Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cooking versus sewing

I love to sew and quilt.

I do not love to cook but I do love to eat.  I also love plays and we have a subscription to the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago.  It is just a wonderful small theatre with cutting edge plays and simplistic staging.  The money behind the company seems to be David Schwimmer but I have only seen him in one play.  Because we are season subscribers, we were offered early chances to buy tickets for Cascabel - a cooking/theatre/Cirque de Soleil offering featuring celebrity Rick Bayless which is sold out for its entire run.

I love Rick Bayless, he has the PBS series on Mexican cooking, One Plate at a Time.  He has three restaurants in Chicago - Xoco, Frontera Grill and Topolobampo.  I am silly enough to be very happy that I have eaten at all three restaurants and even taken pictures at them.  (Yes, I am that kind of silly!)

Here is a picture of me and Emily at Xoco and a picture of the restaurant itself.  This is his most casual of his three.

Oh, you say, you would like pictures of the food also?

Unbelievably, I have some but I will spare you!
 Rick Bayless is a "rock star" chef - he has been on TV, sold all kinds of books and won Iron Chef.

People come to Chicago, in part, because of some of our favorite restaurants and his are top choices.

When I was retiring, Emily got me to her house and dressed up because she had promised me that we were having a family dinner at Topolobampo to celebrate.  When I walked in and was stunned by the people shouting SURPRISE the first thing out of my mouth was, "But we have reservations at a Rick Bayless restaurant."

The trip to Xoco with my sister and Emily was a make up for that miss.  My sorority sisters agreed to go to Topolobampo with me and here are Cliff and I at Frontera for my birthday in 2011.  Hmm, I think I really like Rick Bayless!
So, when he was standing around the lobby being all gracious and allowing people to take pictures, I raced over there and had my taken, hence the picture to start the blog.

All of this from a woman who doesn't really like to cook and if my life depended on it, I couldn't make anything as delicious as he does. 

Cooking seems to generate a lot more interest and respect than sewing.  Why is this?

Does Quilting need its own reality show?  I had that list of ideas back when I first started this blog.  Or is it because the food disappears with the use/enjoyment and our products live on?  For whatever reason, the domestic art that has hit the big time is the one produced in the kitchen not in the sewing studio.

Oh well, I can go to restaurants and have the fabulous food and come home to sleep under handmade quilts.  I'll take that deal!


  1. I love going to restaurants with you. The play was fantastic as was the food.

    1. I adore going to restaurants with you also!


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