Food: Mmm, Chocolate Bars

When you've overdosed on cappuccino and it's too early for drinks, there's no sweeter place to meet

Are these chocolate or plastic?" Diane Schlamadinger, 38, asks incredulously as she eyes a display of fancy chocolates in yellows, greens and pinks. She samples a dark truffle that oozes ganache, and she moans with delight. Schlamadinger and her cousin Natalie Ruiz, 21, have wandered into the new Ethel's Chocolate Lounge in their Chicago neighborhood. The pair ooh and ah over the plush pink furniture and giggle about the writing on the walls ("Is it a tryst if it's with a truffle?") before settling into chairs on the brick patio with two iced mocha drinks. "Oh, my gosh," Schlamadinger sighs happily....

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