Although I have eaten a lot of delicious foods that make me *very* happy, there are flavor and texture profiles that I consider 'stand outs' in my head. These are amazing bursts of flavor and texture that make me absolutely speechless, ecstatic, and hungry for more... lots more!
This can be a blog post on its own, but here is my short list of my favorite flavors of all-time (in no particular order):
#1: the charbroiled oysters from Drago's Seafood Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana,
#2: the French macarons from Bouchon Bakery at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada,
#3: An's famous garlic noodles at Crustacean Beverly Hills, and now...
#4 (my favorite number): the pork belly app from Carnitas' Snack Shack in North Park.
The crazy thing is that I haven't even been to the actual Snack Shack yet. What?? Yup. The pork belly was a treat from my favorite foodie friend, Crystal, who had lunch with a friend and decided to surprise me with the beautiful braised meat, because she knows me SO well. The pork belly doesn't look like much from the picture above - it actually looks like a piece of a well done dry steak. But oh my goodness, that is not the case.
The braised pork belly is served with a a sweet and spicy glaze, and a small side of a crunchy frisee salad with apples and radishes, all tossed with a lemon vinaigrette.
The first bite was crisp, soft, salty, sweet, and sinful. Hello, pork goodness. I was floored. For the second bite, I ate it with the frisee, which is a type of endive (and bitter in my opinion), but the sweetness and crunch from the apples and the acidity from the vinaigrette balanced out the flavor. Well done, Chef.
Absolutely amazing. The funny thing is that I just had a barbacoa salad from Chipotle just 15 minutes before Crystal surprised me with the greatest thing ever. I could have, but didn't, eat all of it. That's how delicious it was.
She also surprised me with the Shack's seasoned bag of fries and their homemade ketchup. Spicy and so, so good too.
I am geared up to visit Carnitas' Snack Shack to try their pork sandwich, steak sandwich, and of course, to experience 'favorite flavor burst number 4' once again, the pork belly app. Since their menu changes depending what is fresh... I am looking forward to visiting multiple times.