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I finally went for a bike ride to see Privé in person. What I found was better than imagined, even after reading Michael Klein’s enticing description and having high expectations.

During my drop-in visit I met Kevin Landon, who abandoned a staff meeting to give me a tour (the video below doesn’t do the restaurant any justice, the place is fabulous). From talking with Kevin I learned Privé opened only two weeks ago and has been doing wonderful.

We’ll be one of the first groups there, and probably the first blog-heavy group. He showed me around and I got to see the impeccable cut white stone walls, attractive furniture, sleek lines and spotlit mural. He promises the food to be as good or better than the looks.

And he’s probably right. They’ve hired the young Peter Karapanagiotis, 23, who performed as saute-saucier at Buddakan as well as Brasserie Perrier. It’s going to be a real treat to experience his work while he’s fresh and the restaurant is brand-spankin’-new.

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Hints of grad school – I want my MBA

UPenn - Welcome to University City

Galina and I went on our first bike ride of Spring (pics). We rode past the Philadelphia Art Museum, along the riverfront and over to UPenn. A large part of the day was spent at a Wharton volleyball tournament with some great friends.

We met some new people while sitting in the bleachers and hanging out. It’s refreshing to visit and meet intelligent, driven, and interesting folks. While it’ll be a couple years before I can consider attending, I’m looking forward to it more than ever.