OHHHHH EMMMMMM GEEEEEEE. I met BOBBY FLAY last night!!!! I am still on cloud nine. WOW. So...let me explain how this went down.
My pal Lauren made reservations at Girl & The Goat months ago because it's so darn difficult to get a reservation there. Stephanie Izard's restaurant is hands down the hottest restaurant in Chicago right now and I've been dying to go. The night FINALLY arrived. Lauren and I went to the ladies room and when we got back to the table my husband said "Now, I want to tell you guys something but you can't freak out and need to stay composed. Bobby Flay is sitting behind Jaisa." Here's the pic:
Essentially anything that was said to me from that moment on went through one ear and out the other. I couldn't believe that one of my all time favorite Chefs was in the same room as me. I pretty much died. Anyway, I had to meet him. Especially after my fourth glass of wine. My husband went over and said something like this "My wife is going to have a heart attack if she doesn't meet you." I shook his hand, looked straight into his eyes and blacked out. Best. Moment. Ever.
I could ramble on and on about this magical moment but to leave out the absolutely outstanding food we had would be a crime. Here we go:
This is the Mr. Potato Bread with potato aioli and green garlic butter. Hot, crusty, and soft in the middle. Perfection.
Ham frites with a cheese and chili dipping sauce. These were bananas. They we the crispiest best fries ever seasoned with ham salt. Yes. Ham salt. I don't know how else to describe it. It was like a dusting of the best ham you have ever had over the best fries you've ever had. Going loco over here.
Here is the octopus salad. I loved this. The tender octopus was tossed in a vinaigrette with crisp yellow green beans. Do you still say the green if they are yellow?
Here are the pork ribs. Some of the best ribs I have ever had. Ever.
The next two were my favorite. This is the crispy pork cheek. I can't even describe the flavors to you. I've never had anything like it.
I don't know how Stephanie does it. This was the most complex and interesting thing I tried all night. This was the crispy braised pork shank (that's right - fall of the bone tender and crispy on the outside). This was served with flat bread, kimchi, and two sauces that I will dream about for the rest of my life.