About this blog

My mother was a great cook. My father loved to eat.
I am the Man from Pawtucket and this is my story. Here you will find a collection of observations, from Central Falls to Central Park, from Pawtucket to Paris, about Eating Well. Bon Appetit.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

"Le Pique-nique"

Last Friday, we had another picnic on the oval. It was a hot, early summer night. We sat on grass, yes, real green grass, under some big oak trees. School was finally over. So was soccer and little league. It felt like a perfect time to celebrate. Our friend said he would bring some wines so we we brought the food. I wanted to bring something that would be easy to eat and go well with the wines. I decided on rotisserie chicken and a selection of cheeses. My brother made roasted potato salad with sugar snap peas and our other friend brought a tortellini dish.

Now to the wine.....we started
with a Gunderloch 2004 Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese, followed by Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2003 Henri Boillot. Next we had Chateau Montelana Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1997 and finally a Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 1997 Domaine Dujac.

For cheese we had Istara (
in the photo), a sheeps milk cheese from the Pyrenees in France’s Basque region, Bucheron, a partially dry goat’s milk cheese from the Loire Valley; Le Chevrot, an aged French goat cheese from the Charentes-Poitou region. I made sure there was something for the Burgundy, so I brought a perfectly ripened Epoisse de Bourgogne. This well-known, yet somewhat smelly cheese is made from cow's milk and washed in Marc de Bourgogne, a local alcohol, which gives it an orange color on the outside. The inside is a creamy, pungent cheese that spreads easily onto baguettes.

For desert (not that we needed it) , I got some big cookies from the Green Bakery – chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip and coconut. It was a pefect way to end the picnic and a great start to beginning of summer. A good time was had by all.

Chicago Style Mexican

I meant to write about The Frontera Grill a while ago but never got around to it. Last year when I was in Chicago, I decided to try it for lunch. I liked it so much I went back the next day. Frontera is owned by chef and cookbook author Rick Bayless and is next door to his high-end restaurant Topolobampo. I remember I had great guacamole, cerviche, queso fundido clasico and huevos rancheros verdes. This is definitely worth a try or two.

Monday, June 23, 2008

My brother baked my son a s’mores cake yesterday for his 10th birthday. It was a chocolate graham cracker cake with chocolate ganache filling and marshmallow frosting. My son helped him “toast” the marshmallows. As you can see from the photo, it was a big success! Happy birthday!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Bogota Latin Bistro June 15, 2008

We went to Bogota Latin Bistro in Brooklyn last Sunday for Father’s Day. Located in Park Slope on 5th Avenue, its well worth a visit.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Daniel June 6, 2008

Last week I was lucky enough to have been invited to a luncheon at Daniel, the New York restaurant of award-winning chef Daniel Boulud. The lunch started with a few glasses of Champagne Paul Goerg 1er Cru, blank de Blancs, vintage 2002. The menu followed with pea soup “A La Française” <romaine Lettuce, crispy shallots, savory cream> paired with Meursault-Perrieres, Domaine Drouhin, Burgundy 2003. This soup had bright green peas with a little crisp; not the mushy, dull green ones you’re thinking of. Next, we had roasted black sea bass < potato crisp, melted leeks, syrah sauce > paired with Volnay, Domaine Drouhin, Burgundy 2003. Finally, chef Boulud’s team prepared bittersweet chocolate-praliné cremeux <amer cocoa biscuit, dark chocolate crème glacé> for dessert. Just in case that wasn't enough, we had chocolates, madeleines and petits fours with espresso. Not bad for a Friday lunch.