Sunday, May 11, 2014

experiment #41 - CobayaBalloo with Chef Timon Baloo

After a couple months off, Cobaya made a return to action last week with Chef Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill and the recently opened Bocce Bar in Midtown Miami. Nearly forty guinea pigs filled up several tables at Bocce Bar, for whom Chef Timon crafted a menu that was something of an edible autobiography. We'd been working on Timon to do a Cobaya for years, and are thrilled it finally came together. You can read a recap from Chowfather with one to follow soon at Food For Thought, in the meantime here's a set of pictures in this CobayaBalloo flickr set. Here's the full rundown of dishes and pairings:

A Trini Kid's Sunday Morning ...
house cured cod "bulljol" fritters, avocado, shaved cabbage, heirloom tomatoes, fried bake
Chang Beer, Thailand

Ode to Fishermans Wharf ...
english pea and crawfish chowder, herb-sourdough bread bowl
Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo 2012

Breakfast of Champions ...
foie gras spam musubi, fried quail egg
Hitachino Nest White Ale, Japan

Fat Boy Grown Up ... Ling Ling's Demise
florida rabbit, chive and truffle bao, sweet chili, hoisin
Gewurztraminer, Zind-Humbrecht, Herrenweg de Turckheim Alsace 2011

The Teacher Who Danced Her Way Into My Mouth ...
florida snapper, sweet fish sauce, mango, coriander, mint, lime
Big Rod Ale Blond Ale Schnebly Brewery Miami

What I Remember ...
2 day rioja oxtail, potato emulsion, crispy shallots, herbs
Tempranillo, Bodegas Muga Reserva Rioja 2009

Trini Roots ...
curry goat, dal, roti, lime pickles
Red Stripe, Jamaica

Sophistication ...
30 degrees rhubarb, pea meringue, mint, flowering buds
Cleto Chiarli "Centenario" Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile, Italy

Indulgence ...
Reese's peanut butter cup, Oreo crumble, cookies & cream ice cream, peanut butter swoosh, salted peanuts
Brooklyn Black Ops, New York City

A big thank you to Chef Timon, to his whole crew at Bocce Bar who put together a great meal, great pairings, and great service, and as always most of all to the guinea pigs whose interest and support make these kind of events possible. We just rolled out Experiment #42 to take place on May 21, 2014, so make your seat requests now.

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