A few weeks ago, during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, I was a guest blogger for Liz Johnson's Small Bites food blog for the Journal News.
My reviews can be found here:
What an absolute treat for me as a food lover and blogger to be able to connect with everyone for such a great event (and for me, this was the second year). To thank the bloggers (don't tell, but for me the joy of participating is its own reward) Jerry Novesky, Janet Crawshaw and Liz Johnson take us all out for a lovely dining experience and this year, we were hosted by Restaurant X in Congers, NY.
The Bully Boy Bar
On the tables, a promise of things to come listed:
A Selection of Passed Foods
Jumbo Asparagus Points with Prosciutto di Parma
Crown Maple Glazed Rohan Duck Breast
Assorted Asian Dumplings
A Bundle of Casar Salad
Lobster Cappuccino with Mascarpone Foam
Coconut Shrimp with Mustard Sauce
Japanese Crispy Salmon Roll Avocado & Sushi Rice
Spicy Rock Shrimp Ginger & Roquefort
Spring Ramp Risotto with Black Truffle
Braised Short Ribs "Wellington" Foie Gras & Madeira
Apple & Brie Turnover Crisp Phyllo
Coach Farms Goat Cheese & Onion Tartlet
Kumomoto Oyster with Ponzu & Ginger
Spring Lamb Chops with Rosemary Jus
A Spoonful of Lump Crabmeat with Creamed Spinach
Mousse of Foie Gras with Fig Jam
Grand Marnier Truffles
Lemon Panna Cotta
Miniature Creme Brulee
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Chocolate Dome with Caramel Center
The creamed spinach with a pillow of lump crab meat was decadence in a spoon.
Under normal circumstances I refrain from ordering lamb or veal, but the elegant tray of perfectly cooked chops were inviting, tender, and simply tasted wonderful.
When I met Chef Peter X. Kelly, I had a million questions that went out of my head. I wanted to ask the obvious, "What was the best part of your experience with Food Network?" and "Where do you find your creativity?" or "What's your favorite meal?" I also wanted to ask, "What would your Mom be surprised to know you eat?" Even now as I write, I can think of more I should have tried to discuss, but instead others wanted their turn and so I eased back into the background. Happy to have had the opportunity. And, also wiser.
Also, thank you for the Blogger Swag!