Grilled Tuna Salad

Grilled Tuna Salad, originally uploaded by FarWyde.

Rare Ahi, cucumbers, carrots, parsnips, jicama, ponzu over a pickled ginger slaw.

– Zelko Bistro, Houston, TX



Main, originally uploaded by FarWyde.

Crab cake, shaved radish salad, ginger buerre blanc

– Branch Water Tavern, Houston, Texas [February 1, 2011]


Appetizer, originally uploaded by FarWyde.

Roasted beets, Humbolt Fog cheese, candied pistachios

– Branch Water Tavern, Houston, Texas [February 1, 2011]


I always love showing pictures of the food I get to eat, but I rarely get a chance to show pictures of the food I *cook*. That is mainly due to my abhorrence of cleaning. But I thought I’d give it a try today. Based off the recipe in the December issue of
Bon Appétit (of course I couldn’t follow it directly)…

Short Ribs in Red Wine and Port with Tangerine Gremolata:


Farm to table South American restaurant El Arbol in Austin, Texas blew me away this past weekend. It has been awhile since I’ve experienced a meal where EVERY dish was amazing and El Arbol’s Chef Chad Dolezal manages to do just that. Not only did each dish have the perfect degree of tenderness, the flavors were superb. The oak wood grill is evident in the flavor of each dish and brings a smoky tinge to each dish. This is definitely on my list of places to return when back in Austin!

The Pulpo a la Parrilla had the perfect tenderness and managed to avoid the pitfalls of having a rubbery texture that is so often found with octopus. It was quite delicious with just a hint of spicy. The Pulpo sat upon a crunchy slice of  charred fennel and a slice of soft potato amidst a tasty salmorra (a smoky tomato and garlic sauce).

Pulpo a la Parrilla

Pulpo a la Parrilla: Oak grilled octopus, charred fennel, roasted potato, salmorra.


This was my first time experiencing Anticucho de Corazón, beef heart, and I was beyond impressed by the tenderness and smoky flavors. Dipping the thinly sliced beef in the tangy balsamic vinegar and with a piece of the caramelized red onion led to the perfect bite which was just awesome goodness dancing in my mouth. It tasted best when straight off the grill, but I was pleasantly surprised that the flavors still remained as tasty even after it cooled down.

Anticucho de Corazon

Anticucho de Corazón: Oak grilled beef heart, red onion, balsamic reduction, chili oil.


Whomever discovered that fish and chorizo taste amazing together needs a Nobel prize! Mero con Patatas a la Riojana, a crispy grouper that was perfectly flaky and juicy with a blue-cheese type sauce atop it which melted into the fish itself. The potato and chorizo combination was spicy and crunchy, like it had been cooked in a cast iron skillet and then scraped out to provide that perfect crust.

Mero con Patatas a la Riojana

Mero con Patatas a la Riojana: Grilled gulf grouper, potato, spanish chorizo, pickled fennel, fava.


The fat on the Falda de Cerdo is caramelized goodness and in combination with the tender meat and sweet reduction, led to very satisfactory melting of flavors in my mouth. The risotto had nice earthy flavors that complemented the pork belly well.

Falda de Cerdo

Falda de Cerdo: Braised richardson farms pork belly, membrillo compote, sweet potato risotto, baby arugula.


The rare grilled Ojo de Bife was just an absolutely amazingly tender piece of meat which had a smoky savory flavor in combination with the chimichurri sauce . And just plain big.

Ojo de Bife

Ojo de Bife: 14oz eye of rib eye, USDA prime, aged 40 days.


Even the Repollitos de Bruselas where tasty! Tasty and crispy brussel sprouts with a hint of lemon. The burnt leaves were my favorite.

Repollitos de Bruselas

Repollitos de Bruselas: Fried brussel sprout, lemon juice, aioli.


The French Laundry, Chef’s Tasting Menu, 3 July 2010

The proverbial French Laundry clip

Salmon Cornets

Cauliflower “Panna Cotta”

Moulard Duck “Foie Gras Au Torchon”

Tartare of Japanese Bluefin Tuna

"Pinces De Homard Pochées Au Beurre Doux"

All Day-Braised Salmon Creek Farms Pork Belly

Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Saddle

"Pecorino Crosta Nera"

Royal Blenheim Apricot Sorbet

"Pane Di Ricotta Alla Griglia"

Peanut Butter and Jelly Tart




Cádiz – El Aljibe

Foie de oca y pato con mermelada de tomate

Foie de oca