Posts Tagged ‘Gordon Ramsay’

BurGR and Beaujolais: Two Meals. Two Cities. Too Cool.

December 30, 2012

While in Las Vegas for a wedding a few days back, we noticed that Gordon Ramsay had just opened up a new restaurant in the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. Since we were staying there, we were all like, “What the heck? Let’s check it out!”

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Gordon Ramsay BurGR

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Our view from the table…

To start the meal off right, we ordered up some beer…

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And BOY did they have a lot of it!

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I got me a Stone Pale Ale

Here’s what we ate…

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This Salt and Vinegar Hummus was out of this world…

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The Truffle Parmesan Fries were legit…

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But this Artisanal Burger with Shaved Prosciutto, Dried Salami, and Reclette Cheese is one of the best burgers I have ever tasted.

Everything about BurGR is fantastic.

The food.

The service.

Even the menu…

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I mean… Come on… How cool is this?

Yesterday, we flew from Las Vegas to Reno, Nevada to visit my folks.

After picking us up from the airport, we headed out to dinner at Beaujolais Bistro.

Yes…

This French restaurant does serve Beaujolais, but I was in the mood for something different…

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The Saint Cosme 2011 Coetes-du-Rhone is full of bright red fruit, but has a great herbacious, spicy, earthy sensibility. Highly recommended.

Here’s what we ate…

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Olives. I love olives.

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Mixed Lettuces with Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and a Creamy Lemon Dressing

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The Muscovy Drake Duck Breast in Blood Orange Sauce was ridiculously juicy and flavorful. The richness of the duck was evened out by the tangy blood orange. The wine made this dish sing.

Oh man…

It’s not that often that one can tout having had two of the best meals of their life in the same week…

I can.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

 

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K.I.S.S. – A lesson from Gordon Ramsay and Girls

August 13, 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about Girls lately.

Okay…

That doesn’t sound right.

Let’s start over…

I’ve been thinking a lot about my old friend, JR, lately.  He’s in a band called Girls.

JR. Christopher. Girls.

Girls is an amazingly complex band.  At the same time, they are all about the simple things in life.

Love.

Heartbreak.

Rock and Roll.

Friendship.

Pizza.

Wine.

Girls.

It’s that simple.

Their first album is called, “Album”.

It’s that complex.

A few days ago, my buddy G-Rat shared an article on Facebook that he found on Eater.com.  It was an interview with JR (who was at one time a chef) about similarities between music and food.  The interview, to me, circled around one common theme.

Simplicity.

When asked about what he learned during his time as a chef, JR spoke of simplicity.

“If you have a couscous and want to put salt-cured olives in it, you don’t want an overwhelming amount of the olives so that the bites that do have olive say something. If you’re going to put parsley in it, chop it big so they can taste it. Maintain the excitement.”

So complex.

So simple.

When asked about the type of restaurant that he would want to open up in the future, he hammered the point home.

“Whatever it would be, it wouldn’t be fine dining. It would be rustic, simple, the kind of stuff I’ve made my whole life.”

So simple.

So right on.

That article, obviously, got me thinking about food.

The article also got me thinking about TV.

Reality TV.

Of all the reality shows on TV, my favorites involve food.

Since Gordon Ramsay stars in 500 reality TV shows, I can’t help but think of him.

One of his shows is called Kitchen Nightmares.  On the show, Chef Ramsay visits restaurants that need a little help getting back on their feet.

It seems like every time he helps out a restaurant, the theme of simplicity comes into play.

Make the menu simple.

Clean up the dining area to make it simple and elegant.

And the food.

Make the food with passion.

Plate the food with love.

Always use simple, fresh ingredients.

Simple.

Fresh

Ingredients.

Simple!

With that in mind, here’s what I had for breakfast today…

Breakfast.

Potatoes.

Onions.

Salt.

Pepper.

Rosemary.

Eggs.

Milk.

English muffin.

Simply delicious.

In the complex world of wine, we get so wound up with the minutia of it all that it gets overwhelming.  It doesn’t have to be that way.

Wine can be simple.

Sugar (from the grapes) + Yeast = Alcohol + Carbon Dioxide

That’s it.

It’s simple.

I’m going to a party tonight.

I will bring some wine.

And I will keep it simple.

Red Splash 2007 Red Wine. Simple.

K.I.S.S.

Keep

It

Simple,

Stupid.

Stay Rad,

Jeff


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