Eating my way through Life is Beautiful was fattening and delicious, and I’ve only hit the tip of the ice(cream)berg. Here are some highlights.
Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato
When the temperature soars, hit one of the Hearthstone/Salute booths for gelato. The VIP tent was offering it in cups last night, but I prefer the cones in the general admission area. And chocolate hazelnut is the way to go.
Rick Moonen and RM Seafood have been fine-tuning this seafood sausage recipe since the chef failed to present it on time on a very early episode of Top Chef Masters. What makes it new and exciting this year is his newfound love of Indian cooking, and the way in which he presents the wiener with spicy slaw and sauce on freshly baked naan.
Yellowtail with Jalapeño
Seriously, Nobu at a concert? The chef is offering a few of his classics. But be forewarned, this dish only includes three slices so you might want to order more than one.
Connecticut Lobster Roll
Call me a heretic, but I don’t like putting mayo on lobster. Thankfully the folks at the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck give you a “Connecticut” option on the traditional roll. It feature warm chunks of succulent lobster with butter and lemon, and even at $16 it’s well worth every penny.
If you’re looking for a rock-solid, old-school sandwich, the El Cortez’s new 24-hour spot Siegel’s 1941 is on site and offering a kick-ass Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese pickle and mustard on a grilled long loaf and served with plantain chips. It’s not exactly like what you’d get in Miami, but it’s a lot better than the concert food I remember from my childhood.
OK, It’s a little unfair to include the hand-made cheese produced by Duff Goldman in his cooking demo since he isn’t coming back to do it again. But if you’re lucky enough to have a VIP ticket, check out any of the demos on this tiny little stage and you’ll get a great sample of your favorite chef’s food.
The folks at Gimme S’More are offering a few more dessert treats than their namesake, but I’m addicted to the original. Graham cracker style cakes sandwich a monstrous marshmallow patty with a few slivers of chocolate. Topping are available, but unnecessary.