from Epicurious and Martha
An evening at Astrid and Marcus’ always means we are in for a special meal. They have the patience and attention to detail to offer us friends restaurant quality food with the comfort of friendly gossip while eating off our laps and letting Van chill out on the rug.
Recently we were treated to the best collard greens I’ve ever had, a lovely kicked up blackened halibut and a refreshingly mild, lemony potato gratin. Smoky beers, great wine and a thinly sliced fennel salad (that has me wanting to buy a mandoline slicer) rounded out the delicious meal. Thanks guys, yummy and memorable as always.
But what do you think?
You should totally get a mandoline! They are wonderful tools. I highly recommend the Benriner Japanese mandoline, which is far less expensive than the (crappy) ones you find at places like Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, or Williams-Sonoma. I got mine on Amazon. It works beautifully, and there’s one in almost every professional kitchen I’ve ever worked in. Be careful though – very easy to cut yourself, so take it slow at first. 🙂