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What did you eat last night for dinner?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Fabienne, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. t3hg0suazn

    t3hg0suazn Senior member

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    Tried out some recipes from the Ottolenghi cookbook I recently acquired.

    Roasted butternut squash with burnt eggplant and pomegranate molasses
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    Marinated rack of lamb with cilantro and honey
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    Chargrilled broccoli with chile and garlic
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    Tarka Dal & Ottolenghi's honey roasted carrots with tahini yoghurt

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    For dessert, Hazan's pear cake.
     
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  4. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Latvia now.

    Bread
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    Soup
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    Slow cooked salmon
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    Monkfish
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    Lamb
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  5. foodguy

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    that all looks fine, but it makes me sad. looks like what you'd be served almost any fine dining restaurant in teh world. was there anything latvian about it? i'm sometimes afraid fine dining is going the way of pop music -- one international style.
     
  6. indesertum

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    There are still variations in pop music from country to country

    Something about coming from a unique culture and trying to copy another culture gives rise to variations
     
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  7. mgm9128

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    The Latvian puree swoosh is unlike any other.
     
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    Piob'ed the rim to a new level
     
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  10. indesertum

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    Los agaves. The sopes and the corn tortilla is superb. Rice I swear has cocaine in it.

    Super rica closed early tonight and closed tomorrow but we're staying til Thursday so I get to go to super rica and the wine ghetto

    Thanks for the rec
     
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  11. otc

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    The fish soup seemed fairly Latvian, and it seems that much of Latvian dining is heavily influenced by the Scandinavian cuisine which is getting to be so hot now elsewhere.

    It was a place with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients and I would say the little purees and accoutrements were not what I would have expected elsewhere.

    But of course it is nothing like the variations on meat and potatoes that make up the low end of Latvian cuisine which I have had plenty of... But browsing the central market, seeing all of the fish and smelling copious amounts of dill, it is easy to see them gravitate towards the Scandinavian dishes when it is time to go upscale.

    Vilnius, not being near water, felt like it looked much more towards France and Italy when it was time to go past the potatoes (with the one exception being the meal I ate from the noma trained chef). Not that there isn't French to be had in Riga... The "#1" restaurant seems to be a French restaurant that has been around since right after the iron curtain fell, which features such things as canard a la presse.
     
  12. otc

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    Not that I don't agree about a homogenization being sad. I've avoided much of the Italian and French food offered thus far in the Baltics... But avoiding Scandinavian influence seems quite difficult as we move further north.
     
  13. mgm9128

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    I'd recommend the vegetable tamale.
     
  14. foodguy

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    also be sure to check out les marchands. really cool wine bar. my favorite place my last visit.
     
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    I have a nice picture of foie gras poutine if anyone wants to see it.
     
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    Cooked a new batch of Ottolenghi's thai red lentil soup with aromatic chilli oil.
     
  18. otc

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    Russian-Latvian restaurant last night. Food still plated like food everywhere else... But I dunno that I could have gone much more Latvian without ending up back at potato pancakes.

    Boarding a plane to Tallinn now... I expect the food will just get more Nordic. More dill and fish with root vegetables.

    Foodguy is right about the pop music though. Places have local pop music, but when we rented a car for 2 days, every time we came in range of the local pop station, they were playing the exact stuff we hear in the us.
     
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  19. indesertum

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    Went to les marchands and had a really good time. Chatted with the bartender and he ended up bringing out some wines off the menu (a Muscadet by domaine l'ecu and a bourgeuil by Catherine Breton) and served in zalto glasses. Had a great time. Really rally love that space. The pizza place nearby, brewery nearby, cocktail bar and pub nearby.

    We also had dinner at julienne which was fantastic. Beef cheek and bouillabaisse was so good.

    Totally want to move here.
     
  20. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Tonight leek fritters from plenty, Friday Legume Soup, no dried limes so will have to use lime oil instead then see what the farmers market has in on Saturday to dictate Sunday dinner.

    Ottolenghi is getting a lot of coverage in the local press for this new book in the past week.
     

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