating this particular issue for years, and yet, until recently, we seemed to be as far from a definitive answer as we were when we started.

Luckily, Homer Simpson has come to the rescue.

On Sunday, America’s foremost food aficionado finally answered the question we’ve all been wondering during the first (almost) live “Simprovised” episode of the Simpsons. Throughout the episode, viewers were able to ask Homer their very own questions, and the nation’s most famous glutton did not disappoint.

So what did Homer say?

Chicago. Although not for the reasons you might suppose (more cheese, anyone?) Homer explained his answer with his signature roundabout reasoning, stating, “I prefer Chicago deep dish because I like Italian better than Chinese.”

While this justification might leave you scratching your head, the question’s asker, George Quiroga, was satisfied. Quiroga, a Chicago native, told the Chicago Tribune that he tried 72 times to get his question answered, explaining his persistence by saying “Homer, we know, loves food. Knowing Dan Castellaneta is from Chicago… I targeted a question specifically that I thought would elicit a pretty funny response.” Thankfully, after all his hard work, Quiroga was happy with the fruits of his labor. The Chicagoan echoed the sentiments of many viewers by stating, “He did not fail at all. Homer’s answer was pretty hilarious.”

Despite the fact that there may still be some die-hard New York fans out there, at least now we can rest easy knowing that our love for deep dish has been affirmed by one of America’s most beloved animated characters. After all, Chicago style or not, we think all pizza is worthy of praise! Watch Homer answer the question below before ordering your own pie for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack!

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Source: Vice / Photo credit: Chowing Down

Tags: Chicago, Homer Simpson, New York, Pizza
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