My mom and I went to dinner recently at Michael Mina in San Francisco, and I keep writing and rewriting the post trying to capture the meal. I can't do it justice, and to say it was one of the best meals of my life seems like a trite way of saying how much I enjoyed it. I'll just say that his amuse-bouche are, indeed, amusing (lobster corn dog, anyone?) and his trios (which have fascinated me ever since I read about them) are whimsical, clever, and delicious. Every course revolved around his signature triad of taste combinations. Mom and I started the meal luxuriously with osetra caviar (served with blinis, toast points, and potato pancakes) and chilled champagne. Three hours later dinner was done and I can barely remember what we ate. Kobe-style rib-eyes...foie gras...cheese...chocolate. It was divine in a way words can't describe. Highly recommend it, and if you go, do the wine pairing. It's worth it. (I can't say that because I wasn't paying...thanks, Mom!)
Cookbook fun. The Essential Mormon Cookbook is a delightful cookbook that I've recently added to my collection. It's simple, unpretentious, and I can't wait to cook from it. I love that the cookbook is arranged seasonally and also by ingredients like apples and strawberries. It's heavy on the comfort food and one-dish meals which, if you have a family, you will appreciate. Just in time for summer, I can't wait to try the salads, sandwiches, and snacks.
Do you know Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise? You should! It's the mayo I grew up eating. The best part about it is that it comes in a cute, fluted squeeze bottle so you can use it easily garnish hors d'oeuvres or deviled eggs. You could seek it out in your local Japanese market, but I'll save you the trouble: Amazon sells it. It's just like your fave American mayo except it's more lemony, less salty, and definitely creamier. It makes sandwiches extra tasty.