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Levon's Obsessions

A gal whose obsessions lie within fat, sugar, carbs, caffeine, and beverages that could strengthen the heart or seal up a womb.

Archive for the category “Edible Art”

Taste of the Nation NYC 2014

Sponsoring the annual Taste of the Nation NYC event, I assumed we would have some sort of laborious obligation prior to the event.  Which was perfectly fine given the dynamics.  No Kid Hungry is an ongoing initiative and close affiliate in which the overall objective is to raise awareness, engage the public, and raise money to feed hundreds of thousands of children. We arrived hours in advance to help load in the vendors’ food and materials.  Since that was my heaviest ordering day of the week, I spent the majority of my time taking orders on my laptop in my makeshift office space in the wardrobe room.  Hours after everything was strategically set up, we were given wristbands and asked to stay for the VIP cocktail reception.

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This was bittersweet since I was far from fabulous that day and not at all dressed for the occasion. I had to suck it up and go to the ladies room to primp myself into the most presentable shape possible.  I figured I’d just lurk around the event looking like the overworked journalist in all black and grey, and knee high, flat boots, yet chic and smart looking enough to be present.

There were countless restaurateurs and vendors displaying their trendiest creations possible, in addition to falling into the theme of healthy cuisines.  From the delectable crab puffs at one booth, to Nios‘s seared scallop and crispy pork belly, accompanied with white sweet potato puree, pickled ramps, and fava bean salsa..

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..to Red Rooster Harlem‘s jumbo lump crab salad Ssam with Yuzu mayo and pickled chili..

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There were several notable moments that put a euphoric look on my face like the shrimp on shrimps moment I experienced at Alder NYC‘s booth with
Maine sweet shrimp, green papaya salad, and peanuts on an amazing skin textured shrimp cracker..

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There were other moments where your true food knowledge versus your personal palate were tested.  Like the Quail egg en gelée with American caviar from Balthazar. Balthazar has some of the most amazing pastries in the neighborhood of Soho, as well as countless other locations.  So I was curious to try something on the complete opposite end of the sugary spectrum, which is what led me to the golden speckled egg.

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Poached quail is truly an acquired taste, as are certain types of cordials and spirits, as are everything in life that comes on a plate, or in a styrofoam bowl at a $200 – 400 ticketed charity event.  If this were a Paris Fashion Week show, let’s just say this would’ve been the Lanvin finale piece that made every bit of since to the Parisiennes in the tent that watched the entire show/collection and knew the entire story.  To the street pedestrians however, it would’ve left them in a slight state of bewilderment.  Let’s just say after swallowing the egg and wandering off to the next tent/I mean booth, if I weren’t on such a strict diet I would’ve downed the first shot of bourbon in sight..

Other dishes on display included L&W Oyster‘s smoked cantaloupe oyster shooters which were delightful and refreshing..

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..Minton’s North African spiced lamb loin was a pleasure to digest, along with the pleasant culinary staff that I spoke to about their location and their sibling restaurant The Cecil..

..my favorite art piece at The Cecil (artist unknown..)

..my favorite art piece at The Cecil (artist unknown..)

I also had the opportunity to chat with Chef Banks White as well, mainly about distributor stuff. Chatted up to the point of forgetting to take a picture of the savory loin..

Miss Lily’s and their incredible jerk chicken chutney dish was, very Miss Lily’s..  It was was piercing in flavor and colorful.  No different than what I’ve experienced at their restaurant in the West Village. Their staff at the TONNY event were replicas.

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..and this extraordinarily, naturally flavorful and robust dish which was a vegetarian’s sanctuary.  I believe this was the Hamachi Crudo from Bill’s Food & Drink ..

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..situated next to its sibling restaurant The Lion, with their cocktail explosion.

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I was in heaven and hell at this show due to my gluten/glycemic free diet I’m on for the next few weeks.  I did however triumph not having a single cocktail, wine, or shot of caffeine the entire evening.  They looked amazing though..

Overall it was a successful event and I had a great time and appreciation for the limited dishes I was allowed to indulge in.  Anything involving food and passed hors d’ouevres from the top 80 restaurants in NYC, and the notion of donating 10 meals for every dollar raised with the various proceeds and silent auctions, I’m all for it. It definitely warrants my stamp of obsessionista approval, and I definitely look forward to doing it again next year..

 

 

 

 

 

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The World’s Most Amazing Wedding Cake

So I’ll start off by saying, in no way, shape or form am I alluding to any type of monumental milestone in my own life.  Not for current discussion anyway.  However I happened to stumble across the most incredible wedding cake that I had ever seen in the form of a dress.  Seeing this gown made me investigate deeper to see if there was any competition that could come remotely close to this level of art.

First I found Cake Central’s wedding dress cake which had a one shoulder, simple yet elegant number with minimal embellishments.  They even went as far as listing instructions which is pretty amazing.  I’m just not sure what bridezilla would have a fraction of the time or remaining brain cells left to make their own wedding cake…

Photo Source Cakecentral.com

Then there was the beautiful ballroom, princess gown piece made by Cakes We Bake with a very simple yet classy, dusted sugar layer for its finish.

Photo Source Cakeswebake.com

..But my wedding cake dress investigation didn’t end there.. As I looked and looked and looked, I became far more intrigued with this idea of a wedding cake shaped like a bridal dress.  It was and still is absolutely fascinating.  Being in the single world for so long, you simply don’t think about things like this.  So the next couture mega pastry I came across was from Christina Smith.  Her detailing was more on the draping side than flat patterns and embellishments.  The draping was that of a Valentino, Dior or Lacroix pattern.  It was truly one of the most beautiful pieces I had seen.

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I then discovered a piece with a very pre-dark Alexander McQueen feel to it at Perfect Wedding Day.  Being that he has always been one of my favorite fashion designers, it’s very difficult to not get completely distracted from the ultimate cake, which was the inspiration behind this wedding cake blog entry in the first place.  None-the-less, it is a very, very well thought out and well constructed couture piece..

Photo Source Perfect Wedding Day

After seeing Christina Smith along with a Perfect Wedding Day and the other extraordinary pieces, one would find it hard to believe that there was a cake that was yet even more stunning.  So beautiful that I wouldn’t for the life of me be able to imagine someone at one point cutting it during the reception….

Photo Source Foodista.com

This stunning work of art from Foodista almost brought me to tears.  I can’t begin to imagine how many hours or work was put into this breathtaking piece of edible art.  The intricate detailing in the lifesize bodice is remarkable.  Even up to the top where the cake almost identically resembles that of a regular dress form. This is truly the world’s most amazing wedding cake in the form of a bridal gown that I’ve ever seen.  I searched and searched for the sculptor and only found several links that used the image.  So for now, we have no choice but to label the cake designer as anonymous.  If I’m ever blessed to have something like this at my own wedding, you guys will be the first to know.  That is a promise..

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