The Savior Cup is a great way to redeem a lousy bottle of wine!
You know when you take a chance on a reasonably priced white wine you’ve never heard of before only to be woefully disappointed by your spontaneous decision making? Well I have this happen quite often. It got me to wondering, how can I save this bottle of wine. The obvious is to use it for cooking, but adding shitty wine to a nice dinner is not the wisest thing to do when you’ve put all that time and effort into a meal. Finally, the other day I came up with a way to revitalize your shitty wine. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you – The Savior.
The Savior is not a cocktail but rather a “cup” because it is based on wine. “Cup. A beverage made with wine, usually iced, and with flavoring herbs.” – Francis Andrew March 1906
The Savior Cup
1 ounce ginger liqueur
3 ounces sauvignon blanc
1.5 ounces soda water
garnish with cucumber, ginger and lemon or orange wheel.
Add the cucumber and ginger to the cup first. Next add the ice followed by the citrus wheel. Then poor the remaining ingredients over the citrus wheel. Its really that simple. Enjoy!
Spicy pomelo punch
It’s that time of the year for huge juicy pomelos! The obvious thing to do would be to make a pomelo paloma especially if you like tequila. I decided to do something a little different. Here’s the recipe I came up with yesterday thats a bit more unusual but super delicious!
spicy pomelo punch
1 small sprig of rosemary (leaves only)
2 dashes crushed red pepper flakes
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons fine white sugar
2 ounces dry gin
2 ounces fresh pomelo juice
Place all of the ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled and combined. Strain using a hawthorne strainer and fine mesh strainer into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with pomelo slice and rosemary sprig. Enjoy!
I was recently treated to a tasting of the many offerings at L’Amande French Bakery in Beverly Hills. All I can say is this place is legit! From baguettes to pastries, hot sandwiches to cold and salads to deserts, L’Amande provides traditional French cafe dishes along with boulangerie specialties. The croissants are truly special requiring 72 hours of preparation to produce the perfectly thin, buttery, flakey layers. Don’t believe me? Check out these pics!
Escargots aux fruits.
Cute, clean, modern interior with images of Paris and music to match.
Papillote – flakey light crust with sweet fruit filling.
Specialty of the month – lemon lavender scone with lemon custard spread. Yum!
Lemon lavender scone.
Super legit baguette – crusty on the outside/cloud like interior.
Perfectly prepared Croque Madame.
Quite possibly the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had and the only one prepared table-side!
L’Amande French Bakery
9530 S Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
2553 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90505
Use a persimmon to completely change the flavor of a French 75!
Yummy persimmons are available in abundance at local farmer’s markets. I thought I’d put them to use this week and try a few experiments. Here’s an easy tipple that you can make by substituting the lemon juice in a French 75 with muddled persimmon. Persimmons are highly underrated – this is a great drink!
2 teaspoons fine white sugar
1 ounce dry gin
3 ounces brut champagne or other dry sparkling wine
In a shaker, muddle 1 diced persimmon and sugar. Add the gin and a bunch of ice and shake vigorously. Strain using a Hawthorne strainer into a chilled goblet. Add 3 ounces of sparkling wine and garnish with a persimmon. Enjoy!
Fois Gras legalized in California!
It has come to my attention that foie gras is legal again in California! Chef Ken Frank of LA Toque, led the effort to lift the ban which prevented importing foie gras from out of state. The law suit was initiated by a collective of out-of-state foie gras producers, retailers and importers. Today, a district court judge ruled that the California health code preventing the import of the product was invalid because it is superseded by the federal Poultry Products Inspections Act in regards to the sale and distribution of foie gras. Sometimes, loopholes can be a good thing I guess!
So as of today, foie gras is once again legal! Time to get your gout on ladies and gentleman!
Note: The above picture is a trio of foie gras taken the day prior to the ban on foie gras at Redd in Napa, CA.