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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

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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 43: Phaal

29 Mar

If you know anything about Indian food, you know that the vindaloo is the hottest curry in the world, right?  Wrong.  The vindaloo comes in close second to the phaal, which is the best way to burn your mouth off in five seconds or less.  “So, Kathryn,” you ask, “why on earth did you leave all the spicy stuff ’til the end of the challenge?  The Scotch bonnet, the rose harissa, the phaal?”  In short, because I’m a moron.  And apparently I enjoy torturing myself just hours before my birthday. Continue reading

Number 93: Rose Harissa

27 Mar

I’m fairly certain that this blog has made me the most skilled internet researcher on the planet.  No joke.  Trying to find some of these foods was hard work, and rose harissa was probably the most elusive of them all.  Rose harissa is a North African sauce that is made of chili peppers, rose petals, and many different spices (14 in this case).  It can be incorporated into recipes or simply used as a condiment.  While finding plain harissa was simple, trying to locate rose harissa was nearly impossible.  I found a company called Belazu that sold a jarred version, but as far as I could tell, it was only sold in the UK.  Finally, I found out that there was a store in Toronto that sold imported Belazu rose harissa sauce.  Good thing I was already headed there to eat some horse! Continue reading

Number 26: Raw Scotch Bonnet Pepper (a Vlog!)

18 Mar

I decided that for number 26, I would do the most awkward thing I have ever done: make a vlog.  I figured that when it comes to eating super hot peppers, my face is going to tell you more than my writing will.  So check out my video after the jump and watch me writhe in pain!  Woo! Continue reading

Number 76: Baijiu

13 Mar

Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, I bring you a post about booze!  Alright, it’s about Chinese booze, but that’s still booze.  This past weekend, when I went to Chinatown, I was on the hunt for something special: baijiu.  Baijiu is a grain alcohol made from sorghum, and supposedly it can strip paint off your walls, if you know what I mean.  I had heard of a place in Chinatown (aptly named China Place Liquor City) that sold many different kinds of baijiu, and immediately upon entering, I felt overwhelmed and confused. Continue reading