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  1. I don't know but I need to go there. That looks amazing.
  2. It is a kid's dream place. Table side guacamole made to your specifications. Drinks made with liquid nitrogen table side too. The damn chocolate piñata. I like the carne asada a lot. But I have a soft spot for the nachos.
  3. bookluvingbabe

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Thank you for organizing it. We had fun, although BL-6th grader's patience was not what I might have hoped. (I think the last picnic we attended he was 2 and I remember chasing him around...) The Girl Girl's Weird Thing were my favorite tomatoes.
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    Chicago, IL

    I took everything I learned from this thread and then ignored it when we went to Chicago. We did a quick trip to see Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and to see Hamilton. (Both Mr. BLB and BL-6th grader were ungrateful about the Hamilton tickets because they didn't think they needed to see it again. Heathens...) We stayed at the Palmer House and I really loved the location. We did one over priced breakfast in their dining room. Definitely not worth it. The bar was hopping every night and I had a lovely cocktail there the first night while trying to get work done while waiting for the others to fall asleep. The best meal was at the Little Goat Diner. We ubered over, over the protests of BL-6th grader, who then proceeded to love everything we ate. Fat Elvis Waffles, Pork Belly Fries, Smoked Corned Beef Hash, sausage, bacon and blueberry pancakes. We didn't come close to eating it all. The cookies we ordered to go were lovely too. I should have bought more. The Sienna Tavern was a nice lunch spot with good salmon and a charming carbonnara that is mixed in a jar in front of you. The Grill Room across from the CIBC Theater had excellent steaks. It wasn't cheap but it was a very good meal. Our one failure was that no one was hungry before Wait Wait and we didn't get out of there until almost 11 pm. Mr. BLB and BL-6th grader went to Vapiano's while I headed to the hotel for a burger at Potter's Bar. We really enjoyed Chicago (we did the Hancock Tower and the Art Institute) and would happily return for more exploring and more food at the Little Goat Diner.
  5. bookluvingbabe

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Looking forward to it. Will likely bring something I purchase on the way as my week has gone to hell.
  6. bookluvingbabe

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    No clue that we will be bringing but I'll be there with a very grown BL-6th grader.
  7. Mr. BLB surprised me with his adamant dismay at the upcoming closing of Eve, reminisced about the pulled pork sandwich from 2006-07 and insisted that we had to go one last time. Our anniversary was Wednesday and Friday was a half day of school for BL-5th grader so we made the journey to Old Town yesterday. It was a perfectly lovely dinner, lacking a bit in salt, but it didn't wow me the way Eve used to. We started with eggs, fois gras, and the scallops. Entrees were the cod and the veal sweetbreads. And then a scoop of peach sorbet for BL-5th grader. The sorbet was served with a base of finely chopped walnuts. Fortunately he didn't mind, but I would have been peeved had it been my plate since it wasn't mentioned when we ordered. (No allergy, I just don't like nuts...) The other desserts just didn't appeal to us so Mr. BLB and I skipped it. Service was slow and there was a long delay between ordering a cocktail when we were seated and receiving it well after our first course was done and cleared. I'll be interested in the next chapter of Eve but last night was a shadow of what I remember.
  8. "Spring Menu Coming Soon." Sigh... I am unlikely to venture into a completely new cuisine without a menu on the website that I can study and do some research on in advance.
  9. bookluvingbabe

    Vancouver, BC

    Just popping in to say how much I appreciate this thread and the others in the travel section. We'll be in Vancouver for a few days before we go to Alaska and it is reassuring to find solid advice here. I had focused on the tourist stuff first and now I need to figure out the food. (Stanley Park, Calipanio bridge, Grouse Mountain, Aquarium, Fly Over Canada and Minor League baseball..) Looking forward to it all!
  10. BLHusband and BL5th grader were both quite excited about this. I pointed out the chance of it being done before he finished 8th grade and we weren't in the neighborhood every week day were slim. They both harrumphed at me...
  11. Has Jose Andres commented yet? He gave Isabella his start.
  12. bookluvingbabe

    Houston with 11 year old in November

    Thanks! This is super helpful!
  13. I will be in Houston in November at the Hilton-Américas for a conference. As luck would have it, DS is off of school for a long weekend and it is Mr. BLB's birthday. What are the top things for a tween and his Dad to do while Mom is working?
  14. bookluvingbabe

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I can't remember how old BL-5th grader was the last time we attended--pretty darn small, I think, possibly even an infant--but I've got this on my calendar. Thanks!
  15. bookluvingbabe

    Fried Chicken

    Gillian Clark is now the executive chef at The Gentry in Brooklyn.
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