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Hi there,

I looked for an email, and this was the best I could come up with, so I'm glad you had an egg post because I have an egg question. I was in Boston this past weekend, and had the extreme pleasure of dining at la petit robert bistro in kenmore. Holy crap was that good eatin'. Anyway, my mom ordered "Crispy Poached Eggs with Bacon & Frisée Salad," which was A-Mazing. So we were debating on how the eggs were prepared. Obviously they were poached, but to make them crispy they had to be fried somehow and we couldn't figure out how they did it, since the eggs had basically what I can only describe as flecks of crispy--that is to say, they weren't deep-fried because there wasn't an all-over crust of breading, and the eggs were very tender and delicate and, again, A-Mazing. I wish I had a picture. Any ideas?

Stefania Pomponi Butler

Angela, it sounds to me like the eggs were poached and then quickly fried, perhaps even basted with hot fat.

That is one of my favorite salads of all time. I usually enjoy it at Jeanty at Jack's here in SF, and love to make my own version for parties.

One thing I love about being back in San Francisco is that frisee is everywhere, in every grocery store. Nothing beats a California market. I could never find it in Portland. Not at the fancy grocers. Not at the Farmer's market.


Thanks for the response! It is most appreciated--I'll let my mom know.

Yeah, our Farmer's Market in Portland does have its merits and is a pretty fantastic place to get fresh veggies...it's surprising, given the variety of stuff you can find at the Park Blocks Farmer's Market, that no one has any frisee. Eh, that's why you gotta love California--farmer's down there will grow just about anything because somewhere, someone is going to buy it.

Thanks again for the tip on the eggs.

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