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Thursday, May 19, 2011

fancy pants dinner

hello, my lovely readers!
i've missed you terribly...
but must admit that my vacation was awesome.
especially the fancy pants dinner my mommy took me to.
this is the best food i have ever eaten...

the restaurant is called
victoria and albert's.
it is located on disney world property at the grand floridian resort & spa -
& is an 11-year recipient of the coveted aaa five diamond award.

sorry for the poor picture quality,
but the room was very dimly lit & my camera decided it hated me.
but, you'll get the idea!

amuse-bouche: lobster bisque, lobster crepe, lobster with caviar, & lobster panna cotta
i have to admit, i'm not one for lobster -
or so i thought!
every single bite was heaven.

applewood smoked buffalo "waldorf"
 buffalo is delicious.
freakin' deeeelicious.
there were three buffalo medallions topped with micro greens, walnuts, and an amazing vinaigrette.
on either side were apple spheres rolled in crushed walnuts.

diver scallop with braised fennel & blood orange gastrique
 this scallop melted in my mouth -
it was like eating butter.
there were caramelized vidalia onions with the blood orange gastrique
{which is a reduction of vinegar & sugar to form a slightly caramelized sauce}
& a dusting of fennel powder.
i really wanted to pick up the plate & lick it clean...
but i refrained
because i have couth & decorum.

roasted quail with asian pears & serrano ham jus
 oh, man.
this dish was perfectly salty & sweet.
the combination of the sweet asian pears & the saltiness of the serrano ham jus
absolutely made the quail pop.

niman ranch lamb with marble potatoes & english peas
 the lamb was heaven.
cooked medium rare and encrusted in herbs & spices...
with an amazing lamb reduction, microgreens, lightly candied potatoes & english pea puree.
i must try to copy this...

cheese plate: colston bassett stilton, gouda reypenaer v.s.o.p., burrata alla panna, & comte saint antoine
 my favorite was definitely the gouda.
& i have discovered that i am not a fan of buffalo mozzarella.
it had an odd texture...
which i described to my mom as
"cow snot."

caramelized banana gateau
there could not have been a more perfect way to end such a fantastic meal.
this dessert encompassed all of the flavors of bananas foster,
but it was chilled & had the addition of macadamia nuts.
there was a "waterfall" of spun sugar, which reminded me of cotton candy
{only, much fancier}.
if i could have one dessert for the rest of my life,
this might just be it.

i just have to give the biggest thank you to my mommy.
this dinner was one of the most amazing experiences i have ever had.

happy to be back, ya'll!
until next time,