Bounce. Bounce. Please don’t cry. Please don’t wake up.
I sat, or bounced, rather, on an exercise ball with a 6-week old bundled into a 6-yard wrap twisted and tied around me as I flipped through pages and squinted at PDFs. As I planned my maternity leave—I finished eating and filed the last of the reviews just days before I gave birth—I promised to return for the production of the November issue, so this was how I edited, fact-checked and reworked (every year a restaurant seems to shutter in the midst of the issue; this year it was Willow) this year’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
And yes, it was much harder to eat multiple meals a day with a baby taking over an ever-smaller space designated for food.
Since we sent the issue to the printer, and since the story debuted online, there have been more changes to the restaurant scene. Here’s what you need to know:
–Kapnos Taverna will get a sibling when Kapnos Kouzina opens in Mosaic District, in the former Gypsy Soul space. On Dec. 11,Requin, another of Mike Isabella’s projects, will debut as a pop-up there (and will eventually open in D.C.). [more]
–Marumen‘s chef Paul Lee, profiled in the September issue, left days before the November issue went to print. We’re still waiting to check out how Marumen is faring without Lee and where Lee is going next.
-This is not important at all, but with the most recent iOS update, the onigiri emoji (referenced in the Tachibana review) is now in a new location on the keyboard.
As for me, I’m back from maternity leave and figuring out how to review restaurants with a (crying) baby. Send tips!
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