Friday, February 19, 2010

Food For Thought With Dear Friends

Enjoying a good meal with friends is one of my favorite hobbies. I'm especially fortunate to have some dear friends who share my passion for food. I generally like most types of cuisine, although I readily admit I am somewhat of a traditionalist- French, Italian, Chinese & "California-cuisine" (whatever that is) are among my favorites. Whether dining out or cooking at home, sharing a meal together is a wonderful experience. In this photo above, I enjoyed a meal with some dear friends at Chef Lidia Bastianich's Becco in New York. According to their website, the name Becco is from the Italian verb "beccare", which means to "peck, nibble or savor something in a discriminating way". The restaurant was very understated, but the food was delicious and the servers were very friendly.

above: look at this incredible Pork Chop. Wow.

above: Fresh pasta with shaved Truffles, and a truffle oil sauce. It was life-changing good food.

above: A really nice serving of veal parmagiana.
A few other fun dining experiences this past week...

above: Chefs at the Waldorf bring more desserts to the buffet table

above: this buffet included a wonderful chocolate fountain. I really need one of those at home.

above: fresh made crepes, cupcakes, strawberries and a piece of pound cake dipped in chocolate!

above: more little pastries from the buffet...and some fresh berries, for something healthy!

above: the dining room at Le Perigord, a wonderful French restaurant in New York.

above: an incredible Boeuf Bourguignon, a wonderful French Beef stew of sorts.

above: Le Perigord's fabulous chocolate souffle, with creme anglaise.

above: "Floating Islands", which are Meringue floating in a pool of Creme Anglaise. Oh My Gosh so good.

above: And finally, a slice of heaven. I mean five-layer chocolate cake. Such wonderful creations. I should have been a chef instead of a pet food guru.
-Rick Rockhill


kenju said...

It all looks heavenly! Have you been to Balthazar in NYC? I recommend their version of eggs Benedict!

Jeni said...

Well, if not a chef, then you'd make one superb food critic, don't 'cha think? I showed my daughter, Mandy, the pics and she wants to know how we can get a chocolate fountain here! LOL Good luck with that idea, huh? But really, all those entres looked so scrumptious and made me very hunger -again!

KathyA said...

My mouth is watering! (It's just cruel of you to put a picture of that chocolate cake on here!!) And by the way, Lidia Bastianich is one of my favorite TV chefs. She cooks a lot like my grandmother.

© Karelian Blonde said...

I think chocolate fountain at home sounds like a must :)

Gorgeous looking food and beautiful venues Mr Rockhill.

Anonymous said...

you"ve got the training? Why not be both?

That Veal parmagiana looks absolutely divine. I love when they use a veal chop for it...

Glad you had fun with the Westminster show...I'll bet it was fun seeing it for the first time from a new point of view.


OMG!! the truffles, that floatind dessert with the meringnes (Sp) and well everything has my mouth watering.

I'm thankful that you capture such amazing pictures. Being that I'm eating only organic and healthy no nonsense food I crave the life I've left behind for the short time. coming here helps curb my crave.
Thanks' for being my nicotine patch for the food that just melts in my mouth. :)


Palm Springs Savant said...

Crusty- I know what you mean- of course I don't eat like that all the time tho...I've gone fairly organic too, so this was me falling off the food wagon, so to speak

C said...

Ohhh! *DROOL* The chocolate fountain and those desserts!!! Whoa! Everything looks so decadent! I think I need to go for a meal with YOU! You sure know how to pick the est places to eat!!


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