Thursday, August 17, 2017

Alinea 2.0

Black Truffle - explosion, romaine, parmesan

So, I'm not really back from my hiatus of blogging. I enjoyed my year and a half of not being glued to a screen or taking photos of my food. Do people still blog? Since the beginning of the year, I've..

1. Grown my own vegetable garden. 

2. Painted one of two guestrooms in my house.

3. Binge watched Game of Thrones from Season 1 to Season 7 in 7 days.

4. Cut off cable.

5. Revamped my 5 bathrooms with Aesop products.

Unfortunately, I couldn't stay away from Michelin. I haven't step foot into a Michelin-starred restaurant in well over a year. The last one was Roister in Chicago which I didn't take any photos. I always wanted to go back to Alinea and experience the revamped menu and new digs. I haven't been back since 2011. I couldn't resist the itch when I decided to travel to Chicago this Fall. 

So on August 16, I went on Tock to book a single reservation for October. If the stars aligned, a seat would be available during the time I would be in Chicago. Lucky me.

But that's not the only place I'm going to. I also booked Oriole, the latest 2 Michelin-starred restaurant and Band of Bohemia (One Michelin star). So yeah, that's how I roll. 3 restaurants in 4 days.

Will I take photos? Probably not. I'm tired of it and I want to experience a meal without disruptions. The photo above probably took 10 continuous shots to get one clear one. 

Just because I'm not taking photos doesn't mean I'm not taking videos...YouTube is all the rage these days.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Happy New Year! 2016 was a blur. I took a blogging hiatus to focus on "life". A lot of things can happen when you focus all of your energy into something. So, I quit my job and found another one. It shouldn't be a big deal since people do it all of the time. Not for me. When you devote nearly 15 years of your life into a company, that's A LOT of time at one place. 

Bailing was hard. I cried..for a minute. Then I realized that I was leaping toward something. A dream. The best part was after I quit, I took two weeks off, jetted off to Italy and came home to start a new job. There seems to be a pattern here. The same thing happened when I closed on my first house. In 2014, I closed on our home the day we left to London. We spent two weeks between London, Paris and Brussels then I came back and moved into our new home. 

So, 2017. I'm not planning anything special this year other than fancy dinners for my birthday and anniversary. Does that mean I'm blogging again? If I feel inspired and I have time, I will. There are photos that I haven't published so I have content to post. Right now I'm planning our 2018 vacation. I've narrowed it down to...Australia/New Zealand or Hong Kong. I really want to go back to Spain but I think I'll wait until I hit the big 4-0.

Cheers to the new year!