#139: Monaco

Guys… GRACE KELLY!!

This IS MONACO we are talking about after all!! Okay, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have always loved Grace Kelly. I actually did a report on her (and one on Princess Diana) when I was in grade school, and on top of that, I have seen every movie she was in. I have to tell you, it comes down to a tie between Rear Window and The Swan for me. While I adore High Society I prefer The Philadelphia Story, so that probably puts Rear Window ahead of them all. It’s got Jimmy Stewart, Hitchcock and this stunning sassy Blonde… what’s not to like?! We watched Vertigo this weekend, and of all of Hitchcock’s icy Blonde leads, not a single one can compete with The Princess of Monaco. She was timeless and classic; gracious and kind. Everyone who knew her during her short life would have said she was the best human.

THE DINNER: The country of Monaco is a funny contradiction of terms in many ways. While they are a autonomous state, they don’t really like to assimilate with that type of culture, but rather prefer to be grouped in with the French Rivera and France— though truth be told their food profile is so much more Italian and often times Mediterranean/Sicilian. They don’t really have a national dish. This does not mean, however, that they don’t celebrate food… They absolutely do!

We picked Spaghetti Alle Vongole which translates to Spaghetti with clams. This is a traditional Italian inspired meal, and with it’s vast coastline, Monaco loves fresh seafood dishes.

Spaghetti Alle Vongole Recipe: http://devousamoi-dominique.blogspot.fr/2013/12/spaghetti-alle-vongole.html

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: TWO STARS out of five this meal!
We took a liberty and used linguini instead of spaghetti noodles here. This recipe had to be translated from it’s Italian and then converted from it’s metric measurements, but it was a short shopping list and really, we only needed the clams as the rest are pretty much pantry staples. All in all, having to translate/convert and air the clams were the tough parts. The actual cooking was quick and painless.

Best dish of all time scale: FOUR and a HALF STARS out of five for Meal!!
This was an easy meal to enjoy when we get down to brass tacks. The simplistic nature of the ingredient list was something that played into that. It was light and satisfying. The clams were plump and sweet and meaty, but not too heavy to compete with the white wine and garlic based sauce. No creams or yolks here, folks. This was basic and clean. Solid dish for a Sunday Funday afternoon after soccer.

We will be taking a bye for the Easter weekend, and I’m at Duke for a conference this weekend, so that put us out a few weeks. When we return, we will be hitting Brunei for #140!!

Cheers, darling!
– L & K

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