“I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet! I Feel the World Tumbling….”
The food was delicious starting with bread and a balsamic olive oil mix followed by snails and a goat cheese green salad. Now I was on the fence about trying snails, as I’m sure most of you would be; however Simone, who had taken French and is far more cultured than I am, went right along with my spontaneous snail moment “sure, I’ve had it before. Let’s give it a try.” And so we did. I allowed my fork, somewhat shaking from my anticipation and ambiguity towards eating an insect, to break into the puff pastry that enclosed the escargot and took a bite. I must say that it was not disgusting, and if I was a fan of mushrooms, I may have just loved the texture and taste because that is exactly what they reminded me of: mushrooms. The color, which I failed to take a picture of while I was recovering from my anxiety of eating snails, the texture, and the taste were almost identical to mushrooms. Luckily, Simone had chosen a green salad with goat cheese. I must say, the French are quite innovative when it comes to cheese, and La Barrique- although in NY- was no exception to this. The cheese was pan fried, warm, tangy, and waiting on top of the salad for an unsuspecting, such as myself, newbie to bite into its delectable flesh. My taste buds, if nothing else, has a newfound appreciation for cheese!
Following my escargot moment, which Simone-despite it being her golden birthday- coaxed me through, we settled on almond crusted lamb and Chilean sea bass. Both were yummy delicious options. The lamb however was to die for, and Simone and I came to the realization that French were best known for their meat, potato au gratin (which I had for the very first time and found to be hearty, delicious, and worthy of a recreation at a later date in time), and sauces.
Our scrumptious meal was finished with tiramisu, coffee, and a round of “happy birthday” sung off tune. The coffee was wonderful and perhaps one the best cups I have had- most likely due to the alcohol content the barista threw in there to help us celebrate. All in all, I’d consider French food conquered, and I wish you were there! Next up: Chinese tea ceremony at tranquility tea room. Any volunteers!?