Muse on the Move

Walking through the door of Margie’s Candies, transports you back to another time when life was simpler, slower paced and inside of Margie’s, definitely sweeter.  The Chocolate Muse (TCM) visited Margie’s in Bucktown during the middle of the week after spending the morning at a Chicago art museum.  We sought out Margie’s specifically for the ice cream sundaes and because of its reputed old-fashioned candy store atmosphere.  And let me tell you, we were not disappointed.  Of course we wanted to have a bite to each for lunch and decided to give Margie’s a try for that too.  It wasn’t crowded and the service was pretty quick.

The menu offers an extensive variety of ice cream creations with a small space reserved for a few lunch options, but varied enough for even the pickiest of young goddesses like mine.  If you have a voracious appetite, I would suggest that you eat somewhere else and come to Margie’s for dessert.  If on the other hand, you just want a bite to eat to prepare your stomach for dessert, you should be satisfied with the meal options and portion sizes.

There’s a lot to look at, including dolls, tchotchkes, mementos and Beatles memorabilia.  The Beatles are reputed to have visited the Bucktown location in the 1960′s after playing at Comiskey Park.  My oldest, who happens to be quite the Beatles fan was thrilled with the idea that she walked through the same door the Beatles passed through, stood in the same aisles they stood and possibly even sat in the same booth.  The only thing that has really changed since then is the carpeting, which has replaced the classic 30′s-40′s black and white checkerboard tile flooring.

As for the ice cream, we all loved it!  The number of homemade ice cream creations seem to be unlimited with lots of delicious toppings and always a wafer cookie on the side.  The hot fudge, which accompanied each of the four orders at our table is served in its own gravy boat style serving piece, so it doesn’t melt the ice cream before it gets to you, not to mention that you can add as much as you like.  (There was no left over hot fudge at this table!)  The sundaes are all served in unique shell-shaped bowls, which just makes it extra special and something for the kids to always remember.  On our way out we picked up a box of assorted chocolates, because we just couldn’t stuff ourselves any more.  Needless to say, they were gone within 24 hours and now the little darlings are asking, “when are we going back?”

Substitutions are not a problem at Margie’s, so you can have your sundae exactly like you want it.  Awesome and fabulous!  Margie’s does not disappoint and is worth a trip to the North side from anywhere in the city or suburbs.

Margie’s Candies is located at 1813 West Montrose Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood and the Bucktown location is at 1960 North Western Avenue.

Lynfred Winery (Wheeling)

I’m extremely proud to have visited the Wheeling location of Lynfred Winery as my first review.  Prompted by the spirit of Dionysus with chocolate as inspiration, I visited the winery about a week ago with a good friend.  This wine store is situated in a quaint area known as Sale Barn Square with the main winery located in Roselle, Illinois.  Upon entering you are immediately made comfortable by the staff.  The from the oak wood bar to the cellar rooms, the atmosphere is friendly and easygoing.

Our host, Matt, was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, not to mention patient as we pelted him with question after question.  The object of intrigue for me was a chocolate dipped bottle of wine.  At Lynfred Winery, you can select a bottle from their wine varieties and they will make it into a great piece which would make an excellent gift.  The bottle is first shrink wrapped and then dipped in dark chocolate seven times and drizzled with white chocolate.  A perfect gift for a vinophile or chocophile (or both)!

Being a wine newbie, if I was hesitant about appearing ignorant about wine prior to visiting, I definitely wasn’t when I left.  Matt spent plenty of time explaining the types of wines available and assisted in selecting some for our tasting.  We each selected 3 wines according to our own taste.  They have a variety of options for wine tasting and the options change every month.  There is something for every palate, whites, reds and fruit varieties.  He then taught us some wine basics, and before I knew it I was swirling like a pro!

We spent a wonderful afternoon visit and really enjoyed the entire experience.  The winery also offers cheese plates and chocolates and is capable of hosting private parties.  TCM is thinking its a perfect place to start a girls’ night out.

We also got a peek at the next month’s options and TCM spotted an Ice Wine 2007 on the list.  Oooooo!  Well, look at the calendar, is it July already?

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