September 7, 2006

Rooftop cognac.

It's evening in the Mad City. The table's out on the rooftop garden, where they serve the cognac in a square glass.

Cognac tablescape

It's a mellow feeling, watching the light fade on the church spire distorted by the glass of water:

Cognac tablescape

25 comments:

hdhouse said...

there is a certain feel to a glass....a look ... a coating..so wonderful in late afternoon light.

clink clink madame professor

Sissy Willis said...

An Althouse moment . . . I'll drink to that. :)

Icepick said...

But which cognac?

-Peder said...

Looks yummy!

Wilberforce said...

It's a shame you had to drink out of an inadequate glass, but the restaurant looks quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Christopher Althouse said...

So, I take it that place has improved since we went there.

Ann Althouse said...

Chris: Yes. They just had a huge problem in the kitchen that night. It was completely abnormal.

Bissage said...

RAA: Hand? I thought that was a foot.

But where's that toe? So, upon reflection, I see you're right.

Well, there's nothing left but to guess the name of the restaurant.

Morton's?

Dave said...

So what's cognac?

Goesh said...

-luv that amber color so well enhanced by the white and silver, but was the placement random or intentional?

ronin1516 said...

Anne - from your pictures, it seems that Madison is a much more visually attractive place than your old haunt in Wolverine-country. I dont even want to send you pictures of East Quad these days, since it has become such a dump!!! the State Street and main Street areas are pretty skanky too. Unfortunately. The only bright spot is the Nichols Arboretum.

dog care said...

Nice picture there... is it taken from a mobile camera or digital cam.

The glass looks very tempting.

-Pankaj
piano man

Ann Althouse said...

Ronin: Madison is very nice. That restaurant is on the rooftop of the new $200 million Overture Center, and State Street is getting a nice remodel. The area around the Capitol is beautiful, with lots of new renovations. There is a lot of building on campus, including the replacement of the ugly 70s things.

As for that picture, I didn't set up the placement of the objects, but I certainly chose how to frame them with the camera. Unfortunately, the battery ran out right after the shot with the spire. I would have reframed it better, but I didn't have the chance.

I don't remember what kind of cognac it was, but they certainly put a lot of it in that glass!

The restaurant is called Fresco, and you can see other pictures of it here. For more pictures of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, which is the part of the Overture Center under the restaurant, look here, where you can see some shots of the sculpture garden where the table was located.

Ann Althouse said...

dog: Click on any of my pictures to see which camera I used. It was my new Sony DSC-T9, which is a tiny digital camera, smaller than a deck of cards.

Icepick said...

Thanks, Ann. It didn't even register that they had poured a really big glass of the cognac. I wonder if the bartender is generous or inexperienced. Now if that was a nice XO, or even VSOP.... Dang, I should have poured myself a glass last night. Now I'm just going to crave some all day.

David said...

Ann;

You need a good Cuban to go with the Cognac!

Cuban cigar, that is! Try a Cohiba or a Romeo y Julieta!

A truly civilized vice!

Salud, Cheers, Skoll!

David said...

He gave you three fingers straight up! They must have really been having problems in the kitchen that night!

hdhouse said...

geeeze ann,

i thought that was out of your kitchena and your rooftop eating area in your home.

i must have misunderstood how much UW pays its tenured con law profs.

rightwingprof said...

VSOP, I hope?

Ann Althouse said...

Whatever it was, it was $9 a glass, but I feel I was given a triple.

hdhouse: You don't think lawprofs make enough money to go to restaurants?? Anyway, my 9-month salary, not my only income, is a matter of public record. If you took the initiative, you could find it on the web.

noah said...

Hennessy without a doubt makes the finest readily available cognac in my humble opinion...far superior to Courvoisier for example.

For the uninitiated:

VS (very special)...if you are already half-looped its a lot cheaper and you probably can't tell the difference.

VSOP (very special old pale)...next up the ladder to financial ruin! (but worth it!)

XO (?)...I once ordered Hennessy thinking I was going to get VSOP and I did think it was uncommonly good...but the sticker shock was awesome when I got the check!

Cognac is really great but the hangovers from drinking a lot of it are vicious.

Joseph White said...

Hey, I actually own those glasses!

Lavandou said...

Cognac on the roof? How very Denny Crane. Cheers!

hdhouse said...

ann...have another 3 fingers please...it was meant nicely.

my x is an energy law prof and practicer...i full well know how much they make. current wife's husband is in indian law..he makes a bundle..my attorney gets a retainer...i'm glad you can afford it.

frankly i would rather have a good academic making the money than some legal eagle in M&A.