Wednesday, November 5, 2008
That header photo..
(Edited because I changed my header photo, but I leave this oyster shot here because it is one of my Best. Photos. Ever.)
Cheryl of 5 Second Rule, another food blog, commented on the photo--so I want to brag a little because I took that AWESOME shot but I also want to give credit to Chef Clay Conley of Mandarin Oriental's Azul here in Miami. This was an amuse bouche paired with a Pommery Champagne.
I'll go out on a limb here and say the pairing was genius.
The oyster was tiny (my oyster shucking days are ancient history, although I shucked gazillions at Union Square Cafe--I no longer can identify oysters on sight...which are tiny? I want to say Kumamoto) and topped with a sliver of cucumber, a touch of creme fraiche, caviar and chives. There was briny sweetness of oyster, the crunch and fresh taste of the cucumber, the smooth creaminess of the cream and then that little crunch and saltiness of the caviar and ever-so-slight bite of chive. All at once. Chef Conley gave me a reason to make this killer photo.