|Tomato and Gin soup recipe from Le Crocodile Restaurant|
VanFoodBloggers is a Meetup group dedicated to sharing the cities vast restaurant scene. The group started meeting last fall with a hardy set of keen diners and bloggers who have been getting out and discovering some wonderful food. I had the pleasure of attending a couple Meetups and liked the group for their knowledge and passion. One fellow in particular - Simon - invited me to join him at my Alma Master - Le Crocodile Restaurant after I mentioned doing a stint in the kitchen. Simon - thanks for inspiring me to visit my culinary roots.
Le Crocodile Restaurant is a classic Alsatian restaurant first, with a modern Vancouver flair. Chef Michel has been consistently excelling in his native dishes of Strasbourg in the Alsace region of France, but belonging to a city of modern tastes he has melded wonderfully the sumptuous foods of our city with his masterful touch making Le Crocodile into one of the greatest temples of fine dinning.
|Le Crocodile recipe - Ziewelkuche - Alsatian onion tarte|
|roasted tomato soup from my garden|
My memory of standing next to Chef Michel during the lunch service each day - where my responsibility was to make the plates ready for the food when the orders came in - he'd say "two meat plates and three fish plates" - I would put the garnish on the plates and into a 500 F oven for mere seconds, timing it so everything went out sizzling hot, but not curdled - is still a source of confidence for me. It was dangerous work. I had burn scars on my arms from my wrist up for years.
I am looking forward to trying the Kusshi Oyster grown by Keith Reid of Stellar Bay Shellfish in the Comox Valley, thought by any who have tasted these as the 'ultimate oyster'. This article describes best the pleasures of the kusshi.
To my fellow VanFoodBloggers who will be joining me - see you there.
I know it will be delicious and we'll be sharing some of the best food in Vancouver and beyond.
|for the tomato soup in all of us - my back yard ruby jewel|