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When I broke my foot walking around for a short amount of time became tiresome and we ended up eating out a lot. I'm happy to say that I'm back to cooking, baking, and creating new dishes!
I am loving baking breads right now! Baking breads in all forms (to me) are a true art form! Taking these recipes and making them dairy free is fun to put my own spin on things. I have my croissants from France, biscuits from the southern United States, and sourdough from Europe. I'm looking forward to expanding on these!
In the fall, I made dairy free polenta with different toppings, mini desserts, and carbonara with fresh white truffles.
During the holidays, I decorated a gingerbread house, made dairy free cookies, a cupcake Christmas tree, together with my family my grandmother's tamales, choux au craqueline, french macarons, and most recently curried duck "samosas" with pineapple/mango chutney.
I'll be continuing to cook, bake, and create would you like to see recipes on this site that coincide with our travels? Comment below if you would!
For dessert we enjoyed a passionfruit mochi. The dish wasn't overly sweet which was a nice surprise. My one criticism would be I wish there was more of the sesame brittle as the crunch was needed in the dish.
Our meal was perfectly portioned and while satisfying we also weren't overly full which was wonderful. I would suggest to the restaurant to update their website though. The website states the Omakase is 99 pp while we were charged 109 pp.
We both agree we can't wait to come back for a third visit and enjoy the Omakase with the luxury upgrade.
I'm so excited for our upcoming trip to Barcelona, Spain. Naturally I'm excited to see this vibrant and unique city but I'm also excited to go to two of the 50 best restaurants in the world. We'll be dining at Tickets as well as Disfrutar!
Our list of fine dining restaurants we've tried are: Morimoto NYC, Morimoto Asia, Zuma, Victoria & Alberts (Queens room), Nobu, Jungsik, Mozaic Bali, L'espalier, O Ya, Bar Boulud London, Four Season Sayan (Bali), Maze London, Cafe Martinique (Bahamas), and Tasting Counter. Below are a few pictures from our past experiences.
Here's my ever growing list of restaurants that I can't wait to try (not in any particular order)!
Atomix New York City, NY
Alinea Chicago, IL
Uschu New York City
Sushi Amane New York City, NY
Masa New York City, NY
Eleven Madison Park New York City, NY
Naoe Miami, FL
Noma Copenhagen, Denmark
Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy
Pujol Mexico City, Mexico
Den Tokyo, Japan
Narisawa Tokyo , Japan
Le Bernadin New York City, NY
Fine dining can mean different things to different people. For me I look for impeccable service, inviting atmosphere, high quality ingredients, and innovative food.
We recently tried L'espalier in Boston to celebrate Greg's birthday. Unfortunately, the dinner was almost a complete letdown. I made a reservation noting the celebration as well as my dairy allergy. The day before our reservation we called to confirm my dairy allergy. The staff member noted our reservation and clarified that I couldn't eat any dairy (including butter and goat's milk cheese). An hour later another staff member called to confirm our reservation and our dairy allergy but didn't ask any questions this time.
We arrived on time for our reservation, checked my coat, and were shown to our table. Our waiter came over to welcome us and again asked if I could eat butter. That would be a no. We opted for a bottle of wine and the chef's tasting menu (our preference is always a chef's tasting or an Omakase).
The inconsistencies in service and food prep, along with the lack of high-quality ingredients (note that it is truffle season) left us disappointed and we wouldn't return.