After a wildly successful dinner party hosted by our friends, the Versens, the group they gathered decided to start a supper club. We had all kinds of ideas for themes but settled on spinning a globe and each couple choosing a country as inspiration for their next dinner party. We got Morocco and hosted Saturday night. Here’s what happened… (all recipes on my Pinterest)We were lucky to be able to borrow these great tagines from Hutch, our friend’s mom, who brought them back from a trip to Morocco. Definite lifesaver since most of our china/serving dishes/wedding presents are buried in our attic.
The terracotta tagines are from Sur La Table. My favorite part about this tablescape is my friend Susan’s old college tapestry being used as a tablecloth! Somehow I acquired it years ago and have been using it as a blanket for the park .
We picked up that Turkish bedspread on our honeymoon in Istanbul and threw it over the sofa to give things a Moroccan feel. Sorta worked.
The serving tagines were too big to all fit in our oven so Scott cooked the delicious chicken marbella in a roasting pan and transferred it.
First course was a fennel salad with cilantro, garlic and preserved lemon, a common ingredient in Moroccan food. I found the fennel salad recipe in a great cookbook I have called From Tapas to Mezze: Small Plates from the Mediterranean.
The tagines made for a dramatic presentation. Thanks, Hutch! On the left is a great swiss chard with ras el hanout and preserved lemon. I got the swiss chard recipe out of the recent Williams-Sonoma catalogue. Continue reading
I’m not sure anyone except me refers to it as the Capitol District but that’s really what the neighborhood around the Virginia state capitol in Richmond should be called. Some very cool restaurants like Rapphannock (above) have popped up, just a few blocks from the Thomas-Jefferson-designed capitol building where Steven Speilberg shot a ton of scenes for his Oscar-nominated movie “Lincoln” last year. The story I wrote about the area for The New York Times comes out in print tomorrow but here’s an early peek at it online. Woohoo!
Great mens shirts at Ledbury, which I mentioned in this gift guide.
Photos by Vanessa Vick for The New York Times. I especially love this one of the Carpenter Theater. Inside, the theater has a ceiling of glowing stars. It’s awesome.
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Friends of mine just took a kid-free trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico and asked if I had any suggestions. My family vacations there pretty regularly so I’ve gotten to know the Riviera Maya pretty well. Playa is a great little town with a lot to do but my top recommendation is definitely eat at La Cueva del Chango.
Set in lush vegetation, the restaurant is made up of a series of round cement dining areas covered by palapas with unusual elements like wine bottles forming colored “skylights” through the roofs. The stream running through part of the restaurant means guests have to cross little bridges to get to their table. It’s so very cool!
Outside there are various levels all scattered through the jungle.
We loved our poblano soup so much that we immediately ordered another one and demanded to meet the chef. The owner came over and chatted us up. He’s doing some pretty creative things with local ingredients. If I remember correctly, this soup had poblanos, pistachios and sour cream.
Apparently they’re known for their brunch. Next time we’re trying that!
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The Daily Meal spent seven months consulting with experts across Europe to compile this list of 101 best restaurants in Europe. I thought it was worth sharing even thought it’s surprising that Copenhagen’s Noma, widely considered the best restaurant in the world, is at #3. Still a good list to refer to before you next trip.
The 101 Best Restaurants in Europe are… Continue reading
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Tucked in Richmond’s 18th-century Church Hill neighborhood this new tavern serves up solid Southern food. The Roosevelt does a great job of updating the comfort-food trend by starting with traditional Virginia food (sausage gravy, biscuits) and throwing in some trendy ones (kimchi, bacon-vodka) to come up with some new and delicious dishes.
We got cheese grits for Marguerite and ate them so quickly you can’t event see them in this photo. They came in a cute, mini-cast-iron pan. My burger had a fried egg, rooster-sauce mayo and caramelized-onion-and-bacon jam. Yum! Scott’s dish was the best, though. In the background you can see it: fried chicken thighs on top of potato cakes with sausage gravy and a slow-cooked egg with a runny yoke to blend it all together. Great combo of flavors.
Great brunch at The Roosevelt, we’ll be back.
Read about more best brunch spots on CultureFix. Happy eating.
We’re spending a long weekend in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina with family. We brought a watermelon from our farm share and I plan on making a few tasty beach weekend summer cocktails . Here are two on my list. Cheers!
1. Watermelon Jalapeno Mojito from the Prudent Baby blog Continue reading
Orange nails for the beach!
Kate Middleton at the Queen’s Jubilee looking way more elegant than Kim Kardashian in Alexander McQueen
Fantastic kale salad recipe for our dinner party this weekend and
Gjelina, the cool, Venice Beach restaurant that gave me the idea
Tucker is having a sale! (Obsessed right now with the NYC indie label’s silk blouses)
See you next week!
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I kid you not. This is hands down the best pizza in New York. And I don’t mess around. This is coming from a native New Yorker who considers pizza #1 and #2 on her dessert island list. It’s also coming from someone who just spend nine months of pregnancy seeking out New York’s best pizza. Here’s my daughter, Marguerite, wishing she could dig in to that perfect pie. Here’s why Lucali’s pizza is best:
- Perfectly thin crust but not too thin that it gets soggy (common problem in gourmet, Neopolitan pizzarias)
- Good, tangy sauce at just the right amount, not too dry or too wet
- Cheese perfectly covers pie (lots of Neopolitan places are stingy!)
- Tons of FRESH basil
- These are full-size pies. None of that skimpy “personal” size.
The first time we went, Scott and I finished the pie so quickly that we ordered another and scarfed that one down, too. Yes, that’s right, we ate one pie each. And we’d do it again. It’s THAT good.
Snuggled right next to a park, this adorable little red cafe is the perfect spot to while away a sunny weekend afternoon. Ted & Honey is in a prime spot in Brooklyn’s lovely brownstone-filled Cobble Hill neighborhood. Here, you order at the counter and they bring your food to you. Or you can get a coffee, sit at their communal table (or at the bar in the front window and read the paper – love that!) As we sat on the patio eating, lots of folks rolled up and ordered their food to go and took it next door to shady Cobble Hill Park to eat.
Of course this being Brooklyn, the chef uses locally sourced ingredients, but I’m over that. What’s more notable is that he makes his own ketchup, salsa and various pickled things that he sells in jars on the shelves of the market (also overplayed in Brooklyn, but still cool). But the real headline is his homemade pop tarts filled with strawberry preserves, bananas and chocolate and a variety of other delicious things. Gourmet junk food – what a fun idea! Now if someone could only get the yodel down…
See our meal after the jump …
“What would make you want to pay to eat in an alley like that?” I hear you asking. And I get it. It ain’t cute, but damn, Brooklyn’s Fatty ‘Cue is tasty.
Exhibit 1: The smoked pig brunch special last Saturday ($16). Two eggs sunny side up over smoked pulled pork, ramps (a sort of green onion/garlic-type green all over New York menus in early spring), house made pickled radishes and white rice. Paired by my husband with a watermelon mimosa. Continue reading