Alinea | Chicago, IL

Mike and our friend, Alex Cho, had been talking about going to Alinea for months and we made it happen over MLK weekend. We booked The Alinea Kitchen Table and it was a unique and really fun experience. 

Alice getting ready at the airbnb

Chris & Kyle looking sharp

When we arrived at the restaurant, Alex was outside waiting for us. We then went into the unmarked building, checked in our coats, and was led to the kitchen to be greeted by our first course at the table: freshly cooked bread with various spreads & toppings. Mike's favorite was the Alaskan King Crab.

After our first course and Kyle had a number of refills of the bread, we were led inside the Kitchen for a special cocktail. 

After the cocktail, we were seated back at our table and was asked to 'spot the differences' from when we left to when we came back. One new addition was this beautiful assortment of citru was a string of delicious and beautifully plated courses.

At this point we were all feeling pretty stuffed but once we saw the balloons start coming out, we got SO excited and forgot about how full we were.

Balloons start coming out & Grant sighting

After that came the finale where the chefs came out and plated the final course to some music. One of the pieces of art above our table was used as the canvas for the course.

Kyle & Liz excited once the music came on and the lights dimmed

It was an unforgettable night and we ended it with a group photo with Grant Achatz.

Fujiya1935 | Osaka, Japan

Our first Michelin 3-star experience. Was lucky to get reservations with the help of Mike's mom's friend. We thought the food was good but the presentation was better.