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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 90: Criollo Chocolate (and a mini-giveaway!)

31 Jan

At the moment, my life is almost entirely made up of contradictions and ridiculousness.  One minute I’m eating expensive gourmet chocolate in my living room, and the next minute I’m heading out to Tuesday night bowling league and drinking dollar Bud Lights.  A few months ago, I’m at a Roadkill Cook-Off in West Virginia, and now I’m making reservations at the highest rated restaurant in Chicago.  Sometimes (especially yesterday, when I had to write “meal worms” in my food journal) I wonder why I’m even doing this.  But then I get a shipment of fine Mexican chocolate in the mail and I remember how much I really love this challenge. Continue reading

Number 29: Baklava

28 Dec


I would love to be able to say that I made this baklava myself.  I would love to say that a strapping Greek man (preferably John Stamos) came to my house and taught me how to layer the delicate phyllo dough, grind up the nuts, and create the sticky-sweet syrup.  Then we would sensuously drizzle honey over the top and sip ouzo from tiny glasses.  But no.  There was no John Stamos in my kitchen.  This isn’t even homemade baklava.  Dan stole this store-bought baklava from his family’s Christmas party and smuggled it home for me. 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 27: Dulce de Leche

1 Dec

When I was in London a couple of months ago, I thought I was being extremely clever when I went to Borough Market and bought a small jar of dulce de leche.  I paid about $7 for it, I packed it nicely in my suitcase, and I toted it home like it was given to me by the queen herself.  When I came home and did a bit of research, I learned that you can make dulce de leche by simply taking a can of sweetened condensed milk and putting it into a pot of boiling water…which would have saved me like $6…and the trouble of toting a small glass jar around Europe.  Bollocks. 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 2: Nettle Tea and Number 37: Clotted Cream Tea

3 Oct

After leaving Scotland, it was time for Dan and me to go to London and do something incredibly English.  So English that it makes me want to screw up my face, stick out my teeth, and do my worst British accent.  We had afternoon tea.  And not only that, but we had it at the National Gallery right in front of Trafalgar Square.  Dahling, how divine! Continue reading