Whew, that was quite an experience. I am reading his book and loving it. While I have no desire to go to Chicago, I would be interested in dining at his restaurant. Like one of your friends, I, too, would be falling asleep after that long of a sit, and eating all the food. I've read dozens of reviews on Alinea and most say, it is a once in a lifetime experience for them, glad they went, but not going again. I suspect the cost has something to do with that. I understand the menu changes every four months. It must take that long or longer to come up with the ideas and create them. Sourcing the ingredients must be a full time job and then some. Thanks for the post.