By Ezra Klein
Tyler Cowen on Portugal:
The white asparagus is in season and they stack ham on top of many things, including trout. No other cuisine can make the blend of rabbit and clam seem so natural. A good rule of thumb here is to order game, beans, and any combination of ingredients which sounds like a mistake.
This got me thinking about delicious dishes that seemed mistaken. The archetypal example is of course Elvis’s peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches, but I think conventional wisdom has recognized them as totally delicious. The weirdest combination I’ve had came at Jose Andres’s Los Angeles outpost Bazaar, where one of the signature starters is a chilled cube of foie gras wrapped in cotton candy. Unbelievably delicious. Totally unexpected. Can you beat it?