We did the architecture cruise and a lot of "touring" - had lunches at The Bagel, Tanta, and mfk. as well as dinners at Osteria Langhe and TAC Quick and a final send off at Al's ("I waited 38 years to have this again") favorite Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder (now he can say he waited 38 years and 2.5 hours LOL)
The night after Al & Carol left we went to the Old Town School to hear Graham Nash in concert - a terrific evening of tripping down memory lane... with three encore songs including of course "Chicago" - the one that really broke me up though was "Wind on the Water" the loss of our beloved Snooty being so recent - that one really hit a nerve.... wonderful evening- reminding us again of how lucky we are to be able to enjoy concerts and theater like we do....
Nash with Shane Fontayne accompanying on various guitars - WOW was he good!
Then last night we met up with our friends Mon & Beth for dinner at Proxi (a new to us and fairly new to Chicago place) with Jennifer and Steve, who we also know from Chaine (Chaine des Rotissuers dining organization) - the food was excellent and the wines interesting and here you will get the blow by blow - because there was a lot of interesting food-
I really liked the decor - despite being a big room (former printing press location) it was open and welcoming with subdued lighting and some fairly cool sound baffling in the curved ceiling with tiles that helped keep the sound level manageable despite hardwood floors and wood tables - Phil found it loud (partially because the group behind/next to us was quite boisterous)
I started with an Aperol based cocktail with champagne ice cubes - it was excellent
then in the next column we had the AMAZING oysters, the Baby Octopus, the Raw Tuna, the Stone Bass, and the Fried Fish Collars - all very good but OYSTERS WIN!
the third column found us with the pork jerky (yum!), the black pepper pork, the BBQ Lamb Ribs, the Merguez Sausage, and the Pork Porterhouse
we had three excellent bottles of wine- this sparkler from the Loire a Vouvray, and a wine from the Jura and a red I never quite tracked down - the wines were on the other side of the table so I didn't get a close enough view of any of them for a decent photo - my apologies LOL
then when we got to dessert, I really fell down on the job because I was soooo full I couldn't have another bite- the three ordered (shown in reverse below) were the pot de creme with a Thai banana cake crumble, and the Thai iced tea ice ream, and the tres leches - all got good reviews from those who downed them LOL
two more exciting events in our week- we had a roosting pair of doves who were making as much mess of the deck as they could so I sent Lucy out regularly and she chased them away after a few days of patrolling the perimeter and then settling in herself in the tomato planters LOL but the big event was even more momentous. We have a new addition to the circle of friends we hold dear. Our good friend, Laure, gave birth to a baby boy - brother, Hugo, for big sis, Alix (shown helping out on his third day in the world!).
below - Alix holds Hugo - what a great big sister she is!
so on we go- plans with friends a couple of nights this week and next week as well... so more food and more fun with friends coming up!