Topolobampo, Rick Bayless’ temple of Mexican haute cuisine in Chicago inspired my travels to Mexico to sample everything on the menu.
Dinner at Spiaggia was our reward after an arduous day sightseeing and shopping the second city. It was, an unforgettable experience!
The Shields opened Smyth-Chicago after five years in rural Virginia where they found their mojo and the name for their restaurant.
We were anxiously anticipating our last supper in Chicago, an omakase feast from Chef B.K. Park. Juno, is one of Zagat’s “Hottest Japanese Restaurants in America” and, of 200 sushi restaurants in Chicago, rated best by Chicago Magazine. Now you know why we were excited.
Alinea in Chicago, in January. With the wind howling off lake Michigan it’s a very cold place, especially so this year. A polar vortex brought freezing temperatures far below normal. Who in their right mind would plan an excursion there in the dead of winter? Well I did, and the great salesman that I am, persuaded three friends to go with me. The lure was an opportunity to dine at Alinea. With amazing, imaginative food and theatre in equal measure, it’s a highly sought ticket.
It’s a lot of fun dining at three star michelin restaurants, but it’s even more fun dining at restaurants like Temporis. They have only one michelin star, but they have the heart and soul of a restaurant with four.