RIP, Mr, Sendak.
Makes me feel fuzzy inside but I’m sure they are crunchy.
Hit up your local farmer’s market. Freshest organic produce, bar none.
Like these super delicate zucchini blossoms, which must be cooked within a day or two of harvest. Delicious stuffed, fried, or frittered:
Mini heirloom tomatoes have intense, juicy flavours. They are also adorable and good for you:
Sunflower sprouts are high in protein, rich in phosphorous and calcium. And they taste exactly like leafy sunflower seeds:
Purple carrots are naturally loaded with anthocyanin antioxyidants and a ton of beta-carotene:
(Our goods came from the Sunday Liberty Village Farmer’s Market in Toronto.)
Yo B you gots to take a bite of this meat from Porchetta & Co, carved from a blistered mound of slow roasted, belly-and-prosciutto-wrapped pork shoulder. Moist, crispy, fatty, meaty, crunchy. JUICY. It’s fucking porkfect.
Porchetta Sandwich - porchetta, sourdough buns, rapini, truffle sauce, hot sauce, triple crunch grain mustard:
Even the seasonal specials are badass. Like this Soft-shell Crab Po’boy - fried soft-shell crab, creamy coleslaw, dill pickle, prosciutto bacon bits:
It was on a glorious midsummer’s night when the Clan, with super special inaugural Next tickets in hand, took the DeLorean out for a spin, pushed it past 88 and landed in Paris Ritz 1906 for a three hour repast. Haute French a la Escoffier with swagged out wine and juice pairings. Talk ‘bout the good ol’ days.
Phil Vettel, Julia Kramer, and many a blogs have dedicated pages and pages on the rich opulence that was the Paris menu (was because it is now Thai); on the ambitions of Chef Achatz; and ever more on the business concept and the exploratory ethos that is Next. Go read them there.
But, if there is one read you mustn’t miss, it is Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas’ own memoir Life, on the Line. That is why this meal and this restaurant is so, so special.
Hors d’Oeuvres (quail egg with anchovy, rabbit boudin, mushroom-stuffed leek, oeufs benedictine and black truffle, foie gras torchon and brioche) / Wine: Chateau d’Orschwir Cremant d’Alsace Brut / Juice: ginger, elderflower, pineapple:
Potage a la Tortue Claire (907) / Wine: Domaine de Montbourgeau i’Etoile ‘Cuvee Speciale’ Jura 2005 / Juice: blis elixir xo, sparkling apple cider:
Filet de Sole Daumont (950) - my favorite bite of the night / Wine: Olivier Merlin ‘La Roche Vineuse’ Macon 2009 / Juice: carrot, saffron, fennel:
Supremes de Poussin (3130) / Wine: Chateau de la Liquiere ‘Les Amandiers’ Faugeres 2009 / Juice: pomegranate, verjus, ti kuan yin:
Caneton Rouennais a la Presse (3476) + Gratin de Pommes de Terre a la Dauphinoise (4200) / Wine: Domaine Brusset ‘Les Travers’ Cairanne 2009 / Juice: cherry, lapsang souchong, sanbitter:
Salade Irma (3839):
Bombe Ceylan (4826) / Wine: Croft Fine Tawny Port / Juice: roasted banana tom and jerry - my favourite sip of the night:
Mignardises (beet jelly, pistachio nougat, salted caramel):
Sailor’s Mojito - beach essence, sailor jerry rum, mint, fresh lime, vanilla syrup, mojito ravioli, fresh lime, vanilla air:
Hickory chips set ablaze to prepare the Vanilla Hickory Smoked Manhattan - premium Legacy Rye, in-house cherry vanilla bitter, hickory smoked syrup, vanilla cognac, smoked hickory, vanilla:
The Vanilla Hickory Smoked Manhattan inside a glass bell jar, infusing with the smoke of smouldering hickory embers:
… Leave that Patron, this is straight campfire ballin’ and for real.
Gargantuan grub from the biblical era, this burger breaks more backs than Ken Patera.
The Tower of Babel from The Burger’s Priest secret menu… delicious, and CONQUERED: