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Best dinner ever June 22, 2013

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While in a Chicago suburb for training this past week, I had one night where I had a big choice for dinner. I was staying in Lombard, Illinois and right by my hotel there was all kinds of restaurant options. Right next door there was a Chick Filet, around the corner there was PF Chang’s Bistro. I also saw a McCormick and Schmidt’s.
I didn’t want to spend a lot and I was debating how long I wanted to be out since Game 7 of the NBA Finals was starting at 8pm. I also thought I should have something that I can’t find at home. So I opened up the Yelp app on my phone and search for restaurants nearby. I came back with about 10 within a 1/2 mile that had 4 or more stars.
Unfortunately I didn’t feel like I had a clear winner. It came down to two options, Trademark or Kona Grill. Both seems to be good for service and food quality. So I decided try the place where I thought I would get the best healthy fish dish, Kona Grill.
I walked in and there was a bar area that was toward the front. It was pretty full, but was a Thursday night so I wasn’t too surprised. I actually asked the hostess if there was any wait for a table for one. In the dinning area it was less than half full. I was seated in a booth in the middle of the main area.
My server came over, Jenna, and was very welcoming. She asked what I wanted to drink and if I had been there before. Having not, she offered to go through the menu with me and provide suggestions. When I told her I was interested in a fish entree she told me about the Sea Bass, Halibut on special and salmon. And when she explained the different sides that came with each dish she said I could mix and match what was on each.
So that made it a little easier since I didn’t want the shrimp/pork rice and seasonal vegetable that was listed with the Sweet Chili glazed salmon.

So what you see below is the Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon with a ratatouille and caramelized bananas. Ummm… yummmmm

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then it was time to decide on the dessert. I asked Jenna for her option. She showed me the six options and quickly listed why all six of them were all good choices. I narrowed it down to the Key Lime Pie, fudge brownie or the Creme Brule. Sticking with the glazed theme, you can see my choice below.

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TED Talk – Food waste October 11, 2012

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Over the last few years and especially since having kids I have become more and more aware and disturbed by the amount of food waste in our lives. Given our world’s growing population I think this is the largest problem we face. Energy is an issue, but the gap between hunger and food waste is a bigger problem we must address that no one is talking about. Until now…

Eleven year old at TED? Feeling Inferior yet? November 30, 2010

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After watching this, I am feeling like I am not getting anywhere in my life.

Movie Review: Julie & Julia December 19, 2009

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Netflix Synopsis: Amy Adams stars in this truth-inspired tale as Julie Powell, a disenchanted government secretary who decides to enliven her uneventful life by cooking all 524 recipes outlined in Julia Child’s culinary classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Based on Powell’s book Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, director Nora Ephron’s heartwarming dramedy also stars Meryl Streep as legendary chef Child.

I am not much of a foodie and really knew very little about Julia Child before watching this movie. Although after she passed, I did hear that she was actually a CIA agent. But what probably will not come as much of a surprise is that I got a bigger kick out of the other side of this story – the story of Julie and her blogging. It was fun to watch this girl transfer from what seemed like an underachiever to accomplished blogger – for whatever that is worth. Knowing about Child’s secret past made it difficult to get past the historical accuracy of her side of the story. However, given Julie Smith’s story was based in 2002, two years before Child’s death, it makes sense that Smith’s understanding of Child’s history is limited.

The movie itself was a little slow. It was interesting and fun to watch both the parallel lives. But like I said, it was difficult to believe, because of new information about Child’s life. Funny cameo for fans of the new show Glee – you have to watch – I’m not telling!