Archive for November, 2013

NYC: Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Apr. 2013)

November 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Authors: Victor, Monte, and Simon
Exec Chef: Dan Barber

Date: April 25, 2013

We’ve wanted to try Blue Hill for a while now, and I finally made the reservation back in May. It’s located at Stone Barns around Tarrytown. It’s really easy to get there from Manhattan; you just take a train from Grand Central to Tarrytown on the Metro-North line, and then you just take a short 5- to 1-minute taxi ride from the train station.

We got there early, so they said we could just walk around the farm and check the different areas out. It’s pretty neat to be able to walk around and see different (and delicious) animals.

9 Lamb Farm, Back

Look at these adorable, living lambs! (We had some DELICIOUS lamb later hahaha.)

Anyway, there are several tasting menus for dinner (with the max number of courses at 12), and we went with the 12-course “Farmer’s Feast”. We had been waiting quite a bit to eat here, so we wanted to try everything they had to offer for spring!

Click here to see picture of our great meal!

NYC: Empellón Cocina: The Push Project: Part IV (Nov. 2013)

November 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Author: Victor
Chefs: Alex Stupak and Grant Achatz

November 7, 2013

Push Project Part IV: Grant Achatz

This is the last Push Project of the year, and Chef Stupak decided to go out with a BANG. He asked his former boss/mentor, Grant Achatz, to collaborate with him, resulting in one of the most hyped dining events of the year. Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz are basically gods in the American culinary scene, so having one of them as a guest chef in a meal is pretty darn amazing.

Anyway, enough rambling. Let’s go look at the food!

Click here to see pictures of our meal.

San Sebastián: Akelarre (Nov. 2013)

November 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Author: Victor
Exec Chef: Pedro Subijana

November 3, 2013

1 Entrance

Akelarre (or Akelaŕe) was the last of the restaurants that I had on my list for San Sebastián, and it was also the last meal I had before heading to Barcelona. The restaurant itself has a wonderful view of the sea, so try to reserve a seat near the window if you get the chance. Most tables are near the window and have a view of the water, though you should try to avoid any of the tables farthest from the window—they don’t really have a view of the water

2 View Panorama

You have an option of three tasting menus: a land-based one, water-based one, and one with some of the Akelarre’s classics. I went with the classics (even though I generally like “newer” dishes) because I wanted to try what helped make this restaurant and Chef so famous. I also added the suckling pig as a supplement because it just sounded so dang good haha.

Click here to see pics of the amazing meal!