Our staff is finally getting some down time - well, slower anyway - now that Valentine's is over. A few Mardi Gras King cakes and then I'll have some time myself. Some of the servers are just scratching at the mouth from all of the craziness.
Some pleasant surprises came my way right about VDay - a fantastic box of baklava courtesy of Mina Yamashita (foodie and author):
And one of my servers and her friend (Annette and Shawna) brought me a plate of Valentine's cookies. Annette's father was a baker in Germany so her treats are always delicious:
And this was our knockout super mega success of VD week - a non-chocolate cake. Two layers of hazelnut dacquoise, vanilla bavaroise, creme fraiche panna cotta and fresh strawberries. If there's interest I'll happily post the recipe.
As for me - well, I'm wrapping up a couple of chocolate sculptures and preparing for the eGullet Chocolate and Confections Conference - hope to see some of you there in DC!
Farina Alto – Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 days ago