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I love good cooking competitions (Ryori no Tetsujin, Ryori no Dotchi, My Kitchen Rules, first season of Ça Va Chauffer, Dinner Party Wars, etc etc) because there’s nothing quite like a little bit of schadenfreude to keep warm during the winter months. As for cooking competitions where I’m actually competing or expected to compete in, […]

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American Thanksgiving again

It’s American Thanksgiving again! As I’ve said before, this apparently the most important holiday south of the 49th. Honestly I would have guessed Xmas (aka the holiday that got moved to December because early Christians needed something that would replace the gambling, rampant overeating and drunkenness that was the Roman holiday of Saturnalia), but I’d […]

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Tiradito of Patagonian toothfish (aka Chilean sea bass)


First of all this is the same tiradito that I made to start off the Porterhouse event at la Vache espagnole. In hindsight I just like this photo better than the ones in the earlier post, but since it looks stupid to post the same dish twice without some differentiators, I’m going to provide a […]

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Beet salad

I like beets, both eating them and all the fun one can have with betacyanins and other people’s food. I probably shouldn’t since they’re not one of those vegetables that I didn’t grow up with (they were grown exclusively for sugar production and animal feed where I came from) but I’ve developed a taste for […]

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The finished crème brulée

Lemongrass and ginger crème brulée

So, that last iteration of « la Vache espagnole » pop-up where I didn’t quite make what I wanted was notable for a couple of things, including the fact that I made a lemongrass and ginger creme brulee (which should be spelt crème brulée and which I will do) dessert. Weigh the impact of that […]

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Sesame oil chicken soup

I started off 2013 by getting hammered by an extra-special potentiated variant of this year’s flu. How hammered? I can’t recall being this ill for the past couple of decades, and I don’t recall much about the time I was ill either. Unconsciousness will do that to you. I also appear to have lost a […]

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The ramp, aka Allium tricoccum

Fun with ramps

Today (March 20, 2012) is the vernal equinox, which most people call the first day of spring. Persians are busy celebrating Nowruz (نوروز), with new clothes, clean houses, enormous quantities of deliciousness, and a whole whack of money for the kids (sort-of sounds like Lunar New Year). If you’re not Persian but happen to be […]

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Rita Hayworth - now you know why the Spanish went crazy for her

La Gilda

La Gilda: a donostiarra pintxo created in honor of Rita Hayworth, her performance in the 1946 film Gilda, and her cementing of the black cocktail dress as the key fashion element to anchor a woman’s social wardrobe (she would have loved Christian Louboutin). This is a pretty simple pintxo: it’s just an olive, an anchovy […]

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Meat and three veg

My pal Jeannette came to the Big Croissant to celebrate Star Wars Day. Well, that’s not entirely accurate, but she was in town and it was Star Wars Day. I’ve been telling her on and off for the better part of a year that on one of these trips north of the border I’d make […]

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So Retro

Pan-seared foie gras

An exciting blast from the past, in more ways than one. I got a phone call from my pal Nancy, with whom I’m more than likely in the doghouse with for oh, not keeping in touch. Nancy and I go way back when we were both at this agency run by dysfunctional BILs and this […]

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