Wednesday, April 26, 2006


My cousin Devon lives and works here in Chicago. She went to grad school here, decided she liked it, and stayed. She works for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She's adorable, and super-nice. After work, she came over to my hotel. She's interested in being crafty but not quite as obsessed as I am. I intend to drag her into the madness. I showed her my catalog and the samples I've been making. She seemed pretty excited. I gave her a few catalogs to pass out to her crafty friends. I gotta get some business cards made.

We walked around the few blocks near the hotel and scoped out dinner options. Then we found a restaurant called Vermillion, which she'd heard good things about. It's Indian-Latin fusion cuisine in River North (a neighborhood). Amazing ambiance, excellent service, and really creative dishes. When we arrived, the place was pretty empty, and the host joked with us that he would try to squeeze us in even though we didn't have reservations. The server was friendly, charming, and attentive. He also had a great sense of humor, and even told us about one time long ago when he worked at Bennigan's and spilled 8 cokes at once down a long table and everyone at the table got coke-in-the-lap.

Our meal was fabulous and adventurous. The flavors were spectacular and definitely exhibited the "kick" in menu descriptions. The server warned us that some entrees kick harder than others. We started with the scallops, enormous, cooked to perfection, served on a bed of pureed goat cheese. We decided to order 2 entrees that we both liked and shared them. First, Brazilian the seafood stew, full of shrimp, lobster, clams and mussels. Then lobster. A special dish that was on the top 20 dishes list for USA Today (at least, that's what the server claimed). We also tried their specialy martini's. Wow - they were really yummy. Pomegranate Ginger for me and Coriander Pear for Devon. Mmmm.

Also, there was fantastic (& huge) photography, throughout the restaurant, by Indian fashion photographer Farrokh Chothia.


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