Ooooh--the dinner with Radhika was FUN and DELICIOUS!
We arrived at our friends' house and Radhika and her chef posse arrived shortly thereafter. Her posse was cute by the way--one chef guy is her boyfriend and I do'n't know what the other guy's story was, but he was cute and he carries a "chef purse" which contains chef tools that can be used as weapons in case of a mugging.
Anyway, the chef team got to cooking and we hung out with them for awhile in the kitchen, but then retired to the living room with our friends and another couple and some crazy drinks called Whirling Tigers.
This dinner was so cool because Rahdika brought everything--the dishes, silverware, glassware--everything! They set the table and we hung out until it was time to eat.
The first course was a fun Indian-style take on grilled cheese--the menu called it "Chef Rad's Surprise." It was layers of the Indian bread(nan), gouda cheese , olives and fresh basil. Just really, really good!
Plus it was very Top Chef-esque because once the food was put down, Rahdika would appear and give a little explanation just like on the show!
The next course (plus we had seconds) was a tomato-curry soup with sesame crisps. I could have eaten this until I exploded!
Next up--a scallop "sandwich" with sour dough bread and a perfectly seared scallop. According to Rahdika, it's better to undercook rather than overcook a scallop--just so you know!
The main course was filet crusted with mint and pepper and served over creamy bacon-truffle potatoes. OMG!! Plus there was a cool yogurt-cucumber sauce on the side.
Dessert was ginger-vanilla creme brulee with blackberries and ginger crisps. Probably the best creme brulee I've ever had (and I've had a lot...).
Plus there was wine that Radhika nicely paired with each course..It was a great time!
But the best part was after the dinner when Radhhika and her guys joined us at the table and we gossiped about Top Chef!!
In a nutshell:
--Tom Colicchio is nice and very honest and helpful when he's critiquing the food.
--Padma is very "confident" with herself and very striking in person. Apparently all eyes are always on her if she's in the room.
--Gail Simmons is very nice and helpful--Radhika seemed to like her a lot.
--Fabio from last season is a jerk even though he seemed nice on the show.
--Stefan is a nice guy even though he seemed like a jerk on the show.
--Apparently Marcel isn't half bad.
--When you're kicked off of Top Chef, you go stay in a penthouse and are paid until the show is over.
--Radihka is writing a cookbook.
--She is also planning on opening a restaurant in the next few years.
--She is very pretty in person and has a cool diamond nose piercing (which, by the way, Don thinks would look stupid on me.)
Now for some pics!
Me 'n Radhika:
Group shot (I don't know why we're posing in front of a giant tv?):
Getting the gossip from Radhika:
Rahdika and her posse (again with the tv!):
Fun, fun evening!! I can't wait until her cookbook/restaurant appear--her food is amazing!!