Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Locavore Dinner

Market 17 is a new restaurant in Fort Lauderdale that’s part of the farm-to table-movement. They use organic and local products in all their dishes. I was so excited to be able to go there for a delicious dinner recently!  (Sorry in advance for the food pics, I was only with my trusty iPhone that night).

I even got a chance to chat with the Executive Chef, Daniel Ramos, about the cuisine. He spent months researching local foods and meeting with local farmers to develop his menu, which changes daily. Everything from Lettuce to Lobster is local.

Now it was time to eat! After drooling over the menu for a while, I had my choices ready.

First up the fresh baked bread, the brown smear is olive spread, it was delicious!  But I think my favorite bread was the one in the middle, chock full of raisins.

Next up some crispy pork belly, it was melt in your mouth yummy!

This is duck confit ragu.  I love luck confit and fresh homemade pasta.  But together? Oh yeah! It was delicate but rich at the same time.

 Guess what this is?  Monkey bread!  It was insane...especially topped with the banana caramel ice cream.  I could eat this every day.

Nope, this isn't butter...it's Key Lime Pie.  Key Lime Pie is my all time favorite Florida food.  The filling was so creamy and tangy, perfectly complemented by the buttery pistachio and graham crust.

Our dinner was spectacular, and so was the service. Also, the owners are sommeliers so they have an excellent wine list as well.

Hopefully I’ll be going back soon for Dining in the Dark…it’s a crazy experience where you are literally sitting in complete darkness trying Chef Daniel’s specialties. The server has night vision goggles and guides you to your utensils and food. You don’t find out what you’re eating until afterwards. Sounds like an adventure!


purplebirdblog said...

Holyyyyyyyyy crap girl!! Everything sounds crazygood, but I am going bonkers over the key lime pie with pistachio crust... I need it!! :D

ThE MidLiFe CrUiSeR said...

Lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I live for dining experiences like that. I even live vicariously through watching Top Chef! That homemade pasta looked divine!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said...

Those desserts are insane! I would have devoured them. That's a cool looking restaurant!

Hope said...

That restaurant looks so cool! The desserts look incredible. Dining in the Dark sounds like such a unique experience! I don't know if I am brave enough to do something like that. I'd be interested to read all about it. :)

Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) said...

YUM! Everything looks awesome!