Easy, impressive looking, and delicious. Steam the asparagus and wrap the bundles in advance, sear or grill just before serving. The simple balsamic reduction drizzle at the end really completes the dish, so don't omit it! From Saveur's web site. "This recipe comes from Nick’s Italian Cafe in McMinnville, Oregon, where chef and owner Nick Peirano uses ordinary balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sugar in the syrup accompanies these seared asparagus stalks. The recipe appeared in David Sarasohn’s article “Nick Peirano Feeds the Oregon Wine Country” (March 2004)...according to Nick Peirano, you may also charcoal-grill these bundles. For the syrup, he uses ordinary balsamic vinegar—nothing expensive—and sometimes adds a pinch of sugar at the end to sweeten it."