M.’s Blog

tom evans groove phono stage

July 6, 2009 :: Tags: , , :: Comment

tom is shipping me his newly baked groove phono stage tomorrow. his latest and greatest. looking forward to it.

pass labs xa30.5 amplifier

July 6, 2009 :: Tags: :: Comment

finally got to set up my pass labs amp this week-end. with the davinci-audio labs preamp and musical affairs grand crescendo duo speakers! out of the box sounds great. and so powerful!

goran bregovic weddings and funerals orchestra

June 14, 2009 :: Comment

today, we went to a goran bregovic concert from the former yugoslavia at ravinia. lots of fun. ravinia is a great venue for concerts in chicago. sound quality certainly is not audiophile approved but they bring some great performances and somehow sharing the joy of music with so many people is a lot of fun.

bregovic also did the film score for the movie underground. to this day, one of the most fun movies i have ever seen. some of our friends played this music at our wedding party in tokyo.

nami on the cover of viver gouveia music festival book

June 10, 2009 :: Comment


good chicago restaurants

June 5, 2009 :: Tags: , :: Comment

believe it or not, chicago restaurants are much better, and more innovative than san francisco restaurants. here are a few restaurants you may want to try:

alinea one of the best restaurants i have ever been in my life. in its own class. the tour menu is about $250, pairing wine about $200. easily $500 per person and well worth it. certainly better than the french laundry in napa, and the over-rated charlie trotter’s in chicago.

moto experimental. questions your pre-conceived notions of food. can handle it once a year.

schwa all in all probably my favorite restaurant in america. very down to earth for a $100/course menu. they often call you, “hey man” and “right on.”

green zebra can you believe one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the country is in the meat country?

frontera grill incredible mexican food. not homey but really good.

vermilion contemporary latin american and indian fusion. marvelous.

blackbird president obama and michelle went there on a date a few days after he became president elect. for the year i was commuting from san francisco, i used to go there twice or three times a week. what makes the food so good is that chef paul kahan is also an analog lover. chef paul and his partners have done a lot of good for chicago with blackbird, avec, publican, violet hour, and big star taqueria.