WTTW Chicago Tonight

I won’t lie – Angie and I were pretty stoked to hear ourselves referred to as Chicago Tonight’s “resident food bloggers” during a promo as we waited to be called on to the set. Dana Joy would have liked it too, except she was in make up getting a massive bruise covered up. It seems in her smoothie-making frenzy she’d clobbered herself in the face with a kitchen cabinet. Ouch. Ah well, it’s the price you pay for a wild green smoothie!

We had lots of fun clearing up the Great Macaron Misunderstanding of 2010 and giggling about “other uses” for a yucca. (My friend Lisa put it best, “That yucca could be a home wrecker.”)

So here’s the clip for my non-Chicagoan friends, I actually haven’t watched yet so I apologize in advance if I made a weird face or pronounced anything wrong. I know for a fact I pulled one boner move and forgot to wear my Lucky Cupcake Hairclip I had all picked out for the show! I was in a mad rush to get to the studio and I left the house with a naked head. Today I am wearing two bows as penance.

We did a little Q&A with viewers after the show and one great question I got was “Where can I find macarons in Chicago?” Well, I’d definitely check out Fritz Pastry‘s 100 Macaron project – 100 flavors in one year. They have something different every time I visit and they make a mean macaron. (Fritz supplied the macarons I had on the show.) I had my first macaron ever at Vanille Patisserie and you can’t really beat a French confection made by a World Pastry Cup champion, now, can you? Alliance Bakery in Wicker Park has a nice selection of macarons, and of course Macaron Chicago subscribes to the “do one thing and do it well” philosophy. Those are all the macarons I’ve eaten in Chicago – did I miss any?

Another question was “How do you make a French macaron?” Well, there are lots of recipes and theories to be found, but if it’s your first go at it, you might want to check out this video my friend Lisa and I made for our video blog, BrutalSnack.

Oh, and I also got a few questions about where one can score a salted caramel cupcake. I cannot stress enough how amazing the salted caramel cupcake from More Cupcakes is. When Cupcake Wars aired I invited the snobbiest of cupcake snobs over for a viewing party and reveled in watching them melt upon taking their first bite. Transcendent. Truly.

I believe the three of us have become WTTW staples – I can’t wait to go back!

PS My fabulous Chicago flag bowl was from Circa Ceramics!