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  1. Nancy, we have to leave early, so we'll miss Sunday brunch. Thanks.
  2. We are really looking forward to this weekend. It sounds like things are coming together nicely and if the produce in Cleveland looks anything like what we are enjoying this week in Pittsburgh, there will be a bounty at the farmers markets. I wanted to provide an update on our plans. We aren't going to join the Friday lunchtime activities. So, we are in for the Thursday crawl, Friday happy hour and dinner, and all Saturday activities. We will bring cash rather than pay on Eventbrite, if that's ok. Also, I'm likely to have an additional guest at the VTR happy hour. I'm assuming that it's a ca
  3. We're in for Thursday evening through Saturday evening. We'll need to leave early on Sunday and won't be able to stay for lunch. Thanks, Ronna
  4. Hi, I'd RSVP'd back in January, but look to have been accidentally left off the current lists. Please include REB+1 for Thursday and Friday dinners. We're in for Saturday's main event, too, and likely most everything else. Thanks!
  5. Hi, It's been a few years since Rich and I participated in the Chicago Heartland weekend, and we're itching to join you in Cleveland. The two of us would like to participate in the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday events. That includes Friday dinner, too, please. Really looking forward to this! Thanks, Ronna
  6. Thanks so much for the great advice! We made a reservation at the Hotel Monterey Ginza. Given that we'll only be there for a few hours, it seems like it will suffice. It looks to be pretty centrally located, close enough to both the Tokyo Station and the Tsujiki market. I really like the idea of having sushi for breakfast at/near the Fish Market. If you (or anyone) can recommend a sushi place that's open at 6am and pretty quick, that'd be great. I figure we should leave the Fish Market between 7 and 7:30 to grab a taxi back to the Tokyo Station. We're going to try to leave our big luggag
  7. Hi! My frequent flyer miles have me stopping for one night in Tokyo on the way from Chicago to Indonesia. I would greatly appreciate the help of Tokyo experts to point me in the right direction as I've never been to Japan before and am really looking forward to some great Japanese food. We land at Narita at 3:30pm on a Monday in April and depart the following morning at 11am. If possible, my husband and I would like to drop our luggage off at the hotel and then: 1) Enjoy a light dinner of traditional sushi (where casual attire is acceptable), then 2) Visit an izakaya or two (we loved them du
  8. To answer chappie, I'd suggest a wonderful slaw, rather than a salad, so that it'll hold up better. To me, salads are best when fresh. For my slaw, I usually mix almost everything in advance, including the dressing. With my standard slaw, I only add the tomatoes and cilantro at the last minute. I do a colorful slaw, based on the ingredients I have handy. But it usually includes: thinly sliced red cabbage julienned carrots julienned red bell peppers halved, salted grape tomatoes scallions cilantro I've added haricots verts, bean sprouts, julienned cucumber, etc. For a dressing, I favor a
  9. Finally went to L20 last Saturday evening. I'm still digesting the experience (hopefully more figuratively than literally). While I thoroughly enjoyed the meal, not everything was great. I'm certainly glad I went, but am not sure that the expense can be justified. I don't know if this is a meal I'm going to be talking about a year from now. My husband and I went to celebrate his birthday. The menu had a generic "Happy Birthday" on it, which was nice - - but other than that, no acknowledgment of the celebration (we didn't really care, but thought others might want to know that they don'
  10. Hi, Kristin. I work not too far from Union Station and am trying to think of what you could do on Friday morning. If you could let us know approx where the class is, that would be helpful so that we'll know how much time you'll need to allocate to make it there on time. My first reaction, if you haven't been to Chicago before, was to visit the Art Institute, which isn't a terribly long walk from Union Station. However, they don't open until 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Another idea is to take one of the wonderful architecture river tours, which CAF has starting at 10am: http://www.architecture.org/
  11. Hi! My husband and I have newly returned to the Chicago area from the east coast and would very much like to join in the festivities next month. If spots aren't available for any of the events below, please add us to the wait lists. This sounds like it's going to be an amazing weekend. Thursday - 2 for Blackbird Friday - 2 for Chinatown dinner Saturday - 2 for the big meal As far as Saturday goes, we're local and are happy to help with any prep/cooking. Thanks so much to everyone for their efforts. We can't wait to meet the Chicago/midwest eGullet folks.
  12. This Saturday, we'll be driving with the puppy from Chicago to Hayward, Wisconsin. We're planning to stop in Madison at the Saturday farmer's market to buy wonderful edibles for our week up north. We'd like to grab brunch outside with the dog on Saturday morning while in Madison. If anyone can recommend a dog-friendly breakfast/brunch spot within a short drive of the Capitol, I'd really appreciate it. And, if anyone has tips for other stops between Chicago and Hayward, I'd be grateful. Many thanks in advance, REB
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