more postcards from massachusetts
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today, some photos of meals enjoyed and shared in boston, plus a day in rockport with little miss twig.
my brother mike always has the best food recommendations when i visit him in boston, and 2 of our favorite spots are B&G oysters and the butcher shop (conveniently located across the street from one another). on my first night back in the states, a group of us ate 2 dozen oysters at B&G and drank lots of good american beers. it was a very memorable start to my holiday. later in the week, my brother and i also did a cooking demo class at chef barbara lynch’s stir, and had a blast. (yes, we’re a bit obsessed with barbara lynch’s food). highly recommended. i also enjoyed the no-fuss tacos, micheladas and margaritas at la verdad with my friends alicia and jason. the michelada was perfectly spicy, and after 9 months with no good mexican food in my vicinity, the tacos almost made me weep with joy.
speaking of summer eating, i loved reading winnie’s post about her summer meals. to me, there is definitely something different about late-summer fruit and veg in the U.S. versus the UK; perhaps i did not look in the right places, but finding tasty (and local) corn, tomatoes, blueberries and peaches in the UK in august seemed so difficult. the explosion of ripe produce in the U.S. in august is the best, and i certainly took advantage of it this year.
my brother and i made dinner one night, and i thought i’d share one of the dishes i prepared: peach and arugula salad. it’s perfect while peaches are ripe and in season. i first had this at westville in NYC a few years ago. to make it, you take a couple of ripe peaches, slice them up into pieces, and then slice a ball of smoked mozzarella cheese into similar size pieces. wash and dry your arugula, and chuck all 3 ingredients in a large bowl. to dress the salad, squeeze over some fresh lemon juice and add extra virgin olive oil, to taste. add sea salt and black pepper, and toss it all together with your hands. the simple combination of ingredients here is genius. enjoy.
more photos tomorrow. see you then.