from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of the plant vanilla. See vanilla, 1 and 2.


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  • If you asked for a caramel macchiato or a vanilla-bean frappaccino in Rome or Naples they'd probably point you in the direction of McDonald's.

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  • Then we ate a sampling from the kitchen: a mound of succulent Kobe beef, fried pork belly, sea scallops with osetra caviar, black grouper, blue prawns cooked at the table on a salt block, foie gras with a riesling-pineapple-coriander emulsion and Meyer lemon tart and crushed amaretti mousse with vanilla-bean meringue, washed down by Champagne (Krug, Clos de Ambonnay 1995), at one of the outdoor tables under a tent by the elaborately tiled pool. MoDo Does SoBe's Canyon Ranch

  • A French classic, it showcases a glacier shaped from beaten egg whites and sugar (the island) on a pool of vanilla-bean custard sauce (a sea of sorts).

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  • For dessert there is homemade vanilla ice cream, made by George, with small black vanilla-bean flecks in it.

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  • That leads to a range of opinion and flavors from "vanilla" to "vanilla-bean".

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  • Made from truffles, caviar, foie gras, langoustine, vanilla-bean butter and 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, the off-menu roll costs $1,000.

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  • There was Gruyere and herb quiche, fresh corn salad and Greek cucumber salad, followed by vanilla-bean Greek-yogurt panna cotta with honey-wine apricots on top.

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  • I sort of cheated on the dessert- I purchased ready-made tart shells at Nicole's, but I did make the vanilla-bean pastry cream by hand.

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  • Yes, most stuff on the Internet is lame cough Eisner cough Prom Queen cough but we're fast approaching a situation where everything edgy, daring, risky, and funny is on the Internet and "real" TV becomes a version of the old "Lawrence Welk" show, a place where washed-up old comedians trade vanilla-bean scripted chat and unfunny pablum jokes and nobody ever dares say anything that might offend anyone.

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  • At 9 p.m. on Dec. 6, the 37 guests – overseen by Jay Aston and his pashmina-draped girlfriend, Allison Luyten – tucked into cream of celery-root soup with white truffle oil; baby spinach tossed with quail eggs, crisp pancetta and bleu cheese in a warm shallot-honey vinaigrette; thyme-roasted Chilean sea bass in a citrus-ginger sauce; pot au chocolat; and cinnamon-apple pastry with clover honey and vanilla-bean ice cream.

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