Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
For our entree, we had pizza with arugula, San Marzano tomato sauce, prosciutto and a blend of cheeses, paired with a Santa Martina Super Tuscan. We also had meltingly tender pulled pork with the legendary Union mac and cheese (penne rigate, Vermont sharp cheddar Pinconning, bechamel, parmesan and a crunchy crust), a heavenly creamy sweet potato mash with spicy charred jalapeno and Michigan maple syrup and corn bread, with Kid Rock's Badass beer. Delicious.
For dessert, Curt presented us with an amazing salted butterscotch pudding with fresh cream (this alone is worth the trip) and a deep fried Twinkie with chocolate sauce. Yes, this place has a sense of humor, too.
We ran into some friends, shared a lot of laughs and enjoyed a down-home dinner. Did I say I was tired?
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
But at least as far as food lovers are concerned, that would be a mistake, for Detroit has something no other city in the country can boast: The biggest open air market in the United States, according to Detroit Eastern Market officials. This farmers' market has been operating since 1891 and attracts about 26,000 weekly. It's been recently renovated, and is a foodie’s paradise.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- 24Grille Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
- Andiamo Detroit Riverfront - GM Renaissance Center
- Atlas Global Bistro - Midtown
- Coach Insignia – GM Renaissance Center
- Cuisine – New Center
- Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille – Fox Theatre Building
- Detroit Fish Market @ Paradise Valley
- Forty-Two Degrees North – Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
- Iridescence – Motor City Casino-Hotel
- Mosaic Restaurant – Greektown
- Opus One - Downtown
- Rattlesnake Club – Stroh River Place
- Roast – Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
- Saltwater – MGM Grand Detroit
- Seldom Blues – GM Renaissance Center
- The Whitney – Midtown
- Wolfgang Puck Grille – MGM Grand Detroit
The event runs Sept. 18-27, and I hear that spots are filling up fast, so it's a good idea to make reservations asap. We plan to get out a few times to experience our first Restaurant Week in Detroit. Hope you do, too. If you go, come back and comment here and tell me what you think.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Cool weather has led to a tomato blight, so while the season hasn't been the best, I've been blessed with a nice crop of yellow tomatoes that reseeded themselves from last year.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
A few tips: pat the scallops dry and season with salt and pepper before placing into the pan. Sear in olive oil for about 3-4 minutes on each side. If the scallop sticks, it's not ready to flip. And don't overcrowd in the pan or they won't brown properly.
As the scallops become nicely caramelized, put them on a plate in a 200-degree oven to keep warm, and then start your sauce. Pour a big splash of good white wine in the pan - roughly a quarter to a third of a cup. Let it simmer down and reduce for a few minutes, stirring constantly, and when all the bits have eased off the pan into your sauce, stir in a small pat of butter for silky richness. Plate the scallops, pour on a little sauce and serve.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Some days call for comfort food. I trust you understand.