Tasting Menu Lunch at Jean-Georges

At the end of May, I went to Jean-Georges for lunch with a couple of friends and we all ordered the $148 tasting menu. (Since then, the tasting menu has gone up to $158.) 

Jean-Georges is a three star Michelin restaurant and it did not disappoint. (Well, there was one thing...)

Here's everything I ate during the three hour lunch:

1/ First, a Cherry-Yuzu soda. Refreshing!

2/ A trio of amuse-bouches. The pickled radish sushi reminded me of the beet sushi at L'Arpege in Paris. A great, tasty way to start the lunch.

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3/ Caviar, Meyer Lemon Gelée and Crème Fraîche. What's not to love? Rich and light at the same time.

4/ Yellowfin Tuna Ribbons, Avocado and Spicy Radish, Ginger Marinade. Tuna melted in my mouth and it was fun slurping the tuna like spaghetti. Thankfully, I didn't wear white.

5/ Goat Cheese Royale, Roasted Beer Marmalade and Toasted Crushed Pistachios. Mixed together to get everything in each bite. 

6/ Slowly Cooked Cod, Lettuce Puree, Herbal-Lime Vinaigrette. I loved the crunchy bits with the super soft cod, all swimming in the lovely green broth.

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7/  Suckling Pig with Baby Beets, Ginger Vinaigrette. The last savory course and the richest.

8/ Now for dessert! The running ingredient was rhubarb through all four sweets on the plate. These were afternoon tea mini sizes, so of course I loved it.

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9/ A tea break. Highly disappointing since the tea were teabags (not the highest quality of tea). Really, Jean-Georges? I expected more. 

10/ A trio of chocolates, jellies, and nougat. 

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11/ And drum roll please... what I've been waiting for. Super fluffy, melt-in-you-mouth marshmallow cubes. One per person and cut in front of you, tableside. OMG. SO GOOD. If you can imagine what it's like to eat a cloud, this would be it.

Service was excellent, as always, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

INFO: Jean-Georges | 1 Central Park West | New York, NY 10023
COST: $148 lunch tasting menu, now $158

Posted on July 25, 2014 .

Super Easy Matcha (Green Tea) Milkshake

This matcha milkshake is super easy to make and completely delicious. A little too easy to make, which means it can easily get out of control. Let's not discuss how jittery I am writing this after having 4 of these in less than 12 hours.

All you need to do is combine, then drink.

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SUPER EASY MATCHA (GREEN TEA) MILKSHAKE
Makes 1 serving

INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk (I used soy milk.)
1 teaspoon matcha + extra for garnish (I used Organic Culinary Matcha* c/o Mizuba Tea Co.)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt (I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.)

DIRECTIONS
1. Whish together milk and matcha.
2. Combine all ingredients and blend.
3. Pour into a glass and top with a little matcha. Enjoy!

*Mizuba is offering 15% off their Organic Culinary Matcha to Oh, How Civilized readers! Use code SoCivilized to get the discount. Offer lasts through July 31.

Giveaway // Macaron Trinket Boxes

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How adorable are these ceramic macaron trinket boxes? One lucky winner will get all four of these sweet little keepsake boxes. They're 2.25" in diameter and completely cute.

 
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Posted on July 21, 2014 .

Ladurée Pique-Nique

Ooh la la. Ladurée recently came out with a picnic box. True to Ladurée's style, it is completely adorable and elegant. Since the Pique-Nique is only sold to-go, I met up with Kathy and we picked it up to have an indoor picnic at my cousin's place in Soho.

There are two Pique-Nique boxes; one in purple for $20, and one in the traditional Ladurée light green for $29. Each box comes two boxes inside. One with four tea sandwiches and a smaller box with three macarons. The $29 version comes with an extra club sandwich. (Uh yeah, that means that one club sandwich is $9.)

The other smaller tea sandwiches were a smoked salmon (I got two in my box.), Comté cheese, and a ham. No frills, but all came individually wrapped in wax paper. Very cute.

Lo and behold. Here is the club sandwich. This one, unlike the tea sandwiches, is on toasted bread. And yes, you get half a sandwich for the extra $9. I would recommend getting the $20 box.

As for the macarons, we each got to choose three. And all three were enjoyed with sips of Kathy's delicious matcha. (Check out her new online shop and see her post on our indoor picnic.)

On the weekends, you can just pick one up at the Ladurée counter, but on the weekdays, you have to place an order 48 hours in advance to 646-392-7868. 

Posted on July 17, 2014 .

Tea Sandwich // Foie Gras

This tea sandwich was inspired by the foie gras tea sandwich I had at the Shangri-La Paris. (See my post and photos of their version.) Creamy and sweet, Shangri-La's tea sandwich was so delicious that I wanted to create my own.

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FOIE GRAS TEA SANDWICH

INGREDIENTS
White Bread
Ready to Eat Duck Foie Gras 
Fruit Jelly (I used NINA'S Paris Apple Rose Jelly, but you can use any kind of fruit jelly.)
Microgreens
Sea Salt ( I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.)

DIRECTIONS
1. Cut out circles out of the bread using a cookie cutter. Lightly toast.
2. Spread foie gras on toasted bread, spoon a dollop of jelly in the center, then top with microgreens.
3. Sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!
 

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Posted on July 15, 2014 .