No Reservations: El Bulli

El Bulli before the “best restaurant in the world” closes its doors for good. Friend and chef Jose Andres joins Tony for the experience of a lifetime. I cannot wait to see this episode. I’ve dreamed of going to El Bulli for years but will have to live, once again, vicariously through Anthony Bourdain. This is airing on the Travel Channel on August 1st.

via El Bulli – Travel Channel.

Coffee For Those That Don’t Really Like Coffee…and beignets

Maybe it’s the chicory, maybe because it is served au lait but whatever it is, I fell in love with this coffee when visiting New Orleans. I was never a coffee drinker and thanks to Cafe Du Monde I became one. Don’t bother waiting to sit on the patio. Head to the to go line and get your cup and beignets. If you really don’t like coffee then the beignets are worth it. And, this is coming from someone who really doesn’t even like beignets.

Big Jones – How do you like your grits?

Saturday morning brunch at Big Jones in Andersonville was a nice change from the jam-packed breakfast places. Not that this place was empty but when I walked in I felt the pace change and I could be in New Orleans instead of Chicago. As much attention was given to the grits and potatoes of each dish as the main attraction of trout and eggs. For anyone that is trying grits for the first time I highly recommend starting with the cheese grits, you will not be disappointed. Good for anyone that likes to ease their way into the morning.

Fish and Gritscorn flour-dredged Rushing Water trout, cheese grits, two eggs, cornbread

Eggs New Orleans: lump crab cakespopovers, poached farm eggs, béarnaise sauce, potatoes O’Brien