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Eating my way through Vegas

The highlight of our trip to Vegas was, without doubt, the food. Living in Sewanee and being foodies, we don’t often get to have really great food. In Vegas, we had Really. Great. Food.

Case in point:


Betsy and I had Saturday brunch at Bouchon, the Thomas Keller property in Las Vegas. Keller is the chef behind the French Laundry, and is widely regarded as perhaps the best chef in the US. We were not disappointed. (for details on French Laundry, check out the food porn from Justin)

The meal included my Steak and Eggs, both perfectly prepared…simple, and lovely. But it paled in comparison to Betsy’s Croque Madame…an amazing amalgam of brioche, salted ham, cheese, egg, and a sauce that was pure decadence. But the absolute top of the meal was, believe it or not…pommes frites. Yep, french fries…but the most perfect, tasty, crispy yet soft, absolutely perfect fries ever. No joke….these were perfection written in potato.

After the meal, we chose a pastry sampler that included maybe the finest single pastry ever…a pain chocolat that was by turns crunchy and flaky, with a custard and chocolate filling, toasted almonds, powdered sugar, chocolate sauce. Absolutely over the top, and a wonder in flour and sweet.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

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