Paris 2011 Notre Dame Photog. Philip Menke

Le Dîner en Blanc is coming to Philly

Le Dîner en Blanc will be making it’s debut in Philly this year on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Now, what exactly is Le Dîner en Blanc?

Well, imagine getting together with a few thousand of your closest friends throughout the city for a picnic at a location that won’t be announced until the last minute, add some gourmet food and wine, and some unexpected happenings and you have the basics.

Paris 2011 Notre Dame Photog. Philip Menke
Dîner en Blanc in Paris 2011./ Photo Philip Menke

Not only does this event stand out because the location is secret until the last minute, but because everyone is dressed all in white (even the tables). Participants bring tables, chairs, non-disposable supplies, and their choice of great food and wine to the prearranged meeting spot. Continue reading “Le Dîner en Blanc is coming to Philly”

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July 4th in Atlantic City and everlasting Duality

I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since Independence Day. I hope you had a lot of fun and enjoyed your day!

A couple weeks ago, I shared the upcoming arrival of a new attraction on Atlantic City’s boardwalk that debuted on July 4. What’s so interesting is that in the past five years that I have lived in Philly, I have only ever made it to AC twice – and this past July 4th was one of them.

And I’m glad that I did. Not only was it a nice little break from Philly, but it was the perfect day to experience the premiere of a new installation at Boardwalk Hall, the Duality light and sound show.

Atlantic City Alliance July 4th Events
A 3D portion of the Duality light and sound show./ Photo: Moment Factory.

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lamb meatballs

Lamb meatballs in a sherry-cream sauce

I haven’t always been a fan of eating lamb. I can’t really explain why. But, I can say that it didn’t take much for my mind to be changed and inspired to cook it at home.

On one of the many visits to Jose Garces’ Amada, one of the dishes we ordered was albóndigas in a sherry foie gras cream sauce and hands-down they were the best meatballs I have ever eaten. Made from lamb in the Spanish style, they are pretty much the reason I bought Garces’ cookbook. I’ve mentioned before that his recipes are quite extensive and involve multiple smaller recipes that are then combined. The best way to approach these recipes is to prepare a couple days ahead of time. But, it’s all worth it.

So for Easter dinner, I decided to recreate his lamb meatballs and they turned out pretty well. What I love about them is that they are very moist and you can taste the individual flavors as they come together; I especially like the hint of mint that comes through.

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Albóndigas in sherry-cream sauce with a salad.

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Dinner at Amada

By now, you know what a fan I am of Jose Garces restaurants. So I was quite happy when I had the chance to dine at Amada once again.

This time we were seated at the chefs’ bar, which allowed us to observe the line of chefs as they prepared all of the orders that came in. I loved watching the concentration of each chef at his (yes, they were all men) station and watching how they assembled each dish. Directly in our sight were the salad, flat bread and dessert chefs; three of nine chefs working that night.

Pulpo a la gallega – Spanish octopus

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Kindling my fire

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Yes, as I’m sure you can guess from the title, I have joined the league of e-reader owners. More specifically, I am now the proud owner of a Kindle Fire. And you know what? I love it.

For the longest time I couldn’t see the point of having an e-reader. I, too, belong to those who love the feel of a book in their hands, turning the pages, even the smell of them. I like underlining and making notes in the margin. And yes, I even fold down my corners to mark my place. I love books. And nothing will ever change that.

But I was never one to say “I’ll never get an e-reader.” And honestly, you can’t knock it until you’ve tried it. So when I was asked what I wanted for Christmas, it made sense that I – as an avid reader – would ask for one. My bookshelf is to the point where I’m double-stacking books and some even live on the top of it (Billy from Ikea can only hold so much). Continue reading “Kindling my fire”

Honey-glazed salmon with chanterelle-and-artichoke tortillas epañolas

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating.

This year, I decided to cook dinner and light some sparklers. Last week, my new Jose Garces Latin Evolution cook book arrived and I was eager to try out some new recipes. Jose Garces is one of my favorite chefs at the moment (he has seven restaurants in Philly and will be opening number eight this year!) and excited couldn’t come close to describing how I felt about trying out his recipes.

This is definitely a book meant to challenge and expand your skills as well as your palate. But I can tell you, it’s well worth the effort. The romesco sauce alone is amazing! Continue reading “Honey-glazed salmon with chanterelle-and-artichoke tortillas epañolas”