My mom and I have a tradition of going to see a play or musical or opera or dance show every year and for the past two years this tradition was put on hold because…. Makai. I blame him! I actually thought we went to something in 2013, and only missed last year, but I can’t remember now. I don’t think we did. This year we finally got our act back together and saw First Wives Club at the Oriental Theatre. We went to matinee, so we didn’t really do the dinner and a show thing, although we did stop for treats at Magnolia Bakery afterwards, order in Roots that night and went to Chicago Diner the following morning. So, there’s that.
First Wives Club wasn’t really even on my radar, but I came across a really great (half off!!) deal on really great (8th row, orchestra) seats and couldn’t pass it up! To be honest, I wasn’t sure when it first started, if I was going to like it, but I settled in and it ended up being really good. The second half, I liked better.. but I understand how they had to set everything up in the first half. Funny. And some really great performances. Now I need to watch the movie, which I’ve never seen!
Here are all of the dinner-and-a-show days we’ve done over the years:
2012: Buona Terra and Showboat at the Lyric Opera
2011: Gosu & Beauty and the Beast
2010: El Nandu & Hubbard Street Dance
2009: Rhapsody & Jersey Boys
2008: Landmark & Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the Steppenwolf Theater
2007: Costello’s & Blue Man Group
2005/6: Hillary’s Urban Eatery (HUE) & Wicked
2004: Petterino’s & Mamma Mia
Ze Olde Days (1999?): Riverdance in Milwaukee
Ancient Times (1997?): Lorie Line
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The namesake, Arroz Gordo, lit.: “substantial rice” is the celebratory dish of Macau. Reminiscent of paella, Arroz Gordo is a bountiful, home-style, layered rice dish usually prepared for family and friends on special occasions. Jasmine rice laced with sofrito, chinese sausage, salted duck and topped with portuguese chicken thighs, char sui pork, linguiça sausage, fatty prawns, clams, tea eggs, croutons, assorted pickles and sauces
Fat Rice is now 1. open for brunch/lunch and 2. takes limited reservations. Two reasons we have tried and failed in the past to visit.
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Dallas and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary with dinner at Mott Street. We’d never been there and thought the menu looked great, and luckily we were NOT disappointed. It was SO good. Probably the best dinner out I’ve had in a long time. I’d say the cuisine is… asian-ish. Not Korean, but the chef is Korean, so there are many influences. Asian fusion? Most things on the menu are meant for sharing and our waiter suggested 2-3 plates per person. This is what we ended up getting:
- GRILLED LEEKS: with sahmjang butter and chopped almonds
- KIMCHI & OAXACA EMPANADAS: masa shell served with chimichurri crème-fraiche
- EVERYTHING WINGS: crispy wings glazed with soy, jaggery and dried chilis, tossed with sesame, poppy seed, fried shallots and served with tzatziki
- SHORT RIB: marinated and grilled, tamale pave, jalapeño yogurt, radish
- STUFFED CABBAGE: napa kimchi stuffed with pork butt and sticky rice, pan seared
- BREAD PUDDING: with chocolate, orange, creme chantilly
Everything was great. I especially liked the kimchee empanadas, but every dish was one we would totally order again. And? Surprisingly delicious hot toddies. Also, I’m totally guessing, but I think the name Mott Street must be a nod to Mott Street in New York, which is pretty much Main Street in the Chinatown neighborhood.
After dinner we met up with some friends at Emporium in Logan Square. It was a friend of a friend’s birthday, so we had a few more cocktails.
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