Aug 29, 2020

It’s August? Seriously, seasons flying by and wondering where the time is rushing off to. We got a little taste of our days on the Outer Banks this week here in NYC, winds bending the trees and tossing trashcans from the corners up in the air like it was a piece of paper! As always, the sun out and shining the next day, as if Mother Nature follows up with a gift.

Watermelon is delicious this year, have you all had some?Chip made some sorbet with it. Seems like so much of the produce is really amazing. Corn has been sweet, plums and peaches, sour cherries from Upstate, tomatoes from Jersey, yellow wax beans, chiles, pickling cucumbers…we have barrels in the walk -in of housemade pickles from those, with onions. And shishito peppers for our Greek Salad. Can never get enough of salads all summer long. Caramelized Onion Tart Tatins, addictive. We are a little sleepier here in the city, with guests out East or up in the Hudson Valley, but still doing our little a GoGo program, hanging in there, figuring it out. New Yorkers have fallen head over heels in love with Chip’s vinegar basted chicken…proving everyone loves barbeque. And oh, Blackberry Icecream, oh my.

My staff in the kitchen have been doing delicious staff meals for us to enjoy, given the time we have now to put some attention to them. A benefit from not being our regular open!
Crispy Chicken sandwiches, market Eggplant Parmesean, housemade Semolina Bread with Chip’s sexy meatballs. Really not much room to complain. Just had for lunch yet another tomato sandwich after returning from the Union Square Farmer’s Market. Such an incredible bounty, always makes you feel better about your day to see everyone there and the lovely offerings.

We have been doing a weekly wine class to keep our tastebuds working out. My staff has developed their own styles and ways of talking about wines and it is an absolute pleasure to enjoy the wines with them, and then with the guests who are enjoying dinner on our solo porch table. Below are listed some from the past weeks, not surprisingly white forward with the hot weather. Try some if you can and share with me what your thoughts are.

Macizo 2012, aging so well, a blend of Xarel-lo, Garnacha Blanca, Malvasia and Chardonnay. Amazing with crispy fried fish, shrimp, corn.

Domaine de la Borde Veneon, Pupillin Arbois, Plousard Blanc, 2011. Another surprise on the palate, reminding me that I am impatient for wines to come of age, but so worth the wait, texture like silk, long and sexy finish, a great drinking and visiting wine, wonderful with Comte, olives, Jambon de Paris ( sliced extra thin…)

Raventos i Blanc, sparkling wine from Manuel and Pepe Raventos, 2011, Xarel-lo, Parellada, Macabeu. Lush, plump yet clean on the palate, a natural choice for any time of year, but I find it so refreshing for late summer evenings and foods. Goes down very easily. Mussels, crispy flatbreads with onions, anchovy and olives, Roast Chicken with lemon.

Thierry Tissot Bugey Rose Extra-Dry, Gamay and Mondeuse. Easy to enjoy, a pure pleasure and remarkably delicious with spaghetti and meatballs…not kidding.

Jose Antonio Garcia, Castilla y Leon/Bierzo. Unculin Tinta Mencia de Valtuille. This is my kind of summer red, fresh, bright, medium acids, cheery fruits. Grilled Pork Loin. Roman Pizza with porcini mushrooms. Tapenade toast. Ratatouille. Paella.

Now I am thirsty, so I am going to rummage through my coolers and find an afternoon sipper to complete my Saturday relaxation. Until next time, be safe, take good care of each other, learn a foreign language, bicycle through the countryside…eat good seasonal food and enjoy good wine, or cocktails, or fresh sodas. It is truly the simple pleasures that make the days brighter.

-Tina and Chip

Chicken Sandwich
Tar Tatin