o dinner of dinners

November 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm 4 comments

Saturday was my birthday. If you know me well, you’d know that I don’t usually ask for gifts, and if someone is insistent on giving me something, I’ll usually ask for it to be food related. This year all I wanted was an amazing dinner from Madeleine Bistro, my favorite fancy vegan restaurant in southern California.

When I saw they had a six course prix fixe meal available, I knew that would be the best gift my b-fri could give me, aside from driving the three hours to and from (you are the bestest!), and taking pictures of every course. It was very dark in there, so it’s amazing the pictures came out the way they did! Thanks to an excellent photographer and a big fancy camera.

There were six people there altogether, and to my surprise every single one of them got the six course meal, and every single course was DELICIOUS. Insanity!

Ok, ok, enough rambling on. Here are pictures and descriptions!

Soup course: Butternut squash bisque with spiced apple and fried sage leaves
(Other soup was french onion with croutons and “farmer’s cheese,” but I’d had that before so I didn’t get it this time)
Butternut Squash Bisque
Salad course: Tea-smoked tofu over mixed greens and sea lettuces – pardon the half-eaten-ness
(Other salads included Mixed greens with pomegranate and quinoa, and green papaya with ginger and peanuts)
Third course: Kaesespaetzle (German Mac ‘n’ Cheese with bacon bits) – this gets a special mention. I’ve never had vegan mac and cheese that tasted so close to the real thing. And no hint of nutritional yeast!! I will pay a million dollars to get the recipe. Soon as I win the lottery, of course.
Other third course: Artichoke and asparagus risotto with black kale
Fourth course: Gnocchi with creme sauce, black kale, sundried tomatoes, and olives
Fifth course: Red beet tartare with tofu cheese crouton – I’m convinced this is the best thing on earth, so even though I already posted a picture of this, I’m doing it again.
(Other fifth course not pictured was some out of this world grilled king oyster mushroom dish.)
Other fifth course: Chicken-fried seitan with mashed potatoes and gravy – best seitan ever.
Chicken fried seitan
Dessert course: Holiday pie trio with cinnamon ice cream – There was supposed to be apple pie on this plate, but some lucky customer had picked up a whole apple pie, so there are two pieces of pumpkin and one piece of pecan here.
Other dessert course: Chocolate souffle with raw vanilla ice cream – don’t ask me how he makes the souffle without eggs. It’s a miracle!
Alas, it will be a long time before I have a meal like this again. My food budget thanks me, as I’m sure my b-fri’s wallet does.

On another note, my lovely friend Elisa was there and got me a ravioli maker, some mini spatulas, and a few personal deep dish pizza pans as gifts, so expect an Italian themed post to match!


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Hallie  |  November 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Wow that meal looks amazing. Happy belated birthday. I got lots of cooking stuff for my birthday this year too…I guess foodies are easy to shop for!

  • 2. Jojo  |  November 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Woah! That all looks unbelievably amazing, I’m going to have to go there next year!

  • 3. Angela  |  November 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Wow. Just….. wow.

  • 4. pea  |  November 18, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    dang, so good!! And glad you got to share it with lotsa people. You know we’re going again when I come visit.. so start fasting! ; )


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