In Drink on March 14, 2009 at 7:17 pm
Last Sunday, we invited a few friends over for a “peasant’s dinner.” I had spent several days milk-braising a pork butt, which we served in a tomatoey sauce over polenta, along with some broccolini tossed in olive oil, anchovy paste, red pepper flakes and some parm. My friend Amy had made a now-famous warm shrimp and tuscan bean recipe, Adam brought homemade vanilla ice cream, and William—well, William, who was bringing the wine, went a different direction altogether. Let’s call it a rags-to-riches selection: a bottle of 1990 Chateau Lynch Bages Bordeaux, a truly spectacular wine from a truly spectacular vintage. It’s a powerhouse Cab-heavy blend with smokey, dark plummy flavors and a bit of spice. Oh my god. William, thank you so much for sharing this incredible bottle!
In Food on March 14, 2009 at 8:32 am
Last weekend we grabbed three cheeses from Surfas in Culver City—two cows milk and one sheep. The latter was a wonderful Pecorino Fresco, whichwas soft and mild. The other two were a sharp Vermont white Cheddar (what’s not to like?) and a small piece of St. Agur bleu. I usually go for a Stilton or Roquefort when I’m feeling bleu, but the guy behind the counter sold me on this double-cream cow’s milk blue from the Auvergne region in France. It’s kind of like a Roquefort, but milder and creamier—and not as salty as your typical blue. We went wild for it spread on Raincoast Crisp cranberry hazelnut crackers, which I got suckered into tasting at Whole Foods a few months ago before having first seen the “crunchy” packaging. The name is a total turnoff, as is the suggestion of dried cranberries in a cracker, but wow – they’re shockingly good, especially slathered with blue cheese!