Archive | August, 2011

Burgers & Dessert

30 Aug

I love eating dessert and always looking for fellow foodies to join me on the food quest.  So on my recent adventure, my buddy Lissa (yes, that’s Lissa with two s’s because she’s that cool) joined me for another great dinner at The Pluckemin Inn. Located in Bedminster, NJ it is looks like a charming unassuming home on the outside but inside, there are a few culinary geniuses at work. When you’re walking towards the entrance, you will see they have a lovely garden that looks like it’s own little island near the building.

There is nothing I love more than eating something that keeps me thinking about it long after it’s gone and days after I’ve left the restaurant.  If you feel like I do, then check out “The Plucky” as us locals call it. Well Lissa and I ordered the exact same thing for dinner.  Great minds think alike if I must say so myself.  We started our meal with the corn and cucumber gazpacho with summer crostini. All I can say is OMG.  The texture and presentation were perfect.  For our entree we decided on burgers.  Yep, we ate burgers in a fine dining restaurant and they were tasty.  Everyone can’t make a great burger. Just envision your “special” relative, more likely a granddad, dad, uncle, brother, cousin, etc. who ambushes the grill for all family functions only to deliver a burger that looks and taste like a hockey puck. The sirloin burgers are served with homemade pickles and no hockey pucks either.

Onto my favorite part of the meal…dessert.  The milk chocolate mousse was divine.  Tons of element and textures.  The dessert moved between smooth, crunchy and cold with each bite.  On the plate was not only the mousse but inside a macadamia nut dacquoise alongside coffee opaline & milk gelato.  I must admit this is the second time I ordered this dessert.  It was superb the first time and superb the second time as well.  I had to take a picture and share with everyone. I also took a picture of the entire dessert menu but here is the link so you can check it out yourself!  http://www.pluckemininn.com/menus/dessert.pdf

Valrhona 'Caramelia' Milk Chocolate Mousse

So cheers to the mousse!  And yes, we finished everything on the plate!

Pastry Out!

I Love Movie Popcorn!

3 Aug

Not all movie popcorn is created equally.  I love going to the movies (every week!) and part of my ritual is having a bag of popcorn with a beverage.  However, some places just don’t get it consistently right.  It’s popcorn not making creme brulees here.  All I want is a nice warm bag of crunchy goodness without the butter. I have no scientific evidence but I think the “butter” is canola or vegetable oil flavored with butter so I pass on the stuff.  Call me crazy but who knows!

If I was ranking movie popcorn regarding taste and consistency, there is only one that comes to mind.  It’s AMC Movie!  I love, love, love it!  For me it has always been warm, not too salty and has the perfect crunch.  There is nothing more annoying than a stale, cold and over salted popcorn.  When I know I’m going to an AMC theatre, my lunch meal is popcorn.  My second place vote is for Clearview Cinemas.  Pretty good and a solid second.  I’ll eat it but if I had leftover AMC popcorn I would probably sneak it into the theatre.   And yes, I’ve read the no outside food policy too.

My least favorite so far is Regal Cinemas. For example, this weekend I went to see the Smufs with my movie BF.  Yes, a grown chick with another grown chick seeing a kiddie movie.  Her mom said I must be a good friend.  I told my BF, I think you invited me so that no one in the theatre would think you were a pedofile.  For the record, she is not!  I was so disappointed in the popcorn.  It was so salty that I finished my 33 oz. water and only 10% of my medium bag of popcorn.  Movie food is so expensive anyway and who is going to get up once the movie starts, wait in a long line to ask for new popcorn which may be salty as well.  Not me I say.  Movie vs. Popcorn Return – the movie wins!

So next time you go to the movie theatre, just remember not all popcorn is created equally!  Oh and the Smurf movie was cute if you’re wondering.  : )

Pastry Out!