Getting together with friends over coffee and drinks is always a favorite pastime. A few Saturdays ago, decided to meet my friend Raney at Rise No.1 for a little French brunch. What I loved the most is the atmosphere. Rise No.1 is a salon du souffle and wine bar. The piece de resistance of the restaurant is its glass chandelier, old book shelves. You're transported to a romantic, quaint farmhouse in the south of France.
The souffle is the quitessential French contribution to global cuisine. Be sure to try a savory one and a sweet one to get the full joy of this culinary experience. Raney had the Escargot Souffle. I kept it simple with the Jambon & Gruyere Souffle (Ham & Cheese). My favorite drink was the Chardonnay and Apricot Iced Tea. For dessert the Grand Marnier Souffle was the best - a little tinge of the liqeur with the sweetness and fluffiness of the souffle was lovely. Savor the dessert with a simple espresso like the French do after a meal.
If you love to cook and want to try your hand at making souffles - Rise has a recipe book called Rise to the Occassion: A French Food Experience.