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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

El Bistro Los Senderos: Perfection in Simplicity

El Bistro Gourmet Los Senderos: Perfection in Simplicity
by Victoria Challancin

Dessert: Baked Sweet Potato with Vanilla Ice Cream in Piloncillo Sauce

When friends invited me to dine at San Miguel de Allende's new country bistro, El Bistro Los Senderos, I knew I would be in for a treat. Francesca Fisher's impeccable taste was evident everwhere: the terraced farm land, the organic garden, the baci ball court, the stables, the simple elegance of the entire setting. After a six-course tasting meal which included grilled cubicucho, flown in fresh from Baja (the best fish I've ever eaten in this mountain town!), the amazingly talented Chef Juan José Gomez dazzled us once again for dessert with his sophisticated, perfectly executed dish : Baked Sweet Potato with Vanilla Ice Cream in Piloncillo Sauce--an ode to perfection.

Upon leaving, the gracious and helpful manager/maitre d'
hôtel, Yannick Gil, gifted us with equally perfect passion flower blossoms. Nature even co-operated by sending a dancing silver rainstorm that raced across the expanse of the valley toward us as we watched in awe. Simplicity. Perfection.

Many thanks to Ana Meza (, Yannick's talented and lovely wife, a pastry chef in her own right, for sending me these photos.

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