Fabulous

Treadwell’s Fabulous Find

June is Gay Pride month. I am thankful, and forever grateful to those who stood up to oppression June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, in New York City.

The rainbow has become a silent symbol of the gay pride movement and a way for us to proudly wear our true colors.

Burberry, did a runway show for The Trevor Project and although there were several items from this collection that I would enjoy owning, there was one item in particular, that I knew was a must have. I like the plaid – which is Burberry’s Trademark and namesake, and of course I like the colors and message of the rainbow. Burberry’s combination of these two iconic symbols, is Fabulous.

Of their recent Rainbow Collection, my most favorite are the shoes. The sneakers are the familiar Burberry plaid, perfectly matched, creating a perfect, comfortable, shoe. As if perfection of plaid matching and comfort was not enough, a rainbow adorned these must-have sneakers.

The rainbow paired with Burberry’s iconic plaid is subtle, and it may take a second look, before realizing the rainbow adorns these Fabulous sneakers. I have received many compliments on them – with the ‘foot note’ of “Oh I just noticed the rainbow”. These sneakers are not only comfortable, they have become one of my favorite pair of shoes (and I own many pairs). I have great respect for a company like Burberry that has the strength to do a runway presentation for The Trevor Project. In addition, they labeled their signature plaid with the rainbow, proudly honoring those that have proceeded me in the struggle for human rights both in memory and in present time.

In this month of Pride and for the continuing fight for LGBTQ Equality, stand up for what you are proud of and display your symbol of strength to help those that will follow. Not just for Pride Month, but for all other days as well.

Guess What I Found?

 

Harry And Eddies, Hinsdale, Illinois – (Part One)

 

I recently found a Fabulous new restaurant in Hinsdale, IL.  Harry and Eddie’s is a restaurant that wants to compete with it’s neighbor just a couple of doors down and it has done a Fabulous job for just 2 days open. I enjoy eating at the bar to evaluate a restaurant and tonight was no exception. Sitting at the bar you can hear things you would be oblivious to, rather than at a comfy table. Dressed in blue, the bar seats were comfortable, however I think too many bar stools crowded the overall bar experience. The stools were literally crammed together. When dining out, it’s always about the experience, as Fabulous service will bring me back faster than Fabulous food. I can easily find Fabulous food, even at home, although finding Fabulous service is more of a challenge.

With two bartenders and less than 6 people at the bar, during my 2 hour epicurean adventure I thought the service would be flawless. Unfortunately the service was lacking, and should have been worked out at their soft opening during the previous Saturday. The gentleman bartender said (the bar) was ‘his baby’, that he was in charge, and had created the (somewhat limited) craft cocktail menu. The bartender (bar manager-?) had a ready smile, and personality to match the Champaign he served, bubbly and sparkling.

My only concern to Fabulous, was his lack of attention to every detail. No glass should ever be empty, and offers of more food when the appetizer plates were empty is a must for Fabulous. Even when he removed the finished plates, no suggestions of something more were tendered. Empty plates and empty glasses should always be acknowledged with suggestions of corrections. Four appetizers and a main dish were served with beautiful attention to detail and generous in portions. Although when complete, not even a suggestion of dessert. The food was Fabulous in every way. The look, the portion, the attention to detail – all were Fabulous.

The Zucchini Bites were crispy and lightly tempura fried to perfection, appearing to be fresh cut, rather than frozen. The Tomato, Basil and Cheese was Fabulous. Large, thick cuts of heirloom tomatoes were tasty, crisp, and fresh with summer flavor. The Avocado Toast, the best I have ever had. A large portion on freshly toasted bread and creamy avocado topped with peppery arugula. The contrast of flavors and textures created a Fabulous appetizer. In fact someone had actually asked me what the dish was, later when I was leaving. I told them it was the best and they should try it, and assured them they would not be disappointed. The final of the four was a creamy blend of Cheese and Honey served in a pot with a spoon to generously slather on the warm crusty bread, along with the honey and comb provided to compliment the dish.

The main dish was there nightly special of Shrimp and Grits. Being a southern boy, I have had my share of grits. The best of memory was the grits served many decades ago at the Regency Hyatt House on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, until I tried the chefs creation for his nightly offering. The grits were decadently delicious, creamy to perfection and seasoned to Fabulous. The shrimp were cooked tenderly, accompanied by Andouille sausage bites giving an additional hint of spice.

The general manager asked how the Shrimp and Grits were as the chef wanted to know, since it was the first of the nightly special served. I told him it was a much different Shrimp and Grits, however I also replied that the dish was Fabulous, and asked the GM to please give the chef my accolades. The general manager was nice although automated. It did give me a feeling that there was concern for my experience. The food experience was Fabulous and I hope the service catches up to the food. Although not overpriced for portions and quality, it was not economy fare. I will try it again and would be willing order the same selection again, although I do want to try some of the other offerings, while hoping the service has been polished to perfection.

Starting a culinary tour soon, so look for a review, that might be from your neighborhood.

John Treadwell  772-453-4137  john@fabulousface.com

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