Molly’s Blog: Eating a Zoo
Heyo from Food Works HQs. Many of you have asked me if I “eat all that weird stuff that Andrew does.” Sometimes I do, and recently I found myself keeping up with the boss man during an impressive food day in Minneapolis. Whenever you’re out to eat with Andrew, he takes the reigns. I arrived to our lunch meeting at Victory 44 with an open mind and an empty stomach (he always orders enough for the group x 3). Seven of us were at lunch. Here’s what arrived at our table:
2 orders of bacon fries– regular fries with a squirt of bacon fat, pinch of rosemary salt, Parmesean cheese, and house-made bacon powder (that stuff should be illegal.)
2 orders of artichoke flatbread with white anchovies
2 orders of Devils on Horse Back, aka bacon-wrapped dates with bleu cheese whiz
2 charcuterie plates, complete with headcheese, bacon-wrapped liverwurst, chicken pate with cherries and walnuts, chicken galantine, sous vide cow tongue, and beef liver mousse
7 (!) Foie dogs with kimchee cukes
2 orders of fried chicken in a biscuit
2 orders of coconut sorbet with tapioca
2 orders of nectarine cream cake with pickled vanilla and tomato sorbet
I’m fairly certain we ordered more than this, but I can only recall these dishes. I loved nearly everything– the chicken pate, artichoke flatbread, fried chicken and bbq pork were insane. The tomato sorbet was insane as well, but in a completely different way. It’s my least favorite fruit/vegetable (?), and as a dessert? Ah, nice try but no thanks. I was stuffed by the end of lunch.
But wait! There’s more! Next we headed down the street to Travail where Andrew was to film a segment for Bizarre Foods: MN. Not 45 minutes later, I was made to eat the following:
Fried duck nuts! (terrible pic, but you get the idea)
A burger made with extra beef fat!
The organ grinder sandwich (liverwurst, rabbit mortadella, beef tongue and sweet bread terrine, duck liver mousse, cucumber, cornichon, radish, and dijon truffle sherry vin emulsion)!
I also tried a durian doughnut. And guess what… I LOVED it!
You’re probably thinking that by this point I’d be ready to explode, barf, or worse. Well you, my friend, are 100 percent correct. But wait… there is still more.
That very same evening, I had a romantic dinner date with my sweetheart at Piccolo (yet another restaurant to be featured on Bizarre Foods: MN). We’d had the reservation for 3 weeks. It was for my birthday. I couldn’t dip on this one, so here’s what I had for dinner:
Compressed butter lettuce with olio verde, pistachios and anchovy jus
Burrata with frozen peas, house cured shad botarga and crispy artichokes
English cucumber with blue crab, shaved asparagus and Japanese mayonnaise
Broiled swordfish belly with yuba knot, hon shimeji mushrooms, spring onion and tofu puree
Scrambled brown eggs with pickled pig’s feet, truffle butter and Parmigiano
Monterey Bay squid stuffed with salt cod, papas bravas and chorizo
Callister Farm chicken with artichokes, locally milled polenta and batter fried fig
Veal chuck roast with king crab, fava beans and spinach
Strawberry and rhubarb trifle with graham cracker pastry and Chantilly cream
So how does a girl like me feel after eating 2 kinds of crab, chicken 4 ways, duck nuts, 9 kinds of offal, 2 kinds of beef tongue, 5 kinds of fish, and who knows what else? Equal parts disgusted with myself, impressed by Andrew’s ability to do this on a regular basis, and happy to check “eating something from every cage in the zoo” off my bucket list.
What’s your most outrageous eating day?