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21st June
written by spd



Pastoral on Lake St. Chicago, IL (img: yelp)

On route to the Magnificent Mile from our theatre, I passed a wonderfully curated artisan wine, bread, and cheese shop called Pastoral.  One wall features a very eclectic array of wines, beautifully displayed with house rendered descriptions.  I found everything from a Rioja Verdejo to a French Viognier to a Sav Blanc from Michigan.  Who knew.  And they have a fully stocked olive bar, and a cheese case to salivate over!  But in your rush to find the perfect accompaniments to your dinner, don’t overlook their sandwich menu!  A friend grabbed their Turkey Sedona, which seemed slightly unadventurous, albeit delicious!  (Roasted turkey with green apple, field greens, red onion & Fromager D’Affinois cheese.)  I opted for the Canard Balsamico (Herbed duck confit, balsamic cipollini onions, whole grain dijon mustard, field greens & Fromager D’Affinois).  At only $8.62 (I don’t understand their pricing either), it felt like I was robbing them, considering the generous helping of confit.  With a Limonata, my tally came to around $11.  So, I parked myself in Millennium Park, with a schmancy brown bag lunch and a big smile.

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