News & Notes
- People are starting to receive their copies of Practically Raw! This is so exciting to watch. I’m thrilled it’s landed a full 2 weeks early, and I truly can’t wait to hear what you all think of it. For anyone interested in an autographed book, I will soon be setting up the opportunity to purchase personalized, signed copies directly from me. Stay tuned!
- In the meantime, I’ve just set up a photo album for Practically Raw fans on the Chef Amber Shea Facebook page. Want to join the party? Email me a photo of yourself with the book and/or photos of any dishes you’ve already made from it. Feel free to include a link to your own blog or website and I’ll post it with the photo!
- I was interviewed recently for Camp Magazine, Kansas City’s LGBT periodical, by my friend Monica Soto. Click here to read the interview!
Last Thursday night in San Francisco, I mentioned in my vlog that Matt and I were headed out for a nice dinner, and I invited you to guess where. Well, those of you who have been to San Fran had no trouble figuring it out: the famed Millennium Restaurant!
We visited Millennium on our last trip to SF too, and we absolutely swooned over the incredible food. There was no question we needed to eat there again.
You may have noticed a lot of “gluten-freedom” on my blog lately. Yes, there is a reason for that. I’ve given up gluten for the time being due to some not-quite-figured-out-yet health reasons. Hopefully it’s not forever, but we’ll see.
Anyway, that’s why I got butter lettuce leaves to dip in Millennium’s chickpea dip, while Matt ate it with fresh-baked bread.
For our appetizer, we shared the Seared Asparagus, with sliced almonds, chopped olives, preserved lemons, and a mild chile glaze.
For his main dish, Matt had the Samosa Roulade: whole wheat pastry crust, potato, fava green and spring garlic filling, black lentil dal makhani, seared brassicas with mustard seed cabbage, smoked cherry and apple chutney, and cucumber relish. Holy crap, right? Sadly, I couldn’t taste the samosa itself because of the wheat crust, but I did try both the dal makhani and the smoked fruit relish, and wow. Matt was blown away by the variety and complexity of flavors.
The last time we ate at Millennium, I fawned over their fork-tender tempeh, so it was only natural that I got another tempeh dish this time. The Sweet Soy and Chile Glazed Tempeh floated in an Indonesian-style coconut curry with roasted sweet potatoes, root vegetables, baby bok choy, Brussels sprouts, peanut sambal, and Asian pear and daikon salad. This dish was MADE for me! Once again, the tempeh was perfectly cooked, and the rich curry sauce was rimmed with a drizzle of tangy tamarind syrup. This was also quite possibly the first time I’ve ever truly enjoyed either baby bok choy or Brussels sprouts. An incredible dish!
And then there was dessert. Ohh, dessert.
Since we elected to try a dessert-of-the-day last time instead of their famous Chocolate Almond Midnight cake, we got it this time. With an almond cashew crust, mocha chocolate filling, white chocolate mousse, and raspberry sauce, plus some crunchy crumbled almond “haystacks,” it was the perfect melding of Matt’s and my tastes in sweets (mocha, chocolate, and fruit for him; nuts and white chocolate for me).
But wait! There was another dessert-of-the-day this time that we just couldn’t resist. This Terrine had layered hazelnut bark, coffee bean cream and chocolate ganache, salted caramel, marshmallow cream, and maple hazelnuts. Oh my goshhh, you guys. The wobbly terrine filling was almost jello-like, the salty caramel sauce and the marshmallow fluff were unreal, and the candied hazelnuts tasted just like kettle corn. We both loved it, but I think I liked it even better than Matt; caramel, marshmallow, and maple are manna-from-heaven flavors to me!
Millennium really does elevate gourmet vegetarian food to new heights. We’re very lucky to have had the opportunity to eat there twice now!
QUESTION: What’s the fanciest restaurant you’ve ever been to?