April 3, 2013


Did you guys watch The Taste this season?
If your answer is no, then I'm sorry to tell you that you missed out on some good tv. 
Don't worry.. there's always next season {fingers crossed}. 
The show is based on the same concept as The Voice,
except instead of singing, the contestants must prepare dishes that are judged in a blind taste. 
The judges?
Check this out - the show featured no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef and author Ludo Lefebvre and last, but not least, my foodie crush and restaurateur Brian Malarkey.
Eight episodes later, guess who ended up winning the whole shebang? 
Chef Khriristianne Uy, who was mentored by San Diego's favorite chef - Mr. Malarkey himself!

To celebrate, the dynamic duo paired up to bring a sample of The Taste to three of Malarkey's restaurants:
Of course I had to make it to at least one of the events,
and after much deliberation, 
I decided to pay a visit to Burlap, a place where I've had a fabulous time in the past, as described here and here
The meal was comprised of an amazing five-course menu that we decided to pair with corresponding drink tastings. 
Amuse Bouche - the sexiest oyster shooter I've ever consumed. 
Lamb Poutine, petite basque, with triple cooked fries.
Adobo Chicken Liver Arancini with onion confit. 
Mussels with chorizo, coconut broth, chilies, and garlic mops.
Braised Oxtail with pea risotto, pea tendrils, charred onions. 
Not pictured are the crispy brussels sprouts and "ears",
that were simply inhaled within mere seconds. 

I can't wait to see what the future holds for Khristianne -
she's such a talented chef, and I'm so happy she won!
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