How Do They Do That Thing: Mile High Pie

I’ve been meaning to try to make the Caribbean Room’s Mile High Pie since I first had it, before the restaurant closed (and ultimately became Jack Rose…a little bit from that visit at the bottom of this post to see the change). Mile High is an ice cream pie with dark crust, layered chocolate / vanilla / strawberry / meringue, and capped with chocolate sauce poured over.

ohmygoshhhhh it is crazy and fabulous and so over the top. What kind of tall, tall pan can I make this in? Let me know, please, if you have a good idea. Judy Walker put a recipe for it in the Times-Pic in ’14 but it sounds like she’s saying make it in a regular pie shell and I don’t think all that layering is just going to happen that way (though I could be wrong). I can see it going

1/ Leaning Tower of Pisa,

2/ Leaning shack of Greenbrier, Alabama (which finally succumbed),
Leaning Shack

3/ Puddle of chaos on kitchen floor
(no pic, but in my first place right out of college, I made sweet and sour sauce in a blender, the top came off, and the kitchen was doused in red sticky evvvvvrawherrrre)

Also: there’s a really fine history of the pie here, along with pics of the restaurant in its first iteration.

Anyway. As I said, the Caribbean Room doesn’t exist anymore (that space now being Jack Rose) but just to set the scene, it was this:

Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

The servers all in suits, Pontchartrain engraved on the silver, the cocktails perfect…

Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

speckled trout pontchartrain with hollandaise, shrimp, wild mushrooms:

Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

tournedos of beef with wild mushroom and potato puree:

Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

and the fun continues, tableside

Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

Caribbean Room, Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

Jack Rose is there now, there’s a nice rooftop bar in the building, and the hotel — the Pontchartrain — is maybe my favorite non-FQ hotel in New Orleans. Posted about it earlier this year. The hotel’s interior designer, Andrew Alford, also did the Graduate Hotels, and while it’s a different look, it’s his signature fun. And it is fun. xoxo!

Cirque

(more in a series of wonderful things before all this that will forever be wonderful)

Our visit to Le Cirque in Las Vegas:

Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

Le Cirque is what you want it to be: an immersive experience. You’re there, you’re a part of it, they’re so pleased you’re a part of it, we’re just all having this wonderful thing together. Oh, let’s please do this again soon.

Le Cirque is more than just a name — those fabulous fabrics making up a tent, the fanciful decorations and motifs…

Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

Hello, old friend.

Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

egg amuse bouche with a mousse filling and petal atop

St-Germain Flambeed Foie Gras, Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

St Germain flambeed foie gras with sesame, tapioca, elderflower gastrique

Crispy Spatzle, Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

crispy spatzle

Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

rabbit symphony 

Burgundy Snails, Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

Burgundy snails in black garlic herb butter, pernod, licorice ‘salad’

Potato Crusted Mediterranean Sea Bass,Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

potato crusted Mediterranean sea bass, braised leeks, pinot noir verjus

Creme Brulee, Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

creme brulee

La Boule au Chocolat, Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

 

La Boule au Chocolat, Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

chocolate ball: white chocolate ice cream, hazelnut caramel crunch

La Boule au Chocolat, Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

…which melts once the server pours hot chocolate over

Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

…and a goodbye gift of these treats, including macaron

It was perfection, perfection, perfection. The boys were at camp on this visit, but can’t wait to take them for next time.

Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS

Visited the Mullin Cemetery in Robinsonville MS a couple of years ago,  where so many of the monuments are handcrafted

Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS

Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS

RIP — We Miss You — In Loving Memories

Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS

Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS

Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS

Sunrise // Sunset

Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS

Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS

He Wasn’t the Best but G-d Knew it was Time for Him to Rest // Love Ya the Family

Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS Mullin Cemetery, Robinsonville MS