October 31st, 2004

You will be awarded some great honor.

Keefer's - Chicago, Ill.

October 18th, 2004

Link: http://www.keefersrestaurant.com

Keefer'sAfter such a great dinner at Gene & Georgetti's, I was under the assumption that dinner in Chicago could not get any better. I was under the assumption that steak could not get better. I thank the concierge from the Hyatt Regency in Chicago for showing me the light. She essentially talked me out of a reservation at a different steakhouse in Chicago as she told me of her personal favorite: Keefer's (20 West Kinzie). This is a more modern/contemporary restaurant, dress is more business casual to professional. I have never known a more informed wait staff. Our server knew his menu so well that he was able to detail the exact preparation steps for the items. If you have ever looked at an item description written on a menu and found yourself suddenly hungry, imagine a more interactive version of the same where an individual actually describes it for you. He had us at hello. The only thing I would have asked for differently would have been chunks of lobster in the bisque instead of the "seafood dumpling," my steak was out of this world. I think it is safe to say that the steak I had at Keefer's was the best steak I have ever had. For that I thank Chef John Hogan.

Visit Keefer's website HERE.

Gene & Georgetti's - Chicago, Ill.

October 18th, 2004

While in Chicago last week, I was taken out to dinner at Gene and Georgetti's (500 N Franklin St.). This was a great dinner at a great restaurant. If you are looking for a place with the feel of a private club and/or the feel of a family owned Italian steakhouse you will not be disappointed. Prices were high, though the atmosphere was obviously included. The service was very attentive and courteous and the food was delicious and well presented. I had the bone-in ribeye steak and some garlic mashed potatoes. The steak was large and well cooked. Others had the fillet which was easily 4 inches tall and still exactly how they wanted it prepared. They are apparently known for their tiramisu, though for dessert I simply had the chocolate mint ice cream. It was very good.

October 10th, 2004

Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.

October 8th, 2004

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Autumn

August 31st, 2004

We are quickly approaching what is easily the best time of year. The leaves will soon change. The temperature will soon begin a slow, yet steady, decline. The apples will ripen. THE CIDER MILLS WILL OPEN!

My limited experience outside of this lovely GreatApple Lakes state has left me disappointed. Spending four years in Philadelphia without a single trip to a cider mill was painful. Mind you, I am not saying cider mills do not exist on that side of the world, for I am not sure if they do or not. What I do know is that if they do, they are not a big deal, and that is a shame.

I need to be careful writing this next part as it is still early in the day and I know I will be powerless to stop the onslaught of hunger that will broadside me as I describe to you the cider mill experience...

You might wonder where the attraction is for a plain cake donut. You might wonder why it is that I could make the arguement that a plain cake donut from a cider mill is a religious experience. You will definitely wonder why on earth anyone would want to eat a plain cake donut after they saw how easily a dozen of them have their way with the brown paper bag in which they are given. Grease to some is a dietary deterrent. When addressing cider mill donuts, I ask you to set aside any intolerance of grease. In fact, I am not sure grease would be the word for what it that seeps from the donuts to saturate the paper bag. If I had to use a better word, "Nectar" comes to mind. Delicious, it's that simple.

I've not even flirted with the topic of the cider itself yet and already I salivate. Imagine this sweet elixir of life as fresh as it is available. Cider is available in all major grocery stores in all markets in the country, that is common knowledge, but not like this. The ability to buy your cider from the mill is getting your product direct. It is purchasing the highest quality product available.

The donuts and the cider make an excellent snack, though there is no need to stop there. Cider mills are simply store fronts for the apple orchards themselves. This means a fortunate surpluss of apples to be transformed into candy and caramel apples.

It does not get better than this.

Many, it would appear, are open until November 28th!
Find one near you (SE Michigan only).

(I'm hungry)

Fantastic Lunch

August 18th, 2004

Lunch today, I have to say was INCREDIBLE. Sure Qdoba always performs, that is not news to anyone, but today was different. We (Wil and I) went through the usual routine:

  • walk in
  • place my order
  • hand my Qcard to the employee

But this is where things got odd. Wil tells the girl at the register he'd like an order of chips. Whilst he ponders what salsa he wants to accompany the chips she chimes in, "Would you like salsa or queso?"
Needless to say he opted for the queso and it was glorious. My chicken queso burrito (no beans) and an order of chips and queso? Forget about it.