King's Maine lobster poached in lobster carrot butter over a Maine potato fondant followed a round in which we sniffed tangerine, baby carrots and "an olfactory painting of unripe, green mango."
— Columnist Meredith Goad attends one of Chandler Burr's The Perfect Scent Dinners, in After 'Perfect Scent Dinner,' the nose knows at the Portland Press Herald. Many thanks to Karen for the link!
Any guesses as to what the “fresh perfume that makes you feel like you’re walking on a beach in winter” that gets paired with oysters & seaweed dressing is?
Could be Hiver. It’s frustrating that she doesn’t name any of them!
Yes, very annoying. I wonder if it’s for legal reasons, or if she’s just being smug? Still, gives us something to ponder…
I was wondering if she just didn’t think it mattered to anyone?
Well, I think I’d choose Annick Goutal’s Vetiver.
I’m waiting for the blood and steel perfume!!
It is frustrating that she doesn’t name them. I’d love to go to one of those!
Um, Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy??? Guess I need to smell it.
Yeah, the event sounds really fun, but $285 for a dinner – eeek! Hope they got a goody bag!
That’s certainly not what I’d eat with Jardin Sur Le Nil, and I love Jardin Sur Le Nil. Then again, I’m not sure what i would have; maybe a salad with greens and persimmons, Moroccan-or-Afghani style rice with lamb and carrots and raisins, roast eggplant, or just a ripe avocado with some salt–I love avocado and mangoes together. Anyone else have ideas?
I love SLN too, and, being vegetarian, would also skip the lobster (I wonder if they had a veggie option?!!). How about adding some grilled Haloumi to your salad and avocado…? Yumtastic.
UPDATE: I can now report with authority that SLN also goes very nicely with a cup of Earl Grey tea and a chocolate brownie!
Oh, and if anyone wants to come over, I only charge $284.99 for the tea/brownie combo…
Now, now VickyJane, that is way tooo expensive for a cup of tea and a brownie!
But they are very good brownies
Bear in mind too that I’m not sure it is about Sur Le Nil…I’m just assuming.
Sounds kind of interesting, but yes, priced out of my league. And the same old statments: cumin=sweat, etc…
This one made me really roll my eyes: “Perfumers are the only artists in the world that have raw materials that never existed before.” Why do people say such obviously untrue stuff like that?
Mine were rolling right along with you.
Hi Joe, I didn’t comprehend that comment about “Perfumers are the only artists in the world that have raw materials that never existed before.” the same way you did. I took it as a sort of slam against the industry taking out the natural ingredients and replacing them with the new politically correct chemically re-created ones. Mmmmm interesting how everyone sees things differently…
Chandler Burr has generally made a point of defending synthetic ingredients, so I rather doubt that’s what he meant.
Thanks for the info! I had no idea! Now I get it!! I still prefer natural ingredients and am still upset about the new regulations grrrrrr and pooh-pooh on Mr. Burr! grrrrrr!
Oh, but hey, just because he appreciates synthetic aromachemicals it does not mean he would necessarily agree w/ all IFRA regs, or want to see all natural materials disappear. I hope I did not imply more than I meant to!
And now I think he should have a dinner made of on only synthetic ingredients that smell and taste like lobster, dang it! LOL!
Oh it’s okay Robin, I am sure he can handle my off hand remarks just fine. And you did not infer anything misleading at all! I am very opinionated, that’s all! LOL!
LOL…no worries, just wanted to be sure I wasn’t unclear. And I’m quite sure CB can handle it