There are only 4 people who I would give a culinary carte blanche. I'd eat whatever they cooked and take any food recommendation they made. They are my culinary kindred spirit/brotha from anotha motha Fish, my friend/chocolatier/creative genius/classmate Linh, Alton Brown and Kenji (I've never met Kenji or AB, but I've cooked enough/read enough to know they are legit).
I got home from a long day of work (5:30am - 7:30pm) in the hospital and opened up the fridge. I was truly exhausted. As I scanned the fridge looking for something tasty, I saw two things that I immediately knew were from Linh. A huge bunch (think bouquet size) of basil, rosemary, mint, thyme, oregano and sage from her garden. She's got an amazing garden. While I was excited about that, it didn't even come close to the next item.
Carefully packaged with a little note, I saw 12 dark chocolate truffles. I read the note and was even more excited.
A while back, Linh had told me that she was planning on making a signature truffle for each of the people in her life that are important to her. She made an espresso/fernet dark chocolate truffle for her brother and bounced a few ideas around for other people. The package was full of my signature truffle. She took my favorite flavors and created a masterpiece. It is honestly the best food item containing chocolate I've ever eaten.
Red wine dark chocolate ganache swirled with rosemary caramel, enveloping a piece of smoky, thick cut bacon, dipped in Peter's burgundy and topped with mediterranean sea salt.
I was speechless (which is rare). So thoughtful, so perfect, so me.
What's the best food gift you've been given?