Fresh off my dining experiences in Jerusalem, I returned home for some more local dining.
From smoked juniper bushes to edible stones, I arrived at Alinea fearing that I would be underwhelmed but left leaving very happy. Rather than try to describe my meal in any detail, let me instead just post a few teaser pictures. I came into the experience without any preconceived notions of what to expect, which I recommend. (I also wasn’t paying, which I also recommend.)
The trick is to guess how many of these are edible.
The decorations and the food are intertwined. This was a feature of many dishes of this —and I am guessing most — meals at Alinea.
This had some Foie Gras, I believe.
This chocolate mousse hiding in one of these stones was delicious.
I am not a number! I am a free man!
Many dishes omitted, of course. One notable course involved a pomegranate cocktail which had a slight bouquet of christmas pudding; possibly the best cocktail I have ever had. Indeed, that has inspired one of my upcoming culinary choices for next two weeks, which include: the Violet Hour, L’Etoile for the number theory seminar dinner at Madison (this one is more of a suggestion than a concrete plan, but JSE, can we make it happen?), and the Victoria Market.