We love this delicious Chocolate Bomb dessert recipe from Debra Levy Picard. It’s easy to prepare, is a guaranteed hit and perfect for Valentine’s Day.
- 6 ounces of Bittersweet Chocolate
- 1/2 stick (4 tbs) Unsalted Butter
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
- 1 cup Whipping Cream
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder for Garnishing
- Optional Vanilla Beans
- Preheat Oven to 350°F.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler. When melted set aside to cool.
- Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment or by hand using a spoon, in a large bowl, mix the sugar and eggs until color lightens, about 1 minute.
- Pour the cooled chocolate/butter mixture into a bowl then stir in heavy cream, vanilla and salt. Beat well, scraping the ingredients from the sides of the bowl as you mix.
- Add the flour and mix until blended.
- Divide the mixture between four 6-ounce ovenproof cappuccino cups or any style cup that you like. Fill to 1/4 inch below the rim of the cup.
- Place cups on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or just until the tops of the cake begin to crack. Do not over bake! The tops should be crisp and the interior soft and moist.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. While cooling, make the whipped cream. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks, about 5 minutes, try not to over whip. I then like to then cut open a vanilla bean and scrape the caviar out and fold into the whipped cream – pretty and delicious! (To save time, you could also use store bought whipped cream.)
- Place a dollop of the whipped cream on to each warm cup and garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder.
- Serve warm and Enjoy!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Interview with Chef Nick Badovinus
Originally from Washington State, Chef Nick Badovinus came to Dallas in 1996 for a six week internship with legendary chef Dean Fearing which ultimately morphed into a long-term position, launching his career here in Dallas. With his recent big win at Robb Report’s third annual “Culinary Masters” competition, we were interested to know what makes our Dallas Chef Badovinus tick.
But first a little background on the competition itself. Five world-renowned chefs were asked to nominate a next-generation protégé to compete for the New Culinary Master of 2015 title. The chefs tasked with nominations included David Bouley, Pierre Gagnaire, Nancy Oakes, Wolfgang Puck, and Dean Fearing who nominated Nick. The other competitors, including Jean-Marc Boyer, Nicolas Delaroque, Josef Centeno, and Yoshiaki Takazawa, represented a range of culinary styles from classical and southern French as well as a Japanese infused aesthetic. The chefs were asked to prepare a five-course menu representative of their signature culinary aesthetic, creativity, and technical proficiency.
To create his menu, Nick employed big flavors that packed a punch. Big flavors are always in season, according to Nick. His menu included the following dishes: his take on Dean Fearing’s famous tortilla soup, chicken fried quail leg salad, a riff on shrimp and grits using scallops, Rosewood Wagyu tenderloin, and a butterscotch pot-de-crème. ……is your mouth watering yet or what! Check out RobbReport.com/CulinaryMasters for each chef’s full competition menu and recipes—as well as additional photos and videos.
So, who is Chef Nick Badovinus?
Favorite things about being a chef
Opportunity to share food and experiences with people; from sharing culinary creations with customers to sharing a great shift with the team and working towards a common goal. Food gives you an opportunity to live in the non-virtual world. There’s something fundamentally human about coming together around a shared-food experience. …opportunity to do your own thing, the freedom and independence along with responsibility.
Style/Philosophy of cooking
Acknowledging that there will always be room and appreciation for the “high wire acts”, he aims to create sincere food that is real and straight forward, fun and relatable.
Business of Restauranteuring
Although he is very passionate about his cooking, he is also very business minded, which has served him well in establishing and expanding his restaurant portfolio- Neighborhood Services, Offsite Kitchen, and his next big project-Town Hearth (expected to open Fall 2015). A second Offsite Kitchen in the Trinity Groves area will also be launched soon. Proud that all of his restaurants are self-financing, Chef relates that ensuring that everyone has a great time is key to success.
Dallas food trends
Oysters, straight-forward, real food, different rarified ingredients becoming more acceptable and approachable, demystification of the chef, return of simple, primal, rustic style-cooking; embracing hearth-style cooking – a cooking style Nick will be embracing at his new restaurant, Town Hearth.
Dallas: a unique culinary scene
The regional cooking style is something that makes Dallas’s culinary scene so unique, as well as care for the customer. He notes that Dallas is one of the most hospitable cities in the country when it comes to the Food and Beverage industry. From a business stand-point, the city’s strong economy enables a marketplace that can afford and has a desire for fantastic food. Dallas is a city that rewards entrepreneurship and is a great place to build your career. In his opinion, there’s not a better place to be an independent restauranteur.
Town Hearth, the newest venture
Described as a culmination of his entire cooking career, starting in his teens. Now open in the Design District. We ate there recently and were impressed to say the least! Go, NOW!
Inspiration for Town Hearth’s Menu
Town Hearth is a culmination of his life: his passion for cooking, his Washington roots, and his time in Texas cultivating his craft. He describes the restaurant’s offerings as primal, rustic, premium, and simple. The menu will be source sensitive without being overly-so. The restaurant itself is approximately 6,000 square feet and will feature two big grills, one for proteins with hooves and one for fin fish and the likes. There will also be a wood burning oven in the middle with two openings on either side. Brandon Kelly, currently the wine director of Neighborhood Services, is curating an awesome wine list for Town Hearth, one which Nick considers will be the most thoughtful selection in town. The menu will feature a variety of seafood reflective of his childhood in Washington, like salmon and Dungeness crab. The dishes are reflective of his past. The menu is truly a celebration of a lifetime of cooking, things that he finds valuable and important to share with his customers.
Mountlake Cut also, now open, our favorite seafood restaurant in Dallas
Favorite thing to cook
A good roasted chicken with Herbs de Provence.
Finally, when asked about his relationship over the years with Dean Fearing, Nick considers him not only to be a very important professional mentor, but also a close friend.
Congratulations Chef Nick Badovinus and we look forward to the dining adventures you have in store for all of us!
Today is National Pisco Sour Day and it’s always celebrated on the first Saturday in February. It’s thought that the Pisco Sour was invented by an American bartender named Victor Morris in the 1920s at his bar – Morris’ Bar Lima, Peru. Mario Bruguet then added egg whites to the recipe and turned this cocktail into the velvety goodness it is known for today.
What better way to celebrate the day than by making an authentic Pisco Sour?! Here’s a fantastic recipe that uses PISCO PORTÓN, Peru’s #1 pisco export.
PORTÓN PISCO SOUR
- 2 oz. Pisco Portón
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz. egg whites
- Dash of Angostura bitters
Add all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 15 seconds, add 5 cubes of ice, and then pulse in the blender 5 times. Strain up into a glass. Garnish with 3 drops of Angostura bitters.
Also, below are some fantastic DALLAS venues that are celebrating in proper Peruvian style!
« Bolsa – 614 West Davis Street
« Chino Chinatown – 1623 N. Hall Street
« Dish – 4123 Cedar Springs Road
« Henry’s Majestic – 4900 McKinney Avenue
« La Duni – 8687 N. Central Expressway
« Meddlesome Moth – 1621 Oak Lawn Avenue
« San Salvaje – 2100 Ross Avenue – featuring a special Pisco Portón menu for National Pisco Sour Day
« The People’s Last Stand – 5319 E. Mockingbird Lane
« The Usual Bar – 1408 W. Magnolia Avenue, Ft. Worth
« Victor Tangos – 3001 N. Henderson Avenue
Want to find a great place to take your Valentine this holiday? Look no further! Members of Social Fabric have found places all across the United States that are romantic and perfect for a lovely date night! Just find your local area below and see what fabulous places it has to offer. You can make it a night to remember! #Dinner4Valentines
Jersey City, New Jersey – May from La Vie En May
New Rochelle, New York – Jason from The Social Media Samurai
New York, New York – Ginnie from Hello Little Home
Unadilla, New York – Miranda from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Reading, Pennsylvania – Betsy from Heavens to Betsy
York, Pennsylvania – Sarah from How I Pinch A Penny
East Greenwich, Rhode Island – Kristin from Mama Luvs Books
Newport, Rhode Island – Stephanie from Mammamoiselle
Providence, Rhode Island – Mary from Tall Mom Tiny Baby
Barrington, Illinois – Teresa from Tiaras & Tantrums
Chicago Area, Illinois – Michelle from Honest and Truly
Chicago, Illinois – Kelly from Kelly’s Lucky You
Chicago, Illinois – Jen from Fashionably Employed
Miami County, Ohio – Linette from The Home and Garden Cafe
Columbus, Ohio – Abbey from The Cards We Drew
Columbus, Ohio – Carissa from All in All
Troy, Ohio – Kendra from A Proverbs 31 Wife
Omaha, Nebraska – Mary from Living A Sunshine Life
Omaha, Nebraska – Lisa from Mom on the Side
Box Elder, South Dakota – Melissa from Kids Are Grown
Madison, Wisconsin – Jessica from All She Cooks
Birmingham, Alabama – Jennifer from Simple Hacks Living
Northwest Arkansas, Arkansas – Jamie from Jamie’s Thots
Pea Ridge, Arkansas – Robyn from Create it. Go!
Boca Raton, Florida – Shaina from Take a Bite Out of Boca
Bradenton, Florida – Kelly from Virtually Yours
Lee County, Florida – Krystal from Krystal’s Kitsch
Mount Dora, Florida – Sherry from Family Love and Other Stuff
Pensacola Beach, Florida – April from Frugally Green Mom
South Florida, Florida – Melissa Ann from The Eyes of a Boy
Tampa Bay, Florida – Lauren from Lauren Paints
Tampa, Florida – C. Lee from Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad
Augusta, Georgia – Candy from Candypolooza
Annapolis, Maryland – Ashley from Momma Rambles
Frederick, Maryland – Terri from Housewives of Frederick County
Memphis, Tennessee – Pamela from Still Dating My Spouse
Arlington/Ft. Worth, Texas – Danita from O Taste and See
Austin, Texas – Lani from Life Anchored
Dallas, Texas – Heather from Dallas Single Mom
Dallas, Texas – Emily from Fortuitous Foodies
Denton, Texas – Stephanie from The TipToe Fairy
Houston, Texas – Christine from Xtine Danielle
Houston, Texas – Kelli from Eat, Pray, Read, Love
San Antonio, Texas – Sara from Sensibly Sara
Richmond, Virginia – Jen from JVKom Chronicles
Anchorage, Alaska – Laura from Day by Day in Our World
Chandler, Arizona – JoAnn from A Whimsicle Life
Phoenix, Arizona – Michelle from Fun on a Dime
Los Angeles, California – Stacy from Fancy Shanty
Rohnert Park, California – Jamie from Minnesota Girl in the World
Sacramento, California – Brandy from Gluesticks
Santa Clarita, California – Carolyn from This Talk Ain’t Cheap
Temecula, California – Kara from Ramblings of a Marine Wife
Victorville, California – Holly from Our Holly Days
Denver, Colorado – Callie from A Sweet Potato Pie
Missoula, Montana – Patty from Broken Teepee
Orem, Utah – Kristie from Beneficial Bento
Salt Lake City to Provo, Utah – Marissa from Raegun Ramblings
St. George, Utah – Kendra from The Things I Love Most
Romantic Restaurants in Dallas
Lucia is one of the best, if not the best Italian restaurant in Dallas! Lucia is housed in a charming historic home located in the Bishop Arts area. The menu is seasonal and all of their gourmet pasta is made from scratch. Work your way through antipasti, then risotto with white truffles, followed by scallops with honey nut squash, maitake mushrooms, fennel and smoked pancetta. Reservations go fast, with calls a month ahead recommended. You can view their Valentine’s offerings here. (picture source. LuciaDallas.com)
Boulevardier is great for any special occasion and we think it would be an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. It’s very romantic with a French Bistro flair; flickering candles, oysters and champagne – you’ll get that all here and more! We love the French onion soup, Poached Egg Farm salad, Mussels, and Beef Bourguignon Pappardelle. They also have a fantastic beverage list featuring over 120 of American and French wines, along with wonderful cocktails and craft beer. (Picture Source: Gilt City Dallas)
Tei-An offers luxurious Japanese cuisine that never ceases to amaze – it’s always absolutely delicious. The interior design is contemporary and gives off a very zen-like vibe that’s just begging you to relax. The ambiance is great for date night, located in the One Arts District, a very trendy, artsy new area of Dallas. The service is fantastic with very well-trained. Our waitress was particularly wonderful, which added to the overall dining experience. Eat your way through their Soba offerings, sushi, proteins, seafood and absolutely incredible desserts. (Picture Source: D Magazine)
The Mansion Restaurant
This is Dallas’ best restaurant when it comes to luxe fine dining. The Mansion Restaurant has been in Dallas for more than 30 years and is an absolute classic. We love that they are creating and serving “haute cuisine – Texas style”. It’s located in the beautiful Mansion on Turtle Creek Hotel, which is absolutely perfect for those looking for a very romantic spot. It’s also a popular location for proposals and anniversaries, a testimonial to its truly romantic ambiance. We dined here during restaurant week and loved not only the food, but also the restaurant’s charm. Also, don’t miss the live music on the veranda over the weekend, a perfect spot for romantic al fresco fireside dining and lounging. (Picture Source: Rosewoodhotels.com)
A local favorite, Neighborhood Services is a wonderful date spot. It’s located on Lover’s Lane – how fitting for Valentine’s Day. The Chef, Nick Bodavinus, is well-known and wonderful bringing his guests delicious America fare every single time. It’s also home to our favorite scallop dish in Dallas and scallops are very sexy. The steaks and pastas are equally delicious. The vibe is pretty sexy too; dimly lit, lots of wood, cool Americana style art and extra cozy. (Picture Source: Dallas Eater)
You can read more about Chef Nick Bodavinus in our interview with him here.
TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill
TJ’s is on the list because it is a favorite close by little neighborhood gem. It has super fresh seafood and a wonderful welcoming feel to it. We love being able to walk up the street and see what’s in new for the day. Some of our favorites are their lobster rolls, fresh fish tacos, oysters, tuna steak and asian cole slaw – so, so good! They also have a great wine list. On nicer days, we like to sit outside and eat on the patio. (Picture Source: Tj’sSeafood.com)
Hattie’s is an America bistro with a low country southern flair. They use traditional southern recipes and give them an upgraded modern twist. They’re located in the ever-interesting Bishop Arts neighborhood and have really influenced the area. The Dallas Observer has noted, “Dallas’ most vibrant dining scene may owe it all to one restaurant. Hattie’s helped build Bishop Arts..”. I love this restaurant and have eaten here many times. It brings back the best of memories, including a birthday celebration for my daddy-man and first date with my boyfriend. When you go, be sure to try the fried green tomatoes, grits, wedge salad and my personal favorite the mac & cheese encrusted filet of beef! It’s also great for people watching. (Picture Source: Hattie’s)
Mot Hai Ba
We love this little Vietnamese restaurant so much. Mot Hai Ba is tucked away on a side street off of the popular Greenville Avenue and resides in the Lakewood area of Dallas. Their story is really cool too, with Mot Hai Ba’s creation stemming from the chefs’ fateful motorcycle foodie trip through Vietnam! It is absolutely exquisite, elegant, energetic and very romantic. We love love, love the garlic noodles, green papaya and beef salad, imperial rolls, oxtail, duck, the list goes on and on. It’s also recently been voted the best new restaurant in Dallas! (Picture Source: mothaibadallas.com)
Famous in New York City and now in Dallas, Le Bilboquet offers some of the best French food I have had state-side. It has an intimate feel with it being on the small side with about 55 seats. Crisp white table linens, woven bistro style chairs, along with delicious food and champagne – this restaurant definitely deserves to be on our most romantic spots to dine in Dallas. They’re known for their dish Le Poulet Cajun and it is absolutely amazing. I crave it ALL the time! I hardly ever order chicken when dining out and keep coming back and ordering this incredible dish – I am hoping to master it at home soon. If you can’t make it for dinner, their brunch is fantastic too. (Picture Source: Urban Daddy)
Honorable mention….any meal prepared or shared with love and enjoyed with loved ones wherever that may be!
Here’s wishing you a happy, delicious Valentine’s Day!
In the comments below let us know what your favorite romantic Dallas restaurants are.