Category Archives: Looks Good Enough to Eat

Photos from my travels.

I’m Not Bluffing: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bon Appétit

photo 1 How happy was I to be asked to write about the Inn at Palmetto Bluff for the current issue of Bon Appétit, which ranks seventh on the magazine’s list of the country’s best resorts for food lovers? You can read the Bon App report here. The image that appeared was of the resort’s annual Music to Your Mouth Festival. What’s missing, though, are photos of the incredible food you can enjoy in that amazing setting. Here’s a slide show of images I took during a visit last year. Of course, to really know how delicious the food is and how beautiful the place is, you’ll just have to go experience it for yourself.

 

 

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Looks Good Enough To Eat: Chinese Roast Duck

This beautiful bird was purchased at the Union Square Greenmarket from Fazio Farm (new on Fridays). It came complete with head and feet, just in case you weren’t sure its. (Nate threatened not to come home.) To cook it I marinated it for a day in my roast Chinese pork marinade (see Kitchen Sense), then scored the skin and roasted it for about an hour at 400°F. It was on the rare side of medium rare, so
after cutting it up Chinese style—with a cleaver through the bones—I stir fried the pieces for a few minutes in a hot wok to crisp the skin and cook the meat through. Served with stir-fried sugarsnap peas with garlic scapes and stir-fried purple asparagus (turns green when cooked) with spring onions. Plenty of steamed jasmine rice, too. Yum.

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Travel Log: The Taste of London

If my food experiences last week in London are any indication, hundreds of years of jokes about how awful the food is in England should be shelved. I ate my way around that beautiful, fun town, and the eating is very good, indeed. Not only are many of my favorite foodstuffs from France on offer—Poilâne and Ladurée bakeries have London outposts; Pierre Hermé has a kiosk in Selfridge’s and a stand-alone shop is opening July 10! There are several Pauls, a Maison du Chocolat, and more French purveyors, j’en suis sûr—but the local breads, cheeses, and produce are superb. And the restaurants are creative and exciting. Eric Ripert, chef of Le Bernardin in New York who was in London for the first time, is having a blast. “I had no idea how great this place was,” he told me. During a dinner cooked for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy by Alain Ducasse (who has one of only two Michelin three-star restaurants in London) and Joël Robuchon (who has a London outpost: thanks for the update, Johnny), Ripert chatted with the celebrated French chefs. He mentioned how much he was enjoying London. “Are you kidding,” both Ducasse and Robuchon said. “London is so much better than Paris.” Well, there you have it.

What makes it special? Continue reading

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Looks Good Enough to Eat: And Now For Dessert

St. John desserts: Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese, steamed
hazelnut pudding with cream, custard tart with rhubarb, and braised rhubarb
with tangy vanilla ice cream. Waiting for the madeleines to be baked.

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Looks Good Enough to Eat: Marrow Bones

These beauties are a St. John signature. Served with a parsley and
caper salad and grey salt. Schmeared on toast. Good and good for you.

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Looks Good Enough to Eat: Welch Rarebit

The Welch rarebit at St. John. Melted cheese flavored with beer,
mustard, and cayenne broiled on homemade white bread.

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Looks Good Enough to Eat: Like Peas in a Pod

A bowl of delicious sweet peas served in the pods at Sr. John. Cuts
through the marrow and pork fat nicely.

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