A typical 23-course meal at Chicago's Alinea restaurant might include olive oil lollypops, sweet potatoes skewered by smoking cinnamon sticks, strips of bacon hanging from a stainless steel bow, and pheasant tempura-fried with apple cider, impaled on a flaming oak leaf.Alinea, which opened in 2005,
My dinner last night at Next was a beautiful progression of Escoffier era dining: from the magical hors d'oeuvres served on an elegant silver tray, all the way through the 9th course - a luscious bombe ceylan filled with coffee and vanilla rum ice cream encased in chocolate.
The big Oprah United Center farewell came and went without a hitch (except for the couple that got engaged on stage). The morning reports had Oprah brunching with family and friends, almost like the morning after a big wedding. The shows are being edited now. The dates have been finalized.
Whew. Now Rahm Emanuel is mayor. Awesome. It feels great to have that behind us. Now we can stop reporting on him and start reporting on his lawmaking. Ahhh, stasis. Wait, what? He already outlined cuts?