We've all probably have had this experience... eaten some amazing dish somewhere, fallen in love with it... only to be unable to recreate it at home or find it at some other restaurant.
My saga began in Cancun twenty years ago, on our Honeymoon. I can't exactly recall the name of the restaurant... something Rosa?...Rosa something?. It was in the guide books of the day. The "day" being the very beginning of the building of Cancun as a resort town. The restaurant was a local haunt in the heart of the old city. The ambiance was festive, including the duo with guitars and huge sombreros who serenaded us. I've tried to do a search to see if it was still around today, but no luck.
The star of the meal for me was my very first Chicken in Chocolate Mole and I licked the plate clean. It was so good that I kept ordering it at every other restaurant we went to during our visit... some were almost as good, others, not quite. Since then, whenever we go to a Latin restaurant with Mole on the menu, I am compelled to order some. And every time I order it, I am disappointed. I've even tried to recreate it at home from some of my cookbooks... still a disappointment.
Until now, that is! I recently received a copy of The Sweet Life In Paris by David Lebovitz. (You can check out my review here). It's a great book, filled with funny stories and many delicious recipes, but my favorite will always be ...
...David's recipe which is as good or even better than my memories of it. I suppose, since David is the chocolate king, that I shouldn't be surprised.
For the uninitiated, chocolate mole is a sauce made with lots of spices, mild dried chilies, reconstituted and unsweetened chocolate. It is a wonderful, rich & mellow blend and good enough to lick off the spoon or drizzled over some wrap. I'm drooling again. I guess it's time to whip up another batch.
So my question to you... what was that one dish you wish you could recreate? Leave me a comment.