For my dearest Kyle: dinner at the French Laundry

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  1. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Have you been to Blue Hill at Stone Barns yet? It fits the bill. There is some variation on my dining experience there depending on what was being harvested at the time. I've been during winter, spring, and summer. The meal was very good during the winter and summer but somewhat less spectacular during the spring.

    No, I haven't. It sounds good, though.


    - B
     


  2. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Are you sure you meant to type couch?
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    [​IMG] I guess I will have the pleasure of complaining a bit more.
    We all know you like that. [​IMG]
    Anthony Bourdain's newest book has a chapter about a 20-course meal at French Laundry which he wound up disappointed in. I don't think he criticized much of the food directly (focusing on the excess), but I was surprised to see him write negatively about a Keller restaurant at all.

    For once in my life, I feel a small ounce of respect for Bourdain.
     


  3. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    blue hill is my best buddy's client so the fucker eats there all the time and only pays for booze.
     


  4. Roikins

    Roikins Senior member

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    i think i see your point, but i'd be interested in hearing a concrete example of where this actually worked to the detriment of the dish. beyond being irritatingto have to listen to.
    Something like the Blossom Bluff nectarine dessert at Zuni? Really... not even sliced? Something like that would be a detriment to my dining experience at the end of the evening. [​IMG] Or one of these places that will just serve you some steamed unpeeled carrots or fingerlings because they taste perfect on their own. Give me a little preparation with them!
     


  5. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Or one of these places that will just serve you some steamed unpeeled carrots or fingerlings because they taste perfect on their own. Give me a little preparation with them!
    Would you rather have them steamed in hay??? [​IMG] Then garnished w/ flowers and "sand" that sticks in your teeth?
     


  6. Roikins

    Roikins Senior member

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    Would you rather have them steamed in hay??? [​IMG] Then garnished w/ flowers and "sand" that sticks in your teeth?


    YES! [​IMG]

    He's moved on this season to smoking with beet charcoal.
     


  7. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    I have eaten very well in SF over the last decade.
    This sounds vaguely Thoreauvian.
     


  8. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    what does a gay KWilk steam his peaches in? Haaaaaayyyyy!!!
     


  9. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    what does a gay KWilk steam his peach in? Haaaaaayyyyy!!!
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] well done and ftfy
     


  10. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    blue hill is my best buddy's client so the fucker eats there all the time and only pays for booze.

    I had to pay for everything, but that place was impressive.
     


  11. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    what does a gay KWilk steam his peach in? Haaaaaayyyyy!!!
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] well done and ftfy
    [​IMG]
     


  12. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    i lol'd
     


  13. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    Simple done well is admirable for casual or every day food.

    Beyond that, though, even if it is simple on the plate, I want to see and taste effort that is more than just not fucking up something good

    Great Chinese food does this routinely, as does good food cooked in France.

    Extraction and concentration of flavor often depends on careful, disciplined, and unromantic effort that has no explicit showy payoff in front of the diner.


    - B


    I can have Chinese food every day and be content. French food everyday would send me to an early grave. I don't (actually can't) drink enough wine to compensate for the richness of the food. [​IMG]
     


  14. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    i always opt for nobu or buddakan or good mexican or italian. food like craft and blue hill kind of bores me.
     


  15. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    i always opt for nobu or buddakan or good mexican or italian. food like craft and blue hill kind of bores me.

    Best italian food I've had so far is at Vetri in Philly. Foie gras pastrami. [​IMG]
     


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