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National Almond Day

February 16th is National Almond Day & one we get really excited about here at Mercat a la Planxa! Why? Because we have the best almonds you’ve ever tasted! Marcona Almonds. Marcona Almonds are a special product of Spain. They've been imported to the US for years, but have only...

Tis the Season

  Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Tis the season for winter in the Windy City! With so many exciting things to do in the city, it’s easy to forget that it’s -4 degrees outside. Well, not really, but it is easy to distract yourself from it. Mercat a la...

Spanish Desserts are getting an overhaul for the holidays at Mercat.

Spanish Desserts are getting an overhaul for the holidays at Mercat. When you think of Spanish desserts most people immediately go to Churros as an easy go-to. We’ve been tricked into thinking that Spanish desserts have to be a vehicle for sugar after a rich & filling meal. Not the...

The Chicago Music Festival

Music festivals and brunch all summer! Chicago's been a whirlwind of entertainment with Pitchfork, the Pokemon Go Fest, and now Lollapalooza is right around the corner. Lollapalooza kicks off August by bringing in performers like Lorde, Tegan and Sara, the Killers, Wiz Khalifa, Blink-182, and Chance the Rapper. The Chicago...

Tasty Adventures at Farmers Markets

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Tasty Adventures at Farmers Markets Warm weather is palpable and here to stay as Chicago’s Farmers Markets reappear with organic honey, homemade hot chocolate and fresh fruits for the picking! We received plenty of April showers this spring, which has reaped beautiful flowers and...

Say “Hello!” to Drinks at Mercat

Chicago is finally coming out of hibernation as spring rolls into summer. Say "Hello!" to drinks on the patio, day-long brunch affairs and outdoor festivals. One drink in particular that is a must-try is our Cafe Balsamico cocktail at Mercat. Made with a special blend of sherry, rum and cold...

National Almond Day

  Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Can you believe we are already into 2017? Here at Mercat we are getting more & more excited about opening the doors of our newly renovated space in our Main Dining Room. January was full of planning, showings & dreaming of all the...

Feliç any nou!

Feliç any nou! New Year’s resolutions… we love them! The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year's resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. It is said that the ancient Babylonians began the practice of making promises in the New Year in order to earn...

Our In-House Vermouth Program

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Vermouth. This is not an uncommon subject for us at Mercat; we’ve dedicated a couple of blogs to it, we serve more than 10 different vermouths, and we make it in house [tire screech]. That’s right; we age, fortify and blend our own vermouth!...

I Remember My First Tomato

I Remember My First Tomato There is a moment when someone unfolds the seams of the wax-covered wrapper on their drive-through Whopper. The motivation for the moment probably varies for everyone: fuel for a busy day, anticipation of a comforting meal after a stressful week, ease of appeasing a brood...

Spanish Tapas: How to Rethink The Snack

Spanish Tapas: How to Rethink The Snack At Mercat we don’t know if our diners are luxuriating in our foie gras or jamon Iberico; or, if guests are enjoying the healthy and fresh flavors of the branzino in saffron broth and Chef’s iconic green salad. Tapas are a God-send for...

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