Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WD loves me (part deux)

Below is a list of all the fantastic things I ate at WD~50, my thoughts are in parentheses:

  • Everything bagel, smoked salmon threads, crispy cream cheese (Awesomeness / mind blowing ice cream made from toasted bagels, yet SAVORY!)
  • Foie gras, passionfruit, chinese celery (The foie gras ball was a bit scary, since it leaked passionfruit but still amazing / dehydrated celery scrapings are one of my new favorite foods)
  • Scrambled egg ravioli, charred avocado, kindai kampachi (The best avocado I have ever eaten with dinner-time eggs. Awesome. Vanessa's favorite dish)
  • Cold fried chicken, buttermilk-ricotta, tabasco, caviar (Yumminess on a plate, caviar a bit fishy for my taste)
  • Langoustine, red pepper, black sesame, shiso (One of the best things I have ever eaten... I'm serious. If I ever was on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate", I would divulge this culinary gem. If I am ever arrested on the LES it is because I have broken into the kitchen and stolen some red pepper licorice)
  • Beef and bearnaise (TOO MANY BALLS!)
  • Lamb loin, black garlic romesco, soybean, pickled garlic chive (Awesome, but I was extremely full by the time this came around. There will always be a place in my heart for the black garlic romesco).
  • Vanilla-mango ice cream, yuzu, spruce (Adult creamsicle. Only 1000x better)
  • Hazelnut tart, coconut, chocolate, chicory (Best Thing I Ever Ate: Desserts)
  • Carmelized brioche, apricot, buttercream, lemon thyme (Oh how I long for thee)
  • Cocoa packets. Chocolate shortbread, milk ice cream (MORE BALLS, WILEY?! Oh okay, these are delicious...)

The meal was a true culinary experience - red pepper strings, everything bagel ice cream, bearnaise gnocchi, adult creamsicles. We snacked on a some extremely flat sesame flat bread made to look like Kleenex before our meal arrived. I realized the moment the flaky awesomeness touched my lips that this meal was something extraordinary. Each dish forced my taste buds to embark on a new journey, some more pleasant than others (foie gras and passionfruit do not mix, Wiley!), but each remarkable. The savory highlights, for me, were the langoustine, lamb loin, and cold fried chicken dishes... although I have to say, I never thought I'd fall in love with pink chicken. I loved all the sweet courses and cannot (honestly, I can't) pick a favorite. WD~50 stretched my textural, taste, and olfactory limits. Ohh Wiley, I wish I could have told you how much I loved the meal - OH WAIT, I DID!

A special thanks to my sister, Vanessa, and cousin, Ali, for making this night possible.