i just got back from New York and had the most beautiful experience at Eataly on 23rd an 5th. my friend Tana and i ate for jesus at the verdure stand which was a great and worthwhile, but hard decision. so many choices, so little time. we settled on the vegetables because we knew we would benefit. we also ate warm, squishy fresh mozzarella, looked at the thousand cheeses, relished the thought of having a roast sandwich with uber meat, or a massive disc of melty naughty pizza. but no, we walked past the home made pappardelle with ricotta and fragrant tomatoes and sat at the vegetable counter. we ordered the bruschetta with grilled brussel sprouts, parmesan and shaved lemon, the soft polenta with stewed chickpeas, tomato and silverbeet, and then added the grilled endive, escarole lettuce, pine nut, and currant hot salad. washed down with red there was much oohing and ahhing…….such clean flavour. pure ideas for food done so well.
on the way home i bought some of the vegetables that i haven’t seen a lot of at home and photographed them in her loft in Tribeca……and i made some salad ideas out of them for them to eat later…..just clean ingredients with a pure ethic in food. letting the flavours speak.
beets, onions, red walnuts, white and red balsamic oils and emulsions
radishes, fungus, broccolis, squash, lemon maple and tabasco drip