The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had dinner at upscale Mexican restaurant Mercadito Monday while in Chicago for NATO. And as you would expect, he had plenty of company.
Besides the Prince's table of seven, the large party included a nearby table for secret service, who walked through the restaurant twice earlier that day to prepare for the visit, and a table for the Prince's assistant and personal chef. Why bring a personal chef to a restaurant? To go over dietary restrictions and allergies.
Meals for all three tables were ordered in advance and included just about everything on the menu, from enchiladas and shrimp tacos to virgin margaritas and mojitos.
How did the group pay for the $952 meal?
Straight cash, homey. The group left $1200 worth of crisp $100 bills. That’s a good but not great 26 percent tip, in case you’re wondering.
Dress for success: Turkey President Abdullah Gul shopped Saturday at the Brooks Brothers on Michigan Avenue. Gul also met with the Bulls' Omer Asik and New Jersey Nets Mehmet Okur, who are both from Turkey, while in Chicago. “It was great to meet the president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, during his visit to Chicago for the NATO summit,” tweeted Asik, who also tweeted a photo of the group. Gull met with the Tribune’s editorial board Monday.
Sing it: The rumor surrounding Saturday’s Cubs-White Sox game at Wrigley Field was that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be in attendance and would sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th inning stretch. While Clinton did attend, it was U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder who would belt out the song. According to Cubs Vice President of Communications and Community affairs Julian Green, Clinton was never scheduled to handle 7th inning honors. Also in attendance was Commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan John R. Allen, who impressed with his ceremonial first pitch, Governor and White Sox fan Pat Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin.
Run, Anders, run: NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen took full advantage of the weather Saturday morning and went for a jog along Lake Michigan. “It was excellent,” Rasmussen told the Trib Nation blog Saturday during his visit with the Tribune editorial board. “...it is really a great pleasure to run along Lake Michigan with the lake on the one side and the vey impressive Chicago skyline on the other side.”
Sightings: Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic dined at Sunda Tuesday. ... Boeing CEO W. James McNerney, Jr. was surrounded by security when he dined at Mastro’s Steakhouse Monday – the same day demonstrators protested outside Boeing's West Loop headquarters due to the company building aircrafts and missiles for the U.S. military. ... Former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath performed during the National Nurses United rally Friday in Daley Plaza. ... First lady Michelle Obama visited the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side Sunday along with NATO spouses, including Valerie Trierweiler, girlfriend of French president Francois Hollande. Chef Paul Kahan -- known for his restaurants Avec, Blackbird and The Publican -- prepared lunch for the spouses with the help of the youth center’s culinary students. ... Gjorge Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia, visited Sts. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Church in Crown Point, Indiana Saturday and was honored later that night by the United Macedonian Diaspora during a gala in his honor at the Palmer House Hilton hotel. ... On Saturday, Bulgaria President Rosen Plevneliev spoke at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe and to high school students in the Junior Achievement program during a speaking engagement hosted by ContextMedia in the Michigan Plaza building. ... Gov. Pat Quinn and Poland President Bronislaw Komorowski flew, via helicopter, to Marseilles, Ill. Sunday to visit National Guard troops. Komorowski met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday at the Polish Consulate in the Gold Coast.
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