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The TBR List: Nov. 7

The TBR List: Nov. 7

I gave myself the day off yesterday because it was my birthday. Hooray, I'm 28! Not sure how much longer I can keep pushing off "adulthood." Anyway, the highlight of the day by far was dinner at the excellent Kai Zan in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. We enjoyed a 10-course chef's choice tasting menu seated in front of the chefs themselves, giving us a prime view of their mastery as they handled all manner of fresh fish and seafood for our sushi dining pleasure. The most interesting course by far featured oyster and scallop shooters with quail eggs, while the angry crab course was complex flavorful and fun. But the highlight was the gorgeous platter of sashimi you see above — a spectacular finale to a memorable meal.

- I made Smitten Kitchen's chana masala for work lunch this week. Not exactly how my mom makes it but still pretty darn good (and easy).

- The University of Colorado medical school gave $1 million back to Coca-Cola because of shady business. (Yes, I realize I'm drinking a Coke in the picture above. I'm not perfect.)

- Sandra Cisneros on the healing power of books.

- Panera's going cage-free by 2020.

- These chilaquiles might have to be breakfast tomorrow.

- Laddus! One of my favorite — and most decadent — South Asian sweets.

"The Postmortal" by Drew Magary & pickled cucumbers, carrots and red onions

"The Postmortal" by Drew Magary & pickled cucumbers, carrots and red onions

The TBR List: Oct. 30

The TBR List: Oct. 30