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#1436414 The Way We Eat Now

Posted by Evelyn on 09 January 2019 - 02:05 AM

@Adrian - the lamb shank at Alison was Tom Valenti’s signature when he cooked there, and he then took it to Ouest. But when he put short rib in the Alison menu, it was a duo with filet mignon.

How many restaurants at that level now even think of serving filet mignon?


Outside the conversation, but, I just made his lamb shank over the holidays. I love that recipe. And I loved AoD.

#1436304 Annoyances

Posted by Evelyn on 06 January 2019 - 07:51 PM

The College Football Championship being played at Levi’s Stadium. The field is trash. And it is going to be a muddy mess Monday night from 4 days of rain. And, while I am at it, Santa Clara is beyond boring. SF is not an option because of meetings and functions that must be attended here.

The only high point (aside from the fact we are playing for the National Championship of course) is that Manresa and The Bywater are only about 25 minutes away. Had a positively stellar meal at Manresa last night. And heading to The Bywater shortly for brunch.

#1435039 College Football 2018-2019

Posted by Evelyn on 02 December 2018 - 07:33 PM

And a really dumb opposing coach.

Haven’t you heard the latest conspiracy theory? CNS has enough power, and is Machevallian enough to plant his former assistants as head coaches and coordinators to make sure the Bama dominance continues😝🤣

#1432245 Apple Watch

Posted by Evelyn on 11 September 2018 - 01:51 PM

Jason Perlow's Apple Watch saved his life.

#1432119 Boston 2018

Posted by Evelyn on 07 September 2018 - 09:09 PM

My meal at Select was also subpar. Beausoliel oysters that were sad. Over cooked octopus. The white anchovies over heirloom tomatoes was nicely balanced and tasty. I was lucky re the speed of the dishes arriving. It was pouring rain when I went, so the restaurant was basically deserted. I ordered dish by dish at my leisure.

Today I went to Neptune at opening for lunch. Ended up with a 1 1/4 hour wait. So to pass time I went to Union Oyster House for a dozen oysters. They only had two kinds available. Both from CT. Very tasty.

At Neptune I had some lovely Beausoliels. Many times superior to the ones at Select. Also a lovely scallop crudo with smoked cashew aioli and huckleberries. I had wanted fresh sea urchins they sometimes have at the raw bar. Unfortunately none to be had. They did have uni toast-which very disappointing. Absolutely dripping grease and zero flavor of uni. Service was wonderful. Especially considering there were some real *sshats seated next to me at the bar who were thisshort of needing to be tossed due to their crude commentary and comments about the (female) staffers.

I also enjoyed getting to catch up with Wilfrid over drinks. We came to the conclusion that time really does fly 🙃.

#1431381 Aretha Franklin

Posted by Evelyn on 16 August 2018 - 03:53 PM

The diner scene from The Blues Brothers is one of my favorites.

#1431146 Dinner Party Menus

Posted by Evelyn on 11 August 2018 - 01:08 AM

Forever Roasted Pork

Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking

2 tbsp evoo, plus more for rubbing the pork

3 cloves garlic peeled but left whole

24 fresh sage leaves

1 1/2 lbs. onions, thinly sliced Plus 1 onion, halved and unsliced

1 tbsp sea salt

1/2 cup water

1 whole boneless pork shoulder (butt) about 6 lbs.

4 tbsp Toasted Spice Rub (recipe follows)

4 outer celery ribs, in 6" lengths

3 large carrots, peeled


Heat the  evoo in a large skillet over moderate heat. Add the garlic and cook until the cloves begin to color. Add the sage and let the leaves sizzle for 10 seconds, then add the thinly sliced onions and salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add the water, cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the onions are soft, about 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until most of the liquid evaporates. Do not allow the onions to color. Let cool to room temp.


With a boning knife, carefully cut between the muscles to open up the shoulder so it lies flat like a book. Or have your butcher do it. Rub the surface with 1 tbsp of the spice rub, then spread the onions on top.


Reshape the shoulder to enclose the onions. Tie the pork lightly, taking care not to squeeze the onions out. Rub it all over with olive oil, then with the remaining 3 tbsp spice rub. You can refrigerate the pork over night, but bring it to room temp before continuing.


Preheat the oven to 275. Line a roasting pan or heavy rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Put the celery, carrot and onion halves in the pan to make a vegetable rack and top with the pork.


Roast the pork until it is fork tender, about 7 hours. Let cool for at least 15 minutes. transfer the pork to a platter, discard the vegetables. Pull the pork and serve.



Toasted Spice Rub

1/4 cup fennel seed

1 tbsp coriander seed

1 tbsp black peppercorns

1 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/4 cup pure California chili powder

2 tbsp kosher salt

2 tbsp ground cinnamon


Put the fennel seed, coriander seed and peppercorns in a small heavy skillet over medium heat. Watching carefully, toss the seeds frequently so they toast evenly. When the fennel seed starts to turn light brown, work quickly. Turn on the exhaust fan, add the red pepper flakes, and toss, toss, toss, always under the fan. Immediately turn the mix onto a plate to cool.


Pour the cooled spices into a blender and add the chili powder, salt and cinnamon. Blend until the spices are finely and evenly ground. If you have a small spice mill or grinder dedicated to grinding spices, grind only the fennel, coriander, peppercorns and red pepper flakes. Pour into a bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients. Keep the spice mix in an airtight container away from light and heat for up to 4 months, or freeze for up to one year.



Note: I skip the vegetable raft and just cook the pork on a rack in the foil lined pan.

#1431127 Dinner Party Menus

Posted by Evelyn on 10 August 2018 - 06:21 PM

Okay, just read that version of the recipe a little more closely. It is a simplified version.Will post the original versions for you later today...not much different...but enough that I'd rather you have the other so you can choose between the two.

#1431124 Dinner Party Menus

Posted by Evelyn on 10 August 2018 - 06:05 PM

I use boned. You can get the spices and onions etc. into a lot more crevices that way.

#1430898 Las Vegas dining updates please!

Posted by Evelyn on 02 August 2018 - 10:33 PM

The new Lotus is very nice. And the food is still solid. As is the wine list.

#1430676 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by Evelyn on 28 July 2018 - 01:59 PM

Well, this may seem like an odd place to put this, but....


My phone rang before 6 am this morning. Always a bad sign. One of my best friends called to tell me he is going into rehab today for OxyContin dependency. He fell from a tree stand when the ladder collapsed underneath him while hunting last fall and was seriously injured. Thus the Oxy. Come to find out he's been buying it on the street since March. He realized that he really needed help. So he is voluntarily committing himself for treatment today. I am so glad he will be on the road to recovery.

#1430655 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by Evelyn on 28 July 2018 - 12:41 AM


Yes,   I was just planning a kitty gift certificate for dinner friends for whom taking wine is coal to Newcastle.    Sometimes the way to a man's heart is through his cat.
P, do realize your impact.

I'm glad to be of service :)  I'm sure it doesn't hurt that I must spend over $1,200.00 a year at chewy on the dogs and cat, but I would rather spend my money where it is appreciated. They have a very reasonable flat rate shipping of $5.00 per order, and its free if your order is over $50. They also have live people cheerfully answer the phone, and they usually reply to your email within a reasonable amount of time.I think that they only hire pet lovers.



I'm with you on Chewy. I have both a Petco and a Petsmart that are on my routes when I go grocery shopping. I have sworn them off after bad/nonexistent service. Chewy is great.

#1429708 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by Evelyn on 05 July 2018 - 08:40 PM

Kentucky is UK (University of Kentucky). 

#1429214 New Orleans

Posted by Evelyn on 25 June 2018 - 02:43 PM

Cochon ;-)

#1429210 New Orleans

Posted by Evelyn on 25 June 2018 - 02:19 PM

I am in NOLA right now. So far, 3 for 3 on great meals. But I spend a lot of time here, and have culled a lot of spots from consideration, either through personal experience or comments of trusted friends who have similar tastes to mine. Turkey & Wolf falls into the later category since I have no real interest in their sandwiches.

Coquette-light supper- an heirloom tomato, crabmeat, soft boiled egg, banana pepper salad served in a lovely Dashi Grilled Gulf shrimp, romesco, pickled horseradish gremolato

Public Service- light lunch- Grilled shrimp and peaches-spring mix, Covey Rise peaches, walnuts, cane syrup vinaigrette. Fried Oysters St. Pierre- on the half shell over bacon marmalade and pepper jelly.

Bywater American Bistro- Tuna toast garlic / tomato / avocado (tuna cured and served slice like prosciutto)Fried Gulf oysters/ oyster gravy/ jasmine rice. Peaches and Cream / cornmeal crumble / coriander (also meringue bits and softly whipped, lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Excellent cocktails at all three spots.
More to come...
Photos will be on my Instagram hopefully later today.