“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”*…
Lyla Hogan (favorite food: “good ice cream in a hard cone”) reviews the French Laundry, which Anthony Bourdain has called “the best restaurant in the world, period.” (It won that title officially in 2003 and 2004 and is still the #1 restaurant in California and #3 in the country.) Lyla is the youngest person ever to eat a full tasting menu in the storied dining room.
Given the widespread and well-earned prestige of the restaurant, it’s not difficult to find countless multiple-syllable reviews from professional critics. Bold Italic demonstrates that there is no purer critique than the facial expressions of a teeny tiny child.
[TotH to @nextdraft]
* Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker
As we obsess about wine pairings, we might send birthday greetings to Macaulay Carson Culkin; he was born on this date in 1980. Like Lyla, Culkin began his career when he was four years old, appearing in New York theater productions. He made his feature film debut alongside Burt Lancaster in 1988’s Rocket Gibraltar; then In 1989 appeared in the John Hughes comedy Uncle Buck with John Candy. But Culkin would skyrocket to fame as Kevin McCallister in Hughes’ 1990 blockbuster Home Alone. He went on to start in the Home Alone sequels, then in 1991 became the first child star to earn $1 million for a film role in My Girl. At the height of his fame, he was regarded as the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple– indeed, Culkin ranks number two on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Kid-Stars” and E!’s list of the “50 Greatest Child Stars.”