Choice Eats 2009

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Choice Eats 2009. Two Words: SO CROWDED.

But we got there early, so that was cool. Super thanks to Zach, for bringing me as his plus one :)

Three favourites from tonight’s event:

1. Peaches Market: Barbecued Beef Shortribs, Anson Mills Grits and Joint Smoke

2. Dirt Candy: Portobello Mousse with Pear Fennel Compote

3. No. 7: Vanilla Pudding with Miso Bananas and Homemade Vanilla Wafers. Pastry Chef Amanda Clarke is awesome! :)

A few notes and other dishes worth noting:

1. Momofuku Milk Bar was the first to run out (of cookies). Not surprising ^_^

2. The recently opened Baoguette (see Ed’s review here) had the longest line from the beginning of the night till the end.

3. I was excited to see Queen of Sheba at the event. They do the best rendition of Menchet Abesh Wot in the city.

4. The bomboloni (jelly, chocolate, cream) from Motorino’s were a world apart (in a not-so-good way) from the ones Eric and I ate at the restaurant just two weeks ago.

5. My mouth was on fire by the end of the night – there was so much spicy food! Cabrito clearly thought ahead of time and paired their Jalapeno Rellenos (Roasted Jalapenos Stuffed with Pollack, Pepitas, Capers, and Raisins) with little cups of horchata. Good thinking.

6. From Fatty Crab: Nasi Lemak – Coconut Rice, Chicken Curry. They put a dab of this spicy dark red paste on the left side of the dish, I know not what it is called, but it is addictive.

6. …and this is Chopped Liver from Eisenberg’s. Oh, how I wish I was born Jewish.

That’s all for now, happy Wednesday! :)

Click HERE for the full Flickr Set from the event.

12 Comments
  • anonymous
    April 1, 2009

    The red spicy paste is a chili sambal – delicious!This event looked like fun!

  • K and S
    April 1, 2009

    what a great event and assortment of foods!

  • anonymous
    April 1, 2009

    mmmm everything looks great! look at all the people!

  • anonymous
    April 1, 2009

    this looks like a lot of fun. i was so suprised that no. 7 turned up on your top 3. we went to dinner there on saturday and it was sooo very disappointing that we didn’t even make it to dessert. everything seemed muddled and too saucy (we had scallops and cod) and then before that this horrible fried huge lump of broccoli as an appetizer, and my tuna one was so bland. anyways, it just felt like the restaurant was all downhill (the space also seems like its falling apart) so glad to see they have something good going on. laura

  • anonymous
    April 1, 2009

    very nice pictures. i was so busy standing in one line after another and eating(went in at 7.30) so only took 1 picture.

  • Hungry
    April 1, 2009

    The event was great! Great pictures! I wish I had gotten to Momofuku Milk Bar too! I missed out! Check out my pictures from the night too!

  • Joe DiStefano
    April 1, 2009

    Nice to see you get the honor of being the first to blog about this Kathy. At 9 p.m. I was calming my crowd-frazzled nerves with some soothing bourbon!

  • Melissa Good Taste
    April 2, 2009

    I want to try that Jalapeno Relleno!

  • Fenographer
    April 2, 2009

    I thought the dessert from No. 7 was great too.Totally random, were you in a read coat that night?

  • LIYANA
    April 2, 2009

    hey kathy!I love reading ur blog & i'm from malaysia…the red spicy paste is what we call 'sambal'here.Nasi lemak which originates from here–usually consists of rice cooked with coconut milk,spicy sambal,deep fried anchovies & peanuts,a boiled/fried egg & slices of cucumber,all wrapped up in banana leaf into a small pyramid shape…^_^But nowadays it's wrapped in plastic sheets with old newspaper instead..:(

  • anonymous
    April 3, 2009

    Kathy, it was a pleasure to meet you at the event. I’m so honored to have made your top 3! Hope our paths cross again some time soon… Best, Amanda

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 3, 2009

    Su-Lin!Ookk, thanks for the info! I need to get myself a jar of that, hehe ^_^Kat!It was a tasty night! :)Danny!Yeah, oh man it was SO CROWDED though! :)Hey Laura!I’ve never been to the restaurant before, but I have been wanting to visit for a long time. I’ll keep everything you said in mind :)Hey Yeni!Yeah, it was hard trying to balance, beer, food, and camera all at once! ^_^Hey Hungry!Heading over to your site now! :)Joe!Awesome seeing you too! I didn’t make it till 9…the size of the crowd just drained all my energy. Bourbon actually sounds really good right about now…Hey Melissa!I wish I could send you one over the internet! hehe :)Hey Fenographer!Yup, that we me – you should have said hii! :)Hey Liyana!Ooo thanks for all the info…I’m craving that dish again hehe. I’ll have to poke around for restaurant in this city that do an “authentic” version! :)Amanda!It was such an honor to meet you! I’ve been following your recipe posts on SE since the start – it’s awesome to finally put a face to all the great work. I’m sure we’ll cross paths again soon :)

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