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Oh. Em. Gee. (It’s Over.)

14 Apr


I cannot believe that I’m officially done with this challenge!  I’m going to be sad to see this tattered little list leave my purse, where it has been sitting for 366 days, but I’m proud that I was able to complete all 100 foods in a single year.  I ate some disgusting foods, some illegal foods, some hideously expensive foods, some foods that made me want to jump for joy…I ate foods in England, Scotland, Canada, the Czech Republic, and all around the USA.  I’m at least a couple pounds heavier and a couple thousand dollars poorer, but I did it.  I’m done. Continue reading

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 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 82: Eggs Benedict

26 Mar

You may be wondering why such a mundane food made it all the way to the end of this challenge.  Why would I avoid crossing off a food that I can buy for five bucks at any local diner?  Well, eggs Benedict is more or less a fancied-up version of an Egg McMuffin and the one thing that I hate more than anything else in the world is an Egg McMuffin.
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