Took a walk in the ice and snow:
And then went for a pork-and-beer-fueled feast at Paul Kahan's new restaurant, The Publican, in Chicago. We feasted on smoked Arctic char, pork rillettes, a trio of sausage, pork tenderloin and pork confit (yes, we also had a salad but mostly for show). But it was the cone of spicy, airy, pork rinds that really pushed us over the edge:
(all food images via The Publican)
All washed down with beer, beer, beer! Glasses of Surly Brewery "Smoke" porter, Dogfish Head "Indian Brown Ale", and most especially Northcoast Brewing "Old #38 Stout," in honor of Jules' big 38th birthday. We have consumed enough calories and good times to last us until next year. The countdown to Julianuary '10 begins now.