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Number 84: Tasting Menu at a Three-Star Michelin Restaurant (Pt 3)

6 Apr

Oh, hello there!  I guess you’ve come to read about the final courses of my dinner at Alinea!  Fabulous.  If you missed the first two parts, click here for part one and click here for part two.  Now, enough with the small talk- let’s get on with the show! Continue reading


Number 84: Tasting Menu at a Three-Star Michelin Restaurant (Pt 2) and Number 17: Black Truffle

5 Apr

If you missed out on part one of my dinner at Alinea,
click here to catch up.  Otherwise, let’s get back into this!  I left off with course #8, which had Amy and me drinking beet juice out of a giant block of ice.  Bizarre.  Tasty, but bizarre. Continue reading

Number 84: Tasting Menu at a Three-Star Michelin Restaurant

4 Apr

Alright, it’s finally time to tell you all about the grand finale of this challenge!  This past Friday, my friend Amy and I celebrated my birthday dinner at Alinea, Chicago’s only three-star Michelin restaurant.  We had to make reservations three months in advance, and I can see why.  The restaurant is world-renowned and was even named the World’s Top Restaurant by Elite Traveler Magazine.  Holy jeez. Continue reading

Number 13: PB&J Sandwich

10 Feb

There is nothing more classic than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I can’t even count how many times I brought one for lunch in grade school (is it just me, or did the jelly always soak through the bread and make it soggy?) and I have made more than a few in my adult life, as well.  But here’s the thing: they’re kind of boring.  Everybody has tried one and everybody knows what they taste like.  So I decided to do the only thing I could think of to “spice up” the sandwich.  I made a PB&J sampler platter, complete with 3 different kinds of peanut butter and two different kinds of jelly. Continue reading

Number 77: Hostess Fruit Pies – Revisited (Kinda)

6 Dec

After I posted my Hostess Fruit Pie post about a month ago, I found an email in my inbox from Mr. Onion.  He asked if I had tried Hubig’s fruit pies, which are apparently the patron pies of New Orleans.  Being a Chicagoan, I hadn’t, so Mr. Onion insisted on sending me some.  I never expected, however, that he would send me seven flavors: lemon, coconut, apple, chocolate, banana, pineapple, and peach!  Woot! Continue reading

Number 77: Hostess Fruit Pie

27 Oct

I have not been to the gym in something like 2 1/2 months.  First it was the stress from leaving my job, then it was my European trip, now it’s the stress of the new dog…basically I’m an excuse-spitting couch potato.  Which is why I was positively dreading today.  What is today?  Oh, just the day that I gorge myself on not one, but five different Hostess fruit pies! Continue reading

Number 18: Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

21 Sep

Not only did I find some terrific venison pies at the Fife Farmers’ Market, but I also stumbled across the very cleverly named Cairn o’ Mohr (say it a few times to yourself) fruit wine stall.  Jackpot!  For a mere £6, I could choose between bramble, gooseberry, raspberry, and strawberry, amongst others.  We also got to taste any of the flavors before buying!  Double jackpot! Continue reading