Erfrischender Sommergenuss in der Capella Bar

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Sommer ist die beste Jahreszeit wenn ihr mich fragt. Es gibt so viele Dinge zu Erleben in Düsseldorf wenn die Sonne scheint und ich liebe es draußen zu sein und verschiedenste Aktivitäten zu genießen. Wisst ihr was das Beste am Sommer ist? Die Abende! Es ist noch bis spät warm draußen und man kann lange mit Freunden im Garten sitzen grillen, spiele spielen und natürlich Sommercocktails genießen.

Wie ihr vermutlich schon wisst, ist unser Bar Team im Breidenbacher Hof berühmt für seine ausgefallenen und leckeren Cocktailkreationen. Natürlich kreieren sie auch für jede Jahreszeit spezielle Drinks. Gestern habe ich ihre neuste Kreation für den kommenden Sommer probiert: Den Thymian Silver Fizz. Glaubt mir, es ist der perfekte Start in einen wundervollen Grill-Abend mit Freunden. Er ist erfrischend, ein wenig fruchtig und wegen des Thymians bekommt er einem mediterranen Flair und erinnert mich an Urlaub! Ihr versteht am besten wovon ich rede, wenn ihr den Cocktail einmal selber ausprobiert. Ich habe also unseren Assistant Bar Manager Philipp nach dem Rezept gefragt, um mit Euch den leckeren Geschmack und die Träume von Urlaub zu teilen:

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Thymian Silver Fizz

5 cl Botanist Gin

2 cl Zitronensaft

2 cl Läuterzucker

Soda zum auffüllen

Eiswürfel

1 Thymianzweig

 

Zubereitung

Nehmt einen Cocktail Shaker und füllt diesen mit den Eiswürfeln. Dann, nacheinander den Gin, Zitronensaft und Läuterzucker zufügen und im Shaker kräftig mixen. Wenn ihr fertig seid, könnt ihr den Drink durch ein Sieb in ein schönes Glas füllen und mit Soda auffüllen. Zuletzt mit dem Thymianzweig garnieren – und voilà!

In unserer Capella Bar wird der Drink mit etwas Thymiansalz serviert, was dem Cocktail eine besondere Note verleiht. Es kommt darauf an, was ihr lieber mögt, aber egal ob mit oder ohne Salz, es ist definitiv schon jetzt mein neuer Lieblings-Cocktail und ich bin sicher es wird auch Eurer sein.

Genießt das Shaken und die wunderbare Erfrischung die darauf folgt!

 

Cocktail Inspiration For Memorial Day And Beyond

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With Memorial Day weekend in close reach, families and friends in Washington, D.C. gear up for a variety of festivities to honor the veterans and famous Americans who have served our country.   This holiday also marks the launch of the summer season, a stretch of many special ceremonies, concerts, festivals, performances, and much more!

At Capella Washington, D.C. I’ll be soaking up the long holiday weekend with a batch of warm weather-ready, refreshing cocktails prepared by my favorite bartender, Angel Cervantes!  To give you a brief background, Angel Cervantes began bartending in the late 1980′s at various restaurants in and around Georgetown.  In 1995 he took the helm as Head Bartender at Mark Miller’s “Red Sage”.  After some time he moved to be Head Bartender at “Shelly’s Backroom” in 2002 and then in 2004 took on the position at Michele Richard’s “Citronelle” where he continued to impress and enjoy the company of Georgetown locals until it closed its doors in 2011.  Angel has been at the Rye Bar at Capella Washington D.C. since spring 2013!

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Angel and Food & Beverage Manager, Will Rentschler have created a brand new summer cocktail menu for guests to enjoy in the Rye Bar, The Grill Room, Rooftop Bar & Lounge, and the outdoor terrace on the C&O CanalCapella D.C. is truly my favorite place to be in Georgetown, not just because of the gorgeous location, but also because of the personalized service and the unique variety of offerings created each season.  A prime example is Angel’s signature Rye Bar Cocktail Series and workshop, where guests and locals have a chance to learn and craft fun, seasonal cocktails while enjoying a delicious dinner afterwards in The Grill Room.  The cocktail series continues this summer and I highly suggest you reserve your seat fast!

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I had a chance to get a sneak preview of the summer cocktail menu and wanted to share this exclusive recipe with you!

“Imperfect” Martini

Half Moon Gin 1 oz

Templeton Rye 1 oz

Pimm’s liqueur 1/4 oz

Lemon Juice 1/2 oz

Simple Syrup 1 oz.

Splash of Luxardo Cherry Juice

Splash of Champagne

Preparation: Combine each ingredient together in a pint glass with ice then stir with a metal bar spoon until chilled.  Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a Luxardo cherry wrapped in a lemon twist.  Cheers!

If you plan to visit Capella this spring & summer, I invite you to try our new cocktails at the Rye Bar, or partake in a Rye Bar cocktail class with our Head Bartender, Angel and create your own!  For more information and reservations please contact us at 202-617-2424, or send an email to the Capella Washington, D.C. Personal Assistants at pa.dc@capellahotels.com.

How to Make the Perfect Mojito

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In my mind, Mojitos are the quintessential summer cocktails as they are both refreshing and easy to drink.  And, as it is summer all year round in Singapore, they are an absolute favorite beverage here.

Recently I sat down with  Capella Singapore’s Bob’s Bar bartender, Brendan, who was happy to share his mojito knowledge with me.

“It is very important to use fresh ingredients in your mojito as compared to artificial flavours because you do not know what is in the artificial flavours,” Brendan shared.

He also explained how the taste and flavour of fresh ingredients are integral to the creation of the perfect cocktail, “Always use a good mint and if possible a freshly squeezed lime.  The acidity in the fresh lime ensures that the drink blends nicely and isn’t too tart.  Here at Bob’s Bar, we also use fresh sugar cane juice which injects an unmistakable blend of natural sweetness to the mojito.”

Created with white rum, Bob’s Fresh Pressed Mojitos are one of the many rum-based cocktails now available at Bob’s Bar.  A Cuban-inspired bar, Bob’s Bar is really the perfect place to enjoy the perfect mojito while watching the sun set into the horizon.

For those interested in re-creating Bob’s Fresh Pressed Mojito at home, here it is!

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Bob’s Fresh Pressed Mojito

Serves 1

Ingredients:

45 ml Plantation 3 Star White Rum
15 ml Fresh-pressed lime juice
60 ml Fresh-pressed sugar cane juice
10 ml Simple syrup
2 sprigs Aquaponic fresh mint leaves

Method:

  1. Build in a Collins glass.
  2. Muddle and fill with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with grilled sugar cane stick, lime wheel and mint sprig.

 

For those who would prefer to enjoy Bob’s Fresh Pressed Mojito at Bob’s Bar, the mojito and other delicious cocktails and mocktails are available to order from 12 noon to 12 midnight daily.  Reservations can be made by calling +65 6591 5047 or emailing bobsbar.singapore@capellahotels.com.

 

Capella Pedregal’s Red Snapper Veracruz Style

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Easter season is around the corner!  In Mexico, as in many other countries around the world, Good Friday is a day where no meat is eaten.  In honor of the holiday, I have asked Capella Pedregal’s Executive Chef Yvan Mucharraz to share a traditional Mexican recipe perfect for the holiday– or any other day for that matter!  If you are a fish lover you should absolutely try it!

Red Snapper “Veracruz” Style

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Ingredients:

  • 500g Red Snapper cut into 125g Fillets (already in Loin)
  • 100g Cous Cous Israeli with Saffron (see preparation below)
  • 2Tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1/3C Toasted Almonds
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Brunoise
  • 250g Red Bell Pepper Juice (reduced to 100gr)
  • 1 Zucchini Brunoise
  • 1/3C White Wine
  • 2Tbsp Green Olives Chopped
  • 15 Green Beans Blanched
  • 3Tbsp Sun-dried Tomato (Chopped)
  • 2Tbsp Capers (Chopped)
  • 5Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 50g Chicken Stock

 

To prepare the Cous Cous:

In a medium size sauce pan, pour the chicken stock and add the cous cous.  Slowly heat the chicken stock until all the stock has been absorbed by the cous cous.  Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the toasted almonds, sun-dried tomato, 2Tbsp olive oil and stir.  Add salt to taste and set aside.

To prepare the sauce:

In a separate saucepan, add the reduced Red Bell Pepper juice, white wine and bring the mixture to a boil.  Remove the simmering pan from the heat and add the green olives, capers and zucchini.  Stir the mixture, and add 2Tbsp olive oil and parsley.  Stir to emulsify the sauce and set aside.

To prepare the Red Snapper:

In a non-stick pan, add a drop of olive oil and heat the pan.  Once the pan is hot, carefully place the red snapper fillet in the pan with the skin side down.  After approximately 5 minutes, turn the fish and continue to cook for approximately 2 minutes.

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To serve, place a large spoonful of the cous cous and Green Beans in the center of the plate, top with the fish. Drizzle the sauce around the edge of the cous cous and on the fish.                .

Note: Brunoise is a method of cutting vegetables, usually 3mm or less in size.

This delicious Red Snapper Veracruz Style is one of the most requested dishes at Don Manuel’s Restaurant , so even if you aren’t brave enough to attempt the recipe at home, please be sure to try it here at Capella Pedregal!

Huachinango a la Veracruzana

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Pascua está a la vuelta de la esquina! Inspirada en la fecha , en México, como en muchos otros países alrededor el mundo, Viernes Santo es un día donde se come no se encuentran. Inspirada en la fecha  , le he pedido al Chef Ejecutivo de Capella Pedregal, Yvan Mucharraz, que nos comparta una receta tradicional mexicana perfecta para – o cualquier otro día ! Si eres  amante de los pescados sin duda deberías probarlo!

Huachinango a la Veracruzana 

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  • 500 gr Huachinango cortado en Filetes de 125gr (ya en Lomo)
  • 100gr Cous Cous israelí con azafrán (cocido)
  • 2TBS Perejil fresco picado
  • 1/3 taza de almendras tostadas
  • 1ea Pimiento rojo brunoise
  • 250gr Jugo de Pimiento rojo (reducido a 100gr)
  • 1ea Calabacín brunoise
  • 1/3 taza de vino blanco
  • 2TBS aceitunas verdes Picada
  • 15ea Habas verdes blanqueadas
  • 3 cucharadas de tomate secado al sol (Cortado)
  • 2TBS Alcaparras (Cortadas)
  • 5TBS Aceite de Oliva
  • 50gr Caldo de Pollo

 

Para preparar el Cous Cous:

En una cacerola mediana, vierte el caldo de pollo y añade el cous cous. Lentamente calienta  el caldo de pollo hasta que todo el caldo se haya absorbido por el cous cous. Retira el sartén del fuego y revuelve con las almendras tostadas, tomates secos, 2 cucharadas de aceite de oliva y revuelve. Añadir sal al gusto y déjalo reposar.

Para preparar la salsa:

En una cacerola por separado, agrega el Jugo de Pimiento rojo reducido, vino blanco y lleva la mezcla a hervir. Retire la cacerola del fuego y añade las  aceitunas verdes, alcaparras y el calabacín. Revuelve la mezcla y agrega 2 cucharadas de aceite de oliva y perejil. Revuelve para emulsionar la salsa y déjalo reposar.

Para preparar el huachinango:

En una sartén antiadherente, añade un chorrito de aceite de oliva y calienta el sartén. Una vez que el sartén esté caliente, coloca cuidadosamente el filete de huachinango  en el sartén con la piel hacia abajo. Después de unos 5 minutos, voltea el pescado y continúa la cocción durante unos 2 minutos.

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Para servir, coloca una cucharada grande del cous cous en el centro del plato  y las habas verdes, cubre con el huachinango cocido. Rocía la salsa alrededor del borde del cous cous y encima del pescado.

Nota: Brunoise es un método de corte de verduras, por lo general X 3 mm o menos de tamaño.

Este delicioso Huachinango Veracruzano  es uno de los platos más solicitados en el Restaurante  Don Manuel’s , que incluso si la cocina no es lo tuyo, por favor, no dejes de probarlo aquí en Capella Pedregal.

The Perfect Profiteroles Recipe

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I have a confession to make.  I have a sweet tooth and easily succumb to delicious treats made with milk, butter and most importantly sugar.  Given that, you can only imagine my sheer delight when Capella Singapore’s Pastry Chef Sam called me into his kitchen to share the new profiteroles recipe he is working on for The Knolls.

I was very grateful that Chef Sam took time out of his busy schedule to teach me.  According to Chef Sam, “I always believe to teach is to learn twice. By teaching I get to learn a second time, and also it gives me insights on ideas other people may have, which could eventually become part of my next idea for a new creation.”

Chef Sam’s profiteroles were indeed heavenly and they were surprisingly easy to make.  They were light with a slight bite and with a rich golden brown colour.  The profiteroles were sweet at first bite, but with a mild salty aftertaste perfectly complementing the chocolate sauce we made.

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Profiteroles
Serves six

Ingredients:
50g Milk
50g Water
¼tsp Salt
1Tbsp Sugar
50g Butter
60g All Purpose Flour
2.5g Baking Powder
2 Eggs

Method:
1. Mix the milk, water, salt, sugar and butter into a saucepan.  Bring to boil allowing the butter to melt.
2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
3. Remove from heat and pour the flour into the boiling liquid and cook until a smooth dough forms and it pulls away easily from the sides of the pot.
4. Put the hot dough into a mixing bowl. Continue mixing while adding in 1 of the eggs to cool it down immediately.
5. Add in the second egg and continue mixing until the dough forms a smooth shiny consistency.
6. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
7. Pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto a tray lined with baking paper.
8. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until dark golden in colour.
9. Remove from oven and once cooled on a baking rake, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to two days.
10. Once chilled, poke a hole into each profiterole and pipe in ice-cream and serve with chocolate sauce.

Chocolate Sauce
Makes 1 ½ cups sauce

Ingredients:
½C Water
⅓C Sugar
2Tbsp Corn Syrup
¼C Cocoa Powder
100g Dark Chocolate Chips

Method:
1. Bring water, sugar, corn syrup and cocoa powder to a boil in a small saucepan.
2. Remove from heat and quickly whisk in dark chocolate pieces.
3. Stir until smooth.
4. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
5. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
6. Pour generously over profiteroles.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!!