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February 2, 2009

The Brass Elephant's Love It Hate It menu



As I understand it, Marcus Olson feels the pain of those who don't like Valentine's Day but might still want to eat out on Feb. 14.

Therefore the Brass Elephant's new chef has come up with a Love It, Hate It menu for the big day.

The romantic Love It menu will be served in the beautiful downstairs dining rooms. If you aren't with your sweetie that night, head for the Tusk Lounge, the upstairs bar, for the Hate It menu.

Here are the two menus. If the Hate It menu appeals to you more but you're in a serious relationship, dump your significant other for the evening and eat in the Tusk Lounge.

We foodies know what's important. ...



“Love It” Menu!
(For The Brass Elephant Restaurant)
An Everything Red Valentine’s Day Menu

Entrees & Desserts Are for Two People Enticing You to Share Together
$69.99 per person


Maryland Crab & Sea Scallop Consommé

Cauliflower & Parsnip Soup,
Beet Crisps

Heart Tart of Leeks & Goat Cheese
topped with Tomatoes

Louisiana Crawfish Strudel,
Andouille Sausage, Holy Trinity, White Cheddar Custard

Lola Rosa Salad
“Low Rose"
Rumor has it that Lola Rosa was not eaten and given to lovers as a gift
Lola Rosa, Strawberry, Pecan Encrusted Brie,
Strawberry & Champagne Dressing

Heirloom Tomato Ceviche,
Marinated Hearts of Palm, Homemade Paprika Crackers

Main Course Meant to Be Shared for Two

Sweet & Savory Whole Chicken
Cognac-Glazed Whole Chicken*
Pistachio Fried Red Carrots
Walla Walla Sweet Onion & Pear Tart, Manchego

Maryland Crab Cake & Nova Scotia Lobster
Smoked Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper & Pancetta Risotto,
Sautee Trevisano, Red Caviar Beurre Blanc

Earth & Ocean
Roasted Prime Rib with Grilled Gulf Shrimp
Horseradish Compote, Creamed Corn, Roasted Garlic Flan

Brooke Trout Meets Nova Scotia Salmon
Sauteed Brooke Trout & Cedar Planked Nova Scotia Salmon
Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Spinach & Wild Rice Timbale,
Red Wine Pan Sauce

Hot Beef Alongside Cold Beef
Bistecca Fiorentina & Carne Cruda,
Arugula, Fried Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Red Pepper Romesco

Whole Grilled Red Snapper,
Red Olive & Sage Jus, Thyme Polenta


Black Raven’s Red Devil Cake

Molten Chocolate Souffle,
Red Cherry Jam

Sea Salted Caramel Poached Tomato,
Pomegranate Crème Anglaise, Tomato Sorbet

Valentine’s “Hate It” Bar Menu
For The Brass Elephant's Tusk Lounge


Death in the P.M.
Anise-Flavored Liqueur and Sparkling Wine
Filthy Martini
Caperberries and their Brine give a Twist to the Classic Cocktail


Smoked Salmon,
Red Onions, Herbed Crème Fraîche on Crisp Lavash

Red & Golden Beets,
Garlic Custard

Cornmeal Veal Sweetbreads,
Fried Capers, Parley, Ligurian Olive Oil

Seared Sea Scallops,
Emulsified Black Truffle, Porcini Mushroom, Chicken Liver

Crawfish-Cauliflower Croquettes,
Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Green Heirloom Tomato Jam

Beaten then Grilled Octopus,
Black Garbanzo Beans, Bacon Lardon, Garlic, Parsley, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Chocolate Braised Beef Short Ribs,
Peanuts & Shallot Rings


Toasted Bites of Red Devil Cake,
Intense Coffee Sauce

Molten Chocolate Souffle,
Cherry Jam
*Yes, I confirmed with the PR person that you get TWO whole chickens. How sexy will you feel after eating all that?
(Photo courtesy of Editor Tim Swift's iPhone)
Posted by Elizabeth Large at 7:42 AM | | Comments (33)


*Brooke* Trout? Sounds more like cannibalism than a type of fish.

Lissa, Brooke Trout is a special, celebrity trout.

Sorta like Carly Salmon?

Petula Carp...

Hal, it must have been Brooke Trout who was in "The Blue Lagoon."

Joyce, I always knew there was something fishy about that woman!

always knew there was something fishy about that woman!

I think she was a Pisces. Probably working for S.C.A.L.E.

Brooke Trout? Didnd't she make a movie with that great Hungarian actress, Anne Chovy?

Lissa, you know, she was married to James Tuna...

No, Michael... Brooke made a movie with Dick Van Pike.

But what about that poor octopus, beaten then grilled? Someone alert PETA.

My favorite Brooke Trout movie was "The Mackerel of Morgan's Creek," directed by James Whale, co-starring Buster Crab with production design by Saul Bass.

I think I'd better clam up. I don't have the gills for this.

Didn't Bucky have a post recently that collected these? Even reached 100.

A similar post so soon after seems mighty fishy to me.

Fl Rob - looks like it's in the cods to go for it again.

Two whole chickens. I hope it comes with a side of white toast and a coke.

RoCK, I didn't know cocaine gave you the munchies. I thought only pot did that.

Dahlink, the last thing we need is a PETA ad featuring scantily-clad women covered in octopi.

On second though...

sean, google the term "hentai".

Just, for the sake of all the gods, not at work!!!

Funny thing is, we've actually had a brief discussion of hentai before, many moons ago. I said something about a Hokusai piece. Can't find it now.

Lissa, you make me giggle!

Yes, I remember, Sean, but we've got some new folks I must perver...erm...break in!

sean and Lissa -- here's Lissa's original comment.

Thanks, hmpstd.

You know, I bet PETA would do hentai, if they thought it'd bring them recruits. I don't think they are big in Japan, though. Something tells me PETA wouldn't like ikezukuri.

Thanks hmpstd. Although the less said about it, probably the better...

But I should say that PETA would probably find hentai to be the cruel exploitation of octopi, squids, aliens, monsters, mutants, and other tentacled creatures.

PETA should be called PITA. What ever happened to live and let live?

Probably, sean. Makes me want to send them all a copy of _Ender's Game_.

Lousy buggers.

PETA is also against guide dogs for he blind, rescue dogs, and honey (because bees have to work to produce it). No work for animals! They are the logical extension of the libeal welfare state.

Libeal? I assume that is the lazy neo-con way of writing "liberal?"

I'm very grateful that welfare was there for the 5 or 6 months I needed it. I couldn't get it today (I don't have children) and that worries me. Without that few months of aide, I doubt society would have gotten the last 20+ years of taxes out of me.

An acquaintance whose daughter works at PETA headquarters told her parents (the aquaintance & spouse) that they could not come to her house for Christmas because her dog did not want their dog in "his" house. The acquaintance said, "It's OK, we'll put her in a kennel" to which the PETA employee responded, "Would you put ME ina kennel?"

If she were my kid, the answer would have been, "In a heartbeat!"

Eve, wonder how the daughter knew what her dog was thinking?

Eve, I'm sure the daughter will be more than understanding when the parents leave all their money to the dog!

Point to KristinB!

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He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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