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22 November 2015

Deliciousness Continued - Magnolias Part II (Charleston, SC)


Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina


Life is short so you should always start with dessert.  The fantastic Apple Upside Down Cake at Magnolias Restaurant is unforgettable but we have to share the other delicious treats on the menu.  Here are just a few of the dishes we are drooling over at Magnolias.

Uptown Appetizers


Some of the Uptown Appetizers & Small Plates featured on the menu include:
  • Housemade Pimiento
  • Fried Green Tomatoes - one of our personal favorites
  • Pan Seared Lump Crab Cakes
  • Fried Mac & Cheese
  • Down South Egg Roll - this has a slight kick to it
  • Blue Crab Bisque

Fried Green Tomatoes




Blue Crab Bisque


Down South Entrees


It is very difficult to just pick one from the lunch and dinner items featured on menu. Some of the options include:
  • Shellfish Over Grits - you will not go wrong with this dish
  • Charleston Crab Cake
  • Lowcountry Bouillabaisse
  • Bourbon Fried Catfish
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Pan Roasted Duck Breast - this one did it for us!

Duck Breast with Shrimp Fried Rice and Brussels Sprouts

The creamiest Mac&Cheese EVER

Dessert


We saved the best for last but of course you should eat sweets first.  
  • Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
  • Pumpkin Pie Tart
  • Southern Pecan Pie
  • Magnolias Warm Cream Cheese Pecan Brownie
  • Maple Brown Sugar Cake
  • Carrot Cake Trifle



There are no words for how good this is!


If you plan on visiting Charleston, South Carolina then you must make sure you visit Magnolias Restaurant.  You will not regret it!


29 December 2014

Apple Upside Down Cake - Magnolias (Charleston)


I am only going to talk about one thing in this post because I have to share with you the most delicious dessert I think I have ever had in my life--I am NOT exaggerating!  Please let me introduce you to the Apple Upside Down Cake which can be found at Magnolias Restaurant.

Close your eyes and imagine this:

  • Spiced Anglaise
  • Toasted Oatmeal Streusel Topping
  • Cinnamon Ice Cream
Now take a long look at this beautiful culinary art and tell me you are not drooling!
Mouthwatering

I do not typically do this but I had to ask for the recipe because I deserve the opportunity to try and make this for myself so I can have it whenever I want and not just travel all the way to Charleston for a taste--which I will do if necessary!

To my surprise they actually shared the entire recipe BUT it is four pages long!  I guess I will just have to book several more trips to Charleston, South Carolina in the very near future because I do not have that much patience.





27 December 2014

The Enchanted Forest - Laduree Le Bar (Paris, France)

Once Upon A Time in the Enchanted Forest at Le Bar...
 
We never thought we would find the secret home an Enchanted Forest all the way in Paris, France but we did! 
This place really is magical
What could be better than the most delicious macarons AND a ridiculous cocktail?  Absolutely nothing and you can get both sinful items at Laduree Le Bar.  I decided to start with one of their macaron cocktails and it left nothing to be desired!  This aperitif was so satisfying one drink was enough--never thought I would say that!

I am sure you are drooling because I am!
Take a look at this magical place and tell me you don't think it looks like Tinkerbell just might actually live here.


I am pretty sure Tinkerbell is somewhere around here

If you ever visit Paris, Laduree is a place you must visit.

25 December 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas Part Two - Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse Washington D.C. (District of Columbia)

On the First Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
A Double Eagle in D.C.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse Washington D.C. (Courtesy of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse)


On the Second Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Two Crab Cake Dinners

Delicious Crab Cake Dinner
And a Double Eagle in D.C.


On the Third Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Three Chilaquillas
Mucho Gusto
Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.



On the Fourth Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Four Steak Knives
Putting these to good use
Three Chilaquillas, Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.



On the Fifth Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Five V-I-Ps
V.I.P
Four Steak Knives, Three Chilaquillas
Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.



On the Sixth Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Six Desserts now I'm Drooling

The Caramel Cake is just sinful!
Five V-I-Ps, Four Steak Knives, Three Chilaquillas, Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.




On the Seventh Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Seven Eggs for Deviling
The Deviled Eggs can be found at Del Frisco's Grille D.C. and North Bethesda
Six Desserts now I'm Drooling
Five V-I-Ps, Four Steak Knives, 
Three Chilaquillas, Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.



On the Eighth Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Eight ounce Chops-a-Sizzling
Lamb 2 Double Cut 8oz Chops (Courtesy of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse)
Seven Eggs for Deviling
Six Desserts now I'm Drooling
Five V-I-Ps, Four Steak Knives, 
Three Chilaquillas, Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.




On the Ninth Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Nine Red Velvet Waffles so Tempting
The picture speaks for itself!
Eight ounce Chops-a-Sizzling, 
Seven Eggs for Deviling
Six Desserts now I'm Drooling
Five V-I-Ps, Four Steak Knives, 
Three Chilaquillas, Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.


On the Tenth Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Ten Shanghai Style Calamari

Nine Velvet Waffles are Tempting
Eight ounce Chops-a-Sizzling, 
Seven Eggs for Deviling
Six Desserts now I'm Drooling
Five V-I-Ps, Four Steak Knives, 
Three Chilaquillas, Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.


On the Eleventh Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Eleven Oysters meant for Sharing
I didn't really share!
Ten Shanghai Style CalamariNine Red Velvet Waffles so Tempting
Eight ounce Chops-a-Sizzling, 
Seven Eggs for Deviling
Six Desserts now I'm Drooling
Five V-I-Ps, Four Steak Knives, 
Three Chilaquillas, Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.


On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
Del Frisco's gave to me
Twelve Coins and Counting...
Where will lucky #13 be?
Eleven Oysters meant for Sharing
Ten Shanghai Style Calamari
Nine Red Velvet Waffles so Tempting
Eight ounce Chops-a-Sizzling, 
Seven Eggs for Deviling
Six Desserts now I'm Drooling
Five V-I-Ps, Four Steak Knives, 
Three Chilaquillas, Two Crab Cake Dinners
And a Double Eagle in D.C.





The second time made us even more hungry!

Happy Holidays from the Gourmand Girls!



21 December 2014

The Hidden Gem- The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar at Selfridges & Co (London, England)


Hidden in Womens Designer Galleries on Level 2 at Selfridges & Co is the cutest little bar.  The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar is the perfect place to take a break from your shopping and just relax and have a little nosh or a simple aperitif.  Regardless of your level of hunger, their unique menu will have something to fit whatever you desire.


MR. SELFRIDGE'S AFTERNOON TEA


We just simply could not resist the chance to try Mr. Selfridge's Afternoon Tea since we love the show so much and we are always in the mood to par-tea!


Amuse-Bouche

I have no clue what these were but we loved them nonetheless.

Not sure what these were but they were good


Sandwiches

  • Egg and mustard cress
  • Coronation Chicken
  • Cucumber and Cream Cheese

The egg was my favorite



Open Faced Sandwiches

  • Pulled salt beef, potato bread and sauce gribiche
  • Rye crisp bread, whipped goats cheese and beetroot
  • Smoked salmon blini, lobster and caper mayonnaise
I possibly ate extra potato bread sandwiches

Scones

We were not prepared for the scones to come with the lemon curd, cream and jam already on them but after you try it you won't really care.  These were delicious!

Pretty sure we asked for additional scones as well!

Sweet Treats

One word...dessert!

They are ALL phenomenal!
  • Black Forest Top Hat
  • Raspberry and Rose Water Eclair
  • Toasted Banana and Coconut Bread with caramelised banana



Tea Selections

I appreciate the petite options of tea on the menu because there are far more appealing cocktail options!  If you are accustomed to traditional British Afternoon Tea then you will not have the anxiety of picking a selection.
  • Original Leaf
  • Grey Leaf
  • Darjeeling Leaf
  • Assam BOP
  • Mint Rubbed Leaf
  • Passion Fruit and Orange
  • Camomile Flower
  • Green Leaf


We give Mr. Selfridges Afternoon Tea two pinkies up and we highly recommend it.