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Last king cake of the season and I made this one. Happy Mardi Gras y’all!
Dinner at Migrant in Wailea, Maui, HI: pork tocino with guava jelly, Korean fried chicken with peanut sauce, hangar steak, French onion ramen with short rib, fried ahi belly with garlic sambal, fat chow fun with roasted pork
Sheldon Simeon from Top Chef just opened this restaurant in the Wailea Marriott. I was thrilled that we could go during our annual vacation to Maui. The menu is limited right now while they are working things out but the items we ordered were great. Chef Sheldon came out to talk to us and take photos. He was super nice and we were so happy to meet him.
Dinner at Sansei in Kihei, Maui, HI: foie gras nigiri, Hawaiian sweet potato tempura, udon with roast pork, grilled Brussels sprouts with orange vinaigrette
This place is popular with locals and tourists alike. They have a diverse menu, a great beer selection and cocktails.
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Brunch at Oyamel in Washington DC: chilorio de res and lengua guisada tacos, michelada made with negro modelo, albondigas, gazpacho estilo Morelia (jicama, cucumber, orange, mango), huevo moteulenos (pork belly, fried egg, black beans), papas fritas con mole, tres leches.
Oyamel was a recommendation from a friend - once she told me this was Jose Andres’ twist on Mexican food, I was in. Overall, a pretty stellar meal.
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Tapas at Jaleo, Las Vegas, NV: chistorra con papa, gambas al ajillo, raisin walnut bread with fig jam, fresh figs and goat cheese, iberico pork sliders, warm Brussels sprouts salad with citrus vinaigrette and prosciutto, tortilla de papa.
Mixed it up this time - the salad was fantastic!
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Brunch at La Petite Grocery, New Orleans, LA: blue crab beignets, smoked beef with spaetzle, kail and hen egg, Ramos Gin Fizz
If you’re watching Top Chef this season, you know that LPG is Justin’s restaurant. The must have on the menu is the blue crab beignets. No wonder Justin won that challenge!
Brunch at Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, LA: Adelaide’s Swizzle, Satsuma Pain Perdu, Sportsman’s Paradise (pecan pancakes, duck, poached hen egg), apple strudel
I love that you build your own brunch here. The seasonal ingredients always make my choices easy.
Dinner at Bali Hai for San Diego Restaurant Week: Opa with vanilla macadamia blanc beurre, tuna sashimi, roasted brussel sprouts with chinese sausage, Shark’s tooth, grilled pineapple and rum cake
I love Bali Hai any time, but Restaurant Week is a such a steal, I can’t resist. That blanc beurre was DIVINE.
Dinner at Jaleo in the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas: croquettas de pollo (yes, served in a shoe), a large jar of cava sangria (quite enough for our party of three), pain du chocolate (deconstructed in classic Spanish gastronomy style), chistorra con papa, gambas al ajillo, tortilla espanola, paella.
I never pass up the chance to eat at Jaleo (locations in Las Vegas and DC so I can definitely get my fix).
Breakfast at Buena Vista in San Francisco, CA:Corned beef hash with poached eggs and potatoes. The Buena Vista is famous for inventing the Irish Coffee - they are very proud of that and it is quite a spectacle to see them being made at the bar. The food here is pretty solid - they serve breakfast all day, can poach an egg correctly and their sourdough toast is awesome. When it’s busy, the Buena Vista is at its best - open seating means make friends with the couple sitting at a 4 top so you can sit with them or talking up a table so you can swoop in after they leave. It’s so fun to sit with strangers also enjoying their time in SF.
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