Thursday, October 14, 2010

a sprocket found in the backseat - 10/14/10

a sprocket found in the backseat

speaking of sprockets - oh excuse me sprickets. It's National Chocolate Covered Insect Day. That's right ladies and gents I said chocolate covered insects. The more I delve into this the more I begin to think of other things that could be covered in chocolate and suddenly considered a delicacy to us simple Americans.

-chocolate covered twinkies
-chocolate covered pretzels
-chocolate covered potato chips (haven't heard of them but I am sure they exist)

-while the rest of the world see insects as protein and a vitamin source we only eat them if dipped in chocolate and perhaps having a touch of mint. This time when I say grasshopper I don't mean the keebler elf kind.

i may sound bizarre but this is strictly due to my obsession with food. be it chocolate covered or just plain delicious like the grilled wahoo with squid ink pasta that chef was putting out tonight.

right as the cavaliers wait for their homecomings out chef (he's a clemson man) puts a wahoo on a plate and grills it. let's hope this isn't foreshadowing of what is to become of us when UNC rolls into town this saturday.

until next time - wahoowa

Monday, October 4, 2010

autumn is a time of harvet, gathering together - 10/4/10

Autumn may be a time of harvest and gathering together but it is also time for a heartier food and new menus. That being said we went head first and created a great new menu to keep everyone's summer bodies warm and cozy as we head to the windier days and nights.

small plates $4

crab toasts
house made soft pretzel with violet mustard
duck rillette and cherry compote
bacon caramel popcorn
kite's ham with coffee aioli
deviled eggs topped with white anchovies


roasted beets, mesculin, asian pears, candied pecans, local goat cheese and mustard
vinaigrette $8
grilled octopus salad with white beans, arugula and caper vinaigrette 49
butternut squash soup with spiced creme fraiche $6
olive oil cured tuna salad with boiled eggs and black truffle sauce $8
fried calamari with preserved lemon sauce 49
prince edward island mussels with white wine and garlic sauce 411
duck confit, braised red cabbage and pickled cherries $10
fried house made mozzarella with marinara $8

composed plates:

braised halibut, gnocchi, brussel sprouts, cippolini onions and cider/balsamic jus $24
seared scallops, cauliflower puree, roasted cauliflower, pistachios and caper/raisin brown
butter $21
sauteed crabcakes, celery root mashed potatoes and old bay/bacon butter sauce $22
grilled escolar, braised white beans, sauteed calamari, arugula and olive tapenade $19
pan roasted chicken, cheese grits, mustard sauce and cherry mostarda $18
braised veal cheeks, black garlic egg noodles, baby fall vegetables and veal jus $21
8 oz wagyu skirt steak with potato/caramelized onion gratin and house made steak sauce $22
house made egg noodles with local mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, twin oaks tofu, and
garlic sauce $17

Never being one to disappoint I also wanted wanted to fill you in on this day in food. October 4th is celebrated around the country - it's National Taco Day.

With national taco day comes a need for more information about the wonderful food we know and love as a taco. therefore i give you:

a taco history:

The taco predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. There is anthropological evidence that the indigenous people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish. Writing at the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Díaz del Castillo documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans which Hernán Cortés arranged for his captains in Coyoacán. (Note, however, that the native Nahuatl name for the flat corn bread used was tlaxcalli. The Spanish give it the name tortilla.)

Taco lovers all over the world look forward to this day and work diligently in preparation for it. In Dallas Taco Cabana rolled out a new taco in honor of their favorite holiday.

Taco Cabana's Street Taco

While Blue Light doesn't specialize in tacos - we know a place that does. Celebrate tacos the old fashioned way, go see my man Mike Lewis at Mono Loco he'll make you a taco you'll never forget.

In Vegas free tacos are flowing at Tacos and Tequila