The first warm day in winter always brings Chicagoans out of hibernation. We know it might get really cold again so we take advantage of these kinds of days. Pale people are smiling, cars drive a little faster with the windows down, bikes with salt-stained tires are wobbling about and the day’s fashion trend is bright legs with shorts. My friend and I went to Diptyque to check out their latest fragrance release, grabbed a bite at Snaggletooth deli, then went to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. I knew my friend loved ice cream but didn’t know how much until today. We sampled almost a dozen flavors before deciding which two flavors to mix together. I didn’t realize there was a better way to order ice cream than the way I had done it all these years.
Spring has sprung!
Diptyque, 1645 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL
Diptyque is also carried at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue
Diptyque’s newest release, Eau des Sens, is an orange citrus unisex fragrance that has hints of juniper berries and a whisper of patchouli and angelica.
Candles and a great gift idea, a metal Diptyque candle snuffer.
Hourglass diffusers that flip to release the fragrance.
Snaggletooth, 2819 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL
Special touches like the living wall, the hand-written signage and the colorful tile provide a welcoming warmth not typically seen in delis. The handwriting immediately reminded me of living in Seattle where the signs at any shop, restaurant or sidewalk are creatively drawn or contain a clever saying.
Bill Montagne behind the counter at Snaggletooth
The day’s brews by Rare Tea Cellars and Sparrow Coffee
Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes used for the citrus-cured seafood accent the Snaggletooth Schmear Bar. Shelves are stocked with fine salts, mustard, pickles, capers, Rare Tea Cellars teas, Sparrow Coffee, nuts and granola.
Casina Rossa Gourmet Sea Salts on the Schmear Bar at Snaggletooth
Sparrow Coffee and Rare Tea Cellars tea at Snaggletooth
My friend insists I try their house-made granola.
Decor at Snaggletooth
Cozy denizen upstairs at Snaggletooth
Swordfish Pancetta, caramelized tomato, kale tartine open-faced sandwich
Jennifer Kim of Snaggletooth
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, 3404 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL
Do you want to see all the flavors we had to choose from? It’s not as easy as it looks.
Diptyque | 1645 N Damen Ave Chicago IL | 773 252 3989
Snaggletooth | 2819 N Southport Ave, Chicago IL | 773 899 4711
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream | 3404 N Southport Ave, Chicago IL | 773 348 7139
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