popfoods.tv

the all-star team behind this past weekend’s shoot for popfoods.tv, hosted by the infamous chef russell jackson, directed by raffi asdourian, shot by jon chen, and yours truly [me] as one of the special guests, along with award-winning, tv chopping star chefs lance knowling, and pastry chefs ashley holt & thiago silva. more soon. for now, you can drool over one of his recent tastings below and/or also a past tasting here at louro or the dirty bad santa xmas dinner party i hosted as the top chef.

the subculture dining experience: think a museum, with your favorite artist having an art installation ready for viewing, but only for a limited time — the bonus is you get to harass the chef himself and pull a portandia “can i see the chicken’s headshot & resume? did the chicken have a happy life?” kindly inquire about the dish choices and ingredients since the chef is in clear conversational view. foodies’ challenging questions are welcomed!

chef russell jackson has his “pop-up” tastings enjoyed at various locations, each with a different theme, different exciting courses, different wine pairings, simply different and full of surprises.
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the chef at work, and we have the pleasure of watching him add final touches to each course, aka front row for a top chef competition.

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avocado toast: compressed avocado, agua de chile, apricot ginger seed sauce, onion sprouts, crispy tostada
yucca: smoked in mesquite with spiced vinegar tapioca, orange mojo – great refreshing starter
paired with: anahitos

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empanadas: foie gras in chile spice crust, & spruce smoked calabaza squash and crab, hazelnut, currants, queso fresca – very interesting.
paired with: orange sugar gin, french 75 finished with champagne

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clams in pozole verde, poblano lime cumin broth, micro greens – excellent.

paired with: toasted kombu rum, velvet flurnum & green juice drink with muddled jalepeno

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and what do we have here? brown paper bag…bringing you back to its roots

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picadillo taco: aged cabbage, mexican creme, chile arbol salsa – amazing.

paired with: chile vodka, kummel, lime, pisco style

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chicken roulade: crispy skin, rose petal mole sauce [perfected poached chicken breast might i add]

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iberian carnitas press: cascbel adobo sauce & deep fried turnip, scallion ash, nori – something different.
main courses paired with: tobacco-infused rye, barolo, carbonated

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palate cleanser: deep fried pineapple. dehydrated honey and chipotle salt

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THIS MAGICAL DESSERT. in the glass for dipping: blue corn alote, chocolate, pilincco, buttered rum + buckwheat churros

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redefining churros, with a fancy, intoxicating yet delicate flair.

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the pate de fruit, banana/dry rum

as per usual, i was quite behind on my cocktail pairings. amazing experience.

his next upcoming “art installation” is coming up and more info here! enjoy! 

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usher yacht

i know him…

“you walked into the party, like you were walking onto a yacht…”    – carly simon.

but i was walking onto a yacht. classified as a mega yacht part of fleet miami, usher is a luxurious 154-footer that i have known since 2013. even before he became a movie star in the infamous entourage film opening today, june 3rd, he is no stranger to hosting supermodels, actors, musicians, lively personalities, & movers and shakers across the world. here is an inside look of some photographs of our relationship i’ve compiled over the years.

when we first met during the xmas/new year holiday season of 2013, i thought wow, he’s huge…

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take note of the flawless detailing from exterior to interior…

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variety of seashells from the seashore + glistening sand encased in the glass coffee tables reveal an art lover, reminiscent of the beach life that is often simultaneous to a yacht life.

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long table screamed out photo-op, so i got up on top.

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beautiful automatic glossy glass doors.

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sun deck for your tanning pleasure, fully stocked with plush towels & various sunblock & skin products.

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proper table to catch up with some work on your ipad.

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the indoor bar which can also be transformed into a small gambling table…

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i met usher again during his maiden voyage to new york city in the summer of 2014, and of course, i had to play him a few new songs of mine.

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then again for thanksgiving of 2014…he hasn’t changed much. still majestic. still tip top cream of the crop.

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the usher staff patiently awaits our next request, whether it be photos or drinks…IMG_0336

the hot tub on the 3rd deck which i’m sure will be highly featured in the film alongside naked scantily clad bodies.

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view from the 3rd deck.

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the view from the control center

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jelly fish at their best.

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dinner napkin holders are even in theme. golden sea grapes or coral reef?IMG_0343

i hear that a fantastic james beard award-winning chef, jarle saupstad, has graced usher’s presence with delectable delights onboard. hello foodies!

‘merica…

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different guitar, same yacht.

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the view from the hot tub on the top deck. IMG_0351all aboard! for roughly 3 unicorns and your nyu tuition $200K a week, you can also enjoy this luxurious yachting experience at its finest. til we meet again, usher! i cannot wait for you to see my new blondie look. au revoir!

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