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Molecular Gastronomy in Michigan

fancyeats Dec 31, 2010 03:16 PM

My friends and I just finished reading My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster - an absolutely hilarious book by a great writer. In one chapter of the book the author and her husband go to Moto in Chicago and have a fabulous/crazy meal made with molecular gastronomy techniques. My friends and I would love to experience something like that in Michigan. Is there any Michigan restaurant that you think would show us some cutting edge food techniques? Recommendations appreciated.

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  1. JanPrimus RE: fancyeats Dec 31, 2010 04:20 PM

    I have a friend that staged at WD-40 for a bit. I will ask him if he can think of a example.

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      coney with everything RE: JanPrimus Jan 1, 2011 05:17 AM

      WD-40 is a spray lubricant :)

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        JanPrimus RE: coney with everything Jan 1, 2011 11:06 AM

        Erp...Yes....WD-50 is what I meant to say. http://www.wd-50.com/

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          Rosedale RE: JanPrimus Jan 8, 2011 02:39 PM

          I'm a Wylie Dufresne fan, but I'm totally in the dark about what staging a WD-50 means. Can you enlighten me because I definitely want to be there whatever it is. : )

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            JanPrimus RE: Rosedale Jan 8, 2011 02:50 PM

            From Wiki....

            Staging is when a cook or chef works briefly, for free, in another chef's kitchen to learn and be exposed to new techniques and cuisines. A stage normally is used to see how a new chef or cook can adapt to the current environment in the kitchen.

            When a future chef is seeking an internship, often the stage is the next step after the interview.

            A server or waiter can also "stage" in a restaurant for much the same purpose. The word is French, so it is pronounced with a short a (ah) followed by zje -- stahzje, momo-syllabic.

            Edit: On a side note...he said nothing really exist around here worth mentioning.

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      interplanetjanet RE: fancyeats Jan 2, 2011 08:45 AM

      The closest thing to molecular gastronomy in michigan is irridensence doing some deconstruction type stuff..

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        fancyeats RE: interplanetjanet Jan 2, 2011 06:02 PM

        Thank you for the suggestions! I don't expect Michigan to have all the options of a big food city like Chicago, but sometimes we have nice surprises.

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        Rosedale RE: fancyeats Jan 8, 2011 02:44 PM

        Just dowloaded My Fair Lazy to my Nook. I'm not minding having the flu so much now. Thank you, Fancy Eats!

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          goatgolfer RE: fancyeats Jan 8, 2011 05:03 PM

          While not Michigan, it's been reported that Mezzo on Erie St. in Windsor is doing some interesting molecular gastronomy. My review of thier menu shows it's a bit pricy but....

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            VTB RE: goatgolfer Jan 8, 2011 05:24 PM

            Review of their menu? Come on goatgolfer, take one for the team and give it a shot. :-)
            Very interesting lead, in any event.

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            fancyeats RE: fancyeats Jan 19, 2011 06:22 PM

            I appreciate everyone's suggestions!

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