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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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Lunch at The Memphis in Santa Ana, CA: mac and cheese, Orange Julius style adult beverage, gumbo, house salad.
A cool joint in Santa Ana’s artist’s village. Perfect for those days when drinking on a nice patio is the only way to go.
Eclipse Supper Club - Revenge of the Aporkalypse:
I’ve been going to these Eclipse dinners for a few years now. I hadn’t been to one since they moved to their new location, so I was happy to catch this one.
Optional starters: cheese plate and bacon wrapped dates
First course: black bean soup with souv vide egg and bacon cracklings
Main course: pulled pork mac and cheese with quinoa stuffed tomato
Dessert: Chocolate peanut butter mousse with maple candied bacon.
As always, a fantastic dinner!
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Dinner at Chopes in La Mesa, New Mexico: chile con queso, chile con carne, enchilada, taco and chile relleno, sopapilla with honey
This place is off the beaten path between El Paso and Las Cruces. This is home style cooking at it’s finest. The chile relleno is a wonder - they do not overstuff it and really showcases the chile.
Quick trip to NOLA and I got all of this goodness. From Herbsaint: Duck confit, spaghetti with guanciale and poached egg, warm pudding cake with cashew ice cream. From Domenica: savory beignets, ricotta with fig and honey, peach cake and raspberry sorbet, and gianduja budino with carmelized hazelnuts.
The lesson here is to always save room for dessert.
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