Here is the first guest blog!
In this guest blog, author Christine Son, writes about her favorite menu.
I am reading her first novel, Off the menu right now, and it is very good!
I love food. Who doesn’t? So it’s fitting that my debut novel is titled OFF THE MENU. Which got me thinking about what kind of meal I would like if I didn’t have to cook it and nothing was off limits. Since I’m not a monstrous pig, I won’t do the full seven-courses, but just the five, which may still make me a monstrous pig. Even so, here it is!
First Course: lobster bisque. I love bisque of any kind, but this is my absolute favorite. I love the salty brininess of it, the smooth texture. I even love the pumpkin orange color of it, especially with a sliver of cream on top.
Second Course: field green salad with candied walnuts, blue cheese, cranberries and a tangy vinaigrette. Sweet and savory. Can’t beat that.
Third Course: seared tuna on crostini. I love sandwiches. I love mini-sandwiches even more, even if they lack the top piece of bread. I’m a huge seafood fan (can you tell?), and the rawer the fare, the better. Actually, tuna samishi without the bread would be great, too.
Fourth Course: Chilean sea bass with pepper butter. Sea bass is delicious. If you’ve never had it, you must try it before you depart this earth. Butter is delicious. It’s even better with a hint of spiciness.
Fifth Course: Flourless chocolate cake. If I could have only two things to eat for the rest of my life, I might very well choose sea bass and chocolate. I’m not a big cake eater (although I’m addicted to icing), but flourless cakes buckle my knees. The dense, pure taste of chocolate that melts in your mouth. Heaven.
Of course, with all of this food, one must have something to drink. And what better pairing than white wine? I’m not terribly picky, and do well with Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Grigios and Rieslings. I’m also quite fond of martinis and would enjoy a happy Belvedere martini. Hmm, on second thought, considering my love for martinis, maybe I would skip the wine altogether and just imbibe on this loveliness.
P.S. Lest you think that I eat like this often, I can’t tell you the last time I had a five-course meal. Maybe on the night that my husband proposed, and that was almost eight years ago. Truth is, I’m perfectly happy with a burger in one hand and a cold beer in the other. Actually, it doesn’t matter at all what I’m eating, so long as I’m with the people I love. Because at the end of the day, what makes a meal so special isn’t what’s on the plate, but those at the table.
THANK YOU CHRISTINE !