Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lavazza brings chic coffee cafe to Chicago

We already know that Chicago is swiftly becoming a culinary hotspot for foodies and chefs world-wide, and while New York may claim that they take their coffee more seriously, Chicago is definitely taking the lead in the gourmet coffee world by welcoming the first Espression by Lavazza in America to our gorgeous city in November 2008. Where can you get expressive at Espression? Why, at the always glamorous Drake Hotel, located at 140 E. Walton Street at Michigan Avenue.

To Eat at Espression: choices include a Brie and prosciutto panini with fig and tangerine marmalade, hearts of artichoke salad with shaved Parmesan drizzled with passion fruit dressing and a smoked salmon caprese salad. Good to know: all salads and sandwiches are made fresh to order and served at the table on porcelain plates. The breads, muffins, croissants, cookies and more are baked on-site daily.

To drink: Innovative and exclusive offerings featuring Lavazza's espresso and various gourmet accoutrements. Be sure to taste the Espesso™, a solid espresso created by culinary mastermind Ferran Adrià, which was awarded Best Invention by Time Magazine. The mousse-like treat will arrive in Espression by Lavazza at the Drake Hotel and is available in espresso, cappuccino and macchiato flavors.

We may be the "second city", but we've got the only Espression by Lavazza in America at the moment. Coffee and foodie fanatics: book your flights now because this one's a must-try. The tickets to Chicago are far cheaper than Italy and the experience at Espression by Lavazza in the lovely Drake Hotel will have you believing you're in Venice; just don't mistake the Chicago River for the Grand Canal.

Espression by Lavazza: in the Drake Hotel
140 E Walton
Chicago, IL
Espression by Lavazza café hours:
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday;
6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Espression by Lavazza café phone number:
(312) 640-2440

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