I spent Friday and Saturday in Grenoble (life #1 location), which is always creating very mixed feelings. I am happy to see former friends and colleagues, stop by my favourite shops, restaurants, cafés. But each time it is hurting a little bit, because I cannot help asking myself why I gave up living and working in that town, while I am there. Especially when the Alps are still snow covered, contrasting with a pure blue sky. It is too beautiful.
Friday night I was very lucky to be invited to dine in one of the best restaurants in Grenoble. L'Escalier. The owner, Alain Girod, was one of my "consultants" that I contacted in 2006 before leaving HP to get more feedback on my plans to become a cook. Among several cooks and restaurant owners, Monsieur Girod was the only one, who warned me that my biggest issue would be my future coworkers. A comment that I didn't really take too serious at that time, but now I know how true his prediction was.
He joined our table for the aperitif, and supported his point again, underlined by some funny examples from his own experience.
My favourite course that evening, the foie gras lollipops, that were part of his very original "Menu baroque".
Full official title of this starter :
"Trois sucettes (chupa-chups) de foie gras enrobé de chocolat :
- chocolat blanc gingembre confit
- chocolat au lait poivre rose
- chocolat noir poivre de Séchuan"
Besides the original presentation, a very creative and surprising combination, you bite into chocolate and you find foie gras. I think I will do some experimenting at home, to reproduce this...
6 place Lavalette