Our next project: Verjus [update]

September 30, 2011 by

Three weeks ago we hosted an opening night for friends and family at our new wine bar attached to our -soon to be open- restaurant. That same morning the city of Paris denied our restaurant license based on our VISA status. No license meant no serving food, no serving booze, no fun.

In the weeks that followed there were lots of tears, lots of lawyers, lots of paperwork as well as sympathy bottles of wine from Tim at Juveniles, sympathy bottles of champagne from Mark at Willie’s and sympathy sandwiches cooked up by Juan from La Derniere Goutte.

So with license in hand, ovens fired up, plates stacked and glasses polished, let’s see what other kind of drama we can get into. Verjus, our upcoming restaurant, will be opening in a month. Verjus Bar à vin opens this Tuesday October 4th and will continue to be open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 6pm to 11pm.

[update] We said September 12th, then we said October 4th, now we are saying Wednesday October 19th and we expect that you will believe us? We’ll, we are prepping some yummy bar snacks, opening some tasty bottles of wine and flipping the switch on the outside lights. So unless some killer squirrels from Palais Royal attack us or epic floods engulf the entire city of Paris, we will be open. We we hope that you will take our word this time and drop by Wednesday to say hello.

Hope to see you all soon,

Braden and Laura
www.verjusparis.com

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Crispity… Crunchity… Pork Belly!

May 25, 2011 by


For all the people who asked… sorry it took me so long. 

Pork belly is a Hidden Kitchen favorite. It’s a great choice for dinner parties because most of the work can be done in advance and the slabs of belly can be cut to any size. We normally serve our belly with pickled or acidic things to cut through some of the fat. Our favorite paired ingredients are the pickled garden chilies pictured above (with raw baby leeks), capers, artichoke hearts, olives or tart cherries. Like bacon though, pork belly goes well with pretty much anything.

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White Salad

January 8, 2011 by

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Usually around the first or second week of December, the lettuce farmers in Eastern Washington would stop bringing the greens we needed for the Dahlia’s mixed green salad. This change signaled the change of seasons, but also for us, the return of the white salad. Regulars at the Dahlia would come back just to order this tasty mix of readily available sturdy winter vegetables with a dressing of heavy truffle oil,salty parmesan and tangy lemon juice.

I personally love this salad because the vegetables are hardy enough to sit in a salad bowl at the table without going limp and droopy like a salad of leafy greens tends to do. The greatness of the salad rests largely on the white truffle oil and finding a great white truffle can sometimes be difficult.

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“Making America Proud”

December 12, 2010 by

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At a recent dinner a Frenchman leaned over to me and said, “you have made America proud with this dish!” The extolled dish was our rehashing of an American classic, the baked potato.

As we saw it, the perfect baked potato had six essential elements; potato, bacon, broccoli, chives, sour cream and cheese. Each of these six components served a specific function in the overall success of a dish; potato for neutral volume, bacon for salt, broccoli for refreshing bite, chives for cleansing, sour cream for tang and cheese another form of salt and a somewhat unctuous mouthfeel.

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Juan’s wine picks: 2008 Syrah

November 30, 2010 by

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* Juan Sanchez, owner of La Dernière Goutte and Laura pick out some wines that are drinking especially well. Here are the selections. Check out previous selections here.

In the interest of the goose we roasted for Thanksgiving and as a little tip-of-the-cap to our founding father, and fellow syrah lover, Thomas Jefferson (no we aren’t tea-baggers!) we decided to have a tasting of 2008 syrah. The Rhône is (supposedly) the birth place of syrah, though there are now many incarnations of it including it’s dark-skinned Australian sibling, shiraz. Shiraz and syrah are typically quite concentrated and full-bodied wines, often being used in blends to provide some body. Tasting three syrahs from the Rhône was a nice lesson in the versatility of the fruit which can seem so standard.

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Menu: November 2nd 2010

November 2, 2010 by

Amuse

Roasted Parsnip and
Garlic Soup w Brown Butter
Pears and Wild Rice

Cardoon Agnolotti w
Preserved Lemon,
Clams, Scallops and Radish

Braised Mushrooms w
Chestnut Cream and
Poached Quail Egg

Palate Cleanser

Rabbit Pot Pie w
Root Vegetables
and Mustard Cream

Crispy Pork Belly
w Charred Broccoli
and White Cheddar

Shaved Fennel Salad
w Grapefruit, Olive, Tarragon
and Roquefort

Goat Cheese Mouse w
Oatmeal Graham Crust
and Persimmon Ice Cream

Mignardises

Juan’s wines of the month: September 2010

October 1, 2010 by

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*each month Juan Sanchez, owner of La Dernière Goutte and Laura pick out some wines that are drinking especially well. Here are this months selections. Check out previous month’s selections here.

Mâcon produces a plethora of white wines, mainly chardonnay and most famously Pouilly-fuissé. Juan recently introduced me to this Mâcon-fuissé and we became friends immediately. This charming chardonnay is produced in the Mâconnais district, in the village of Fuissé. Domaine La Soufrandise’s “Le Ronte” cuvée is floral fruity and round, with zero oak, the perfect accompaniment to our fig and anchovy tart. I find this to be a lovely example of what French chardonnay can be with out any adornments. Braden and I literally fought over the half glass we had left in the bottle a couple nights ago. The good news is we can get more, and for only 12,9€ a bottle we’ll be seeing a lot of each other this fall.

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Menu: September 25th 2010

September 29, 2010 by

Amuse

Roasted Squash Soup w
Smoked Pear, Pumpernickel &
Shaved Fennel

Fig and Anchovy Tart w
Cornmeal Crust, Arugula &
Pickled Roman Cauliflower

Saffron Linguini w
Roasted Mussels, Clams &
Brussels Sprouts

Palate Cleanser

Crispy Pork Belly w Walnut
& Turnip Puree, Caramelized Spinach &
Pickled Chilies

Duck Sausage w
Red Wine Risotto, Braised Chard &
Baked Muscat Grapes

Roasted Pumpkin Salad w
Pomegranates, Parsley &
Goat Cheese

Chestnut Cake w
Poached Plums, Cheddar Crumble &
Chai Tea Ice Cream

Coffee and Cookies

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

September 14, 2010 by

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I have tried to shy away from frying things. It isn’t the health concerns that I fear. It isn’t the danger of oil fires either. It’s simply that when you fry even the smallest thing in your home it makes your place smell like McDonalds for days afterwards.

That being said, as an American I can only go so long before the siren song of ultra crispy crust and moist and juicy meat gets me dusting off our fryer or heavy bottomed pan and filling it with liters of oil.

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