Archives for category: Foie Gras

The first all-foie gras dinner I attended was in October 2011 at Animal and ever since that dinner my love for foie gras has only grown. In fact, I’ll be attending another foie gras dinner on Monday, May 21 at Son of a Gun. So far this has definitely been my favorite all-foie gras dinner. All the dishes were creative and incredibly delicious and it surpassed the high expectations I had.

Oysters, Oyster Shell Gelee, Foie Gras Terrine, Rye Toast, Camembert (Chef Ludo Lefebvre)

Powdered Terrine, Celery Root baked in Salt & Wild Fennel Branch, Coffee, Oro Blanco (Chef Michael Voltaggio)

Foie Gras Soup, Black Pepper Crackers, Seared Foie Gras, Baby Turnips (Chef Roland Passot)
A simple foie gras dish cooked perfectly and omg, that soup. Grace and I were jokingly saying that she should go to the kitchen with her cup and say “please sir, I want some more”.

Foie Gras Beignet, Coca-Cola Caramel, Corn Mayo (Chef Ludo Lefebvre)
Um, so… I had to literally shove the whole beignet in my mouth fast since my dinner companions were greedily eyeing it. I’m obsessed with beignets so of course, if you put foie gras in it my obsession multiplies by 100. Everyone at the table said this was one of the best dishes that they’ve ever had. A bold statement since we all eat a lot.

Foie Gras Ssam, Rhubarb Char-Siu, Herbs, Green Curry, Peanuts (Chefs Vinny Dotolo & John Shook)
This was a favorite at the first foie gras dinner at Animal so I was very excited to see it again. The flavors were exactly the same and it was just as delicious as the first time.

Beef Rossini “Tongue in Cheek” (Chef Michael Voltaggio)

Foie Gras Icebox Cake, Fermented Raspberry, Citrus, Yogurt, Hazelnut (Chefs Vinny Dotolo & John Shook)
I need this to be my wedding cake.

Foie Gras Night at Animal // 435 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90048 // 323.782.9225

xox Joanna

Before I talk about my amazingly delicious dining experience at Best of LudoBites: Foie Gras Night, here are some reasons why I have been MIA:

1. I got bored. Which actually happens quite frequently. I put 110% into whatever I’m interested in at that moment to a point where it becomes annoying and unfortunately, I quickly get sick of it. And frankly, I got sick of talking about food. Compared to most food bloggers my dining experience has been limited and while I may know a little too much information about Tom Ford’s life, what I know about chefs are very limited. My taste buds are not snobby and yes guys, I do eat El Taurino quite frequently and enjoy it. (Carne asada burrito, no beans, with sour cream and cheese. Green and red sauce on the side.) As long as my mouth is happy eating good food, I’m fine dining at a 5-star restaurant or at a questionable hot dog stand on the street.
2. LA in Stilettos was having an identity crisis. Food blog? No. Fashion blog? No. Lifestyle blog? Too general. What is it? I still don’t have the answer to the question. There’s plenty of food blogs you can check out if you want detailed information about where to dine at and what to order and there’s gorgeous fashion blogs where you can really draw inspiration from. Unfortunately, as of now, LA in Stilettos is neither. But I do think Grace and I have something special to offer.
3. Busy with life. I didn’t realize how much time blogging took up and with my upcoming wedding, I’ve had 0 energy and interest. You would also think that 2 people running this blog would mean twice as many posts, but Grace is just as busy as I am finishing courses to graduate early, and working a part-time internship.
4. Does anyone read this?

But despite the reasons that I listed (and others I haven’t), I’ve kind of missed blogging. I may not be a great writer, I’m still working on being a better photographer, and my style may seem just okay, but I’m going to keep blogging. I have no idea where this blog is going, but we all have to start somewhere. Hopefully with age, this blog will only get better (kind of like George Clooney).

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If I die of a heart attack at the age of 26, please feel free to sue California on my behalf. (A says suing California over my death by foie gras incident isn’t possible, but whatever, I’m going to stick by it.) With the ridiculous foie gras ban going into effect on July 1, 2012, I’ve been consuming an abnormal amount of foie gras. If I’m at a restaurant and there’s foie gras on the menu, I’m getting it. If there’s a special foie gras dinner, there’s a very good chance I’m at it.

Foie Gras Cromesqui “MM”
These balls were such a tease. You pop one in your mouth and it’s an explosion of foie gras and I kid you not, my eyes were closed and I literally moaned. Balls + moaning. We seriously wanted more balls in our mouths. (Insert several dirty jokes and snickers). I’m definitely jealous of the Wednesday diners, because they got two.

Foie Gras Dynamite, Tuna, Lichi

Foie Gras Miso Soup, Radish, Turnips

Foie Gras Black Croque-Monsieur, Grappes
Officially my new comfort food. What’s not to love about Croque Monsieurs? Add some foie gras to it and it definitely becomes a fancy, decadent comfort food that I can see myself devouring on a rainy day. (Seriously, why must this delicious goodness be banned?!)

Foie Gras “Crepinette.” Morels, Pears, Green Asparagus

Foie Gras Sundae, Brioche, Black Berries

Best of LudoBites: Foie Gras Night was definitely one of my favorite foie gras meals. Every dish was fantastic and I generally consume the same “boring” foie gras dish, but all the dishes for this dinner were creative and made me very happy. Not only was the foie gras the star of all the dishes, but it worked so well with all the other ingredients on the plate. I left the meal hoping to return for the 2nd night with A or Grace, but none of them were free until late.

Check back if you want more delicious foie gras photos. You know I’ll be consuming more until the ban! And possibly after if I manage to smuggle some into California.

Best of LudoBites: Foie Gras Night at Gram & Papa’s // 227 E 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

xox Joanna

LudoTruck
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On Friday, December 2nd, my day revolved around one thing — the LudoTruck. For lunch, Chef Ludo and the truck were in Burbank debuting their new menu and for dinner, they were at Domaine LA on Melrose for a special Foie Gras Night (Foie Gras Night at Animal here).

Messy Shrimp Po’ Boy

Popcorn Shrimp

Black Truffle Chicken Burger

I loved the new menu items and the Black Truffle Chicken Burger was definitely my favorite. The buns were buttery and soft, the chicken patty was moist, but what made it so special was the extra crunch and flavor from the chicken skin and the subtle flavors of the black truffle.

Foie Gras Terrine Sandwich

Foie Gras and Corn Soup

Foie Gras Beignet

I love how Chef Ludo makes foie gras easily available to everyone without it costing an arm and a leg and with a creative, delicious twist. It’s great that his Foie Gras Nights are educating more people about foie gras and the fact that not all farmers treat their ducks/geese cruelly. I look forward to more Foie Gras Nights by Chef Ludo before the ban goes into effect in 2012.

Don’t forget to sign the petition to keep foie gras in California!

xox -

Joanna

Animal
435 North Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9225
www.animalrestaurant.com
Dinner: Friday, 10/14/2011

Not to sound completely ungrateful, but lately I’ve gotten a bit tired of dining out. Honestly, it’s the same old stuff on the menu. Some kind of hamachi with jalapeno and a citrus, the same trendy pork belly (I enjoy pork belly quite a bit, but tasting 20 different kinds of pork belly at a food event gets boring fast). It was getting to a point where I was contemplating going on a detox, because everything I was eating was predictable and boring. Of course, just as I was seriously planning out a week-long detox, Chef Ludo Lefebvre with Chefs John Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal) teamed up for an 8-course foie gras dinner and completely blew my mind and taste buds away.

Despite the $175 per person (additional $50 for wine pairing) price, the event was very popular and successful. The day that phone lines opened, a friend and I were dialing non-stop on 2 phones each for a few hours. After hundreds of phone calls, we realized we were supposed to leave a message. Thankfully, I received a phone call back and snagged the earliest reservation time left at 12:30 AM.

Marble Foie Gras Terrine, Proscuitto, Fennel, Yogurt, Honey, Bruleed Figs
A great, “light” start to the meal, the sweetness of the figs, yogurt, and honey balanced out the creamy foie gras terrine well. I’m a fan of terrines so I was definitely left wanting more of this dish.

Foie Gras Crudo, Dates, Lemon Confit, Black Ash Brioche, Mushrooms
A similar dish (Foie Gras Crudo, Raw Mushrooms, Grapes, Brioche, Hazelnut Oil) was served at LudoBites 007 and it was one of our group’s favorite dishes so I was excited for another taste. This was another “light” foie gras dish and it worked perfectly with a little bit of lemon confit and date to add a hint of sweetness to every bite.

Smoked Foie Gras, Veal Tongue, Pumpernickel, Crab Apple
One of the heavier dishes of the evening, but very delicious. The veal tongue was cooked perfectly with a slight crispy outer texture and even though it was a bit salty, the creamy, smoked foie gras balanced out the saltiness of the dish.

Foie Gras Ssam, Herbs, Peanuts, Green Curry, Bibb Lettuce, Plum Char Siu
I’m very familiar with ssam (means “wrap” in Korean) and often have it during Korean BBQ meals. There were no Korean flavors here and instead, Vietnamese flavors were very prominent. I love slight, spicy kicks to my dishes and the Siracha that accompanied this dish added that perfectly. It was a very unique combination that the whole table enjoyed.

Steamed Foie Gras, Cabbage, Mustard Ice Cream, Duck Fat Potato, Juniper Berries
The foie gras was steamed perfectly and with just the cabbage, it didn’t offer much flavor. But the combination of everything on the plate added a hint of sweet and sour to the dishes that I quite enjoyed.

Roasted Foie Gras, Cheeseburger Flavors, Benton’s Bacon
I love a good cheeseburger and absolutely loved that this foie gras dish had cheeseburger flavors. It was definitely a more upscale, richer version of my usual cheeseburger. I also loved that there was a beer pairing with this dish, which definitely gave it more of a good old fashion cheeseburger vibe.

Liquid Foie Gras Agnolotti, Corn, Black Truffle
The agnolotti were cooked al dente and lightly covered in a rich, flavorful sauce. I loved the “pop” from every bite and thought the liquid foie gras filling was very inventive.

Brownie Sundae, Foie Gras Chantilly, Caramel, Vanilla Ice Cream
The perfect ending to a delicious meal. A simple, brownie sundae made more interesting with some foie gras chantilly. I was beyond stuffed by the time dessert came out, but I was determined to eat every bite of this last dish and almost licked it clean.

Throughout the 8-course, I savored every, rich, unique, and delicious bite. Every time a dish was taken away, a part of me wanted to cry because that was one dish closer to the end of the meal. This dining experience was honestly one of my favorite meals and very memorable. The sale of foie gras will be banned in California in July 2012 (please sign the petition to get rid of the ban) so I definitely plan on eating my share until then and even planning on holding an underground foie gras party (think Boardwalk Empire Prohibition scene).

xox -

Joanna

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