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Eric Asimov on El Bulli

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Saying he liked it would be an understatement:

What remains lodged in my memory is the totality — the laughter, the surprise, the moments of discovered deliciousness as each novel presentation unmoored the food from the burden of expectations. I thought back many years, to the look of absolute astonishment and delight on the face of my son Peter the first time he tasted chocolate cake. I think that look was plastered on my face over the course of our five-hour meal.

If that piques your curiosity, Adam Roberts's photographs and videos from his meal at El Bulli are worth a look. And then there's this incredible slideshow of El Bulli and some of its progeny, which is where I got the picture atop this post.

By Ezra Klein  | September 27, 2010; 10:38 AM ET
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the slide show is very interesting....each offering looks like a small bonsai garden, or a miniature terrarium....
but what happens if you are really hungry?
how can you fill up on those ephemeral decorations?
just give me a delft bowl, filled with fresh peaches, painted by vermeer....or a picnic table, filled with jewelled edibles, painted by bonnard....something beautiful to look at...and something to eat!

i had to smile when i saw the fifties everything bagel, redux!
that is an anorexic, little bagel with lox "threads!"
i remember bagels in the fifties....from watson's bagels in newark, covered with rock salt, (those bagels were so dense, if you threw them across the room, they could have been weapons)with giant slabs of lox and cream cheese off of a white brick, and a huge slice of bermuda onion...
that was a work of art!!!!

Posted by: jkaren | September 27, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

when i look at those pink letters....they look like little sponges.
i think the next slide could be a delicate, edible, little spongebob!
(but what an incredible rudeness to eat a little spongebob. only an unsuspecting whale could swallow a spongebob whole, and he would be frantic in there. what a good idea for a story:-)

Posted by: jkaren | September 27, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I am heading to Madrid and Barcelona next week. A chef from EL Bulli has a place in barcelona that I plan to check out. any other suggestions?

Posted by: fiorehoffmann | September 27, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Was that first link supposed to go to Eric Asimov's article?

Posted by: Lyoness | September 27, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I think the first link goes to the wrong article.

Posted by: Lyoness | September 27, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"I thought back many years, to the look of absolute astonishment and delight on the face of my son Peter the first time he tasted chocolate cake."

I have been privileged to see that look on the face of no less than three toddlers. Each time, it was chocolate cake at a birthday party. If I may be so indelicate as to say so...I doubt that any of them will experience such uncensored delight again until the big O.

Posted by: bgmma50 | September 27, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

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