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  1. Kansas City was wonderful. We had a lovely time, even if my clothes all feel tighter than they did last Monday. Thank you Judy and Aaron for all your work, Fat Guy for the well planned menu, and everybody who cooked, prepped, and cleaned.
  2. Toad in the hole-Brooklyn, New York-but the 1st time I had it was at Girl Scout Camp. We used to have precooked bacon in a can sometimes and would put that in the pan then the bread with the hole cut out and then add the egg. Turned briefly. All done over a wood fire and the favorite breakfast choice.
  3. Hi I second or third.... picking a winery or two that interests you and paying for the tasting. Also sometimes they will have something special. My husband and I shared a chocolate and wine tasting over Presidents weekend that was way nicer than the regular, and visited another winery for a regular tasting. Don't forget the reservations in advance-I was very busy at work and didn't get around to it and then couldn't get into where we had really planned to go. Luckily I had done the B&B and dinner before it got crazy. We had a wonderful dinner at Ubuntu and went back for lunch and plan to go back next trip but I would not call it "THE DINNER". We have been to Terra a couple of times in the past and like it, but they have just opened a place in SF and I would be careful that their attention is not all there currently. TFL is a destination dinner to me-I would not enjoy it if I was tired out or had too much to drink during the day and I would not care to drive back to SF unless I knew the roads well. I always try to plan it for a light day of travel/wine tasting and to not have to get up to early the next morning and I like to stay fairly close by-there are many lovely and romantic B&B's in the area as well as hotels. Bistro Jeanty was not good the night we went-but it has been a few years and we loved his cooking when he was at Chandon. I havn't been to Cyrus and the rest of our eating was pretty low key this past trip-Ad Hoc, Martini's. I agree with Sam re Shafer being a nice stop-small group by res only. Don't forget to just wander the area a bit-probably one of my favorite areas of Calif.
  4. Thank you for all the wonderful info you have provided. I have enjoyed reading your recommendations over the past few years and appreciated your suggestions for both of my Paris trips.
  5. thanks for the lovely pictures Nancy. Tony's chicken and Ma Po Tofu with 2$ pork were my two favorites. Do you think they would deliver to Okla? We asked about the greens and our waiter told us Chinese Broccoli-we discussed that it was different tasting from what we were all used to with Dim Sum, perhaps Gary can confirm or correct this. So sorry to hear about your shoulder.
  6. Ah,yes. I agree, the Romeo and Juliet was my favorite also, and I enjoyed the info on garnishing(?).
  7. Thank You Tammy, Ronnie, Toby, Gary and everyone else. Ron and I had a wonderful time. We loved the planned eating, our additional stops, the Cubbies winning, the beautiful weather, Fresser and the Fressermobile, and the great cooking and company. Hoping to be able to get away next year again. Tobi
  8. OK, OK- I yield!! I was not thinking of it in the way that I think you are "julot". Having been to three of the "L'ateliers" I thought they might enjoy one of these somewhat not quite traditional bistros, perhaps for one of their other meals. The ambiance/mood feels similar to me and nikkib mentioned it in her reference . Tobi
  9. Just for another suggestion, you might look at Violon D'Ingres. The food is excellent and the Sat night we ate there last month, ages varied from 20's to 80's, but many tables appeared to be in their 30's to 40's. There was a group of 4 woman who appeared to be having a good time. They gave my french speaking son a menu in French and the rest of us received English menus. Our service throughout the meal reflected this attention. I'd also suggest looking into his newer , more casual les cocottes for a lunch. There is counter seating and a few tables. No reservations, so its easy to work into a shopping day.
  10. I just paid and what happened was I couldn't use any credit card more than once( I didn't use paypal). So I used 4 different credit cards! Tobi
  11. HI We just got back and I did bring some cheese back. Shopped at a cheese store we shopped at in 1980 and told the storekeeper what I wanted the cheeses for and he recommended items that could travel and should be fine to our dinner. he vacuum sealed the cheese and suggested leaving it until I want to use it. Most of it traveled fine(I think) but a few things squished. Some looks interesting and included labels. It was enjoyable watching what the locals bought as we told him to stop and help them in between helping us. I also have some Italian honey and some fruit spread. Laz I was so happy to hear that you will do the american cheeses. tammylc consider my stuff a contribution and can we use the budget for the american cheese and perhaps a piece of Stilton. Also I don't have Brie as he said it wouldn't travel, I do have something he suggested instead. Laz my husband Ron and I would like to do the ethnic shopping on Sat. We will not have a car and will probably be staying at the Hyatt on Wacker. I am bringing a cooler and some other things, so we would consider a Taxi to where we are meeting and would someone be able to put those things in their car until the afternoon? It sounds so good, now I will go try to pay for our dinners, I've been frozen by paypal before- I'm still not sure if I have a useable account since they added the new "safeguards", I think my husband did to prevent me spending anymore
  12. If it would be okay, transfer me to doing the cheese course. I would enjoy doing that and if anyone else has some homemade or bought thing that they like with cheese they can add them. I will provide cheeses, crackers sliced fruits and some nuts. Tobi PS we're in Europe right now, I'll try to bring some cheese home from France with me to add to what I get in Chicago.
  13. Hi I'd like to help. I would be happy to help someone or I can cook. I'm just a home cook but I could do brownies or an apple cobbler. I also can do vegtables with pasta as a side dish for a large group, but it will have dried pasta(with onions, mushrooms, spinach, fresh herbs and whatever else looks good at the market). Also what about wine? I'd be happy to buy a case of prosecco. Not having been in the past I don"t know what your proceedure is. We will be flying in on Wed. and staying around the Hyatt/Michagan Av. area and will not have a car. Tobi
  14. We went about eight years ago, summer 2000, and also had service problems. The problems were bad enough and the choices in Chicago numerous enough that we didn"t bother going back. Reading how this second visit went I shall continue to pass
  15. Has Chef Briffard started yet? Has anyone eaten (at Le Cinq) recently? The Four Seasons website is very vague, but one review I found mentioned him.
  16. strawberry with white chocolcate with a touch of basil or apricot with dark chocolate with rosemarry. I have dipped freit in herb flavored chocolate and jellies sound even better.
  17. hi I've been reading and reading, and again thanks to all. John The link in Holiday eating to Bastille day is broken and a sit search seems to give more info for NYC than Paris. My questions are: Are most restaurants that are usually open closed? What about Sunday open types? Yes John, somehow we are again going to be here only for a few days and it includes Sun. (however using your advice from our last trip and all the new info I have lots of choices- if they are open!) Any and all help would be appreciated. Tobi
  18. Looks Good! Please add me +1 Thanks Tobi (for Fri)
  19. UE-I was trying to reply to Robyn's comment that this would be a new experience for her nephew, also I have read many other of her posts over the years and I may have been influenced somewhat by those. Our last trip to Chicago was JUNE '07, We ate at Schwa, Sweets & Savories, avec, Avenues, Spiaggia, and Alinea for dinner. Naha, Blackbird, Hot Dougs, Greek Town and a few other places for lunch. Blackbird is a favorite lunch stop for us when in Chicago and we have been multiple times. Other than Vie, north pond and moto we have eaten at the others on your list, though our order of "best experience" would be very different. Also during the three years I lived in Chicago I ate at many "local" places, in fact I got so lost looking for a former favorite south side place that I won'tdo it again! By the way-I enjoy reading your extensive reviews and will continue to look forward to them. Robyn- you go to Schwa for the food, and Michaels incredible unexpected matches. Service was friendly, informative and casual. We brought our wine with us in our checked baggage as we were going our 1st night and didn't want to worry about it. There are many suggestions on what to bring and we chose to bring a sparkling and a red-worked fine. It was our overall favorite meal of the trip! Tobi
  20. We also ate at Seasons with a different chef, but the service was excellent and when we wanted glasses of white to start with they offered us choices from that nights wine pairing when nothing on the menu interested us. We ordered off the menu and I would think it would be a very comfortable place to take your nephew. Tru has always been part of Lettuce, but it has changed so much that "I" won't go back(at this time) -I would recomend that you look at the more recent reviews when deciding if it is currently a place that meets your needs. I like Spiaggia(esp. on Sun>) but our meals have been mixed, sometimes I think its the veiw I like the best . Schwa was great, but I look at it as a food destination, not a dining out sort of place- am I clear? or have I just confused you. The PROBLEM with Chicago is that there are just too many choices. Tobi
  21. Please put us down for both events on Thur. Thanks Tobi
  22. Hi My son is studying in Paris this semenester. I suggested he get a Dorm sized refrigarator for his room. He tells me he hasn't had much luck finding a little one at a somewhat reasonable price. Currently he is storing cheese, etc on his window ledge but I expect it will warm up! one day. He's looked at a number of places he tells me. I wondered if any of you that has been shopping recently has seen one . Thanks Tobi
  23. Ronnie Please add me for two My stomach is so happy! Tobi
  24. We had so many wonderful meals this year that I also felt like mentioning only those that I find myself thinking of fondly over and over. SCHWA-it was worth the many phone calls, arriving in Chicago a day earlier than planned,and carrying our wine on the plane. ALINEA-our dinner had some missteps, but overall I'm so glad we included it JEAN-GEORGES-enjoyed lunch in July so much, we went back in Dec. EMP-when I mentioned that I didn't really like the wine they were going to pair with my dessert, they served an aged port-the best I've ever had GUY SAVOY-this was my second visit, there will be a third We're not sure where we will be going this year, maybe Europe again, and I will be reading and appreciating everyone else's favorites and reviews. Have a Healthy and Tasty 2008 Tobi
  25. Many years ago I took a course on cake decorating as I had young kids and wanted to make some of their bithday cakes myself. It was really helpful. We practiced over and over with frosting of various densities, but I would think that coolwhip would be too soft, even for practice. I'd buy whatever canned frosting was cheapest and use it over and over, you could ref it for practice with a firmer texture. It really made me appreciate how useful (and easy) pastry bags are, and how underpaid good cake decorators are. PS I stopped bringing cakes to school when one of their teachers didn"t want to take "no" for don't I want to make some cakes for her?
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