In Pictures: A US$225 Three-hour Dinner at Eleven Madison Park

The Restaurant – Just Named the Best Restaurant In America

Amuse-bouches – Cheese Gougeres

Hor D’oeuvres


Sterling Royal Caviar with Smoked Sturgeon and Salmon Cream

Sea Urchin, Custard with Green Apple and Shellfish Ragout

Garden Pea and Mint Lollipop

Asparagus with Jamon Iberico

Foie Gras with Tete de Cochon, Pickled Vegetables and Horseradish

Seared Halibut with Smoked Garlic and Crayfish

Poached Lobster with Carrot, Ginger and Vadouvan-spiced Granola

Slow-cooked Chicken with Blue Prawn and Seaweed

Lamb Ravioli, Lamb Sausage, Lamb Short Ribs and Sweetbread

Honey-glazed Muscovy Duck Stuffed with Lavender

Raisin Walnut Bread Sticks and Your Choice of Cheese

Dessert – Soda Pop

Dessert – Dehydrated Chocolate Mousse, White Chocolate Sorbet and Brown Milk Solids

Dessert – Macarons with Different Flavours

Parting Favour – A box of Jellies

Barbecued Salmon Steak


6 fresh salmon steaks, cut about 2 cm thick, 1.5 kg total weight

Basil Parmesan Butter

175 g unsalted butter
25 g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon balsamic or sherry vinegar
25 g fresh basil leaves, sliced
freshly ground black pepper


1 large garlic clove, crushed
150 ml light olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic or sherry vinegar
1-2 sprigs of thyme, crushed


  1. To make the basil and Parmesan butter, beat the butter until soft. Gradually beat in the grated Parmesan, vinegar, basil leaves and ground black pepper to taste. Scoop onto to a piece of wet greaseproof paper and roll into a cylinder. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate (or freeze) for at least 1 hour, or until firm.
  2. Put the marinade ingredients in a wide, shallow dish, mix well, then add the salmon steaks and turn to coat well. Cover and let marinate for 20-30 minutes. Lift the steaks from the marinade and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  3. Heat a barbecue until the coals are MEDIUM hot and white (no longer red). Lightly oil the grill bars, add the salmon and barbecue for about 3 minutes on each side until crisp and brown on the outside and just opaque all the way through — overcooked salmon is dry, so be careful to cook it properly. Serve the salmon steaks covered with slices of the chilled butter melting on top.


If using other herbs, such as parsley, tarragon or marjoram, always use fresh: dried herbs are not very successful.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Salmon

In Pictures: Fish and Dishes

Silver Belly Sea Perch (ワキヤハタ)


Nigiri Sushi

Fried with Butter

Simmered in Seasoned Soy Sauce

Grilled with Salt

Cooked in Western-style with Pasta

Walking Boosts Outcomes for Prostate Cancer Survivors

Study found real improvements in quality of life once men got active.

Quality of life can deteriorate for men due to the effects of prostate cancer and its treatment. But a new study shows that engaging in a regular walking regimen can improve well-being.

The finding didn’t come as a surprise to one expert.

“I am a big believer in exercise for overall wellness, and as this study has pointed out, for the management of prostate cancer,” said Dr. Ash Tewari, chair of the department of urology at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.

Tewari said his credo is ” ‘three miles a day keeps the doctor away,’ and that is why I’ve created a ‘Prostate Bootcamp’ in my practice, which involves walking three miles per day.”

In the new study, a team led by Siobhan Phillips of Northwestern University in Chicago tracked outcomes for more than 51,000 early stage prostate cancer survivors in the United States, who completed a survey about their quality of life.

Many of the men reported having urinary and bowel problems, erectile dysfunction and other sexual function problems, as well as weight gain, fatigue and depression.

The men also provided information about the average amount of time per week they spent walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming and playing sports.

According to the study, three hours of “casual” walking per week boosted the men’s health-related quality of life by reducing fatigue, depression and weight issues. Walking at a faster pace for 90 minutes a week provided similar benefits, the team found.

The findings were published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice.

“This study shows that you don’t have to engage in high-impact, vigorous activities to improve your quality of life after a prostate cancer diagnosis,” Phillips, a kinesiologist and assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern, said in a university news release.

“Since many prostate cancer survivors might find vigorous activities hard to stick with, the good news is that simply focusing on walking more may be enough to make them feel better,” she added.

Tewari agreed. “Exercise, before and after prostate cancer treatment has the potential to speed recovery, mitigate complications, allow for optimal handling of medication, and impact long-term survival,” he said. “In my practice, we have also seen facilitation of earlier recovery of sexual function.”

Dr. Manish Vira directs the fellowship program in urologic oncology at The Arthur Smith Institute for Urology in New Hyde Park, N.Y. He said the new study “highlights the value of cancer survivorship programs which focus on increasing physical activity and exercise.”

So, he added, “it is important to emphasize to patients that even modest, low-impact activity can have very positive effects not only on overall health but also on patients’ perception of their quality of life.”

Exercise has many other positive effects, Phillips noted.

“Cancer survivors have a higher risk of other conditions, such as cardiovascular disease,” she said. “Walking may also potentially increase survival and impact their quality of life by preventing the onset of those other conditions.”

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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