i have grown up around chicago and there are certain things you do as a chicagoian around christmas.
1. eat at the walnut room
2. see the windows
3 visit christkindlmarket
(amongst many other things, but these are my top 3 must do for the season)
we went early this year on a saturday, not the best choice but we do what we must to keep the traditions alive. i tend to hold this tradition with my brother but my mom went this year too. when we were little we rode the train down, waited 3 hours in line, ate in the walnut room, got our santa bear mugs, saw the windows and made our way to the museum of science and industry, saw the trees around the world, saw the babies in jars, picked out and ornament and made our way home. so now as adults we modify by going to the walnut room, walking around the store for hours and usually find something new to do.
see 1- must order the fields special, ever have this? soooooo good!
see 2- so far i have not mentioned the “m” word… but i must…i have to say macy’s ruined this for me. the windows used to be whimsical fun and told a classic fairy tale or even newer stories such as harry potter. even the inside of the store’s decorations matched the stories, like if it was cinderella, there would be glass slippers and mice around the store, but then macys happened and the windows are an after thought of their current marketing. this years windows featured a weird story promoting their celebrity ornaments, lame, i did like the semi-steampunk look, but seeing pictures of the macys windows in new york, these looked half-assed. i won’t even post pictures because i don’t want to see it again.
see 3- going on a saturday was a huge mistake, it was wall to wall people you couldn’t tell a line from a group of people standing there. but somehow, magically we got our annual boot mugs! sans hot chocolate, (not a fan of the mulled wine) because we couldn’t figure out where the stand with the mugs with hot chocolate was.
Our new thing this year was going to magnolia, yes THE magnolia bakery, i didn’t even know there was one in chicago. i am so on the cupcake bandwagon, so i thought i was in the know. i was too overly excited about this that i forgot to take pictures, this is my second post and this was a couple of weeks ago, i’m new to this ok? we ordered a gingerbread, red velvet and a mini key lime cheesecake, to quote Lazy Sunday, “they have all the bomb frostings” is 100% correct! the frosting is light and airy, but still creamy and not too sweet. the cupcakes on the other hand, were baked the day before, the overall flavor was good, but the cupcakes were dry and dense. The cheesecake on the other hand was perfection, very close to a key lime pie, on the lighter side and had the perfect amount of tartness.