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  1. I've never taken the MegaBus but I've heard great things about it from those who have. I imagine that Union Station would be fine at that hour because it's right in the heart of the city and I'm guessing that even at that hour, there will plenty of other traffic there. If you wanted, you could probably wait inside Union Station, by the train lines and go outside a few minutes before the scheduled arrival. So, you wouldn't have to stand out on the street if it's raining or whatever. =R=
  2. Very sorry to hear that Updated lists . . . Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* + 1* (tammy's +1 is no longer waiting) jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster (no longer waiting) ricain** + 1** -50- (39 definite, 9 probable, 2 waiting) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thurday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we
  3. A friend who lives in New York and Alinea have birthdays one day apart and back at the beginning of May, he decided to come to town to celebrate both occasions. He invited me to join him and I happily obliged. It had been about 6 months since my previous visit, which was my longest interval ever and it was great to be back at "The Big A" (© yellow truffle), where we enjoyed several totally new dishes, a few old favorites, and refined versions of some dishes that we'd tasted in the past. Below is a mostly chronological pictorial recap of our meal, with some random comments and notes (please
  4. Ok, this is shaping up quite nicely . . . Updated lists . . . Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* + 1** jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster** ricain** + 1** -52- (38 definite, 10 probable, 4 waiting) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thurday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we have 10 "pr
  5. Ok, here we go . . . Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* + 1** jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster** ricain** + 1** -52- (38 definite, 10 probable, 4 waiting) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thurday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we have 10 "probables". Thur
  6. Lawrence is a great culinary street, not just for Korean but also for middle-eastern, Chinese, Cuban, Mexican, pizza, etc. I highly recommend it. =R=
  7. IMO, the 2 best Korean places in town are Hae Woon Dae and San Soo Gab San, both of which use live charcoal, not gas, for their tabletop bbq. Panchan, soups and non-bbq dishes are also outstanding at both places. FWIW, I believe the street you're thinking of is Lincoln Ave, which is home to many Korean joints. =R= Hai Woon Dae 6240 N California Ave Chicago, IL 60659 773 764-8018 San Soo Gab San 5247 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60625 773 334-1589
  8. Details for Friday August 8 . . . I know that many of you have been waiting patiently for the final piece of the puzzle to fill in and I'm happy that I can finally post about it. As the 2008 Summer Olympics kick off in China, we'll be enjoying a feast at what is arguably Chicago's finest Chinese restaurant, Lao Sze Chuan. We'll have the large, private dining room on the 2nd floor of the restaurant all to ourselves. The menu will be pre-set. The meal, which will be served family-style, will include a variety of fantastic Szechuan and other regional Chinese dishes. The final price per person
  9. I think so. They're still turning out delicious, meat-focused, Norteño-style food that I believe is the best of its genre in Chicago. =R=
  10. I ate there on Wednesday and was seriously impressed. I think this is quickly going to become one of Chicago's most important restaurants. I hope to make a longer report, along with some photos, shortly. =R=
  11. Not sure about the goat butter but the cow butter is made in-house at Alinea. =R=
  12. Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* + 1** jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster** ricain** + 1** -52- (38 definite, 10 probable, 4 waiting) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thurday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we have 10 "probables". Thursday Drinks at The Vio
  13. With pleasure Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* + 1** jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster** ricain** + 1** -52- (38 definite, 10 probable, 4 waiting) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thurday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we have 10 "probables". Drinks =R= +4 HeatherM Alex tammy
  14. Activities for Sunday August 10 . . . Several people have asked about Sunday's activities and we have a plan so exciting that I'm not sure I'll be able to wait for it. We will visit the Maxwell Street Market, one of Chicago's truly distinctive culinary and cultural treasures. Even better, we'll have none other than David Hammond to lead us. Mr. Hammond is an expert not only about the Maxwell Street market and its history but also about Mexican regional cuisine. His 6-part "Beyond the Burrito" series, which appeared in The Reader, Chicago's alternative newspaper, is a fantastic resource on
  15. LOL! Well, volunteers are certainly welcome. If folks (especially those in the Chicago area) are interested in helping out with some of the 'taskery,' please just shoot me a pm. I promise to revert asap with details about Friday and Sunday. My apologies for the delay. It's been a seriously busy period at work over the past couple weeks and I wasn't really expecting it. =R=
  16. Absolutely . . . Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* + 1** jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster** ricain** + 1** -52- (38 definite, 10 probable, 4 waiting) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thurday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we have 10 "probables". Drinks =R= +4 HeatherM Alex tam
  17. Elie, I received that unit as a gift a few months ago and it's been a real pleasure to use. It's fast and easy to clean. It also stores relatively compactly, too, which is nice. The only thing I can't yet assess is the durability (because I haven't owned it long enough) but the warranty seems pretty good. =R=
  18. Hopefully by later this week. No problem! Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster** -49- (38 definite, 10 probable, 1 waiting) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thurday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we have 10 "probables". Drinks =R= +4 HeatherM Al
  19. Daniel, I too, love Khan BBQ and was there with a group on Tuesday night. Is that when you were there? If so, I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to say hi. You are correct that the chicken pictured in your post above is the Boti, arguably the best item on the Khan menu, but there are so many that are fantastic. Tonight, we were lucky enough to score a few orders of the goat chanp, which seems to be available rarely, at best. I'd also recommend the broast chicken which is, for lack of a better term, like Pakastani version of Popeye's. =R=
  20. Definitely agree with you on Siam's House, which is a great spot. For those of us who reside in the northern suburbs, it'll be an especially wonderful spot over the next several months, while the Edens Expressway is under construction. =R=
  21. The irony is that it may actually be better for people who are not big bread eaters than simply rolling it into the general price structure of the restaurant. Because it would be an increase that is not disguised it would be more noticeable and so more potentially problematic to the restaurant's pr. ← Agreed. In fact, as others here have indicated, often 'free' bread is served to diners who don't even want it to begin with. Eliminating that waste would be a great way to offset rising costs. I generally only eat bread at restaurants when the bread is truly noteworthy or when the bread hel
  22. A well-managed restaurant will find a way to work increasing costs into its overall pricing scheme without rolling out changes that are such a fundamental departure from the way things are typically done. Businesses face rising prices all the time; it's ongoing. Either way, the customer is going to absorb them. But how such costs are passed on is completely a matter of skill and style. Charging for bread may be perfectly logical and even justifiable. But a restaurateur who takes on the roll of the victim and makes too big a deal out of rising bread costs seems far more likely to alienate c
  23. Scott, I've added you guys as 'probable' for Saturday's meal. I've also updated the lists to reflect all received replies, both posted and received via pm. As you will note, we now have a wait list for Thursday's dinner, so if you are signed up for that event and your plans change, please let us know right away. I hope to post details about activities for Friday and Sunday sometime this week. Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +
  24. With pleasure. You are now +1 for Saturday's event Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 -48- (38 definite, 10 probable) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thurday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we have 10 "probables". Drinks =R= +4 HeatherM Alex tammylc* +1* jes
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