The origins of this sweet treat are believed to be
English in spite of the French name.
Although the English referred to this mouth watering
custard as "burnt cream," the name Crème Brûlee just sounds so
much more delicious?
The origins of this dish are a bit hazy,
but Trinity College in Cambridge claims the honor.
cookbook which came out in 1691 refers to Trinity Cream or
Cambridge Burnt Cream where a
version of Crème Brûlee was served with the college arms branded
into the cream top.
Here are a few of my favorite versions of
Firefly in Panama
Beach, Florida serves a yummy White Chocolate Crème Brûlee.
Chef Paul Stellato has served presidents, President Obama, Bill
Clinton and Al Gore, and royalty, Queen Elizabeth and Prince
When the Obama family made a short visit
several years ago, Firefly was their choice
for a Saturday night
family dinner. Chef Paul Stellato served a tuna appetizer and a
course of fried oysters to the First Family. For dinner,
Michelle Obama had lobster, Sasha had Pasta Alfredo and the
President had a New York Strip and Shrimp. For dessert, the
First Family enjoyed that delicious White Chocolate Crème
When I visited Firefly with my daughter
several months ago, I also tried the Crème Brulee. I agree with
the First Family. It is delicious.
When it comes to presentation, the
prettiest Crème Bruelee was a Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlee
at Cotton Row in
Alabama. It was also a very delicious Crème Brûlee.
Located on the southwest corner of the
Courthouse Square, the three-story brick Cotton Row Restaurant
was built in 1821 in the Cotton Exchange District. The
restaurant featuring fine American cuisine with strong Southern
influences. James Boyce is the executive chef/owner.
Mesquite Chop House in
Southhaven, Mississippi offers a Godiva White Chocolate Creme
Brûlee to die for. Chef Jeremy Jaggers, graduate of the L'Ecole
Culinaire, is the captain of this culinary ship and guides her
well. As the name implies, all the steaks and chops are grilled
over an open mesquite fire.
The decor is comfortable with lots of
exposed beams and a fireplace that would be cozy in winter.
Music is offered several nights a week. Everything I tried was
delicious. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Toc Room in Macon,
Georgia was not always the upscale restaurant it is today.
In the 1950s, it was called Anne's Tic Toc Room where a young
singer worked as a dishwasher. Occasionally he got to sing
there. Annie and the patrons then never guessed that Little
Richard would move on to become one of the biggest musicians of
Rock and Roll.
Today, the Tic Toc Room is one of Macon's
top dining spots. Their Crème Brûlee is wonderful.
It's creamy with a
crispy top. The food ranges from sushi to steak to seafood.
A house specialty is
their fancy martinis in different styles and colors.
Wine & Bistro in McAllen, Texas has a
really unique version, Earl Grey Brûlee with a lavender sugar
crust. Chef Larry Delgado and his wife, Jessica, opened
House Wine & Bistro in 2008 and did so well he recently opened a
second restaurant, Salt, also in McAllen.
Chef Larry is a great all around chef.
Not only are his desserts fantastic, he won
second place in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New
Orleans in 2014.(See more
about this) That is really a hard prize to bring home.
Our Elite Street Eats feature this issue,
Kitchen on San Marco in Jacksonville,
Florida, also serves a great and unique version of
Creme Brulee. It's made with caramelized local honey. (Check
out more about Kitchen on San Marco)
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