Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

Restaurant Review: Demarchelier Summer 2019 Menu

Summer is sadly slowly coming to an end but there is still some time left to enjoy a few of what makes summertime a wonderful season. The fall season is still a month away, so there’s plenty of time left to partake in a fantastic summer menu. We had the pleasure of doing just that when we journeyed back to experience the Demarchelier Summer 2019 menu. We were once again welcomed by Emily Demarchelier, for an evening of gourmet dining that captured the essence of authentic French cuisine.

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

For the summer season, Demarchelier features many signature dishes including Pate De Campagne, Filet of Herring with Potato Salad and Moules Mariniere (which we enjoyed on our last visit), for an appetizing start to a full course dinner. Delicious entrees transporting you to France include the succulent Duck Confit with white beans (another favorite from our last visit), Rainbow Trout Meuniere and Filet Mignon. The dessert menu boasts an assortment of sweet treats including the Crème Caramel (Flan), Profiteroles with chocolate sauce and Crepes Suzette with Grand Marnier. While there were dishes were already familiar to our palates, we opted for the Demarchelier summer 2019 menu items we hadn’t experienced before. Here is our summer menu journey.

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

Surrounded by the paintings of Eric Demarchelier, we were ready to traverse the Demarchelier Summer 2019 menu and surrender ourselves to the wonderful French flavors.

COCKTAILS

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

We started our review with a bang of a cocktail, a drink to remind us that the fall season is approaching. The second cocktail was more along the refreshing and sweet side, thanks to its unconventional flavor. Check them both out below:

Le Normandie – vodka and Père Jules Pommeau shaken with a dried apple garnish. Bold and potent, this cocktail is perfect for brandy lovers.

Kumquat Margarita – Casamigos Tequila Blanco, fresh lime juice, and Kumquat liqueur. If you’re a fan of Limoncello, you will love this cocktail; it’s refreshing, vibrant, and sweet.

STARTERS

QUICHE OF THE DAY – GOAT CHEESE & ARUGULA

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

GLASGOW:  We love a good savory pastry and Dermarchelier’s the daily Quiche offering hits the spot every time. Tonight we dined on a Goat Cheese and Arugula Quiche sitting on a bed of fresh greens. It’s a meal in pie form but not too filing that it would prevent you from enjoying your full course.

PATE DE CAMPAGNE

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

LUCIANA: Its combination of pork and beef, rustic texture and rich flavors were sublime. Every bite melts in your mouth. It forces you to pause a few times to appreciate the beautiful assault on your palette. Served with a fresh salad and creamy sauce, I found myself eating slowly hoping this culinary experience would last forever. This tender, French country style pate is a definite must to try.

MAIN COURSES

BISON BURGER ON A BAGUETTE

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

LUCIANA: I’ve wanted to experience the bison burger, and this was my first time doing so; and what an introduction I received! I was not at all disappointed with this distinct cheeseburger. What I discovered was a delicious, succulent burger charred to perfection. Served on a crispy baguette (a lovely change from the traditional bun), and topped with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onions and your choice of cheese. I especially love the fact that this meat is lower in fat than traditional beef but still tastes so incredibly good. I would recommend this dish over and over.

WHOLE BRANZINO WITH MEUNIERE SAUCE

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

GLASGOW: Great food is my weakness and this superbly prepared whole Branzino with an amazing Meunière  (lemon butter) sauce hit every tastebud with strategic levels of mindblowing flavor. Whether you’re a seafood lover or not, this cooked-to-perfection mild-tasting and versatile fish is an absolute win.

SIDES

POMMES FRITES

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

GLASGOW: I was in the mood for a bit of British influence, so naturally needed these Pomme Frites to go with my branzino. The fresh-cut Frites were wonderfully crisp and soft at the same time, and there was a very faint sweetness to the flavor. The result was an empty plate.

MIXED VEGETABLES – BEETS & GRILLED POLENTA

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

GLASGOW: Since we paired a carb side with our Branzino, we opted for an equally rustic side of vegetables. In this case, beets and grilled Polenta. The beauty of polenta is its mild enough to mix beautifully with stronger-flavored foods; perfect for my branzino.

DESSERTS

PROFITEROLLES w/ Chocolate Sauce

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

LUCIANA: I love chocolate but melted chocolate drizzled over ice cream sandwiched between French choux pastry balls are heavenly. The semi-sweet puffs, vanilla ice cream and warm chocolate sauce made for a decadent combination of texture and taste. Every bite to the last was exquisite.

TARTE TATIN w/ Vanilla Ice Cream

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

GLASGOW: Some may say there’s nothing like a warm slice of apple pie but one bite of Demarchelier’s Tarte Tatin would change their minds. It may be a simple dessert but its flavors are anything but. This is definitely one of the most hedonistic a la mode desserts I’ve enjoyed.

Emily Demarchelier at Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

There’s also about Demarchelier to love besides the art and wonderful summer 2019 menu.  The wonderful hospitality from Emily Demarchelier is unsurpassed. You really feel the family warmth, tradition, and generational pride as soon as you step foot into its homey ambiance. Whether it’s your first, second, or fifty-first visit to the Demarchelier French Bistro, you’ll always want to come back.

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Labotica True Nature Sheet Masks

Labotica True Nature Masks by Leaders Cosmetics

We recently read an article about a study from the World Health Organization that found microplastics in drinking water. Another article that found microplastics in the air and in raindrops. As you can imagine, a buildup of microplastics in our system can be detrimental to our bodies. So, of course, we must be a bit more discerning about what we put in and on our bodies. Since skincare products are absorbed into the skin, we started paying more attention to beauty products. We were recently introduced to the Labotica True Nature masks by Leaders Cosmetics, a range of environmentally-friendly, hypoallergenic sheet masks made with natural organic ingredients.

Labotica True Nature Sheet Masks

Every formulation of Leaders Cosmetics’ Korean sheet masks is developed by a group of 15 leading dermatologists; their goal is to provide pure, natural and effective skincare. Leaders Cosmetics empower women to take care of themselves from the inside out. Their skincare products and formulations work in just 20 minutes of “me time”; and we all know how important self-care is. The Labotica True Nature masks boast four skin-loving sheet masks, each geared toward resolving a skin issue.

Labotica True Nature Sheet Masks

Labotica True Nature Brightening Mask – Perfect for those looking for a visibly brighter skin tone. The Rosa Damascena Flower Extract helps provide excellent brightening and moisturizing effects to brighten the skin tone.
Use this mask to brighten dull and tired skin, get rid of uneven skin tone, and fade dark spots. It deeply hydrates your skin and smoothes rough dry skin, leaving it dewy and supple.

Labotica True Nature Moisturizing Mask – Coconut Fruit Extract has an excellent moisturizing effect. It makes your skin feel soft and moisturized by providing an abundant amount of moisture. It’s excellent for those looking to resolve issues with rough, dry skin and signs of aging. The superbly Moisturizing sheet mask intensely moisturizes and soothes skin, provides essential nutrients, and promotes oil-moisture balance.

Labotica True Nature Revitalizing Mask – Looking to revitalize and nourish your skin? The Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract in the Revitalizing sheet mask provides excellent effects to improve skin resilience for healthier skin. It helps with loss of firmness and elasticity and dull, tired skin. It improves visible lines and wrinkles, deeply hydrates skin, leaves skin firm and smooth, and stops premature aging.

Labotica True Nature Pore Clearing Mask – This is our hero sheet mask. If you’re like us and looking to soothe and purify your pores, the Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract in this mask has excellent effects of tightening pores and soothing skin, leaving you with a smoother skin texture. It’s great for the treatment of acne, enlarged pores, and the appearance of scars. It refines and tightens pores, balances oiliness, and soothes troubled and irritated skin.

The Labotica True Nature masks retail for $3.00 each and $27.00 for a pack of 10. You can also purchase the Tencel Mask Kit, which includes one of each of the four sheet masks and an adorable Cat Ear Headband.

Aculief Wearable Acupressure Device

Aculief Wearable Acupressure: All-Natural Headache and Tension Relief

A quick question to our fellow migraine sufferers? What do you use for relief? Do you rely on medication, Botox, Acupuncture, Acupressure, or some other form? Everyone who suffers from this sometimes unbearable pains has their go-to steps for relief. For us, it involves migraine medication (sometimes over-the-counter), coconut water for electrolytes, and a very cool, dark place. Our migraines get really bad, so we are always open to options for relief (except for Botox, no poison for us). We were recently introduced to an alternative form of migraine relief, the award-winning, Doctor approved Aculief wearable acupressure device.

Aculief Wearable Acupressure

The Aculief wearable device works by providing pressure to the LI4 acupressure point on your hand for all-natural headache relief. Applied pressure to the LI4 has been used for thousands of years. It provides natural headache and tension relief, as well as promote your body’s natural energy. Applying pressure with the Aculief to the LI4 on your non-dominant hand utilizes your body’s natural endorphins.

Aculief Wearable Acupressure Device

It works fast for drug-free headache and migraine relief, in addition to tension and stress relief. Plus it allows you to maintain consistent pressure on the LI4 acupressure point without exhausting your fingers. For those who are not sure where the LI4 acupressure point on your hand is located, check out the below video. It highlights how, and where, to accurately place the Aculief device.

Aculief has helped provide headache and migraine relief for nearly 20,000 people. Founded by Jon Doogan, the Aculief Wearable Acupressure device is available in three colors; the above green, teal and black. You can purchase a single at $24.99, a 2-pack for $34.99, and a 6-pack for $90.00 on www.aculief.com; the multipacks are perfect to gift or share with family and friends who might be fellow headache and migraine sufferers.

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Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor

Sparkling Ice Reveals New #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor

It was only two months ago that Sparkling Ice once again challenged our taste buds to guess their newest mystery flavor. Well, the mystery flavor reveal is finally here. Do you think you guessed correctly? After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice has finally revealed the limited-edition #WhatTheFlavorSweeps mystery flavor is…….. MANGO GUAVA!

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor - Mango Guava

Over 403.2K people submitted guesses for as part of this second Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps mystery flavor contest. For those who guessed correctly, they’ve entered a spectacular contest where one lucky grand prize winner will receive a 7-day Caribbean Cruise from Holland America. With over 500 additional winners receiving fun tropical prizes perfect for summer.

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor

Sparkling Ice actually recently added the tropical and exotically sweet Guava flavor as a stand-alone flavor and we think making the Mango Guava flavor the second mystery flavor is a great way to introduce this delicious fruit to their vast lineup of zero-calorie, zero sugar beverages made with antioxidants and vitamins.

All fans who guessed the flavor correctly were entered for a chance to win the grand prize. Sadly we only got half the answer correctly, so we’re not in the running to win anything. What about you dear readers, did any of you guess the mystery flavor correctly and the possibility to win the 7-day Caribbean Cruise from Holland America? For those looking to turn their favorite flavors into a great cocktail or mocktail, Sparkling Ice offers delicious recipes. Check out a great mystery flavor cocktail below:

Sparkling Ice Mystery Colada

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor Cocktail

1 bottle Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor
1 can coconut milk
Grenadine
Coconut flavored rum (optional)
Blender
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Place ice in a blender with coconut milk. Blend until smooth. Fill a glass halfway with blended coconut milk mixture. Add 1-2 ounces coconut rum (if using). Top with Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor, add a splash of grenadine and stir. Garnish with a cherry.

The Sparkling Ice Mango Guava flavor will be available for a limited time at local grocery stores while supplies last.

Self-Care: PlusOne from Clio

Do Self-Care Differently: Affordable Vibrators From A Breakout Company

The past few years have seen a strong emphasis on the importance of self-care for your overall wellbeing. Many ladies, in particular, have adopted mantras of taking care of themselves before being able to take care of others and saying no when people expect them to be superwoman. While the stereotypical image of self-care is face masks for your skin, delicious food for your body, and plenty of me-time for your mind, there is another sector of wellness self-care can cover: sexual pleasure.

The sex toy industry has been blossoming in the same years that self-care has come into focus. There are plenty of companies with high-end luxury devices promising consumers endless pleasure on their own or with a partner. These promises, however, often come with a high price tag.

Self-Care: PlusOne from Clio

That’s where PlusOne from Clio comes into the picture. PlusOne is the self-proclaimed first line of sexual wellness devices that are high-quality, affordable, and available for purchase at major retailers across the United States. Clio, a small company that started out making products for grooming and nail care, wants the world of sexual wellness to be accessible to everyone. Women and men at any income level can bring a PlusOne product into their bedroom, but what exactly do these devices look like and how do they really tie into self-care?

Self-Care: PlusOne from Clio

What do PlusOne products give you?

The four core products from PlusOne are a vibrating bullet, a personal massager, a vibrating ring, and a dual vibrating massager. The vibrating bullet has already made waves in the industry and onto quite a few listicles because of its ease and price. At just $10, the vibrating bullet is a great introductory vibrator for anyone who hasn’t used or bought one before. It’s extremely quiet and very compact at just three inches long, but it is just as effective as its larger counterparts on the market.

The PlusOne vibrating ring is made for men to use or a man and his partner to use together in the bedroom for ultimate pleasure. When the CDC recommends 30 minutes of aerobic exercise for five days of the week, we’re much too quick to think of pain rather than pleasure, but this device can give you and your partner a fun workout for up to two hours. Also offering up to two hours of activity on a single charge, the PlusOne Dual Vibrating Massager is in the rabbit design that many sexual wellness devices use. This design allows for ultimate versatility while satisfying almost any desire on your own.

The PlusOne Personal Massager is a small vibrating wand and may not look as advanced as the dual massager or the ring, but its simple design is effective. No matter where you want to work out a kink in your body, this powerful massager is sure to activate the two to four million sweat glands in the average person’s body. Its multiuse design also makes it perfect for use with a partner, if that’s where your pleasure takes you.

All of their products have 10 different vibration settings and are waterproof, allowing you to enjoy your bubble bath all in the name of self-care. The products are all easy to clean and ultra-hygienic. While common plastics such as polyethylene — which fills our world at an annual global production of about 80 million tons — include small bits of petroleum, PlusOne products are made of smooth, body-safe silicone. With an incredibly soft exterior, you can rest assured that your body is safe while you get your pleasure.

Self-Care: PlusOne from Clio

How do you buy PlusOne devices?

If this is a form of self-care you can happily get into, you’re in luck. Clio started selling their adult products in about 4,300 Walmart stores across the country in October of last year. The only states in which you won’t find them on Walmart shelves are Virginia and Alabama, which have laws restricting the sale of sexual wellness devices.

Prior to PlusOne, Walmart already sold vibrators from Trojan, Durex, and Lifestyles. However, PlusOne products have a much more high-end design and the features mentioned above. These products represent a bigger dive into the world of sex toys for the nation’s largest retailer, which is planning to add four more PlusOne products to its inventory this August.

The move to shelves of popular retailers is a big one for vibrators. They started in mail-order catalogs about 45 years ago and have more recently had a comfortable home online. However, buying any products in person has become preferable for many consumers, as nearly 50% of Internet users in the U.S. said they were avoiding online activities due to privacy and security concerns in 2018. Now, the Internet-wary can find sex toys in small sex shops as well as big-box stores.

Major retailer Target has also been selling PlusOne products since this past spring. For a store famous for roping consumers into buying many more items than they intended to when they walked through the doors, adding affordable and high-quality vibrators makes sense. As over 50% of consumers say they will make additional purchases from a brand that uses premium retail packaging, PlusOne is certainly able to rope in wandering Target customers with its eye-catching multicolor package design. For those not afraid of purchasing goods on the Internet, PlusOne devices are also available on Amazon in the same bold packaging.

With all of these buying options and enticing features, you just may need to take a little time for yourself with a PlusOne product. Whether it’s your first vibrator or an addition to your current collection, you’re sure to love its easy aesthetic and powerful punch. After all, it’s self-care and you deserve to treat yourself.

Unwrapped Life zero-waste hair care

Unwrap Your Beauty with Unwrapped Life Zero-Waste Hair Care

If you aren’t aware (and we really hope you are), we’re battling to save the planet from our garbage. It is said that the ocean contains over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic; who knows what that number grows to when you calculate the plastic we have on land. While it’s great to have companies like 4ocean and The Ocean Cleanup that are actively cleaning our oceans and coastlines, our best solution would be to eliminate the use of plastic. If you counted the empty bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc you throw away. What would your number be? What if you could eliminate your use of those plastic bottles and still enjoy fantastic hair care and beauty products!! With the beauty products from Unwrapped Life zero-waste hair care, you can.

Unwrapped Life zero-waste hair care

Unwrapped Life founder Hayley McKenzie and her best friend/co-founder Arden Teasdale decided to find ways to cut single-use plastic out of their lives. After trying out other brands and noticing a gap in solid hair bars for all hair lengths and types, they decided to formulate their own; ones that would work amazingly well on all hair types. The result is soft, manageable healthy hair for 100% great hair days.

Unwrapped Life zero-waste hair care

These shampoo and conditioner bars are specifically formulated for certain hair types and concerns. They work wonders without stripping the hair of natural oils.

  1. The Balancer hair bars not only normalizes hair follicle activity, but it also promotes stronger hair by amping up collagen production and providing nutrition to your roots.
  2. The Detoxifier hair bars cleanse and tone with the power of activated charcoal. Moisturizing and conditioning properties of soothing aloe vera, apricot seed, and hemp seed oil, leave your hair smooth and hydrated.
  3. The Fixer hair bars reduce scalp inflammation, neutralizes free radical damage and oxidative stress, all while blocking DHT to help prevent hair loss. You are left with hair that is stronger and more resilient.
  4. The Hydrator bars works to treat scalp ailments, including dryness, eczema, psoriasis, and rashes; plus we all know that a healthy scalp equals healthy hair. The Hydrator bars are especially wonderful for curly and kinky hair.
  5. The Stimulator bars boasts ingredients that soak up oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your scalp and hair; these ingredients also stimulate the scalp by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing your hair.

Unwrapped Life zero-waste hair care

The Unwrapped Life solid hair bars provide 50-75 washes with proper care and storage. They replace 2-3 16oz bottles of traditional liquid product! They all feature 100% essential oils, are vegan, cruelty-free, color-safe, and can be used with extensions. Your hair will look good, while you’re doing good.

If you love the idea of using earth-friendly, low-waste, and plastic-free beauty products, try Unwrapped Life’s other products. We know you’ll love their sugar scrubs and reusable organic bamboo rounds.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

The Perfect Summer Soirée: Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

We can’t believe we’re already hearing about summer’s end but with a month left, it is inevitable. Thankfully there was and is plenty to remind us about the greatness of the warmer season. We were part of the lucky few who had the opportunity to enjoy the superbly elegant Alìe Rosé with Frescobaldi Toscana estates and Brand Ambassador and Winemaker, Livia le Divelec. It was love at first sip for us of this bright, fresh rose. We were immediately enchanted by the sensuality and intoxicating personality of this intriguing pale pink rose.

 Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

Frescobaldi Toscana boasts six wine estates which feature various varietals. Today we focus on Tenuta Ammiraglia Magliano, the Toscana by the Sea. This wine territory is warmed by the sun and mitigated by the sea and is home to the Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

The Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé, an elegant rosé with a pale pink hue and subtle ruby highlights. It is a stylish, beautifully-balanced blend of Syrah and Vermentino. These varieties express their finest qualities when grown near the sea. Alìe boasts scents of white flowers, wild strawberries, and citrus peel, combined with a hint of earthy minerality; all typical of this growing area. With its delicate structure and lengthy, complex finish, Alìe Rosé makes an enchanting aperitif wine and a great meal companion.

Tiki-inspired foods at The Polynesian at The Pod Hotel 42 Tiki-inspired foods at The Polynesian at The Pod Hotel 42

In fact, Alìe Rosé was perfectly paired with the amazing dishes served at the event’s location, The Polynesian at The Pod Hotel 42. The richly flavored Tiki-inspired foods were paired wonderfully with Alìe. The flavors highlighted the fruity notes, intoxicating Mediterranean aromas, and deliciously refreshing bouquet of this mellow rose.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

What makes the Alìe Rosé stand out against other rose wines? Several factors actually. It’s proximity to the sea, vineyard cultivation typical of white varieties and a production process off the skins for the Syrah variety all give life to Alìe. The sharp and unmistakable bouquet floods the senses with intoxicating aromas that meld with the fragrances of fresh and ripe fruit. September peach bursts forth, followed by floral notes with subtle scents of rose.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

We’d love to visit the Tenuta Ammiraglia Magliano estate one day to personally experience the stunning beauty of the region and get first-hand knowledge of what makes this exquisite rose so delicious. For now, we have to settle for Brand Ambassador and Winemaker, Livia le Divelec’s extensive knowledge. Check out the My Life on and off the Guest List Facebook page for our interview with her.

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

Restaurant Review: Chef Terrance Brennan’s Côte Médi at Chefs Club NY

A little less than a year ago, we had the wonderful pleasure of experiencing an exquisite culinary journey when Fat Rice’s Chef Abraham Conlon participated in Chefs Club New York’s Chef-in-Residence series. We recently returned to Chefs Club New York to experience the amazing Mediterranean fare of Chef Terrance Brennan. This highly-accomplished chef, restaurateur, consultant, and entrepreneur has enjoyed a renowned 40-yr culinary career. During his Chef-in-Residence at Chefs Club New York, he brought a bit of his amazing menu comprising of new dishes and a few favorites from Picholine. Keep reading for our superb culinary experience of Chef Terrance Brennan’s Côte Médi at Chefs Club NY.

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We didn’t know it yet, but we were in for a night of culinary divinity to remember. His three-month residency at Chefs Club NY will serve as a preview of his forthcoming seafood-forward concept celebrating the “Cuisine of the Sun,” inspired by his time spent in coastal France, Italy, and Spain.

Chef Terrance Brennan at Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

We had the pleasure of seating at the special guests’ tables, right in front of Chef Terrance Brennan. Chef recommended and kept us informed on all the delicious dishes we enjoyed that night. Chef Terrance Brennan’s menu is perfect for a single or more as the menu features small plates that are meant to be shared amongst tables of friends. Our evening consisted of three amazing cocktails which we will highlight in a bit. While all three were delicious, the stars of the evening were the wonderful dishes. Let’s dive right in.

Smoked Salmon Rillettes

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

What a way to begin! Our palette was thoroughly sated and awakened with this wonderfully salty, multi-textured opener. You could taste the freshness of every bite of the salmon; on its own, it was divine, but when mixed with the Wild American Caviar and scooped with the crisp, olive oil-soaked, bread? Pure perfection. Not a crumb was left in the bowl.

Live Sea Scallop Crudo in Shell

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

If there ever was a dish to remind you of the fresh seafood you can enjoy in the Mediterranean, this is it. It was amazingly fresh and my Santeria Sour cocktail (more on it below), added a nice peppery layer to the dish. I did stop drinking it to fully experience the natural flavors of the truffle salt (slight throat itch but so worth it). The scallops practically melted in my mouth.

COCKTAILS

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi Cocktails

The New Wave – I enjoyed this sweet citrusy cocktail with my first dish. The freshness of the Calamansi and sweetness of elderflower was a wonderful and sweet compliment to the saltiness of the Salmon Rillettes.

Santeria Sour – This is a wonderful kick of spice with a peppery finish that lingers a bit. Hence why I enjoyed it so much with the Live Sea Scallop Crudo in Shell. I liked the addition of jalapeno to enhance the tart taste of the tamarind and green chili vodka. These wonderful flavor kicks complimented the natural smokiness of the mezcal.

There’s a Beach in Queens –  Our third cocktail tasted a lot more tropical than the other two. It boasts a subtle sweetness with the flavor of banana shining through.

Cucumber Gazpacho 

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

I admit I wasn’t sure what to expect with this dish but my goodness, I left the bowl clean. The small melon balls were a wonderful surprise addition of subtle sweetness to the creaminess of this creamy cucumber dish. The crab added a nice level of salt for a wonderful combination of flavors.

Sea Urchin Fondue

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

Hope you are ready for this very fresh dish. I thank my Caribbean roots for already being familiar with eating sea urchin. I’m used to enjoying it roasted in its shell but I love Chef Brennan’s take. The contrast of the freshness of the raw sea urchin paired with the creamy, tapioca fondue and seafoam produced by plankton truly highlighted the essence of the Mediterranean diet.

Wild Striped Bass

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

The Chorizo Emulsion (sauce) and the black rice paella Socarrat (the caramelization of the bottom layer of paella) gave this dish a rustic element. I love anything made with black squid ink; it adds a natural saltiness, oiliness, and savory component to anything it’s added to. It gives the paella rice another layer of distinct flavor. The Striped Bass was perfect. I loved that it wasn’t prepared with too many seasonings, so its naturally mild flavor wasn’t overpowered.

Grilled Langoustines

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

If you’ve never experienced what it’s like to enjoy freshly-caught seafood that is perfectly seasoned, and roasted right on the beach in an open fire pit, this is the closest you’ll come to doing so. The superb garlic herb butter enhanced the grilled flavors of it, which although grilled, it tasted very much roasted. Amazingly delicious!

Squab Magret

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

I loved the variety of flavors in this dish. The Japanese turnips added a crisp fresh texture, almost like an unsweetened melon. The foie gras added another layer of savory flavor and creamy texture, the fig jam was the perfect addition with its seedy sweetness, and the tiny grapes added a refreshing crunchy texture.

DESSERT – Olive Oil Ice Cream

Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

Last but certainly never least – dessert. The Olive Oil ice cream immediately jumped out off the dessert menu. It was an unexpected delight. I wasn’t sure what to expect but eating it was like a rollercoaster of various layers and textures. The smooth vanilla ice cream, sweet crunch from the candied fennel brittle, and the rich, nutty flavor of olive oil all came together to create a distinct, multilayered flavor profile I haven’t experienced before. I have had the please of enjoying olive oil in a cocktail but this was my first olive oil ice cream. It’s a great option for those who love savory and sweet.

Chef Terrance Brennan at Chefs Club NY Côte Médi

Thus ends our culinary journey with Chef Terrance Brennan but hopefully the beginning of yours. You have until September 28th to partake in some or all of these sumptuous small plate meals. Chefs Club NY is located at 275 Mulberry Street. Book your reservation by calling 212-941-1100.

 

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