Friday, October 22, 2010

stories, connections, and experiences

when i woke up this morning i instantly realized something was off. "well this is just peachy." i muttered to myself as i dragged my ass out of bed and made some tea before my morning meetings began. i wasn't in top form during my meetings this morning and all i could think about was how i wanted to get to the counter at OTD on bush and have some soup. thankfully, a few hours later, this is exactly where i found myself and i had the wonton soup with braised pork and egg noodles again.....


as well as ordering some things to go for dinner tonight. i doubt that i will be leaving my place again today as i really need to get over whatever this is. as i was slurping through my morning soup, i thought about my visit to the sf moma's now playing event last night.



i'm glad that sf moma does events such as this. yet, the primary reason i decided to attend last night was because richie nakano was planning to plate something very unramen-like. when i ran into richie last week at the market and he told me what he was planning to plate at the "secrets and disguises" themed meatpaper + sf moma event...i had some difficulty imagining what it was going to look like. but what i took away from the conversation was that he was planning to do something very different and when friends push themselves in their craft....and their passion....whether it be business, food, cooking, writing, art, design, teaching, or more....you know that i'll be there......if nothing less than to provide a friendly face in the crowd.

as i scurried over to the sf moma....i kept looking up at the sky....wondering how the hell i was going to get in some good shots with the light fleeing so quickly. thankfully, as i am a member of the museum, i didn't have to stand in line for a ticket and was able to get my wrist band and museum ticket at the membership desk very quickly. then i made my way up to the 5th floor and bought 3 meatpaper tickets (1 ticket per plate) for $12 from the always stylish gals that work the meatpaper events.

usually, i'm a bit shy in approaching the folks associated with hapa ramen but not so much last night as i felt like i was against a distinct time line (i.e., the natural light completely going away).

as i watched richie and victor plating their "pickle plate: pickled roots, pancetta, and manchego", it became very obvious just how different this was from their usual fare that they produce under "hapa ramen"......




the powder is the pancetta. it consisted of pureed meat combined with a mix of rendered fat and tapioca maltodextrin. the foam was the manchego. it was manchego cooked until reduced and then frothed with soy lecithin. the "pickles" were familiar and unfamiliar at the same time....there were the pickled root vegetables but there was also the surprise of the pickled pork skin.


it was definitely one of those dishes that made me want to just stand there and look at for a while.....


not because i didn't want to eat it....but because it was like an intellectual puzzle. the plate definitely reflected the them of "secrets and disguises" of the event.

i also wanted to have a chance to take some shots of what the folks at bar tartine were offering. while this was richie's first time doing a plate at one of the meatpaper events on the sf moma rooftop, the bar tartine folks have done this event before and i'm always curious to see what they have to offer. their offering was "puppets in disguise: chocolate milkshake".....

now since i don't know chris kronner and i rarely interact with the folks (richie is a rare exception) behind the food, i don't know the background of this particular dish. yet it was interesting and there was a surprise of berries in the cup....which explained the need for a spoon....as i was just planning to sip it before mr. kronner put a spoon in the cup for me.

for my third taste of the evening, i picked the offering from ryan ostler and katharine zacher of gypsy kitchen and catering....

their offering was "the white album" escolar, monterey squid, and nantucket bay scallops".....


which was underneath the mound of noodles and beside the puree.

as i was nibblin, taking pictures, and looking at the crowd....

i remember thinking that this is just one of the reasons why i love food so much....there are so many ways to communicate with it....so many stories to tell....so many ways to reach out to people. it was also something i was thinking about as i was slurping away on my soup at OTD on bush this morning. there i was, feeling cranky and grumpy.... but having the soup and seeing one of my fav servers at the bar helped turn around my day.


it is never truly just about the food alone is it?

it is also about the stories, connections, and the experiences we have surrounding the food as well.

well, i better get back to my work day.....until later dear hearts...

xxooo

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