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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 97: Lobster Thermidor

21 Mar

His name was Randy and he was a 1 1/2-lb. crustacean.  I first met him at Dorfler’s Meat Market when he was handed to me in styrofoam box lid filled with newspaper and seaweed.  On the way home, we discussed our childhoods, our hopes, our dreams.  We even talked about a possible trip to Sea World.  “Sometime next summer,” I assured him.  We became close friends during that 15-minute drive from the butcher shop to my apartment.  Then, after bringing him inside, I stabbed him in the head with a kitchen knife. Continue reading

Number 36: Cognac with a Fat Cigar

1 Mar

I have never felt more like Hugh Hefner than I did today.  Sitting back with a glass of cognac in one hand and a cigar in the other, I realized that all I needed to become an 85 year-old magazine mogul was a smoking jacket and a multi-million dollar mansion.  Oh yeah, and a career.  And half-naked chicks on trampolines. Continue reading

Number 86: Hare

23 Feb

Don’t worry- I am in no way under the illusion that this pile of greyish-purple slop looks in any way appetizing.  But I can tell you that it tastes pretty damn good.  I would be inclined to say that I did something wrong when preparing this meal (as I don’t think stew is ever supposed to be purple), but I followed this recipe to a T.  I guess because the soup contains a lot of red wine, it stained everything purple, but I can hardly imagine Robert Irvine placing a dish like this in front of his guests.  Nor would he use the leaves from celery as a garnish…but hey, I needed something green! Continue reading

Number 99: Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

14 Feb

It’s Valentine’s Day.  And I’m blogging.  And drinking.  An watching last night’s episode of “The Bachelor.”  Because Dan came home from work with a stomach bug today.  I was hoping to do something a bit more romantic than sitting on my computer on Valentine’s Day, but what can I do?  Dan went to bed at 5:00 so I guess I’m going to entertain myself tonight.  And I guess that involves talking about the cup of coffee I drank the other day. Woo. Continue reading