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Baker & Nosh
How sweet: Nutella and raspberry treccia at Baker & Nosh.

Uptown?s Baker & Nosh--a bakery/lunch spot/coffee shop where we?ve been known to linger for hours--has become one of our favorite places to cozy up with a bowl of chili, our laptop and a cookie or three. Don?t judge--we?re working.

B&N recently upped its game by adding an additional storefront in order to expand its existing fromage and charcuterie selection--a lifesaver when you need apps for an impromptu cocktail party. You?ll also find single servings and pints of gelato and Italian ice from Chicago Heights-based Zarlengo?s.

But the B&N specialty we?re hopelessly addicted to is the treccia, a common treat in Tuscany and other parts of Italy. The beautiful, braided brioche pastry is rich with eggs and butter and baked in two flavors: raspberry or orange paired with creamy Nutella hazelnut spread.

It?s moist, flaky and drizzled with sugary icing--all in all, more decadent than any designer doughnut we?ve tried lately.

Get the small (a new menu addition, $6) if it?s just you and a breakfast date, or a large ($12) if you want to wake up your family or houseguests to a real indulgence.

Just slice, serve with La Colombe coffee and bask in the love.

Baker & Nosh, 1303 W. Wilson Ave.; 773-989-7393 or

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