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#1431510 Joel Robuchon

Posted by balex on 20 August 2018 - 06:15 PM

Its not exactly a secret that the ratio is a lot higher than the version in the Patricia Wells cookbook. 4:1:1 gives a delicious purée which does not taste like the version at LAtelier, at least in London.

#1414695 Keep On Running

Posted by balex on 04 September 2017 - 10:04 AM

Starting to run again for the first time in a year after a serious injury.  7 minutes on a treadmill is about my limit, but it is nice to be moving again !

#1410383 The analytical structure of an argument from a blog post about the Replicatio...

Posted by balex on 29 June 2017 - 02:01 PM

In layman's terms, you are looking at something that needs a million dollar telescope and all you have is an Astronomer Barbie telescope that you got on sale at Walmart for $5.99.

#1408396 The Rest of Us

Posted by balex on 25 May 2017 - 11:04 AM

Cos Pithos Rosso 2015 . Sometimes I prfer the pure frappato, but this year I much prefer this one which is the frappato/nero d'avola blend. Just the right amount of extra body from the NDA, but still with that wonderful frappato bouquet.  With braised rabbit legs with mustard and peas. The sauce ended up being very tasty; I used up some duck stock, a half glass of palo cortado and a half glass of some Alsacian pinot noir that were cluttering up the fridge. Lots of thyme and sage and shallots.

#1407271 Barcelona recommendations

Posted by balex on 04 May 2017 - 04:46 PM

Celeri is very good; best meal so far. Mostly vegetables but with some animal protein appearing optionally.

An elegant light room in a basement with an open kitchen, immaculately clean and gleaming.

They are small plates (media racion size) and they recommended we have 6 or 7 between the two of us.

Very interesting natural wine list, but actually the nice sort of natural wine not the bretty vinegar style (so

Foradori and Fany Sabre are among the non Spanish options)

We had a super delicious Mencia/Albarin Tinto blend called La Fanfarria at 25 euros (!?).

Foodwise we had:

potato gnocchi and artichokes

porcini roast with garlic and some chestnuts I think

morels (a huge bowl of like 40 of them in a creamy sauce that didn't actually have any cream in it I think)

two portions of peas with cuttlefish because I love those tiny peas at this time of year

white snapper with some roast vegetables

loin of rabbit roast with some tomatoes etc.


The rabbit was maybe the weakest dish, but it was all extremely well done with super high quality ingredients, not messed around with too much. Good value too, like 170 euros all in for two of us.


(The chef, Xavier Pellicer,was at ABAC until a few years ago)

#1406050 Supper

Posted by balex on 16 April 2017 - 05:39 PM

I bought a sea bass from a stall in the farmer's market run by a fisherman with a dayboat; a wild line caught sea bass caught the day before.

I steamed it in the Thai way with a lime sauce. Holy shit it was good. I hate regular sea bass which is all farmed in London, this was just night and day.

With a cockle pad cha.

#1395104 The Rest of Us, Paris edition

Posted by balex on 11 November 2016 - 11:38 AM

What about Rose's new restaurant, Chez La Vieille? (not a brasserie, tho)

 So we ended up going here and it was great -- thanks for the suggestion.

Quite a short menu of bistro classics, I had a chicory and blue cheese salad, Basque boudin noir, and a far aux pruneaux, all delicious.

A few non classic dishes including a sort of French version of ramen, with chicken broth, spaetzle, onsen egg, and a few slices of pork belly.

It's very nice to see the classic dishes done with some care and attention.


Good wine list, informal. Nice upstairs room which was very cosy and friendly service.

#1388955 Thai Black Pepper

Posted by balex on 30 August 2016 - 09:27 AM

A friend just had this in Bangkok -- https://twitter.com/...476060236480512


Said it was very good.

#1370389 Alice is At It Again

Posted by balex on 03 April 2016 - 06:39 PM



.... Bittman's recipe for scrambled eggs....they should be stirred for 30 minutes.

You/he's on the right track but it takes no longer than and nothing short of 15.     Very lowest heat and continuous light stirring results in ethereally creamy eggs.    Probably best in composed dishes than slung onto a breakfast plate, but mindblowingly unctuous regardless.



Exactly. This is one case where induction (or really old gas ranges with a tiny flame) win. Also doesn't hurt to shave foie into the eggs while stirring.



Or a double boiler a la Richard Olney.

#1369188 i want a new dishwasher

Posted by balex on 22 March 2016 - 12:37 PM

Yes I have a similar Miele: but I can't fit big plates and big glasses at the same time. One or the other.

I love it, but I find it is so slow -- 2 and half hours on super eco setting which sometimes doesn't wash that well.

#1352788 Thailand

Posted by balex on 11 November 2015 - 08:38 PM

Did you read the piece in the recent New Yorker food issue about the SP lists?  I'm only on the first page and already I'm laughing pretty hard.


Yes thanks for pointing that out -- very good.


Being on the list (or not on the list) really makes a huge difference in a city like Bangkok.

#1344532 Micromanage my Life - London Edition

Posted by balex on 07 September 2015 - 02:10 PM

Oh, good, I am going in a couple of days.

#1325756 The Rest of Us

Posted by balex on 27 March 2015 - 01:27 PM

It's amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it.



#1321786 Micromanage my Life - London Edition

Posted by balex on 16 February 2015 - 08:28 PM

The wine fair? -- no,  always seems to clash with something else.

I am not very good at keeping up with things, but the Ledbury is very good at the moment and so is Hedone.


Near major attractions ..  which ones?

#1316875 Favourite Meals of 2014

Posted by balex on 25 December 2014 - 09:25 AM

Sushi Iwa in Tokyo, Paste in Bangkok (soft opening of a second branch),  Manresa, Chez Panisse and Saison in the Bay area, Abac and Via Veneto in Barcelona, Hedone, Ledbury and the Araki in London.

I ate several times at Hedone, and one of them, a long lunch,  was truly excellent.  I hadn't really got the point of Hedone before.