the pink blinQ!

What a fantastic pan! Here we’re flambéing Cognac for Steak au Poivre.

And I just love the look of this pretty pink pan sitting on the stove when it is not hard at work.

Thanks to Heather and the folks at blinQ! for this fabulous gift.
blinQ! – For people who love to cook up special moments, blinQ! Is the colorful ingredient that inspires creative living and entertaining.

Best Dessert in NYC – Pavlova at Balthazar


The Pavlova at Balthazar is baked meringue filled with yogurt and mascarpone served with a silky warm berry sauce that is made to order. The meringue dissolves on your tongue, and with the sweetness of the meringue, the creaminess of the marscapone, the tart balance of the yogurt and the heavenly warm berries, this is really exceptional. John tells us that we are not the only ones who think so. Happy Bastille Day!

Oysters and Pearls – East Coast

Sabayon of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar.
We are lucky enough to have had this signature dish of Thomas Keller’s on the West Coast at the French Laundry and now on the East Coast at per se. He says, “It’s a very sensual combination.” We couldn’t agree more. Ingredients include pearl tapioca, heavy cream, creme fraiche, egg yolks, vermouth, shallots, butter, chives, and of course, oysters and caviar.

I invite you to zoom in, click on the photo to enlarge, and taste with the eyes.

Shall We Begin?

Our elegant table at per se.
Per Se Restaurant, New York
http://www.frenchlaundry.com/
Champagne Vilmart
http://www.champagnevilmart.com/

Nine courses and five hours of pure heaven: including oysters, caviar, figs, foie gras, loup de mer, bluefin tuna, langoustines, quail, lamb, wagyu beef, cheese, sorbet, ice cream, chocolate…