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Pre-symphony dinner with Mom in Chicago for next Friday?

Thank you! Atwood looks perfect -- their cocktail list is an added bonus. Grabbed a reservation; I'll try them out.

May 14, 2014
n0r1 in Chicago Area

Pre-symphony dinner with Mom in Chicago for next Friday?

My mom, my boyfriend & I are going to the CSO next Friday night. My boyfriend is vegan/pescetarian; I'm vegetarian, and my mom eats everything. Where should we go to a somewhat-fancy dinner nearby before the show? Mom & I have been to the Gage many times and liked it, so that's always a good option. Looks like the old Rhapsody is nowTesori -- are they worth checking out? The Girl and the Goat looks both great and sufficiently nearby, but of course has no availability on OpenTable a week and a half out. Should I try calling them? What else would be a good option?

Thanks!

May 14, 2014
n0r1 in Chicago Area

Our experiences of seeking vegetarian food in Lisbon... and seeking a couple of final suggestions!

Did you find anything better worth recommending? My boyfriend & I are currently trying to find some good veggie options in Lisbon, and are mostly striking out so far. Thanks!

Oct 20, 2013
n0r1 in Spain/Portugal

Ad Hoc fried chicken: Vegan version?

I've been to Ad Hoc several times, always called ahead and said I was vegan, and always gotten an amazing meal with no attitude -- sometimes one that my omnivorous friends judged better than theirs.

I seem to recall them saying, one time I was there, that they do a vegan version of their famous fried chicken. I think I'm going to try it when some friends go for Fried Chicken Night next month. Has anyone had the vegan version? How is it?

I'll report back.

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Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Oct 22, 2010
n0r1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Campari changes carmine to artificial color?

I'm a booze-loving vegan! And I'm happy to report that this change away from cochineal enables me to enjoy guilt-free Negronis.

Apr 09, 2008
n0r1 in Spirits

Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work?

Good to know! Might try this some time if I'm really bored, but in general, I'm not a vodka person (just decided to try this as a good party trick), and probably couldn't be bothered to spend a week making vodka better. (Give me a bottle of Hendrick's any time.)

Party report: The infused Popov vodka, filtered 4x through a new Brita filter, infused with a pound of halved cranberries, and mixed with 2 or so C of simple syrup, made for a great base, on top of which I intended for people to put tonic. But as the night wore on, even despite my warning sign ("NOT punch! Infused vodka! Drink straight at your own peril!" -- or something) people began, judging by their behavior, to do exactly that. Then they started digging the vokda-soaked, sugar-infused cranberries out of the bottom of the pitcher and putting those in other drinks.

Note to self: Perhaps spend next New Year's Eve at someone *else's* house.

Jan 02, 2008
n0r1 in Spirits
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Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work?

I have friends who swear by the technique of passing the cheapest handle of vodka one can buy through a Brita filter four times. They say that, after filtration, they can no longer distinguish between it and top-shelf stuff.

I'm about to try it (it's not actually cheaper for me, because I didn't own a Brita filter to begin with), but am curious if I'll poison my New Year's party guests by serving them the stuff that comes out of it. Has anyone else done this? The Internet at large seems to have mixed reviews.

Thanks!

Dec 30, 2007
n0r1 in Spirits