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Photo Friday: Game On

May 3, 2013

One could say that last night I went to bed early. One could also say that I passed on top of the bed after drinking four extra-strong beers from Firestone Walker at the City Beer Hall’s game night.

At least I got my clothes off first.

Anyhow, the dinner was great and it was clear that chef Dimitrios put a lot of love into the food. From the aligator that he cooked for four hours in his vadouvan curry, to the mole that coated the venison which took him three days to prepare.

Needless to say I wasn’t able to actually write a proper post last night, so today I’m going to share pictures of most of the dishes.

The third-course is notably missing. My excuse is that the natural light started to fade, and I still haven’t quite figured out how to use the flash on my camera. I was able to get something halfway decent for the dessert, but I’m not going to post a dark blob of venison, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.


Yes, it’s topped with Bugles. If they were merely there to provide a textural counterpoint, I suspect they would have been crushed. As whole pieces they reminded me of the scales on the back of an aligator. That was cute. And delicious.


The only other time I’ve had aligator was in Florida. It was tenderized using thousands of needles in an industrial tenderizer. Then it was battered and deep fried. And it was tough as hell. The last thing I expected from this dish is that the meat would be tender enough to flake with a fork.


At our table and other tables that I spoke to after the meal the kangaroo was the star of the show. It had been a while since I had last eaten roo. Years ago, Raf picked up a steak at some place in the SF Mission. We cooked it rare, but it was still impossibly tough, greasy, and gamey. This was tender and succulent. The shallot marmalade was cooked with the same bourbon whose barrels were employed in the production of Parabola.


Yep. That’s a dessert sandwich of boar bacon, cheese, chocolate and cherries. With some blackberries in the background. Rock Hill Bakehouse made this bread. I’m glad to have met it. Now on special occasions I may head up to the bakery in Gansevoort to get some myself.

This was a great experience, and really could be the source material for a week worth of posts. But now I’ve got to get ready for lunch. Can’t say I’m hungry. But I’m going to have to go back on a more healthful diet soon, so the time to eat is now.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Rogerk permalink
    May 3, 2013 11:29 am

    If the Rockhill bread was their chocolate cherry variety, save yourself a disappointing trip. They no longer make it for sale at the bakery as individual loaves. You have to special order a minimum number of loaves (maybe 12?). Of course you could always give some away as gifts!

  2. May 3, 2013 11:47 am

    I wish I’d known farther ahead that I’d actually be free last night — this looks like a tasty adventure.

  3. -R. permalink
    May 3, 2013 12:36 pm

    So, aside from the food pairings, what did you think of the barrel-aged Firestone Walker beer? I recently acquired two bottles of the DDBA Firestone Walker, and the bourbon is quite noticeable, imparting an interesting dimension to the brew. At 12% it’s also potentially dangerous.


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