Monday, November 14, 2011

My favorite meal... in photos

Nowadays I don’t have much time to write long blog posts (has it really been since APRIL?). Probably because I got one of those j-o-b things. But I am going to make an effort to post photos and (short!) stories about meals I’m lucky to share with the great friends I’ve made since moving to Jacksonville almost exactly two years ago.

Figured I’d start with my favorite meal yet! Earlier this year, friends invited Phil and me to a privately-catered 12 course dinner by Chef Brian Siebenschuh of Restaurant Orsay. Yeah. I know.

The menu went a little something like this:

Ahi tuna topped with University of Georgia Siberian sturgeon caviar and a sliver of red onion.
Raw bar with a variety of oysters, mussels and shrimp.

Salmon tartar on potato crisps.

Country ham with heirloom tomatoes.

Delish roasted fish over awesome veggies (sorry, memory not so good!)

Thai-inspired soup.

Poached egg and asparagus salad.

Foi gras, berry compote, challah.

Roast salmon over lentils.

Duck confit over field peas.

Cheese. Honey.

Melon sorbet with prosciutto.

Bacon and chocolate.

You know it’s good when you end with bacon dipped in chocolate.

Best. Meal. Ever. Thanks friends! :)


Unknown said...

Hi Cari!

Every week, my wife and I cook a local favorite food from whichever team our Cleveland Browns are playing that week. This week: Jacksonville. Do you have any recommendations for recipes that represent Jacksonville?

Cari said...

Hi Justice, thanks for posting! We don't really have a signature dish, per se... but I did write an article on the "rider" - see this:

It's a term I haven't heard elsewhere!

We also do a LOT of seafood down here, shrimp especially from Mayport.

And we're in the South so soul food would definitely qualify: fried chicken, collards, cornbread, mac n cheese, smothered pork chops, etc... can't go wrong with that!

Also we have a ton of BBQ joints. The "signature" sauce of Jax is a mustard-based sauce. Here's an article I wrote in Jacksonville Magazine about our local BBQ:

Hope that helps! I grew up in Salem, Ohio, about an hour south of Cleveland and my parents still live there and root for the BROWNS! Have fun this weekend!