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The Naysayers

2014.Nov.19 Wednesday
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Given that we’ve now been around for awhile – a bit over nine years since our first trial runs at offering dinners, though still a few months shy of our official nine year opening anniversary, and perhaps because I have a listing here on the blog of places around the world that offer underground dining […]

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A Siamese in Peru

2014.Nov.17 Monday
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Now that Peru is the new “it girl” in the gastronomic world, we can expect to see all sorts of trendy mashups. I may as well get ahead of the curve. I mean, we have – there aren’t many people out there doing a fusion of Andean and Mediterranean flavors and techniques, as is our […]

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Refinements to Plates Past

2014.Nov.06 Thursday
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While last week’s menu held no completely new dishes, it did provide me with an opportunity to refine, adjust, or perhaps just tweak some favorites from menus over the last year. Our “study of roots” goes slightly more savory, I took out the sweet ocas, or Andean yams, and put in a different small Andean […]

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Legend of the Priest Strangler

2014.Oct.28 Tuesday
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A look back at last week’s dinners and a story about pasta. Textures of Corn – Corn and grilled onion cheesecake over a polenta and manchego cheese crust; roasted corn, red onion, rocoto chili, lime salad; deep-fried corn kernels; nira oil. Timbuche – Our version of the traditional Amazonian freshwater fish soup – thickened cilantro […]

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Lime Jello Salad

2014.Oct.21 Tuesday
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When Kevin and I first started talking about the idea of our online cooking challenges, one of the things we spent a fair amount of time discussing was the re-creation of classic dishes. Now, we were thinking, for the most part, of things like the challenges we’ve already done, classics like Sole Veronique and Pad […]

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Snapshots of Dinner

2014.Oct.16 Thursday
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Every now and again (probably more often than that), I have email conversations with diners, or potential diners, that leave me mystified. Earlier this week a couple reserved for dinner for this week, only to cancel. Now in and of itself, that’s not unusual, but their reason – they didn’t like two ingredients that were […]

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From Tentacle to Ear

2014.Oct.08 Wednesday
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Just a quick look back at last week’s menu. A bit of playing around with past dishes and a couple of completely new ones. A Humboldt squid and sand perch causa – layers of potato with ají amarillo and lemon, and green onion and lime; spiced olive oil poached squid tentacles (jibía), sauteed sand perch […]

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Fennel & Chocolate

2014.Sep.26 Friday
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No, I’m not combining those two flavors in one dish, at least not yet…. Simply, the new dishes on the menu last week. We started off with our “vegetables a la tahitienne“, and moved swiftly into this new soup – a base of lots of fennel, with onion, garlic, allspice, salt and pepper, all simmered […]

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Cabbage Flower Dumplings

2014.Sep.17 Wednesday
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In the scheme of things in the dumpling world, potato gnocchi are a relatively recent entry. If you stop to think about it, the potato is a new world crop, brought back to Europe by explorers sometime during the 16th century, and they didn’t catch on right away. Gnocchi, traditionally, were made from flour, eggs, […]

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