August 28 through September 4 A resounding Labor Day dinner cooked by Gerry Dawes, celebrated authority of all things Spanish -- mostly food, wine, culture, and chefs -- the most authentic gazpacho ever (read more about it tomorrow), a seafood & chorizo paella cooked on the grill, and a middle course of sauteed mushrooms (six wild varieties) with leeks, wine and poached duck eggs on top. All with Spanish whites (mostly from the Godello grape) to match. Keep an eye out for these wines at your wine store.
A lovely dinner at Cathryn's restaurant in Cold Spring, New York. Loved the black squid ink pasta, the calves liver, Venetian-style, sea bass with leek and black olive pesto, and a fabulous organic burger -- rare, juicy and flavorful as can be.
A great walk on the new part of the High Line on 11th avenue, followed by a wonderful early dinner at Donatella's -- her new restaurant/pizzeria on 8th avenue and 18th street in the city. A wonderful pizza margherita (for our daughter) , followed by a delicious pizza with sausage and broccoli rabe (for me), and a very credible pasta with sea urchin (for my husband). Love the ambiance and Donatella's gold pizza oven with her name inlaid on it.
Another out-of-this world lunch on the rooftop of Eataly. At Birreria, with sunglasses on our heads and wine glasses full of Fontanafredda Langhe Bianco, a friend and I shared two simply delicious dishes: a kale salad with grapefruit, poppy seed frico and anchovy vinaigrette, and pork shoulder braised with beer and apricot. Signature "kraut" and lots of good bread.
Wine grape of the week: Godello
First course of the week: Cold soup (authentic gazpacho; and cucumber-cilantro-yogurt). What they had in common were delicious warm homemade croutons.
Last fling of summer: Party at Katie Booth's, dinner for four at the Adlers, terrace dinner party at Saralie's (prior blog)