On that note, this week did offer me two very pampering evenings, which I was very fortunate to have realized. Monday evening, a long-time friend surprised me with dinner at Alain Ducasse's Adour in the St. Regis hotel. An intimate space elegantly enrobed in soft hues of gold and deep reds and gentle, classic prints. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it there for dinner during Chef Tony Esnault's evenings. But the dinner was magical just the same. My menu included: Sweetbread "Meunière," Egg Purse with Wild Mushrooms & Brioche; Glazed Berkshire Pork Tournedos/Belly with Butternut Squash, Boudin Noir, and a Sage Sauce; ending with chocolates, macarons and an espresso. A complimentary dish of Sautéed Duck Foie Gras from Chef Joel Dennis was also deliciously devoured and very much appreciated. A feast fit for a king… or a pampered princess with lovely conversation and life realizations. Merci, Jacques.
Tuesday evening, I had a wonderful dinner with a friend I recently met at one of the most classic culinary meccas in the Big Apple, The Four Seasons. Not to be confused with the hotel, this may be the best spot to experience glamorous NY society in a very civilized manner. Seated in the Pool Room next to the babbling waters centered in the golden-hued space, while the beaded curtains shimmied in front of the windows overlooking the hustle and bustle of NYC, we enjoyed splendid service and delicately traditional haute cuisine. I'm a sucker for steak tartare, so that's exactly what began my meal. Sweet and savory and perfectly smooth Four Seasons Beef Tartare with caviar followed by a second course of Maryland Crabmeat Cakes with Mustard Sauce, and a main course of Filet of Bison, Foie Gras and a Perigord Truffle Sauce. All of this decadently prepared deliciousness was followed by a tower of pink cotton candy. Fun fun fun! Not an everyday affair, but incredibly appreciated, the exquisite dinner was accompanied by superb conversation by my host and incredible attentiveness on the waiters' behalf. Merci, Jim.
Last night, on a different level, after meeting up with friends at Paddy Reilly's Open Mic Night, a few of us headed over to Waterfront Ale House for some exceptional Mako Shark Tacos and Buffalo Calamari. A great, and usually pretty crowded, neighborhood bar, the chef is brilliant and serves up some amazing dishes. A long night, or early morning, today will be spent writing, enjoying some good coffee somewhere, and, well, you just never know in this crazy city. Enjoy what you have in life, and don't forget to dream a little too. Bon appétit!