Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spanish Syndrome

I have so many new food stories to share, I don't even know where to begin.

I guess we will go back in time to Spanish Night (for an intro please check out the post: When Our Powers Combine, We Are...). 

The night went over well. After five bottles of wine split between four people, how could it have been bad? The wine was all very good and very red. As soon as I learn more about wine, I will be happy to post more info on my blog, but for now I just know I like it.

Here is the Menu:

Miscellaneous Charcuterie and Cheese that was already in my fridge, along with freshly "brined" olives
Roasted Sweet Onions with Blue Cheese and Pine Nuts
Roasted Garlic
Baby Artichoke Hearts with Tomato Sauce
Fried Potatoes with Pureed Garlic Allioli
Quail with Lentil Stew
Cinnamon and Rice Creme Brulee

I am working on my food photography skills. After a VERY taxing photo shoot for a different project I was too lazy to go get my reflector or any lights for this so I used a pan. It worked, I think. Olives...

Photo by Robin

I think the two biggest hits of the night were the Valdeon Spanish Blue...

Photo by Robin

and the Roasted Onions with Pine Nuts and more blue cheese. Marc, Megan, and I all loved the Valdeon, but Chris was overwhelmed by the saltiness of the Valdeon in large quantities, so we just used Roaring Forties on the onions. It is a much sweeter blue (I am sorry I am a shameless photo whore)...

Photo by Robin

Here is an image of that deliciousness (I apologize, after a whole bottle of wine, photos get a little blurry :oD )

Photo by Robin

The potatoes and artichokes just look like red deliciousness, the quail looked tasty, but it needed color. Hummm...

Photo by Robin

I thought everything was amazing except the quail itself. I think it just didn't have enough flavor. After the meal I deboned the rest of the meat and added it back into the stew. There is a lot to say for crispy skin, but in this case I really think flavorful meat is a better choice, and this seemed to work.

For desert Marc and Megan made really tasty Rice and Cinnamon Creme Brulee. It was photographed while being torched, but alas it looked to good to stop for another photo mid chew and I had to eat it. Your loss I suppose :)

Overall I would say it was a good meal.

As a follow Chris and I decided to go to Oyamel to see if we were emulating Jose Andres' cooking well...

Oyamel has the best Guacamole... YUM. Delicious cocktails (I like the Oyamel Ponche... Simebrea Azul, White Wine, Patron Citronge, and Agave Nectar), and spiced hot chocolate. I was most excited to try the cricket tacos. Chris loved them but I thought they had the texture of chicken skin, just a little crunch, and they were really sour. Not my favorite but certainly edible. We also had the baby pork, and fish tacos, both amazing. Chris decided to order the Tamal Verde which was a very tasty chicken tamal, and I had the Cammarones (shrimp with a green sauce). Everything was nice and refreshing so we had to have desert. Chris opted for the a Tres Leches Rum cake and I had a sort of warm Chocolate Lava Cake. I have eaten desert at Oyamel prior to this and I must say, overall I am not so excited about their desert. Maybe its just a personal thing but the textures and flavors don't hit it for me. Next time I will just add a cocktail or stick to the hot chocolate.

There is so much to try on the Oyamel menu and for under $100 it was totally worth it to stuff ourselves.

I think that is a lot of updating for today, I have lots more to share as this was a highly productive eating week so check bask very shortly for more food adventures.

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