Friday, August 20, 2010

Bucket List | as of 8.20.2010

Just wanted to make some cross-outs (my favorite part of making a list, in my opinion) and updates to the token "places-I-need-to-eat-before-I-croak" list:
  1. El Bulli (still a longshot to try to get there before its imminent closing in 2012, but it's still on my list, nevertheless)
  2. The French Laundry (definitely will try for this during Fall 2011--well, that's my plan for now, at least)
  3. The Fat Duck (a long-weekend visit to London will be a possibility Spring 2011; if not, there's always the 2012 Summer Olympics!)
  4. per se (even though I keep hearing talk of this Manhattan Keller-phenomenon being "overrated," I still want to taste it for myself, haha)
  5. Alinea (RESERVATIONS WILL BE MADE FOR COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND THIS FALL DURING MY VISIT TO CHICAGO--I will not let anything keep me away from Grant Achatz and his gastronomic ingenuity!)
  6. Gramercy Tavern (definitely moving this as the next contender on my to-dine list for Manhattan)
  7. A Voce, Columbus (definitely would love to visit this soon--moving to my 2010 to-dine list for Manhattan)
  8. Tomoe Sushi (went with Marcus a couple months back; will post photos and entry soon, but definitely by far the freshest--and most affordable--sashimi I've had in all of Manhattan--definitely on the "hidden gem" list in my book!)
  9. Babbo (not sure when I'll make it here--I'm thinking about removing it from the list all together and replacing it with another contender, especially with the wage scandals in recent food news)
  10. Le Bernardin (definitely would love to visit this soon, also--gotta see if Eric Ripert has lived up to my expectations of perfectly cooked seafood)

Revised Bucket List:

  1. El Bulli (Roses, Spain)
  2. The French Laundry (Yountville, California)
  3. The Fat Duck (Berkshire, England)
  4. per se (Columbus Circle, New York City)
  5. Alinea (Lincoln Park, Chicago)
  6. Le Bernardin (Midtown East, New York City)
  7. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  8. moto (West Loop, Chicago)
  9. Jean Georges (Upper East Side, New York City)
  10. * reserved * [still contemplating this last to suggestions!]

What's on your Bucket List?

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