The day has finally come. In just over 18 hours, I will be heading over to Solera in Minneapolis to see the great Anthony Bourdain. For those who know me too well, knows that he’s one of my personal heroes. Yeah, I know, not the poster boy role model, but, hell, I think he loves food for the same reasons I do and the man knows how to live a life. He’s an established writer of fiction and non-fiction. Les Halles Cookbook is hands down the most well-written cookbook I have ever read or used. I’ve cooked maybe forty percent of the recipes so far and they’ve all been amazing (especially, the Duck a l’Orange). If I’m ever on death-row, I want that duck as my last meal. Kitchen Confidential is hilarious and eye-opening at the same time. He also has his own travel show, No Reservations, on the Travel Channel. He’s also the executive chef of the Brasserie Les Halles.
It will be my first time dining at Solera. I heard differing opinions on it. I’ve mostly been avoiding it because it was over-hyped when it first opened. I should probably get over that since they’ve been open for a few years now. This is what they’re serving according to their website:
- Grilled Pork Belly & Morcilla with White Beans and Romesco
- Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Fennel, Lemon and Olives
- Fresh Portuguese Goat’s Milk Cheese in Mojo Verde
- Chorizo and Hot Green Peppers with SidraShrimp and Tetilla Croquetas
- Oxtail Terrine with Preserved Lemon Frita Mixta and Horseradish
- Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Herbed Goat’s Milk Cheese
- Octopus Ceviche with Hot Pepper and Cumin
I’m really anxious to try the oxtail. I’ve only had that Chinese style. I believe we’ll be served Spanish wine too. Always good. I’ll also be getting a copy of No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach. I’m hoping to get it signed. The food is by Tim McKee who has recently become the chef at Solera. Frick, I’m getting hungry just thinking about tomorrow.
They say you should never meet your heroes because you will only be disappointed.Â I over-think and over-analyze the hell out of everything. I’m rarely disappointed mainly because I’ve anticipated almost every outcome in my head. It’s going to be good.