Vanilla with clams? A culinary Valentine to unusual ingredient pairings that work—at Vandaag, Graffit, more.
Mac and cheese, fish and chips, peanut butter and jelly. Pair up these ingredients and it's love at first bite.
But these days, plenty of audacious NYC chefs are crafting menus that feature not-so-traditional flavor combos. Vanilla with clams? Red pepper with white chocolate?
It takes a truly talented chef to pull off these oddball mash-ups. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here’s a look at some of the most unlikely yet delicious culinary odd couples.
By Kelly Dobkin; photos by Sam Horine