Sunday, August 16, 2009

good food comes to those who wait

Just one week ago today I had the pleasure of joining nearly two-dozen NYC foodies at the Foodbuzz Community Table. Dinner was held at David Burke’s Fishtail restaurant in a townhouse on the Upper East side. I ate well, had lovely conversations, and, overall, a completely spectacular evening. Everyone's camera was very much out and about :).
I began the evening with white wine as I enjoyed delicious yet endless hors d'oeuvres and got to know the talented blogging community. It was interesting to be in the company of those outside the healthy living niche, those in the culinary business and restaurant frequenters.
My options weren't all veg-friendly but I lived a little. I didn't want to be an inconvenience and, quite frankly, I didn't want to miss out. An opportunity like this one may only come once.

For my next drink I ordered their signature cocktail. The name escapes me at the moment but it was a strong a cross between a mojito and a rum & coke. I wasn’t the biggest fan.

After a few sips I went the authentic Danielle route to a glass of full-bodied red instead.
It paired nicely with my appetizer although I wasn't that impressed with my first octopus plate. In addition the avocado (of which I was excited about) it was garnished with bacon. Too smoky :(

Then, seemingly playing it safe, I went with salmon as my entrée. But it was fresh wild Alaskan salmon served over steamed bok choy and I had no choice ;) it was absolutely delicious. Fellow diners enjoyed scallops or branzino (yum!) and were very generous with samples.

Afterwards came dessert, the sweetest part of the meal by far, and I mean that in all aspects of the word. The selection included: David Burke's Cheesecake Lollipops with Raspberries and Bubblegum Whipped Cream (I brought a few left-overs home for my thankful family),
Chocolate Caramel Cake with "Cracker Jacks" and Peanut Butter Ice Cream (divine!),
and Peaches & Cream with White Chocolate Pudding, Georgia Peaches and Strawberry Sugar Wafers. Luckily, I was able to sample each one to my utmost satisfaction without overdoing it.
And in my few final bites I was convinced that I had died and gone to heaven. My small serving of the "Can o' Cake" - Molten Chocolate Cake with All the Fixin's (Fresh Whipped Cream and a Bowl of Cake Batter-Covered Beaters) was amazing. Some indulgences are just worth it, agreed?
"What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate." - Katherine Hepburn

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