Chicago – 6/9/14 – Nico Osteria, Eataly, Next

This day started off with me inhaling breakfast at Nico prior to a brutal aerial conditioning meets barre method type class. The food was lovely as Nico always is but wasn’t my best idea.

Nico Osteria
Bomboloni
Soft scrambled eggs, peperonata, prosciutto, olive focaccia

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Afternoon cocktail at Salone Nico

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For our afternoon snack I thought Brandi needed a tour of Eataly. I like the Chicago one so much more than NYC that I hate to pass up a chance to visit. And it was very tempting to steal this cool Peroni glass!

Eataly
Formaggi
Fagioli e carciofi

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And on to the real purpose of this trip (not that we needed another reason aside from a birthday celebration)…..

Next : Chinese Modern

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Pressed Okra

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Bamboo Shoot and Lily Bulb

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Scallop Dumpling with watercress and white fungus,
Pork Dumpling with Jujube and Cuttlefish
Congee as a hot foam with pork floss

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Monkfish with white asparagus in a roasted spine broth

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Crab with Green chile paste and fresh coconut

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Tiger Salad with cold skin noodles and seitan
Tingly Squab with tarragon and Sumac
Skate chops in the style of Muslim lamb

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Shrimp in a Duck Yolk “Sand”

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Beef and Broccoli in liquid and solid state

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Duck in Layers

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“Pulling Threads” with Sweetbreads, Taro Root and Banana

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Frozen rice soup with legumes and whipped vinegar

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Dragon’s Beard Candy with a pressing of honey

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Fortune….

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And the highlight of the evening….my menu! Thank you so much to everybody at Next for going above and beyond always and making this such a special evening!

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But this girl can do high and low equally well as 2 hours later I was doing a birthday shot of Jameson!

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