my 2008 resolution was to tackle my biggest.
SEAFOOD. anything that once lived in the water. For some mental reason, be it tunafish in a can, shrimp, etc. I couldn't stomach it.
This year, I've done it. A few ways...
- Pre-dinner with an appetizer of Martini's strong ones. :D
- Pick something you'd like to try, and find the best possible person to cook it for you. For someone who doesn't like something in particular, trying it and it being prepared just average, isn't going to cut it. If you can't eat oysters, find the best possible ones at the best restaurant.
One of the local restaurants, Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, NJ (4-star) - I'm willing to bet the guy can prepare a leather shoe in a way that I'd think its the most comforting dish I've ever eaten......trust me, you want to delve into these things in a place like this rather than......red lobster. For you seafood eaters, its ok to have subpar food that you already like...then its just bad,...good food...for "us" its REALLY bad.
and....a martini, I'm learning, as SIMPLE as it SEEMS to make....is actually the MOST difficult cocktail I'm finding to make GOOD. I've been into cocktails a lot lately...my fiance, she hated gin forever, hated martini's. We ave been frequenting a REAL cocktail bar. (in other words, Cosmo's and Bacardi drinks aren't on the menu) I ordered her a dirty martini last night....with Gordons (or maybe plymoth, I don't remember)...and she LOVED it. Me, I like Hendricks with about a half oz of vermouth (that hasn't been sitting stale on a shelf) STIRRED never shaken. my suggestion, start out with just coating the glass with vermouth, and trying good quality gins....hendricks, tangeray, gordons, plymouth....then work your way up on the vermouth, it's an aquired taste.