Dale Murphy is still my favorite baseball player. I’m surrounded by supposed Giants fans, but none of them spoke up during the regular season, and I suspect they’re kind of closeted because they still secretly support Barry Bonds and his Easter Island-ish skull. Anyway: Ankiel.
Last night’s new items on the produce order sheet:
french round carrot
baby chiogga beets
large red beets
In my purely speculative forays into why the East coast has better and more diverse fish for eating than we do on the West coast, I’ve formulated a (boring, predictable?) theory: the West coast is newer (geologically), with a harsher, more dramatic coastline, fewer harbors, deltas, marshes, and the like. More rocky beaches and cliffs. So our marine life is rock-clingers (like mussels and oysters), flatfish (halibut and petrale sole), and strong deep-ocean swimmers (amberjack and tuna). East coast fish have gentle tides, places to hide from predators, and a broader continental shelf. It’s entirely possible this theory is already well-known or shot to hell, either one without my knowing it, but it makes sense to me, but then so did Clerks 2.
It’s difficult if not impossible to eat your way from Calistoga to Napa this time of year without tasting every California fruit (except Meyer lemons) you could name. From apriums to pluots to nectarines, figs, and every berry, all are featured on both the sweet and savory sides of our menus. But what about Napa Valley’s most widely-planted fruit?
a few new items out there for solbar . . .
Check out the new Food Arts page 66 (the September issue, which is on newsstands but not online as of today). I was really excited to participate in their mystery basket feature till they told me the secret ingredient was roofing nails. Tough, tough.
LeAnn Rimes graces the cover of the new SHAPE magazine and she forgot to put on her chef coat. Solbar is on page 154.
Lastly, the 2011 ZAGAT survey came out for SF-Bay Area today. Our first time in there. If you love us, vote early and often for 2012.
“No no, I think it’s my phone. I just want to make usre I heard you correctly: you did say beef shin right? As in bone-in beef shank.?
Conventional culinary wisdom says to pick a killer ingredient and then build a dish around it. No chef I know would, by choice, begin with beef shin. Choice, however, is not a factor in this exercise (late of my “Sounds Like Fun’ list, new to my “WTFIT?” list), because the beef shin is prescribed, as are 29 other ingredients. It’s a free country, but not when you work with Food Arts on MYSTERY BASKET”
-Chef Brandon Sharp – Food Art September 2010
Thanks first of all to Jay McInerney, write of Bright Lights, Big City (among others), who posted a great write-up of solbar last week right here. Jay writes for the WSJ, and I may have foamed at the mouth while describing the parmigiano mousse, the lack of which, in a bad peach season, is of course the true source of the US blues.
“The next couple of nights, I stayed at the Mt. View Inn, my old standby in Calistoga, and dined at Solbar at Solage, the new hotel resort which is part of the Auberge de Soleil group. Solage has given the little hot springs town a serious injection of style, and its restaurant, which recently received a Michelin star, has revived the spirits of local foodies after the closing of the Wappo Grill. Chef Brandon Sharp’s food is well worth a detour—he’s great at deep frying, though there is a spa side of the menu and an appetizer of peaches and onions with a parmesan foam was one of the best things I’ve had this summer.”
Time to update the bar menu again, and these two were done pretty much on the fly yesterday afternoon.
Cheese fritters–the new and undisputed heavyweight champ of the mozzarella stick weight-class–with genovese basil from our garden and hot fra diavolo for dunking.
Ant the extra crispy cobb salad, which contains all the required ingredients, then some twice-fried chicken wings.