Karenhammond's Blog

April 15, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — karenhammond @ 6:03 pm

As a lifelong foodie who often writes about food and serves as a judge at various food competitions, I’m often asked about memorable meals.  I’ve always been a fan of fresh ingredients–organic where possible–prepared without a lot of unnecessary fuss. I remember a lunch of freshly made yogurt on the Greek island of Mykonos, followed by a bowl of tiny wild strawberries picked from a field in back of the taverna and still warm from the sun. That meal has lingered in my mind as long as many multi-course dinners I’ve eaten in five-star restaurants here and abroad. I’m dreaming today of  Panache inthe Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City, one of my all-time favorites. Diners are served elegant fare in the rustic surroundings of a 19th-century marine warehouse, choosing among dishes such as oysters tartare with clementines,  venison with a sauce of whatever wild berries are in season, guinea hen with almonds and lovage-scented gravy, white chocolate pannacotta with pistachio cake, or a heavenly lavender creme brulee. It’s a trip to France without crossing the pond. If you have a favorite restaurant anywhere in the world, I hope you’ll share it with me.

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