Thursday, May 20, 2010

Savor the Sounds 1.0: LudoBites 4.0 @ Gram & Papas

I was fortunate enough to win a seat at LudoBites 4.0 last Thursday through a raffle The Scenestar was having on Twitter.  Whoever replied first would get the spot.  I was shocked I won and was slightly worried it might be awkward to have dinner with a stranger I followed on Twitter, who was a pretty big deal in the music blog world.  Turned out I was worried over nothing because the only thing the dinner lacked was wine (I forgot it was BYOB).  Conversation was great, fun, and insightful.  It was like chatting with a friend who loves music as much as I do, and I received a ton of tips on how to improve my own blog.  He also told me about how the blog was built on him wanting to fill a void a previous blog left behind when it shut down.  I'm so glad The Scenestar was created because, honestly, I find out all my info about tour dates, presales, and shows from him. 

So, it was my third time attending LudoBites and The Scenestar's first time.  It was a great meal and he said it was one of the best meals he's ever had next to his mom's cooking (awww, how sweet!).  Since I can never take photos as good as food bloggers do, I will be borrowing pictures from kevinEats, Kung Food Panda, and Mattatouille.  Here's a list of my favorite dishes of the night:
  1. Tartine Plate, Warm Baguette (Honey Lavender Butter & Smoked Lard):  like Kung Food Panda said, there must have been crack in that lavender butter because I love it.  I even wanted to take some home with me.  I could eat that every morning!  The Scenestar mentioned it was tasty to mix the butter and lard together.  Maybe I'm a purist, but I still prefer to eat the lavender butter alone. 
  2. source
  3. Foie Gras Black Croque Monsieur, Cherry Amaretto Chutney:  I have been dreaming about this sandwich since LudoBites 2.0 at The Breadbar.  It might look alien with its black squid ink bread exterior enclosing a rich foie gras heart attack, but it is absolutely one of the best sandwiches I've ever had in my entire life.  
  4. source
  5. Squid Carbonara, Pancetta, Poached Egg (63 degrees), Parmesan Snow, Chive Flowers:  the egg was perfectly poached.  Chef Ludo, can you please make me eggs for breakfast every morning?  It was just unfortunate that I was so busy talking to The Scenestar that the egg started getting overcooked on the squid.  The squid wasn't overly chewy and I liked the look of the dish.  It did look just like pasta but with a slightly chewier texture.  
  6. source
  7. Dark Chocolate Soufflé, Vanilla Whipped Cream, Hot Chocolate Ganache:  I adore dark chocolate, so I had to have this.  The souffle was perfectly light, fluffy, and rich.  It was bigger than I thought it would be and halfway through, it was too rich for even my dark chocolate worshiping palate.  
  8. source
  9. Strawberry, Macaron, Lemon Verbena Meringue:  taking a cue from HC, we ordered a second dessert and it was absolutely worth it, especially after finding out there were Pop Rocks candy in it!  It was kind of like having a deconstructed strawberry pie. 
  10. source
After reading the Yello! Smashbox interview with Ludo (I was especially interested in the part where Ludo discussed his musical interests.  Also I loved the hip hop playlist he had at dinner), meeting The Scenestar, and having a discussion about blogs with Matt, I got inspired to make some changes to my blog.  This is the first of a series of posts where I will be combining my two favorite things: food and music.  

More Reviews: