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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The best meal I've ever had in my life.

So I asked Julie where she wanted to go for her birthday dinner this year. She said "I want to give Pangea a hundred bucks and tell them to make us dinner."

Pangea is our new favorite KC restaurant - Charles Ferruzza at the Pitch reviewed them, we went to check them out, and were immediately hooked. It's basically California cuisine at KC prices. If you're in the vicinity, you should definitely check them out.

Anyway, they asked Julie what she wanted, and she told them "surprise me - I trust you." She said she's always wanted to do that - give a good chef some money and say "make me dinner" so this was her chance to make her dream come true.

Here's the menu they came up with for us:

It was absolutely exquisite - easily the best meal I've ever had, and worth every penny of the hundred bucks we spent on it. Particularly since wine was included.

The amuse bouche and the first course were served with a Spanish wine called Vin Del Sol. It was quite dry, almost like a Chenin Blanc. The second and third courses were served with a slightly sweeter white wine - can't recall the name, nor that of the red served with the fourth course and dessert. They were all good, though, and perfectly complemented the foods with which they were served. (can you tell I'm still feeling the effects of having so much wine with my dinner?)

Pangea does a monthly beer-pairing dinner the first Monday of each month. (they're taking a vacation in January, so the next one's February 5th) Thirty bucks gets you four courses, each with a small glass of beer. Previous courses have included langostino tacos, wiener-schnitzel, and rack of lamb. The quality of the food is unparallelled, and the presentations have to be seen to be believed. It's the kind of meal for which Alice Waters would charge you over a hundred dollars per person at Chez Panisse. Don't miss it.


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