September 30, 2016 § Leave a comment
I’ve been eating bagels with lox and cream cheese for as long as I can remember. It was always a staple at my house so now whenever I have it, I’m reminded of home. These cute smoked salmon tea sandwiches are my take on a slightly more elegant lox and cream cheese experience perfect for brunch and entertaining guests.
I’ve added fresh dill to the cream cheese and refreshing slices of cucumber to help cut through the richness of the buttery puff pastry and lox. I also love how the seashell shape makes them extra special! « Read the rest of this entry »
September 26, 2016 § Leave a comment
Ever since I first heard about Bottega about a year ago, I’ve been waiting for any opportunity to try it. To my dismay, I found out they were temporarily closed for a period of time so it’s taken me this long to finally go but it was definitely worth the anticipation!
From its storefront in Station North, Bottega is very unassuming and if I hadn’t known about it, I probably would pass it without realizing that there is delicious food being created inside. When you walk through the entrance, you’re greeted by friendly faces of the staff and a vintage, rustic ambiance (noted for my future home) filled with natural light and worn wood. All of the food was absolutely delicious, which I will get to soon, but another bonus is the restaurant is BYOB! My friend Elaine and I brought a nice bottle of rosé to enjoy and our waitress offered to keep it chilled in an ice bucket for us by our table, which was much appreciated.
Bottega has an ever-changing menu that reflects what is in season, which is extremely evident in the dishes. The simplicity of the food allows the ripe, fresh ingredients to shine while incorporating a creative twist. Here is the menu as of the day this post was published:
September 17, 2016 § 2 Comments
Yes, I realize I am posting a recipe for a summer panzanella after Labor Day in the middle of September. Nevertheless, it’s been quite warm in Baltimore recently and I had delicious ripe nectarines and heirloom tomatoes that I wanted to enjoy before I’m inundated with apples, pumpkins, and all of the lovely autumn produce. Plus when I saw this heart-shaped heirloom tomato at my local farmers’ market, I just had to get it – so adorable!
This panzanella is simple yet delicious because it really allows the seasonal, fresh flavors to shine through. With my green salads, I love having more toppings than the actual lettuce/greens and I feel the same way about panzanella so my bread to topping ratio is a little lower than other recipes. Feel free to play around with this on your own and switch up the flavors depending on your preference and what is in season!