Places to Eat: Number One at the Balmoral

Yesterday was husby’s birthday, and birthdays and other special occasions mean a night out at a good restaurant. On the recommendation of my chiropractor (man, how yuppie does that sound?) I secured a reservation at Number One at the Balmoral. I’ll have to thank Stuart when I see him next. The Michelin-starred restaurant did not let us down in any way. The moment we walked in we … Continue reading Places to Eat: Number One at the Balmoral

Chopped: British Invasion

Do any of you watch Chopped on the Food Network? It’s a little bit like Ready, Steady, Cook, except with a slightly less annoying host. The premise is this: four chefs have to create a three-course meal (appetizer, main course, and dessert), and with each course, they get a basket of random “mystery ingredients” that they have to incorporate into the dish somehow. The ingredients range from the benign (fish, string beans) to the fairly kooky (edamame in dessert, Jell-O with the appetizer). They have a set amount of time to cook, and once time’s up, they have to present a dish to a panel of judges. Whoever sucks the most in each round gets chopped, so by the end of the episode, you’re down to one chef who wins $10,000.

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