Sunday, February 19, 2012

Season of Love pt 1

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!

Curious Kumquat


Tri2Cook said...

Nice looking cake Rob. I really wish I could attend the conference but it's not going to happen. I can't get away from work this time of year. It's hockey tournament time and the restaurants and hotels get slammed hard. We just wrapped up a 6 day kid's tournament yesterday and a 7 day men's tournament is just around the corner with a smaller women's tournament immediately following that one. That wraps up and kicks off tourist season soon after. My only hope for escape is october - january. Sounds like it will be a good time though.

Cherri said...

Great info here. Long time reader, first time poster....keep it up please!

Gfron1 said...

Thanks guys. Cherri - you've seen how my life has changed over the past few years. I rarely do less than 70 hour weeks these days with the restaurant and the work is paying off - we're considered the top restaurant in the state by most food writers. The consequence is that I can't update here as often. But I have some cool stuff coming up in the next day or so...