Thursday, May 5, 2011

There really is a SILVER lining

This restaurant is probably one of my new favorite places to eat and anyone who considers themselves a foodie or just likes a delicious meals needs to eat at Silver Restaurant in Park City. It's located on 508 Main Street and it is the best food I have ever tasted. I'm still craving it!

The atmosphere is very chic; you feel like you are in a NYC club. They have a full service bar and a live DJ. Silver is a very design conscious restaurant with clean, geometric motifs. It's a new style called "Neo-Deco" which mixes those geometric motifs into fluid patterns. They have steered away from the log cabin feel which is what most restaurants are in Park City. As my husband pointed out this is my kind of restaurant.

Here is the ambiance of the upstairs part of the restaurant. I love the snake skin chairs and a little further back is the full service bar. 

 The stairs leading to the upstairs are lined with strands of metallic "S's".

My husband and I outside the restaurant.

The sign for the restaurant.

We ordered 2 appetizers, 2 main courses, 1 side dish and 1 dessert but if my husband had let me I would have ordered the whole menu. This food is so well crafted. Every bite exploded on your taste buds! I wanted to keep eating and if we weren't in public we would have licked our plates clean.

The appetizers we ordered were Foie Gras French Toast with granny smith apples, Almond Brioche and sherry syrup and Lump Crab Salad with green melon, fresh lime, and ginger vinaigrette. This was the first time I had Foie Gras and it was amazing! It was sweet and savory with nice contrasting textures. It was a super light dish. The apples were fresh, and adding a nice crunch. The lump crab salad is probably my favorite thing we ate that night. I would eat it everyday if I could. It was fresh and light with a pleasing citrus aftertaste. The melon and crab is an amazing paring that I would have never thought of. The ginger vinaigrette was circling the crab and melon so when you dragged a bite out you got the perfect amount of vinaigrette. 

Our main courses were the Muscovy Duck Breast with caramelized fennel, braised endive and a ginger and shallot confit and the Alaskan Halibut with crispy quinoa, haricots verts and saffron beurre blanc. The duck's flavors blended so well and it had a crispy outside. It was perfectly succulent and had a smooth ginger undertone. 

The Halibut was flaky and was bright. It had great texture and was a effortless symphony of taste. It was also just fun to eat. As you dragged your fork across the plate you gather some extra sauce.

Our side was Parmesan Truffle Fries and to start we got some bread with chive oil. The fries were amazing and I have decided I like anything with truffles on it. The truffle cuts through the starch and makes it light and fluffy.

The bread with the chive oil is something I have never had but was so exquisite I could have kept eating it all night. It has a nice kick and the presentation  on a slate added so much to the experience. 

The dessert we ordered blew my mind. We ordered the Brown Butter Pound Cake with roasted pineapple, vanilla bean and cilantro. The dessert was so well balanced; the warm and cool temperatures mixed well together and every bite melted in your mouth. It was amazing!

The service in the restaurant is exceptional. They spend that extra 3 seconds with you which makes your experience that much better. I can't express how amazing this restaurant is in one blog post you just need to experience it for yourself. This restaurant has become one of my favorite restaurants and I am counting down the days until I can go back and eat all this food again! All I can say is that I LOVE this restaurant.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

3rd Recipe: Mama's Fish House Inspired

So it has been a long time since I have last posted but I am back with an amazing recipe! This recipe is inspired by Mama's Fish House and I finally found something that can measure up with the fish they prepare.

My husband and I recently took a trip up to Idaho to visit my cousin and his wife. While we were there I was flipping through her cookbook and while enjoying the pictures I came across Dijon- Crusted Tilapia. Shelby was already planning on making fish that night so we quickly changed to this recipe and I decided this was the fish I want to put on my blog.

The recipe is called Dijon-Crusted Fish and it is found in the Taste of Home Most Requested Recipes cookbook. The total prep time for this recipe is 25 min. It's a super easy recipe with little mess to clean up but packed with tons of taste.

For this recipe you will need:

-3 tablespoons of mayo
-2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
-1 teaspoon horseradish
-4 tilapia fillets ( 5 ounces each)
-1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
-2 teaspoons butter, melted

First combine the mayo, 1 tablespoon of cheese, the lemon juice, mustard and the horseradish in a bowl.

Place the fillets on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

Spread the mayo mixture evenly over the fish.

In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, butter and the remaining cheese. Sprinkle over the fish.

Bake at 425 degrees for 13-18 min. or until the fish flakes easily.

This fish is amazing! Bite after bite punches your palate with flavor. The tilapia as also super light, so when you do finally get enough (you'll only want more and more) you don't feel overstuffed. The mustard shines through and if you aren't a fish person you might want to give this fish a try because this fish will persuade your taste buds.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Never a Bad Fish

The next restaurant I am going to write about is Mama's Fish House in Maui, Hawaii. It's located on the North Shore and if you are ever in Maui you need to pay Mama's Fish House a visit! This restaurant has the best fish I have ever tasted in my life, most likely because all the fish is caught that morning. I have been craving it ever since I  left Hawaii.

The venue is very open with a great view of the ocean along with a cool sea breeze. Mama's is very authentic and relaxing and even through it's medium sized  it's very quite so you can really have a good conversation with your party. Even though the menu is mostly fish everybody will find something magnificent.

 The Decor is very tropical and it displays the true beauties of the Island.

The food is beyond amazing! Each bite of everything we ordered was just bursting with flavor. You'll want to have a bite of everyone's meal. I wanted to lean over to the table next to me and tell
them to order what I got because it was mind blowing. 

We started out with some bread and a tomato bisque compliments of the chef. It was in a small cup and you sipped it directly from the cup. It was a bright reddish orange color and as soon as it touched my lips the creamy richness hugged my tongue. It was very delicate and as soon as I tasted that, I knew I was in for a good meal. I only wish the bowl was bigger

The appetizer I ordered was the Maui Onion Soup. This soup literally melted in my mouth with all the rich but light cheese and onions. Some of the other appetizers we got were an onion and tomato salad which was super fresh and crisp. We also got some sashimi that really brought out all the delicate flavor in the fish. 

The fish I ordered was the Onaga which is Red Hawaiian Snapper. It is the lightest fish and it was prepared the lightest. It was so fresh and it fell apart in my mouth that after my first bite I wanted to order another one to take home for later. It was savory and packed with flavor but wasn't fishy at all. It was the best fish I have had ever hands down!

The whole meal was amazing and the dessert only added to the grandeur. It's called  the Polynesian Black Pearl. When they brought it out it was so stunning I didn't want to eat it. After the first bite I couldn't stop. It was rich but not heavy and very creamy and smooth. It was one of those desserts that you would want to lick the plate if you weren't in public. 

This is a must visit restaurant and I can't wait to go back. Everyone needs to experience this food once in their lifetime. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

2nd Recipe: Vapiano's Inspired

When I was home for Christmas Break my mom made this amazing panini and I just had to share it with you!

It doesn't really have a name so I named it the Pear and Turkey Panini. It's so easy to make and perfect for lunch or dinner along side some warm, rich soup. It takes 10 minutes or less to make and you can make as many as you want.

For this recipe you will need:

- Fresh Bread (I used French)
- Turkey
- Swiss Cheese
- Bartlett Pears
- Fresh Spinach
- Stone Ground Mustard and Sweet and Hot Mustard

First you want to slice your bread if it's not already sliced. Once you do that butter each side of the bread for your sandwiches.

After that you want to put the stone ground mustard on one slice of bread and the sweet and hot mustard on the other slice of bread.

Place the cheese on top of the mustard so it melts better when you grill the sandwiches.

Add everything else to the sandwich. You want to wait until the pears are a little soft but if you don't have time to wait they will taste just fine. Cut the pears super thin and you can put as much as you want of the cheese, turkey and spinach.

Put the sandwiches together and then grill then on a skillet, Forman Grill or anything you have that will get the grilling done!

Finished Product! It is so delicious and super easy to make. The sandwich has just the right amount of sweetness and a spicy kick from the mustard that creates a party in your mouth! It's perfect for dinner parties or just a night with the girls (or your husband).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

" The Belly Rules The Mind"

So much has gone on these past few weeks!!

I went home to McLean, Virginia over the Christmas break and did a lot of eating! We also spent some time in Maui, Hawaii so I will be writing about some of those restaurants as well.

The first restaurant I want to share with you is called Vapiano's in Arlington Virginia. This restaurant has a fun, interactive environment. How it works is when you enter the host gives you a card that looks like a credit card. You walk up to one of three stations the station where you can pick from pizza, pasta. salad and panini or all three! After you order the chef that takes your order cooks your meal right in front of you allowing you to see how they make all their food. They scan your card with your order and you hold on to your card until the end of your meal. At the end you take your card up to the host and they scan it, see how much is on your card and that is what you pay.

The restaurant is very clean and open with an eclectic and modern feel. It has very neat lines which draw your eye to all the decorations. They have long wooden tables to sit at either with your family or others intended for a very social meal.

After trying to figure out what to order for a long time I finally decided on the Carbonara pasta and Dane ordered the Carpacciso pizza. When you order pasta not only do you pick what kind of pasta you actually want but you also pick what kind of noodle you would like your pasta to be made with. The food is amazing! They make all the food in front of you and they grow their own herbs right there in the restaurant so you know it's fresh. It's delectable and mouth watering. The portions are a good sharing size and trust me you will want to share.

My pasta was fresh and very light even though the sauce was super creamy and delicious. Each bite was packed with flavor and the flavors blended very well. The pizza was bright and each bite brought all the crispness of the toppings on the pizza. I would definitely order this again but I hope to order many more items off the menu to get a real taste of the restaurant.

This is definitely a place I will return to and bring my friends so they can enjoy this wonderful creation. Like this fish pizza!