En route to San Diego, I had a 3 hr layover at the Chicago airport yesterday. Sick with a cold, I was antsy to get to my destination, and spent the entire time circling around and around the airport.
I was tired of the countless bookstores, and mediocre food joints I encountered, so when I saw this beautiful purple + white Vosges Boutique full of chocolate goodies, I got excited.
Vosges Boutique, O'Hare Airport
Vosges boutiques are steadily expanding across the States, and so is their line of sweets. They have boutiques located in Chicago, New York, and Las Vegas, and their product line has expanded to offer ice cream, chocolate marshmallows, cookies, and caramels.
I've been meaning to purchase a thank you gift for my friend who hosted the Cordon Bleu dinner night, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. She is a huge fan of truffles, so I got her a 4-pc truffle gift set, and two mini exotic chocolate bars (Woolloomooloo + Oaxaca bars).
For myself, I purchased a Mo's Bacon Bar as per Jenny T's suggestion a little while back.
The Woolloomooloo Bar is a deep milk chocolate bar with roasted & salted macadamia nuts, Indonesian coconut, and hemp seeds.
The Oaxaca Bar is Tanzanian bittersweet chocolate with Oaxacan guajillo y pasilla chillies.
And finally, Mo's Bacon Bar is a savory and sweet snack that contains applewood smoked bacon, and alderwood smoked salt.
I couldn't open the truffles, but the box listed a bunch of exotic ingredients such as ginger, wasabi, curry, candied violet flower, paprika, Chinese star anise, fennel, and ancho chili powder.
If you want to read about my past experience with the Black Pearl Bar, and Red Fire Bar, click here.
On a totally separate note, I spotted Wayne Newton yesterday. I only knew it was him because people kept going up to him, and asking to take a picture with him. He was on the same flight as I was, and it turns out, he is also staying at the same hotel as I am. Wish I could say I am a huge fan, but he's no Ferran Adria or Gordon Ramsey :-) I quickly snapped this photo while he was talking to a fan.
Wayne Newton at O'Hare Airport
Vosges Haut-Chocolat Boutique
O'Hare International Airport, across from Gate B6
Chicago, Illinois, USA