OK, I'm going to Chicago. You knew I would. Thanks to all those that enabled me -- I'll be sure to post a play by play of the circus, I mean meal. I really have no self control whatsoever.
Except when it comes to keeping industry secrets. I try to be the good little Restaurant Whore and not screw over the people who allowed me to assume this moniker in the first place. So I keep their secrets. And then they get all outed and crap. So yeah, that was #4. And SD will indeed be in the new Westfield Centre a la Out the Door, as well as having a deli type set-up on Fillmore that will include Asian utensils for those too rich or too lazy to buy them dirt cheap on Clement Street.
Number 3 was also outed in the Chronicle article. Yes, my friends, we are getting a 'wichcraft. Hallelujah and so on. Last week, in the span of 24 hours, I got an e-mail from both a 'wichcraft NYC employee and a former Gramercy Tavern employee who had come across my review of the Vegas location. Apparently my pleas at the end of that review were heard. 'wichcraft NYC asked me to hold off on the writing. I'm a bit perplexed as to why I didn't get the official news from their PR firm, though, as I'm on their list. Hmmm...
Also, the formal announcement that Michelin would take on SF/Napa/Sonoma as it's next US Locale was made today. Praise Jesus for that. It might just make me throw that list in the toilet where it can go visit the Zagat Guide I threw in there years ago. Like any other reviewing type organization, I'm sure there will be a shitload that we all disagree with. Generally, though, I think Michelin rocks. Hooray for tires!
This week has been frustrating to no end what with the scooping and hemorrhaging money and all. Thank Bacchus I'm going on vacation next week. I had a post about Old Port Lobster Shack half typed before the computer lab in my school lost power. Serves me right for whoring it up at work (and at a school, no less). I'll get it up soon, and I'll also try to post about the kickin' meal I had at Aziza on Sunday.
A reader also let me know that the Dining Room at the Ritz was added to the list after the fact. I'd like to think I had something to do with it, but then again, I'd also like to think that the size 2 pants in my closet still fit. Both highly unrealistic, don't you think?
"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
-- La Rochefoucauld