Mollie: On Friday night, Pete and I got dressed up and went with our dinner club (comprised of three couples) to Nellcote, a new restaurant on Randolph Street. Randolph is currently reclaiming its previous glory as Restaurant Row. There is some amazing food being served on this block–and it’s being served to a very scene-y crowd—which intimidates me. I was half expecting to see Zac Efron and Lady Gaga’s boyfriend dining together. Or for Lee Dewyze to be lurking near the bar. Alas, I had to be content with spotting Tim Smithe, of Walter E. Smithe Custom Furniture fame, munching on the yummy pizza. Yes, Nellcote was full of dudes sporting salmon pants—but the space is beautiful (note the cool entry tile pictured above), the service was good (when I could hear the waitress–it is very loud), and the food was tasty—especially the bread, pizza, and pasta. We had to wait a bit for our table, but we were given complimentary glasses of champagne upon sitting. Nice. However, I have to say that I spent a lot time wondering what all the employees walking around with earpieces were doing and who’s job it is to light the candles in the super high sconces. I also must note that I’ve had enough “small plates”. I just want to order my own meal. What is the deal with all these small plates? I give Nellcote 2.5/4 stars—-thoroughly enjoyed my experience, but not sure if I would go back.
This afternoon, we headed up to Evanston, Fandango tickets in hand, to see “The Hunger Games”! I have read and enjoyed the books and was pumped, Pete was being nice and tagging along. A big budget movie, but not as big as some peers, I appreciated the creativity and resourcefulness of the filmmakers. A very faithful adaptation of the book and perfectly cast–even Lenny Kravitz. And Liam Hemsworth. When Pete and I attended a taping of “Live with Regis and Kelly” last May, Jennifer Lawrence was a guest. I was smitten with her. She makes Katniss likeable—which isn’t always the case in the book. She is striking without make-up in the arena, and gorgeous with gobs of make-up on in the capitol. Why isn’t MAC, who provided the make-up, doing a Hunger Games line?? And, of course the theater was packed–one row inhabited by a tween birthday party. Plus, we saw some exciting trailers. The tweens gasped at the new “Twilight”, and I gasped at “Dark Shadows”. I give “The Hunger Games” 3/4 stars. Not as good as a Harry Potter movie, but better than a “Twilight”.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Pete’s reviews…