Of myth and mystery, the octopus has been included in the human diet for millennia and is eaten in many cultures all over the world today, especially popular in the Mediterranean and the Asian seas.  There are more than 300 species of octopuses, the largest – the Northern Pacific giant octopus — which can top 150lbs and measure over 15 feet in length.

In the diet, according to the USDA, cooked octopus contains about 56 calories per 100 grams, and is a source of vitamin B3, B12, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium.  And octopus as a seafood delicacy continues to gain in popularity in Western cuisine.

Almonds, classified in a subgenus with the peach for their corrugations on the shell that surrounds the seed, is native to the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and North Africa.  Almond trees were brought from Spain to California in the 1700s by Franciscans, where the tree struggled with the moist, cool climate until hybrids developed in the 1800s allowed for successful planting. Today, California grows more than 82 percent of the world’s supply of almonds.

In the diet, the almond is a nutritionally dense food and is a rich source of B vitamins riboflavin and niacin, vitamin E, and the essential minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. They are also rich in dietary fiber, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats,

Prepared as savory or sweet, eaten raw or toasted and even drunk as a milk, the almond is a versatile and favorite ingredient and snack that delights in all its culinary forms.

Morgan’s in the desert invites you for a very special seasonal menu celebrating the delicacies that are the octopus and the almond with exciting, original flavors, textures and platings that are sure to enhance your autumn dining experience.

OCTOPUS TASTING – $30*
Duo of Octopus
Octopus Pastrami and Crispy Octopus with Fig-Lemon Gelée
Carrot-Almond Espum

 

ALMOND TASTING – $14*
Dense Almond Cake

Crispy Dacquoise, Nougatine Almond with Crème Fraîche Ice Cream and Apricot Jam

 

*Prices are per person and do not include tax and gratuity

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