More matching in Chicago

My research whereabouts: after an inspiring matching workshop at Kellogg, Northwestern: “Matching: findings, flaws and future” (workshop schedule in PDF)  a month and a half ago, I will attend another a priori very interesting conference on matching at the Milton Friedman Institute, University of Chicago, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow: “Matching and price theory” (conference schedule in PDF).  → Read more

Econlinks: The Dale T. Mortensen Nobel edition

  • The most recent event under this heading is the Northwestern conference in the honor of Dale— with some very good and some not so good presentations…– featuring also some  very (and some not so) entertaining speeches by former Mortensen students, co-authors, advisers etc, either at the dinner at the Northwestern Allen Center on Friday evening, or at the drinks & snacks session at Beverly and Dale’s splendid home (photo with Ija on their balcony) on Saturday evening.
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2011 San Pellegrino world top restaurant ranking

See here the top 1-50. And I am proud to note that I have tried by now 4 places in the 2011 world top 12, namely:

  • Noma (1): been there twice already, see here impressions (and some pictures) from the first time, the second was a lunch in October last year– still have to get hold of those pictures online somewhere.
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US Government shutdown menorah

…and some of us were worried about Portugal

At midnight, if the President and Congress have not reached an agreement on funding measures, the U.S. government will shutdown, referred to as a funding gap, until an agreement is reached to either extend a temporary funding measure or a final budget deal is made.
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The quest for good old kiełbasa in the Big Apple

We ventured out to the Polish neighborhood yesterday. Nothing as compared to Chicago, but nonetheless good sausages. But after five minutes we went to the wrong direction, and ended up in a derelict, post-industrial nightmare instead of lively Polish ladies selling imported toilet paper. 
-Daniel, venturesome lover of all things Polish-  → Read more

A little blizzard. Treated with Tanya.

Will it beat the legendary 1967 one? My Lakeview Lake Shore apartment windows are shaking,  but so far holding up (they’d  better: in Chicago terms, I am paying a fortune for this place). Yes, somehow  I made it home; Evanston likely cut off from Chicago for the next couple of days, Northwestern closed for the time being.  → Read more

Des petits trous, des petits trous, toujours des petits trous…

I attended two excellent jazz events last week, jazz being one thing the Chicago music scene excels at (*).
The first was “Brazilian Nights” with Paulinho Garcia and some very talented NU jazz students, at the Regenstein Hall in the NU campus.  → Read more

Wine of the Year: Saxum, James Berry Paso Robles 2007

I believe it is the first time since I know it– though it might well be first time ever–that Wine Spectator’s top 10 is dominated by New World wines. The winner is Saxum, James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 2007, “[a]n amazing wine, dense, rich and layered, offering a mix of power and finesse, with concentrated dark berry fruit, mineral, sage, herb and cedar notes that are pure, intense, focused and persistent.  → Read more

Chicago Michelin Stars: The Unfinished Business

While the preamble looked rather promising, the Chicago Michelin stars seem to have been awarded in a hurry (in fact: the results were already out yesterday, a day before expected) and the upshot is at best sloppy… Do not get me wrong, many places on this list were expected to be there.  → Read more