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by Sarah Steimer

This vendor (I forget the name!) is one of our first stops at the market. This farm has some of my favorite heirloom tomatoes and a great selection of dried beans. Plus the one farmer has talked me into buying more food than I care to admit. Pictured here (starting from the background) are squash blossoms, broccoli, cranberry beans, tomatillos, basil and tomatoes.

This vendor (I forget the name!) is one of our first stops at the market. This farm has some of my favorite heirloom tomatoes and a great selection of dried beans. Plus the one farmer has talked me into buying more food than I care to admit. Pictured here (starting from the background) are squash blossoms, broccoli, cranberry beans, tomatillos, basil and tomatoes.


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by Sarah Steimer

Bennison's is literally a 5 minute walk from where I work, so I had to learn to ignore the bakery smells at peak "I deserve something really great because I just finished work" moments. It's been tough, but most of the time my exhaustion somehow beat out my sweet tooth.

I visited: Bennison’s Bakery, an award-winning bakery that offers everything from doughnuts with a strip of bacon on top to painstakingly delicate petit fours and everything in between.

I really like the old-school appeal of the vertical sign and corner entrance. It looks so inviting in the evening all lit up when you see it from the train.

I tried: A miniature (maybe 5-6 inch?) chocolate cream pie edged in whipped topping and chocolate sprinkles. This size isn’t a regular menu item, but was made specially for Pi Day on March 14. The bakery normally carries this pie in its full-size form (my guess is about 9-inches).

Why it stood out: Well, because it was Pi Day and it seemed silly to go without. Bennison’s was one of a handful of bakeries throughout Chicago that offered special Pi Day deals, so I popped in on my way home. I’ve had Bennison’s cookies and a few doughnuts before, but this pie really stood out. They were also offering cherry, banana creme and a few other flavors for Pi Day, but I nabbed a fresh chocolate creme because I knew it was a flavor both Bill and I would enjoy. We loved it – it was rich without being overbearing. The crust was perfect and the chocolate creme itself was set somewhere between an expensive, decadent dessert and your mom’s chocolate pudding pie.

It cost: $3.14 – because it was Pi Day! (Plus tax.) But as I said before, this is not a size they normally carry.

Find out more: Bennison’s Bakery is located at 1000 Davis Street in Evanston, Ill. http://www.bennisonscakes.com/

*$6 Snacks is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried.

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