Archive for November, 2009

The Perfect Roast Chicken Search Continues

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on November 28, 2009 by amulgandhi

Continuing with my theme of the perfect roasted chicken I recently came across Heston Blumenthal’s research on how to create the perfect roasted chicken on his BBC series In Search of Perfection. Blumenthal uses his expertise with molecular gastronomy to roast a chicken that sustains its moisture, while providing a crispy skin.  He conducts a lab to find the best chicken, which leads him to Lyon, France and goes through the various steps that need to be taken in order to create the perfect roasted chicken.

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A Ranking of Poulet Rotis in Paris Part Deux

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , , on November 23, 2009 by amulgandhi

One of my recent posts questioned the quality of poulet roti at the famous Chez L’ami Louis, which once had high praise from a handful of food critics.  Alexander Lobrano has recently created an updated list of the best roasted chicken in Paris and he has kept Chez L’ami Louis off the list.  He has listed L’AOC as the best poulet roti in Paris, which was ranked 17th overall on Le Figaro’s list. Lobrano had the following to say about the poulet roti at L’AOC:

This inviting auberge spins on the axis of a winning formula—serve only products with an official Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée. The poulet aux pattes noire de M. Barreau comes with crunchy sautéed potatoes, and it’s a beauty. Don’t miss the ewe’s milk cheese made by Benedictine monks at the Abbaye de Belloc in the Basque Country. 14 Rue des Fossés St Bernard, 5th

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Gourmet Burgers Newest Trend in Toronto

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on November 19, 2009 by amulgandhi

Gourmet Burger shops have been popping up all around Toronto for the last few months with promises of providing customers with gourmet toppings such as rosemary mayo, avocado and caramelized onions with an expanded meat options that include organic beef, lamb and turkey for an affordable price.  Gourmet burgers in Toronto is not a new thing as Mark McEwan has been serving gourmet burgers at the Bymark restaurant for years, but for the hefty price of $37.

Today, the Toronto Star’s Amy Pataki wrote an article Ranking Toronto’s gourmet burger joints with Oh Boy Burger taking the reign as Toronto’s best gourmet burger.  She goes on to say about Oh Boy Burger:

Open Since: Nov. 12, 2009
Beef: Premade Leavoy Rowe patties developed by chef Paul Boehmer from AAA and Prime ground chuck
Price: $7.50 for 8-oz Oh Boy Burger, $3.25 for onion rings
Atmosphere: Haute barn with open kitchen, exposed lightbulbs, loud Michael Jackson and friendly counter service
Licensed: Pending
Minutes to order: 13
Served on: Square wooden plate
Burger: Squirtingly juicy, as tender as the finest filet mignon, well-timed on grill and nestled with picture-perfect garnishes into soft, eggy Ace Bakery sesame bun — only a missing dash of salt keeps this burger from perfection
Onion rings: Frozen McCain Beefeater thick-cut rings emerge from deep fryer blessedly greaseless and fantastically crisp, with melting sweet Spanish onions inside
Signature burger: Oh Boy Classic, $7.50, is a basic burger with roasted garlic mayo
Overall score (out of 4): 3.5

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A ranking of Poulet Rotis in Paris

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on November 15, 2009 by amulgandhi

After looking at the Observer’s 50 Best things to Eat, I decided to focus on one aspect which is the Poulet Rôtis (Roasted Chicken), which is a staple in many Paris restaurants.  Le Figaro, a French publication wrote a piece on the top spots where Poulet Rôtis is served.  This article is dated back to 2007, but it is interesting to see if these establishments have lived up to the fame they received from this article.

Outside of the famous Chez L'ami Louis

The top place for Poulets Rôtis according to this article and also the Observer’s 50 Best things to Eat is Chez L’Ami Louis, which will run you approximately 80€, but will definitely leave you stuffed as they give you the whole chicken in two servings.

Although the chicken was once the glory of this bistro, it seems that their International publicity has gotten the best of them with recent reviews claiming subpar service and underwhelming food. Julot, a french native and a foodie that often posts on Chowhound has broken down what makes a good “roasted chicken” and why L’Ami Louis has it right, but the question is have they lost their magic?  More on this in the next post.

The Boneless Wings Phenomena

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on November 1, 2009 by amulgandhi

William Neuman of the New York Times recently wrote an article regarding the phenomena of “boneless wings” that have been popping up in many fast food establishments such as KFC, Pizza Hut and Wendy’s. Although these establishments may be pushing this new “trend” to offer consumers with a new take on the classic chicken wing the reality is the cost of chicken wings has been skyrocketing. Below is what Neuman had to say:

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