Back To Where We Were

Balthazar Balthazar, a French bistro in SoHo NYC, holds a special place in my heart. Sure they serve my favorite duck confit dish but this place is so much more than that.

My sister, Connie, had somehow found this place on the internet while she was apartment hunting with me in June 2003. We took the red eye and landing in a rainy (and at times pouring) NYC. We had spent the day wandering around with a broker and put down deposit for a place in Astoria (though of course the next day I found another place in the UES and got my deposit back). So after a long tiring day in the streets of NYC, we went to Balthazar for a nice cozy meal. My friends, that meal not only made my tummy happy it also recharged my soul.

And ever since then, I would go back once in a while. Almost every time I would get the same two things, a French onion soup and the duck confit.

Balthazar 80 Spring St.

Balthazar

Balthazar

Balthazar

Balthazar

Pork & Sons By Stephane Reynaud

I received this cookbook for my birthday. It's a giant, cute and beautiful cookbook written by Stephane Reynaud, owner and chef of Restaurant Villa 9 trois just outside of Paris, France. Marie-Pierre Morel was the photographer and she beautifully documented everything about the lives of butchers. Accompanied by the words of Stephane Reynaud where he remembered his first pig killing with his grandfather. And really awesome pig illustrations by Jose Reis de Matos really made this cookbook more than a cookbook. It's a great journey of celebrating tradition, farm-to-table and nose to tail eating. I'm excited to dive into this cookbook but some of the recipes are REALLY hardcore.Pork & Sons