For my first blog post, I thought it would be appropriate to pose a hypothetical scenario:
If you could choose any five foods that you could eat for the rest of your life without gaining so much as an ounce, what would they be? My list is as follows:
1. Chocolate. A self-prescribed chocoholic, this one definitely sits at the top of my list. For those of you who have never tried the flourless chocolate slice with sea salt and E.V.O.O. from Krog Bar – it is a chocolate lover’s dream. The perfect combination of sweet and savory, this is not one to be shared, as you’re going to want the entire thing for yourself. Paired with a glass of Spanish wine on the patio, this is the ideal happy ending to any meal.
2. Cheese. There are many ways to enjoy cheese, pizza being one of my favorites. However, you can never go wrong with the simplicity of a cheese plate. Ecco’s cheese plate is among the best I’ve tried – the manchego, pecorino toscano, and ash aged chèvre make the perfect combination. Throw in some prosciutto and finocchiona, along with the fried goat cheese, and you can skip the entrées altogether and go straight to dessert.
3. French fries. I am among the minority when it comes to French fries, as I prefer to eat them sans ketchup. In fact, I thought I preferred them completely plain until I was introduced to the truffle parmesan French fries at JCT Kitchen. Thinly cut and crispy, with a healthy drizzle of truffle oil, and topped off with freshly shaved parmesan, these fries will truly melt in your mouth.
4. Steak. In my opinion, there is only one way to properly cook a steak. As rare as possible. This is my go-to response when ordering at a steakhouse. I tend to prefer the filet as it is the thickest cut and hence, the easiest to cook to my liking. The filet at Kevin Rathbun Steak sits at the top of my list for two reasons: 1. the truffle butter steak accompaniment and 2. the steak temperature option of Blue (Very Red, Cold Center). Go for the 12 oz as the 6 oz is entirely too small.
5. Vodka. Although technically not a food, vodka is usually the star ingredient in my drink of choice on the weekends. I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet drinks, so a classic dirty martini is always a safe bet. The epitome of perfection in a glass can be found at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Las Vegas. This particular martini is shaken tableside and doesn’t even fit into a single glass, so it comes with its own sidecar. It’s topped off with blue cheese-stuffed olives and is so cold that your fingers stick to the glass. I have yet to find an equivalent in Atlanta, but I will happily continue to try them all until I do.