Eating Like A Clown! Paris Brains! Messy Burgers! Attitudinal Hot Dogs! And Yes, BRAINS! My “Six Shot Saturday” Will Make Your Mouth Water!

Food As A Work Of Art!

I love great food. I believe strongly in the philosophy “EVERYONE EATS!”

With that in mind, this week’s “Six Shot Saturday” isn’t a place, it’s a taste!

Yes, that’s a strip of bacon doing a high wire act!

I’m looking through some of my favorite “bites” and letting you join me – we are going around the world to try some amazingly unique dishes, like these from Alinea restaurant in Chicago!

Visionary Chef Grant Achatz creates an amazing culinary adventure, like this dessert that is “painted” onto your table to eat using a broken orb of white chocolate!

Delicious! Inventive! Oh, and next up, let’s have brains!

Bring On The Brains!

Yes, that is what you are looking at. The Clown Bar in Paris has this unique dish, and my wife Alex wanted us to have it, so we did!

As Eater described it:

“These aren’t brains — this is a brain, whole and unmissable. Served in a chilled dashi spiked with soy, ginger, and yuzu, the whole thing is eaten with a spoon.”

They said use a spoon. So we did. And it was delicious. Oh, and our next dish that night was a “Foie Gras / Wagyu” Beef Wellington!

This was a magnificent meal – incredibly flavorful and beautifully presented – we plan to go back to The Clown Bar the next time we are in Paris, and the restaurant is in fact in an old bar that sat next to a auditorium where Clowns performed!

If you are in Paris and you don’t want brains and foie, how about this instead:

Get Your Potatoes On!

Yes, this was one of the richest, most decadent bowls of mashed potatoes I’d ever had, band I was having a lot!

You can click here to see how I ate Paris potatoes FIVE different ways, and each one was incredible! Check it out:

Closer to home, I found the single “messiest” burger in the city of Los Angeles:

That’s a “Big Mec” by the way.

No, NOT a “Big Mac” – a “Big Mec!”

Two incredibly inventive Chefs serve this homage to a Big Mac with what is arguably the messiest burger in town – but it also may be the most delicious!

Click here if you want to see who is serving up a “Big Mec”!

In Chicago, I enjoyed a number of incredible meals, from Michelin 3-starred gastronomic palaces like Alinea to a tiny hot dog stand with a BIG attitude:

Yes, The Weiner’s Circle changes its sign regularly to call anyone or anything out…they are opinionated and they use their sign to speak their mind – and I love their hot dogs:

This is a Chicago classic: a grilled hot dog split in two, then topped with sautéed onion, celery salt, pickle relish, sliced tomato and a wedge of pickles nearby….and no, they do NOT serve ketchup under any circumstances, so don’t ask!

There you go, some delicious food that looks almost too good to eat!

Oh, but I did…

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14 replies

  1. Your Alex is very adventurous, John. The look of the brain would put me off I’m afraid. It looks to real.

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  2. I like your unique food posts, John. You and Alex are having fun; I’m sure in person the food looks and tastes amazing.

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  3. I’ll take the hot dog over the brain but you are adventurous to try it!


  4. In Pakistan brain masala was one of my favourite dishes.

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  5. OK, so now I want to eat the fois gras, then the hot dog. I should never read these posts before dinner! 🙂 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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