Entertainment | Restaurants & Dining | September 2009
|The Sarcastic Gourmet: AmapaSunset|
September 23, 2009
Join Nicole Martin for her bimonthly series, The Sarcastic Gourmet. Follow her adventures and often misadventures in and around Puerto Vallarta as she cruises the restaurant scene and attempts to critique some of the world class chefs of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Look out; because once she is in the kitchen, anything goes...
|If you would like your Puerto Vallarta restaurant to be featured on an upcoming episode of The Sarcastic Gourmet, send an email to nicole(at)precisionproductions.tv.|
In the premier episode of The Sarcastic Gourmet, Nicole visits Amapas Sunset, a fabulous new beachfront restaurant on Playa Los Muertos serving up gourmet food and fantastic views of Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta's world-famous sunsets in casually elegant surrounds.
Open for breakfast lunch and dinner, Amapas Sunset is located at Amapas 114-C on Los Muertos Beach in the heart of the charming, yet lively Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta. For more information or reservations, call (322) 222-1694 or visit AmapaSunset.com.
About Host Nicole Martin
Nicole... the "Sarcastic Gourmet?" She chose Sarcastic despite suggestions from many, who offered the titles "Cranky Gourmet", "Sloppy Gourmet", "Hysterical Gourmet", "Bitchy Gourmet" and one rather inappropriate title from her sister, "The Psycho Gourmet". So, it is now not a mystery where "Sarcastic" came from - but no one is certain how "Gourmet" emerged.
Gourmet? According to the Cambridge Dictionary of American English, the definition of gourmet is, "A person who knows a lot about food and cooking and enjoys eating good food." That's Nicole, although her skills go a giant step beyond.
She has the capability of feeding a crowd with nothing more than miso paste, a bag of lentils and some rice. (Nary a loaf nor fish...) And with a bit of preparation, her menu can be vast. Rumor has it that Nicole takes leftovers to her office and gives them to associates who want to impress their partners with home cooked food.
Nicole has lived in Mexico since 1989 since she was a small child (well not that small, actually she was a teen) and has prowled the neighborhoods, learned how to buy shrimp and langoustine from the trunks of cars and where the freshest chicken, fruits and vegetables can be found. The huge commercial venues, Sam's and Costco have changed the lifestyles of many, but other than cat litter and bulk cat food, Nicole prefers to hunt down the best that is available from local sources.
Patience is not a virtue possessed by Nicole. She frantically hacks meats and vegetables into what she considers bite sized pieces and her final presentation would look appropriate in a logging camp or prison but alas, Nicole has discovered garnishes. An unsightly slab of tuna can be cleverly concealed by a large sprig of parsley or often the whole plant if necessary.
On the other hand, Nicole is immaculate in preparation. Every utensil is rinsed, vegetables sterilized and she will only buy ground meat from a butcher who lets her watch as he rinses the cut and cleans the grinder.
In her home Nicole has a gallery of observers; some of her cats love to sit on the perimeter of her work space. Of course they are absolutely forbidden to shed a hair and must remain motionless to enjoy this privilege. The doorbell or telephone can cause frenzy, but Nicole is always prepared with a water gun or other harmless cat weapon.
And on this note, Nicole loves Rachel Ray but it drives her crazy when Rachel flounces around her kitchen with a mop of loose, fluffy hair. Nicole's house rule is that before beginning to cook, even before washing your hands, you must tie your hair back. Not in a soft clip but rather so tightly that you resemble a Prima Ballerina.
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