I am talking about over the top, pretentious, meals, that are served in multiple tiny courses, filled with flavor and texture, sometimes with ingredients I have heard of, but would be unlikely to find in my local mega mart (well here in the DC area, if you know where to shop you can buy almost any edible from around the world.) I love it, and when the opportunity presents itself, I love to indulge in this kind of eating. Fussy food, meticulous service, food you want to take pictures of, then take you time savoring and enjoying. But I never find myself cooking that way. It is foreign to my midwestern farm boy upbringing, where servings where large and nourishing, and nearly everything fit on one plate (green salads and desserts were the exception). Maybe I should try slowing down and cooking this way, it is fun to eat.
The photos above were taken in Normandy, in a restaurant that was definitely trying for Michelin stars. This was the short lunch menu.