Can you remember the moment when you first realized how amazing food can really be? I remember it very clearly and it was more recent than you may think.
Six years ago I went to Las Vegas with several friends for a pretty epic girl’s vacation. It was a very different time and I doubt I’ll ever have another experience quite like this one. None of us were married yet (I had only just begun dating Jeff). One member of the group, Christa, was a successful fish monger and she was able to get many of our meals and even our hotel rooms at The Bellagio comped. We were determined to party like rockstars- table service at the hottest clubs, dinner at the best restaurants in town, the works.
On the final night of our trip we dined at Thomas Keller’s restaurant, Bouchon. I didn’t know who Thomas Keller was at the time and I knew very little about the restaurant. I was still trying to decide what to order when Christa announced that she was ordering Terrine de Foie Gras de Canard. I didn’t know what foie gras was at the time and someone needed to explain it to me. I might not have been a well versed diner but I was always an adventurous one so when I was offered a taste I gladly accepted. That bite was a revelation to me. I expected to taste something similar to the average chicken liver pate I’d tried at many family gatherings. Hardly. The foie gras was like butter, only richer and more flavorful. My eyes were opened to new possibilities. A few years later when Jeff and I had an overnight layover in Vegas I insisted we dine at Bouchon. I ordered the foie again and it was everything I remembered. It’s not something I eat on a regular basis but for special occasions, there’s really nothing like foie gras. Every time I taste it I’m reminded of that first moment where I truly fell in love with food.
Head over to Gourmet Food Store to get my recipe for Duck Breast with Seared Foie Gras and Balsamic Cherries!
And in the comments section, tell me: what’s your most memorable food moment?