February 29, 2008

A Chicago Restaurant Week Review

Today marks the end of Chicago’s very first restaurant week. Was it a success? Well as you know, the answer can never be simple as a “yes” or a “no”.

To define success in this matter you need to take into account a number of perspectives: that from the restaurateurs and restaurant employees, that from the city, and that from the patrons. I’ll gladly speak from the terms of a patron, but all other measures, I simply cannot address.

My definition of success, as a patron, is as follows:
Was I able and encouraged to experience a restaurant I have never tried before?
Was I able to experience this or these restaurants at a subsidized cost?

The very idea behind restaurant week is trying something new. The restaurants gain exposure, and the patrons gain experience. Everyone wins, if you ask me.

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Kiki’s Bistro, My Restaurant Week Pick

Kiki’s Bistro is a quaint, casual bistro that is highly recommended among my peers and Chicago restaurant reviews. Luckily they were a participating restaurant in Chicago’s Restaurant Week so I was able to sample some of their tasty and classically French cuisine.

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February 28, 2008

Seeing the World Through Rose Colored…

Hibiscus Tea

If you’re a tea drinker like me, I’d like to introduce you to my new obsession: Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea. New is a relative term as I’ve known about this sort of tea for quite some time, but it wasn’t until now that I’ve been able to find it in the grocery stores.

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February 26, 2008

Untoppable Tapas

While the logo above may contradict the following, this isn’t so much a restaurant review as a review of tapas in general. The picture I really wanted to start with would have been something that could capture both the diversity and the amount of food we piled onto our table and into our stomachs the night we went to Cafe Iberico. But since I had no such luck at capturing this perfect picture, I’ll run through our feast of feasts dish by dish.

Cafe Iberico greeted us with massive crowds and a 1 hour and 30 minute wait. Granted it was a Saturday night, but if that doesn’t indicate a restaurant’s popularity, I don’t know what would. And let me tell you, people weren’t turning away either. They just kept on piling in.

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