I had the yummiest lunch today. First an entree (which still makes me think of the main course not the appetiser) of ripe--but not too ripe--canteloupe, a dry ham like proscuitto and a balsamic dressing. My Plat du Jour was hot Black Forest Ham and seasoned potatoes covered with melted Raclette cheese. Sooo good. And that's at a little restaurant a couple of blocks from us. It is far too easy to eat well here.
The restaurant was sweet and gave us a free appetiser of oysters. I'm trying to not be squeamish and learn to eat new foods, but it pretty much tasted just like I always figured an oyster would: salty snot. Bleck. I've tried it, not gonna do it again.
I've also finally tried the Rillette du Porc that my husband just loves. It's basically melted down pork. No seasonings or smoky flavor, at least that I can detect. Pork and pork fat. My husband drools just thinking about it. I decided I'd rather have butter or olive oil or Boursin... And we tried some Pate de Campagne too. Hmm, tastes like liver, not for me either.
By the way, sorry for any mispellings above. I have basically given up trying to spell things in any language.
Now about the tv show Kitchen Confidential. It's funny, it's about food, and it has a great cast, what more do you need? Jack Bourdain is a talented chef whose addictions effectively ended his career. Too much sex, drugs, women. Four years and an AA recovery later, he's given a second chance to run Nolita, an upscale restaurant. He reassembles his old team who are used to the ways of the old Jack, not the new one.
As I said, great cast. I'm not going to name them all, but you've got Will Tippin and Xander to start off with. John Francis Daley who was the sweet scrawny geek Sam Wier on Freaks and Geeks has grown up yet is still charmingly awkward. Vaughn, Inara and Sharona all make guest appearances. John Laroquette appears in one excellent episode as Jack's mentor, who has decided to eat himself to death. Very funny.
The tv show is based on Tony Bourdain's book Kitchen Confidential, which you know I love. I'm looking at the Table of Contents right now and the chapter headers pretty much sum up the tv show: Food is Good, Food is Sex, Food is Pain. Characters and incidents from the book appear in the show and like Tony, Jack is anti-vegetarian, anti-brunch and a heavy smoker. Somehow I don't think the real Bourdain would be in AA, but that's just my guess.
I'm rather amazed at how much swearing, innuendo and sexual situations they got away with on network tv. This was a show that should have been on HBO. Probably wouldn't have gotten killed off so quickly, that's for sure.
Watch the show and let me know what you think. I think I still would list the first two seasons of Chef as my all-time favorite restaurant comedy, but it's got the huge advantage of being British. (I'm an anglophile living in the wrong country).
Time to go watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with my husband. You all have a great weekend.