Honest Cooking https://honestcooking.com Honest Cooking - Recipes - Culinary Travel - Wine Guides Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:59:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.6 https://honestcooking.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/cropped-HC-Logo-Square-32x32.png Honest Cooking https://honestcooking.com 32 32 182402589 Italy in Lower Manhattan – A Pasta Bar in Soho, NYC https://honestcooking.com/a-pasta-bar-soho-nyc/ https://honestcooking.com/a-pasta-bar-soho-nyc/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 04:31:57 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206254 Jordi Adiao takes a closer look at A Pasta Par in lower Manhattan, and found himself transported to Italy. For various and obvious reasons, I haven’t traveled much outside of the tri-state area in the last year and half. Though I’m determined to book an excursion soon, I find that I can assuage my wanderlust…

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Jordi Adiao takes a closer look at A Pasta Par in lower Manhattan, and found himself transported to Italy.

For various and obvious reasons, I haven’t traveled much outside of the tri-state area in the last year and half. Though I’m determined to book an excursion soon, I find that I can assuage my wanderlust by trying new and interesting restaurants and experiences that New York City has to offer in abundance. One Soho restaurant recently transported me to what I can only imagine is the sophisticated nightlife of coastal Italy. Simply sitting at A Pasta Bar will erase lower Manhattan from your peripheral. Surrounded by its luxe modern finishes, playful sayings in neon, potted palm trees and a plethora of white and yellow roses, it’s easy to imagine easing into dusk on a small Italian island on the Mediterranean with balearic beats wafting softly into your ears.

Though there was ample banquettes and comfortable outdoor seating, we chose to sit at the large wrap-around counter that essentially acts as the border between the front of the house and the back of the house. We had front row seats to the bustling open kitchen where appetizers and pasta dishes were meticulously prepared, seasoned, sauced and garnished. Unfazed by peering diners, it was apparent that the chefs preparing all the dishes were confident in their craft and knew exactly how to consistently put out each dish to exact standards.

Viva Vida & Cuban Spy Cocktails | Prosciutto, Bufala Ricotta with Pistaccio Pesto and Foccacia picture by Raoul Beltrame | Tartare di Salmone

We watched as our Langhirano Prosciutto appetizer was sliced paper thin, then brought to us with foccacia and bufala ricotta topped with a pistachio pesto.  The ricotta and prosciutto weren’t as salty as I expected which allowed the flavor of the 24 month aged meat to stand out, even alongside the herby pesto. Our other appetizer choice was the Tartare di Salmone. Carried by the bright citrusy flavors of the mango and passionfruit gazpacho, the dish was ceviche-esque and paired perfectly with my Cuban Spy cocktail. Together the zesty tartare and the tropical rum-based drink flavored with Amaro Nonino transported me further into my Capri fantasy.

Chiocciole Al Ragu being tossed right in front of us

As more and more diners joined the vibrant scene we noticed that banquettes were being filled in by diners who wanted to impress their dates and the rose-crowned outdoor seating mainly contained larger groups of revelers. The counter surrounding the kitchen where we sat attracted regulars dining solo who found little need to refer to the beautifully curated online menu; they knew exactly what they wanted. Watching the chefs prepare the pasta dishes, it was easy to see that the most popular dish was the Chiocciole Al RaguBolognese sauce made of Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork. As it cooked in the pasta woks in front of us I could see why it was so sought-after. The rich scent of the various meats combined with Parmesan Cheese alone was mouthwatering.

For our main carbs, we chose even more decadence. The Tagliatella Al Tartufo Nero was as velvety as it was earthy in flavor. While each noodle was fastidiously wrapped around giant tweezers, then plated carefully, black truffles seemed to be shaved over the creamy pasta with abandon. The focus around the menu developed by founding owners Simone Tiligna and Nicola Pedrazzoli and Chef Esteher Valcarecel and her sons is simplicity. They want the quality ingredients to shine and this tagliatella dish most certainly allowed the truffles to do just that.

Tagliatella Al Tartufo Nero | chef preparing our dishes | 24K gold Spaghetti

I have to admit, we ordered the second pasta dish purely on the basis of its appearance; but it didn’t disappoint in flavor and texture. The 24K Gold Spaghetti was undoubtedly dramatic and mimicked the chic black aprons adorned with brass fasteners worn by the restaurant’s chefs and servers. The Squid Ink pasta was finished in a sauce that was barely there visually but undeniably there when you tasted it. It reminded me of a rich bouillabaisse in flavor which was unexpected and gratifying. Topped with gold leaf and sea urchin, the pasta dish became almost Caravaggian.

In order to extend our pasta and people watching, we ordered two desserts. The Cheesecake All’Arancia e Pistacchio was a rustic and lighter cheesecake than New Yorkers are used to. The multi-textured dessert combined classic Italian flavors of ricotta, crumbled cookie, caramel, orange and pistachio. The Ricotta e Pera mimicked the bright flavors of the Cuban Sky cocktail and the Tartare di Salmone. The pear parfait was layered with ricotta, pineapple coulis & whipped coconut. Light and not overly sweet, it was a nice finish that brought the meal full-circle.

A Pasta Bar succeeded in seducing my senses with its beautiful décor, vivacious open kitchen, gorgeous plating and simple yet elegant flavors. It helped transport me from my everyday to a cosmopolitan evening in the Mediterranean that I hope to experience for real in the near future. Until then, I know where to go.

 

A Pasta Bar is located on 330 West Broadway, NY 10013 and is open Monday to Friday 5pm to 11pm | Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 11pm

Reservations can be made by calling (646) 692-4131or emailing ciao@apastabar.com

 

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How Barn Joo Nomad Raises the Bar on Bar Cuisine https://honestcooking.com/how-barn-joo-nomad-raises-the-bar-on-bar-cuisine/ https://honestcooking.com/how-barn-joo-nomad-raises-the-bar-on-bar-cuisine/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 17:50:10 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206277 When you think about a bar or pub food, some initial concepts include beers, burgers, and fries. At Barn Joo Nomad–the Korean Gastropub located in Nomad, New York–check those preconceptions at the door. What was once a floral shop has now become a destination for diners to experience untypical bar food. What makes Barn Joo…

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When you think about a bar or pub food, some initial concepts include beers, burgers, and fries. At Barn Joo Nomad–the Korean Gastropub located in Nomad, New York–check those preconceptions at the door.

What was once a floral shop has now become a destination for diners to experience untypical bar food. What makes Barn Joo unique from other Barn Joo bars or general bars? To start, it’s a Gastropub like many gastronomic-focused places, the gastropub takes pride in serving top-notch handcrafted cocktails and Korean-inspired dishes. On Barn Joo Nomad’s menu expect to find offerings like open rolls with yellowtail sashimi, a spicy pasta seafood stew and more.

The atmosphere is also less bar-like. Barn Joo Nomad is not somewhere where you will find enthusiastic football fans chugging happy hour beers and shouting at every failed touchdown. Instead, diners are more excited about the chill environment and trying Korean ingredients mixed with unfamiliar ones.

“The fact that we don’t have Happy Hour is also probably what makes Barn Joo Nomad unique. Another good thing about us? We like to call our cuisine “Korean Inspired,” rather than “fusion.” The way we look at it, every dish we make has something Korean about it, whether it be the ingredient or the way we prepare our dishes,” says the Gastropub’s manager Louis.

Open Roll -Image Courtesy Barn Joo Nomad
Open Roll -Image Courtesy Barn Joo Nomad

The Flavors at Barn Joo Nomad

Starting with the cocktails, Barn Joo Nomad’s cocktail crafters transform the classics like the Aperol Spritz. By adding housemade grenadine and Bokbunja, the classic becomes the popular Jeju Spritz. Another unique drink is its Colada Highball, made with coconut water reduction. For someone ( like myself), who doesn’t enjoy coconuts, this cocktail is perfect. The drink is made with a hint of coconut water reduction and isn’t overwhelmingly sweet like the pina colada’s-well known for its regular appearance at all-inclusive resorts.

Jeju Spritz , Highball Cocktails - Barn Joo Nomad
Cocktails – Colada Highball, Jeju Spritz – Barn Joo Nomad

On Barn Joo’s shared / bar snacks menu, guests will not find burgers, beers, or extra-large wings. Instead, the menu offers its namesake open roll trio set. “The rolls range from Uni and Yellowtail to Shiitake, and Black Truffle Mushroom and Eel served with bone marrow soup that’s housemade, along with a chef-special soy sauce reduction with pickled ginger chayote,” says manager Louis. “BJ Signature Open Roll Trio is also a best seller. The open roll experiments with creative plating and structure, putting a twist on the original roll concept.” Additionally, the smaller bites menu offers more familiar bar dishes like fries but truffled and wings–still fried but Korean style.

Barn Joo Nomad - Pasta Nomad Noir
Barn Joo Nomad – Pasta Nomad Noir

Other irresistible dishes include its Pasta Nomad Noir, for diners who may want something more substantial to eat. The Pasta Nomad Noir is an oceanic spicy stew bowl filled with black squid ink pasta, crab, mussels shrimp, fish roe, calamari swimming in a bechamel cheese five sauce boasting spicy asian flavor from the chili oil. “Pasta Nomad Noir definitely has flair. Originally, the spicy seafood stew flavor is taken from Jjamppong, a popular Korean-Chinese dish.” says Louis. Another larger dish includes The Nomad Bite. Prime beef short rib takes center stage on this dish and offers a hint of sweeter flavors from dates and sweet potato puree.

For a decadent dessert, the Gastropub’s Bread Pudding does not disappoint. Every spoonful of the flakey, rum infused bread, hinting of warm notes of toasted nuts topped with melted ice cream, is divine.

Barn Joo Nomad - Bread Pudding
Barn Joo Nomad – Bread Pudding

What’s Next for Barn Joo Nomad

Earlier in 2021, Barn Joo Nomad opened its doors in its namesake community. Like many other restaurants and businesses, Barn Joo Nomad’s journey pre and post COVID-19 wasn’t linear. However, on a Thursday evening, regular and non-regular fill the gastropub’s seats. The filled tables suggests business is seemingly going well even without the happy hour specials. “Since the beginning, the neighborhood support has been tremendous, and we even have regulars. The full moon through the open window on 6th avenue draws them in for a bite or a drink. Whatever diners get as a first order usually keeps them around for more than intended.

As far as next steps manager Louis says” We are aiming to launch a few dishes but it is a bit too early to share. It’s always in our plans to have a rotating menu, challenge and innovate ourselves, but also to be reactive to the needs of the customers. Maybe that’s another reason for us to chat in a month.”

Barn Joo Nomad

Details:

816 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001; www.barnjoo.com; @barnjoo_nyc

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The Best Healthy East on the Outer Banks https://honestcooking.com/the-best-healthy-east-on-the-outer-banks/ https://honestcooking.com/the-best-healthy-east-on-the-outer-banks/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 16:00:11 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206190 On vacation on the Outer Banks, but looking to stay away from adding the usual vacation pounds? Here are 10 restaurants, cafes, breweries and shops that are serving up some of the healthiest options the OBX has to offer. Nestled off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks are a series of barrier islands…

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On vacation on the Outer Banks, but looking to stay away from adding the usual vacation pounds? Here are 10 restaurants, cafes, breweries and shops that are serving up some of the healthiest options the OBX has to offer.

Nestled off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks are a series of barrier islands stretching more than 175 miles south from the Virginian border. Known for its pristine beaches, unique wildlife, historical significance and a general sense of privacy and seclusion, the Outer Banks have longsense been a coveted destination for people from both North Carolina and all across the country.

Caption: Pad Thai from Single Fin in Nag’s Head

While it’s no surprise that the string of islands is renowned for its seafood, restaurants like High Cotton and the infamous Duck Donuts have helped establish the area as a hotbed for the prototypical southern comfort food that is so easy to indulge in, especially while on vacation.

But what if you’re trying to fight the culinary temptations that come with traveling? Are there any healthy restaurants in the Outer Banks that can accommodate the growing list of dietary restrictions that exist these days?

A decade ago the simple answer may have been no. However, the past 5 or 10 years have seen an emergence of healthy options popping up all across the Outer Banks.

Here are 10 restaurants, cafes, breweries and shops that are serving up some of the healthiest options the Outer Banks has to offer.

Mom’s Sweet Shop, image from sweetstuffinside.com

First on the list is Mom’s Sweet Shop in Kill Devil Hills. Despite the name, Mom’s might be home to the healthiest food in the Outer Banks. All of their acai bowls are made with pure, organic acai and can be swapped for organic pitaya (dragonfruit) at no extra charge. Mom’s also offers an extensive variety of vegan and dairy free smoothies that are packed with an array of supplements, superfoods and other add-ons like CBD and bee pollen. True to its name, Mom’s Sweet Shop manages to create options that are just as tasty as they are nutritious and honestly might have the best acai bowls and smoothies in the entire state.

Although it top’s our list, Mom’s isn’t solely focused on healthy food. They’ve also got an assortment of soft serve ice cream, milkshakes, truffles and candy when you’re in the mood for a cheat day. The experience also goes beyond food with a storefront that carries a blend of modern and vintage clothing and two luxury vacation rentals.

Less than a two minute drive down the road from Mom’s is The Spot’s Kitty Hawk location. The other dedicated smoothie and acai bowl option on the list, The Spot has a second location in Nags Head that’s only five minutes from Jockey’s Ridge State Park. While they aren’t nearly as ingredient cosnciuous as Mom’s, The Spot’s Nag’s Head location is still a healthy, refreshing escape from the sun after exploring the great sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge.

Freshfit Café in Nags Head

Similar to Outer Bean, Freshfit Cafe in Nags Head also offers a wonderful variety of delicious nutrition focused options for breakfast and lunch that are designed to help you meet your fitness goals. Freshfit’s menu sources ingredients like local seafood and seasonal fruits and vegetables to deliver everything from smoothies, juices, detox drinks, and organic coffee to wraps, sandwiches, salads, power bowls, pancakes, breakfast platters and tofu scrambles. With such a plethora of options, it’s no surprise that the kitchen can easily accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. Their espresso overnight oats, pancakes (gluten-free & vegan options available) and shrimp toast with feta cheese and balsamic drizzle are delicious breakfast options while the build your own protein bowls and varietal salads with fresh seafood are our go to’s for lunch.

If you’re looking for delicious smoothies and acai bowls, but also want a little more variety on the menu, Outer Bean Cafe might be the place for you. A staple of the Kitty Hawk community, the cafe has been serving vegetarian and vegan friendly dishes for breakfast and lunch for years now. Locals gravitate towards their hearty salads and sandwiches, as well as their nutrient rich fresh pressed juices. They even offer three day and week long juice and smoothie based detoxes.

If salads are what you’re after, then look no further than the Salad Bowl in Kitty Hawk. As their name suggests, they offer a variety of signature salads and a rotating monthly salad, as well as the ability to build your own salad bowl. In addition to leafy greens, the Salad Bowl’s menu also features plenty of healthy juices, smoothies and wraps to choose from and sources ingredients from local and / or organic farmers when possible.

Bad Bean Baja Grill is far from the typical healthy food stop. A unique blend of Latin American, Coastal Carolinian, Tex-Mex and Asian culinary influences, this multicultural fusion restaurant is unlike any other in the Outer Banks. Focused on delivering flavor first, the chef incorporates plenty of guilt free and vegetarian friendly options, such as black bean quinoa burgers and marinated grilled tofu, that have health conscious foodies flocking to Kitty Hawk.

Another potentially unexpected option on the list, the Outer Banks Brewing Station is another go to for healthy food in Kill Devil Hills. While it certainly has its fair share of comfort food and craft beer, the Brewing Station also rotates a variety of vegan and vegetarian specials and even bolsters a dedicated gluten free menu. Given the recent national food supply chain challenges that came about from the pandemic, they’ve also committed to getting creative with local sources of seafood and other ingredients to create uniquely tantalizing plates like the Tuna Brewdah Bowl that’s made with fresh local seared tuna over Asian noodle salad with edamame, Tokyo collards, roasted red pepper salad & miso roasted sweet potatoes.

Red Sky Cafe in Duck, NC is another restaurant committed to incorporating locally sourced ingredients. In fact, they’ve been cooking with seafood, poultry, beef, duck and other ingredients directly from the Outer Banks for over 15 years now. The owner and chef, Wes Stepp, is also the author of the Tastefully Fit recipe book and takes pride in transforming traditional southern and seafood plates into healthy, hearty portions that satisfy foodies and picky eaters alike. These healthy dishes have become so popular amongst locals that they even hire Wes and Chefs on Call team for in home private dining and catered events.

Single Fin in Nags Head

Another culinary artist known for his personal chef services, Pok Choeichom, better known as Chef Pok, is the chef owner of both Single Fin in Nags Head and Pok’s Art in Kitty Hawk. Single Fin was the first Thai-Sushi hybrid restaurant in the Outer Banks and is home to an incredible assortment of tastefully simple and wildly extravagant sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi.

Avenue Grill, Manteo

The Avenue Waterfront Grille in downtown Manteo doesn’t have the robust sushi menu that Single Fin offers, but it’s Tuna Sushi Style is certainly a crowd favorite. This sushi inspired plate is constructed with perfectly seared tuna that can be substituted for crispy tofu, a jasmine rice cake, seaweed salad and wasabi cream sauce. The Avenue Grille was one of the first restaurants in the area to creatively accommodate dietary restrictions  and the Tuna Sushi Style is just one of the many dishes that can be modified with substitutions for vegan, vegetarian and / or gluten free patrons. As you may have guessed from the name, dining here also involves a spectacular waterfront view that also makes it incredibly easy for the chef to incorporate a diverse selection of fresh seafood from their own backyard.

Last on the list, The Paper Canoe is a mainstay in Duck that also prides itself in offering a memorable dining experience with an incredible waterfront view and locally caught seafood from the Outer Banks. Owner and restaurateur Tommy Karole handpicks the catches of the day that will be featured in dishes like the Chef’s Whim, a menu item that changes daily based on locally sourced ingredients. While some of the sides lean more towards decadence than the health food end of the spectrum, there are gluten free options at every stage of the meal. Make a reservation for sunset well in advance for one of the finest dining experiences the Outer Banks has to offer.

It’s also worth noting that Karole recently opened a new elevated comfort food culinary concept in Kitty Hawk called The Pony and the Boat that’s certainly not focused on health food, but is probably still good for the soul.

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Japanese Spirited Cocktails to Make for the Olympics https://honestcooking.com/japanese-spirited-cocktails-to-make-for-the-olympics/ https://honestcooking.com/japanese-spirited-cocktails-to-make-for-the-olympics/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 07:47:03 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206236 The COVID-19 put a spoke in everyone’s wheel, including the 2020 Summer Olympics. But fear not, 365+ days later, the Games have kicked off in Tokyo–making it the second time Japan hosts the event. To celebrate the special occasion, sipping on a Japanese spirited cocktails while watching Sunisa Lee perfectly execute a somersault – seem only fitting.…

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The COVID-19 put a spoke in everyone’s wheel, including the 2020 Summer Olympics. But fear not, 365+ days later, the Games have kicked off in Tokyo–making it the second time Japan hosts the event. To celebrate the special occasion, sipping on a Japanese spirited cocktails while watching Sunisa Lee perfectly execute a somersault – seem only fitting.

Ani Ramen, iichiko Shochu and TYKU Sake have kindly shared their Japanese spirited cocktail recipes (also inspired by the Games) to help us celebrate.

Cucumber Cooler

Cucumber Cooler -TYKU Sake
Cucumber Cooler -TYKU Sake

Created by: TYKU 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz TYKU Cucumber Sake
  • 1.5 oz Lemonade
  • Mint garnish

Method:

Fill rocks glass with ice, pour TYKU Cucumber sake over ice and top with lemonade. Garnish with a mint sprig.

TYKU is crafted in the heart of Nara, Japan, which is often referred to as ‘the birthplace of sake.’ One of my favorite Sake cocktails to make with this delicious spirit is the Cucumber Cooler. It’s simple yet flavorful, and perfect to whip up in large batches for a summer games viewing party.” – Lindy Wyss, Brand Representative for TYKU Sake

Yuzu Spritz

Yuzu Spritz - Yuzu Spritz - iichiko
Yuzu Spritz – Yuzu Spritz – iichiko

Created by: iichiko 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz iichiko Saiten
  • 0.75 oz Lime Juice
  • 0.75 oz Simple Syrup
  • 0.25 oz Yuzu Juice
  • Topped with Club Soda
  • Mint Sprigs

Method:

Mix all ingredients except Club Soda into cocktail shaker with Ice. Shake, then strain into Rocks glass with Ice. Top with Club Soda and garnish with Mint.

The Yuzu Spritz is the perfect drink to mix while watching this year’s games. Shochu, the main spirit in the cocktail, is the native spirit of Japan, and iichiko is one of the leaders in the making of this Japanese delicacy. Paired with yuzu, this cocktail will transport you right to the heart of Tokyo. Plus it’s incredibly refreshing for these hot days!” – Natasha Velez, Brand Representative for iichiko.

The Suika

The Suika (Ani Ramen Iichiko Cocktail) JPEG
The Suika (Ani Ramen Iichiko Cocktail) JPEG

Created by: Ani Ramen

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. iichiko 25 Silhouette Shochu
  • 2 oz. Watermelon Puree
  • 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 oz. Elderflower Liqueur

Method:

Combine iichiko, watermelon puree, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup and ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.

The sweetness of the watermelon is a welcome sip of summer with a gentle kick of shochu, perfect when watching the games.” — Nick Jansen, Beverage Director of Ani Ramen in Jersey City and New Brunswick

 

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5 New Rooftop Bars to Soak Up the Summer Season https://honestcooking.com/5-new-rooftop-bars-to-soak-up-the-summer-season/ https://honestcooking.com/5-new-rooftop-bars-to-soak-up-the-summer-season/#respond Sun, 01 Aug 2021 16:00:45 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206201 What’s beats sipping a cocktail in the sun and soaking up glorious city views? Nothing much. These new rooftop bars all specialize in great views, great drinks, and summer vibes. Below you’ll find a summary of what each rooftop bar has to offer. Also check out what each bar’s mixologist has to say about their…

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What’s beats sipping a cocktail in the sun and soaking up glorious city views? Nothing much. These new rooftop bars all specialize in great views, great drinks, and summer vibes. Below you’ll find a summary of what each rooftop bar has to offer. Also check out what each bar’s mixologist has to say about their must-try cocktail. 

SkyBar, AC Hotel Orlando Downtown

SkyBar is AC Hotel Orlando Downtown’s chic summer rooftop bar. It offers a terrace with endless views of “The City Beautiful.” Here, handcrafted classics like AC’s signature gin & tonic complements the one-of-a-kind menu. The signature libation has Hendricks Gin and white orb. The latter when popped gently releases plumes of elderflower herbals. For the foodies, AC Kitchen also serves a variety of Spanish-style tapas. These include Tortilla Española, meatball cazuela and crispy potatoes. 

“The cocktail is an homage to the unmatched views of Orlando…and serves to mimic the feeling of being in the clouds. We create the cocktail with Hendricks Gin and with some mixology magic. The Cloud pairs well with any of our inspired tapas menu selections. My personal favorite is the La Quercia Prosciutto Toast or our AC Burgers.” – Mixologist, Robert Mason, Director of Beverage & Food

Sommitá Rooftop Bar, Grand Universe Lucca 

Sommitá Rooftop Bar, Grand Universe Lucca - cocktail-fuori-di-tista
Image Courtesy – Sommitá Rooftop Bar, Grand Universe Lucca – cocktail-fuori-di-tista.

The Sommitá rooftop bar offers a unique place to gaze and admire Lucca. Debuting amidst a pandemic, the Sommitá rooftop bar is an exciting addition to the culinary scene. It takes pride in the walled city’s history and also features a musically inspired cocktail list and digestivos. While, the Fuori di Tista cocktail is a fan favorite it also brims with historical significance. 

“One of the most famous and well-known drinks in Italy is the Spritz. This is our way of making our own. La Biadina has a taste of cinchona as well as rhubarb with a sweet finish reminiscent of dried fruit. The Spritz’s base is the Biadina. Additionally, it has prosecco, a splash of soda, caramelized dehydrated orange and alcoholic frangelico. When it’s paired with Lucca’s cream and buccellato cake, the enhanced notes of almond and hazelnut comes out. It finds balance in the cream’s delicacy and the sparkling wine’s bubbles.” Head Mixologist, Alessandro Sainati

Lumin SkyBar, AC Hotel Columbus Downtown

Lumin SkyBar, atop the recently-opened AC Hotel Columbus Downtown boasts panoramic city views. The bar offers Spanish-inspired small plates, along with craft cocktails…Notably, Lumin serves as a starting point for guests to experience city’s bustling art, culture, and culinary scenes.

“Summer’s evening stands out with bright colors and a paring of watermelon–infused with tequila and strawberry. Inspired by the song ‘Watermelon Sugar High’, it complements mixed green salads or tortilla chips with Pico de Gallo.” Mixologist, Ethan Anderson, bartender.

901, Hyatt Centric Las Olas

901, Hyatt Centric Las Olas
Image Courtesy – 901, Hyatt Centric Las Olas

Hyatt Centric Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale just debuted 901.  A guest room turned private speakeasy, 901 is not your average hotel bar. Opened in February 2021, the secret space has earned a reputation as the area’s hottest new bar. 

“The ambiance at 901 throws guests back to the 1920s. We developed the cocktails to complement that aesthetic. The bar’s popular cocktail is called Center of Attention. It has Herradura tequila, Cristalino, Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice, Guava, and Simple Syrup. It’s also served with a flaming garnish that equally inspired the cocktail’s spunky name. Definitely, Chef Greg McGowan’s Mini Warm Connecticut Style Lobster Rolls is a must for the cocktail.” Mixologist, Kayla Czarnomski, 901 Bartender

Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis, Beck & Call 

Beck & Call is a rooftop whiskey bar where the cocktails are only rivaled by the city views. Located in Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis, this hotspot is Memphis’ only rooftop bar. It also offers premium views of the Mississippi River and pays homage to the city’s rich music culture. 

“The refreshing Mango Ginger Spritz stands out as a well-balanced summer drink. It uses an amazing new aperitivo from martini & rossi called Fiero, house-made mango and ginger syrup. A go-to for the Spritz is Beck & Call’s cheese plate. Although it goes well with other appetizers or finger foods, it’s best with cheese and cured meats like the prosciutto.” Mixologist, Jeff Sawyer, Bartender at Beck & Call

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NR Draws Foodies to the Upper East Side with Well Crafted Cocktails and Japanese Fare https://honestcooking.com/nr-draws-foodies-to-the-upper-east-side-with-well-crafted-cocktails-and-japanese-fare/ https://honestcooking.com/nr-draws-foodies-to-the-upper-east-side-with-well-crafted-cocktails-and-japanese-fare/#respond Mon, 26 Jul 2021 20:43:30 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206166 As New York City’s immunity builds and it finds its bustle again, locals and tourists alike are rediscovering the unique and tasty bars and eateries that make the city so gastronomically fascinating.  For those visiting or living in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NR (a contemporary Japanese cocktail bar and restaurant), is one of…

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As New York City’s immunity builds and it finds its bustle again, locals and tourists alike are rediscovering the unique and tasty bars and eateries that make the city so gastronomically fascinating.  For those visiting or living in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NR (a contemporary Japanese cocktail bar and restaurant), is one of these eclectic must-visit destinations.

With the success of NR’s slightly older sister, ROKC (Ramen, Oysters, Kitchen, Cocktails), celebrated bar director Shigefumi (Shige) Kabashima sought to birth a second Meiji Era inspired restaurant across town. As ROKC’s sequel, NR continues the turn of the 19th century ambiance of port towns in Japan. Vintage décor and fixtures add warmth and character to the dark-stained wood interiors. The vibe is altogether old meets new and East meets West meets the Upper East Side that downtowners would travel for. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Blade Runner characters walked in as regulars and blended right in with the staff and crowd.

“Grapefruit”: Mezcal, Elderflower, Grapefruit, Lime, Palo Santo Wood “Truffle”: Vodka, Citrus, Herb, Truffle Honey, Muscat, Grapefruit, Parmigiano

COCKTAILS

What adds more to the relaxed swag of NR is what many folks come for – Shige Kabashima’s impressive craft cocktails. After months and months of New Yorkers and tourists staying in and imbibing on whatever they had at home, perhaps right out of the bottle (don’t judge), patrons at NR are thirsty for well-crafted drinks made from high-quality spirits, bitters and syrups served in elaborate and gorgeous vessels. The first cocktail I tried, Grapefruit, incorporated all my senses. Initially, I saw this striking skull of a vessel filled with crushed ice that chilled a mini carafe which held the actual drink. The crushed ice was embellished with a mini bouquet of mint leaves, dotted with dried flower buds and held a piece of palo santo wood that would be lit up with a mini torch, then snuffed out. While lit I heard the crackling of the wood which was soon followed by a smoky scent that any Anthropologie store would be jealous of. Lifting the drink to my face I felt the contours of the vessel and couldn’t help but feel a little bit like Hamlet holding Yorick’s skull. Finally, the taste of the mezcal cocktail, informed by all the other senses, was balanced, citrusy and nicely boozy. Every now and then you could smell the lemony pine scent of burning palo santo wood as other guests enjoyed the cocktail and added to the warm ambiance of the restaurant.

If you like spicy drinks, order Cucumber (you can choose the level of heat you desire). This tequila and cucumber cocktail is flavored by a syrup infused with 8 different spices and served in a frozen pepper atop crushed ice in a mini vase-like goblet. It made me think of a jalapeno margarita that lit up spring break then finally got its inheritance and completed finishing school — but be careful, she didn’t forget how to throw a punch if she’s mishandled!

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CARPACCIO

My favorite cocktail of the evening came in the simplest stemware with no bells and whistles. It was, however, accompanied by the best kind of garnish…the aged dairy variety. Truffle is an herby and earthy vodka cocktail balanced by citrus and paired with aged parmigiano that’s drizzled with truffle honey. Each sip practically demanded a nibble of aged cheese and vice-versa. It was a bright cocktail which hit all my umami needs. In fact, I could see that drink live on the appetizer side of the menu one day; perhaps, with additional charcuterie items.

APPETIZERS

Though the cocktails may be a main draw, Chef Takashi Igarashi is making sure the food selections are equally as coveted. Chef Takashi, who has worked in Michelin-starred kitchens in NYC has curated  focused menu items that will compliment any beverage that it shares the menu with. Appetizers like the Deviled Egg + Egg + Egg shows the chef’s aplomb with balancing rich flavors and textures. Of course, creamy yolk mixed with Japanese flavors, topped with uni and caviar are gonna be a crowd-pleaser, but you won’t realize just how much until you’re wishing that you ordered more.  Other must order apps are the Mussel + Beer + Cotton Candy and the Carpaccio. Both allow the sweetness of the seafood to shine. The Mussels do so in a broth flavored with butter, beer, soy sauce, yuzu, garlic and red pepper; sweetened ever so slightly with cotton candy that melts away when the broth is poured over it tableside. The Carpaccio is thinly sliced Scallop and Fluke dressed with dill, lemon, house dashi, vinegar and truffle oil. It’s a delicate, well-composed dish i couldn’t keep my chopsticks off of.

RAMEN + SOUP CURRY

More substantial dishes fall under the Ramen and Soup Curry categories; and are practically essential if you’re trying various cocktails. What better to absorb sipped spirits than perfectly chewy and slippery noodles. The soupless Sea Urchin + Salmon Caviar Ramen mixed with shiso and nori did just that. Kabosu, a yuzu like fruit, brightens the dish and helps the palate make the affirmative decision to order another drink. For an even more flavorful dish, order the Seafood Soup Curry. Certainly the shellfish and whitefish carry the complex broth well, but don’t miss the veggies in the dish. They are arguably a better vehicle for the rich ocean-y and tomato-y soup…especially, the eggplant.

SEA URCHIN + SALMON CAVIAR

Aside from the food and beverages, what will also keep folks coming back for more is NR’s attentive and knowledgeable staff. It’s the dedicated people who love the culinary and hospitality industry that have kept the city going and strengthened the resurgence of NY’s food scene. We’re all hopeful and excited about NYC’s bars/restaurants being back on top; and with establishments like NR, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be.

NR can be found at 339 East 75th Street (between 1st and 2nd ave) | Monday – Friday 5:00 – 10:30 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 12:00 – 10:45 p.m. | Happy Hour ($1.50 Oysters) served everyday until 7:00 p.m. Reservations are available through Resy for indoor, outdoor and bar seating, and walk-ins are accepted.

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From cool beach cafes and unassuming burger shacks, to ambitious delis and oceanside seafood restaurants – the OBX has something new, exciting, fun and family friendly to offer every day, and for every meal.

The Outer Banks – or OBX as it is affectionately known – offers a unique combination of mind-expanding historic tales to mind-rejuvenating vacation relaxation that very few other destinations come even close to. And that’s probably the reason you are either considering booking your summer vacation to the OBX, or have already done so.

But what about the kids and food? Where will you eat? Are you banished from the delicious seafood and culinary experiences the island offers just because you are traveling as a family? And will your excursions inevitably end up in various corporate-fast-casual-chain-restaurants, leaving you and your family in dire gastronomic straits during your trip?

Fear not dear foodie family, because the Outer Banks has got you covered. From cool beach cafes and unassuming burger shacks, to ambitious delis and oceanside seafood restaurants – the OBX has something new, exciting, fun and family friendly to offer every day, and for every meal. And those pesky corporate-fast-casual-chain-restaurants? Well, they pretty much don’t exist here, so you will be exploring family owned and operated restaurants that all have two things in common; they’re great with kids, and the food is tasty. What more can you ask for, really? Okay, let’s get this vacation started!

Buxton Munch

The Buxton Munch says they are a “groovy little place with a whole lotta taste”, and we are inclined to agree. This funky little beach dive has been serving locals and tourists alike for over 20 years,and they are well known for their excellent fish tacos, shrimp tacos, wraps and quesadillas. Enjoy the quirky interior while your food is prepared to order, and remember their “House Rules”; Be Nice. Be Happy. Be Patient. Be Mellow. Sounds easy enough doesn’t it?

47359 Highway 12 Osprey Shopping Center, Buxton, NC 27920

Seared tuna from Goombay’s Grille and Raw Bar

Goombays Grille & Raw Bar

At Goombays Grille & Raw Bar in Downtown Kill Devil Hills, the tropical vibe comes both in the food and the interior. Whimsical cocktails for both big kids (adults) and little ones infuse a flair of the Caribbean, and the food moves comfortably from Southwestern flavors through BBQ and all the way to Greek inspired salads. But at the core, the food is fresh, vibrant and as pretty to look at as it is good to eat. A great way to add a little color to your vacation! Oh, and did we mention that the kids cocktails come with a surprise toy – as if there weren’t enough reasons to make your reservation already.

1608 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Get your day started right at Hatteras Bowls.

Hatteras Bowls

As the name suggests, this place is located on Hatteras Island and it serves bowls. So far, no surprises. But the reason this humble shack is such a gem, is that this is pretty much the perfect breakfast joint for anyone who is looking for an equally healthy and delicious start to the day. Both you and your kids will love their perfect smoothies, creative peanut butter sandwiches and fresh acai bowls that you can build yourself or pick from the menu board. They also serve up delicious vegan ice cream and locally brewed coffee all day, so this will easily and quickly become a family favorite.

25410 NC-12, Waves, NC 27982

Mama Kwan’s

This is another family favorite, and another festive, colorful and inviting restaurant where the vacation vibes are dialed up to 100. This awesome tiki bar and grill in Kill Devil Hills has been a local not-so-secret-secret for more than 15 years, and they serve up fantastic Pacific flavors – always with a big smile. From pepper-seared ahi tuna to cellophane noodles with ginger and shrimp, from Hawaiian pork plate to jerk chicken soft tacos – the food is always fresh, vibrant and lively. Also don’t miss out on their creative cocktail list (it is a tiki bar after all!) which features fun tropical flavors and daring combinations.

1701 S Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop

While there are many restaurants and cafes in the OBX, Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop is most certainly one of the most iconic ones. This pub-slash-deli has been delivering on the promise of delicious sandwiches for over 35 years, and guests keep coming back for their famous Reuben time and time again. Served with a dill pickle? Of course! And it is accompanied by a great view of the Shallowbag Bay and the Manteo town Marina.

305 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo, NC 27954

Sam and Omie’s

Sam and Omie’s restaurant in Nags Head is an Outer Banks institution. Originally opened as a breakfast spot for commercial fishermen over 70 years ago, the restaurant today serves up food for everyone, all day, and with a laid back atmosphere and fresh ingredients. Check out the steam-bar menu items and feast on crab legs or spiced shrimp, or try one of the sandwiches “from the sea”, like the clam dog, shrimp burger or fried flounder sandwich. Whatever you choose, you can not go wrong in this old-school beach cafe, and you’ll feel immersed in local history as you dine.

7228 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959

Tale of the Whale

This classic seaside restaurant sits on the edge of the Roanoke sound, and has been serving up offering wonderful vistas and delicious food for over 40 years. Run by the Bibey family since the start, the restaurant is a beloved staple on the OBX food scene. Families will love the broad selection of local seafood that is offered either fried, broiled or steamed to perfection. From snow crab legs and coconut shrimp, to calamari and flounder – it covers pretty much everything good in the sea that surrounds the restaurant, and if for some reason your little ones aren’t into seafood, you’ll find plenty of land-based foods that will keep you filled up and happy as you watch the sunset from the patio.

7575 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959

Enjoy the vibe at The Blue Point in Duck

The Blue Point

Now, we know your kids are well behaved little foodies, so why not treat them to a fancier dining experience while you are visiting the OBX? Yes, The Blue Point is a little pricier than most other restaurants in the area, but when you combine the warm Southern Hospitality, the lovely atmosphere and the creative, delicious fare served up every night (think hoisin glazed pork ribs or seared jumbo sea scallops with curried ginger farro)  – you’ll definitely walk away feeling that the money was more than well spent. Also make sure to check out the back bar for a combination of a lively scene, live music and a perfect view of the sunset.

1240 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949

Sugar Creek Soundfront Restaurant

With one of the best views on the OBX, Sugar Creek Soundfront Restaurant in Nags Head is surrounded by nature. Watch for the resident osprey family nesting on site, or have the kids honk at the Canadian Geese that gather under the overlook. And if you can take your eyes off the natural wonders that surround the restaurant, you’ll be inspired by a lovely menu filled with classic fried, broiled and steamed seafood. Try the crab bisque, loaded with local lump crab meat to start, then get the fried seafood platter that features the catch of the day, scallops, shrimp and clam strips. Or go Southern with their award winning shrimp and grits, made with andouille sausage, Sriracha butter and Pepper Jack cheese. 

Also check out the next door Sugar Shack – which is a seafood market, restaurant and oyster bar that sell take-home steamer buckets of clams, crab claws, mussels and shrimp. 

7340 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959

The Village Table and Tavern

This is a casual waterfront restaurant that offers an attractive combination of friendly atmosphere, gorgeous views, good food and a nice lawn for the kids to run around on. Mom and Dad will find an impressive selection of international craft beers and fun wines on the menu, and the kids can choose between a large number of handheld sandwiches and burgers that are all delicious. And as an extra feature, The Village Table and Tavern hosts musicians and artists almost daily – performing against the backdrop of Currituck Sound in their downstairs Sound Lounge.

1314 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949

Now that you have gotten your family friendly deliciousness all planned out, don’t forget to check out the many sights across the OBX. From excursions to iconic places like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, to the vast beaches that are freely accessible to all visitors and explorers. From tales of famous pirates that met their demise in the Graveyard of the Atlantic – the treacherous stretch of water on the Atlantic side of the Outer Banks – to the mysterious story of the disappearance of America’s first colony in Roanoke, known today as “The Lost Colony”. Or the inspiring historical moment when the Wright Brothers took flight for the first time on a windy Thursday morning in December of 1903, a few miles outside of Kitty Hawk. Clearly, on the OBX, there’s more than enough to keep both mind, body and belly stimulated.

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Where to Eat on a Three Day Foodie Trip to the Outer Banks https://honestcooking.com/foodie-trip-obx-outer-banks/ https://honestcooking.com/foodie-trip-obx-outer-banks/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 16:00:49 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206152 Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack, a hearty steak, a hot cocktail, or a heavenly gourmet dinner – the OBX is ready to fulfill all your requests. And to help you out on your OBX foodie adventure, we’ve compiled a guide to where to eat and drink during a three day getaway. For decades,…

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Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack, a hearty steak, a hot cocktail, or a heavenly gourmet dinner – the OBX is ready to fulfill all your requests. And to help you out on your OBX foodie adventure, we’ve compiled a guide to where to eat and drink during a three day getaway.

For decades, the Outer Banks of North Carolina (or OBX for short) have been famous for their seafood. Which makes sense. They’re situated in the ocean, after all, on the very edge of the Atlantic, sheltering mainland USA from the roaring ocean. Yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, rockfish, flounder, crab, oysters and shrimp are some of the more common catches in the waters that surround the OBX, and as expected, that means lots of seafood restaurants and lots of seafood markets. So if you are a pescatarian, well, you’re pretty much in culinary heaven on the OBX, because your options are almost endless for every meal – including breakfast.

But perhaps less known is that foodies are increasingly discovering more mouth-watering reasons to travel to the OBX these days. So fear not dear omnivore, because there is something for everyone there. Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack, a hearty steak, a hot cocktail, or a heavenly gourmet dinner – the OBX is ready to fulfill all your requests. And to help you out on your OBX foodie adventure, we’ve compiled a guide to where to eat and drink during a three day getaway. 

DAY 1 

Breakfast

Uglie Mugs Coffee Shop

Start your day off right at this quirky coffee-shop-cum-trinket-store-and-bead-shop in Avon. The selection of really good coffees and beverages is accompanied by bagels and muffins that will get your engines running, and the interior is as lovely as it is wonky. Browse the aisles for postcards, jewelry and – yes – ugly coffee mugs, so you have something to remember this day by. Or even better, make your own bracelets in the “bead-room” while you connect to the free wi-fi. 

The Froggy Dog in Avon

Lunch

The Froggy Dog

Ok, so this fun pub in Avon has got a lot on it’s menu, but you’re here for two things. Frog-legs and oysters. The perfect lunch. The frog-legs come served with BBQ sauce, and it’s obviously the most famous dish on the menu. And if you’re nervous (but why would you be, dear foodie) about eating frog legs, you should know that they pretty much taste like chicken. The oysters? Well, you’re in luck, because at The Froggy Dog, they come plentiful. Local, shucked oysters on the half-shell. Garlic herb oysters. Rockefellers. Order a plate of each, and you’ll be ready to explore Hatteras Island some more.

Cafe Pamlico sits on the very edge of the Pamlico Sound and offers gorgeous sunset views.

Dinner

Cafe Pamlico

Following a quick nap back at the hotel after a full day of exploring Hatteras Island, it’s time for some fine-dining along the shoreline. And if you’re staying at the adorable Inn on Pamlico Sound, you’re in luck – because the restaurant is just downstairs. Cafe Pamlico is routinely considered one of the best meals you can get for dinner on the OBX, and its “beach-casual-fine-dining” vibe sings in perfect harmony with the gorgeous sunset views of the water. Look for the Hereford ribeye steak, catch of the day or vegetarian risotto on the menu, order a glass of Champagne and pat yourself on the back for choosing this restaurant for your first dinner on the OBX. Well done, you.

Cocktails

Turner’s High Moon Bar

So you don’t want to go to bed after dinner? Head over to Turner’s High Moon Bar for some exciting local brews and live music entertainment. The selection of drinks is as strong as the atmosphere is warm. With 21 beers on tap and an extensive liquor list, this is a great late night hang out, and if you get hungry again as the evening progresses – there’s a fun pub menu available as well.

Day 2 

Breakfast

Ashley’s Espresso Parlour

Ok, so here’s what you need to know. The couple behind All Time Coffee Roasting Co. has been small-batch roasting coffee beans sourced from fair-trade coffee farms around the world for years, and Ashley’s Espresso Parlour in Kill Devil Hills is the perfect expression of their craft. With all the coffees and coffee drinks you could ever want for, all sustainable, organic, and roasted on site – this will be the perfect start to your day. Maybe you’ll want to mix it up and try a cold brew shake with peanut butter and banana, and give yourself some sustenance by accompanying the beverage with a delicious breakfast croissant or muffin.

Lunch

The Kill Devil Grill

Time for a lunch break as you explore the area around Kill Devil Hill. The Kill Devil grill is a train-car-turned-diner-turned-part-of-the-national-register-of-historic-places (still following?) that will take you back to a simpler time as soon as you walk in the door. And speaking of simple, let’s keep this lunch to two things. First, get a pound (at least) of local, steamed shrimp. Peel and just enjoy. Then, you must – repeat – must try their chicken wings. These 3-day smoked wings are legendary, and they are served with their equally legendary sauce. 

Dinner

The Colington Cafe

Set in a beautiful Victorian villa in Kill Devil Hills, adjacent to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, The Colington Cafe is one of the best dining destinations on the OBX. The menu is French-inspired, but ventures south in flavors as well. Local seafood shows up across appetizers and mains, combined with a “filet” section that focuses on tender meats, grilled and served with classic French accompaniments like béarnaise and dijon-black-peppercorn sauce. Start out with the she-crab bisque, then some scallops rumaki before moving on to their “grand trio” plate consisting of grilled filet mignon, grilled shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat served with béarnaise. Chances are you won’t be hungry again tonight.

Head to TRIO Restaurant and Market in Kitty Hawk for delicious drinks, charcuterie and cheese.

Drinks after dinner

TRIO Restaurant and Market

With 35 wines by the glass and 24 rotating beer taps, you won’t run out of drinking options at TRIO Restaurant and Market. This fun retail and tasting destination has a more cosmopolitan vibe than many other places on the OBX. So grab a glass of wine or two, order some cheese and charcuterie, and enjoy the energetic atmosphere.

Day 3 

Breakfast

Treehouse Coffee Co. and Rope Ladder Kitchen and Biscuits

Serving local roasts, Treehouse offers fantastic pour-overs, cold brew and espresso in the beautiful Scarborough Faire Shopping Village in Duck. But if delicious coffee isn’t enough, their adjoining space – Rope Ladder Kitchen serves up a full breakfast menu consisting of homemade biscuits, morning empanadas, crab cake breakfast sandwiches and much more. The menu is extensive, and absolutely mouthwatering. What a perfect start to the day, and if you decide to stay a little longer on the OBX – well, you might just find yourself coming back again and again.

Who wouldn’t get excited about indulging in a fresh lunch on the deck at AQUA Restaurant?

Lunch

AQUA Restaurant

By now, you probably want to get something on the lighter side for lunch, and why not in an absolutely gorgeous setting? Right on the waterfront in Duck, clinging to the water’s edge, you’ll find AQUA Restaurant where Executive Chef Cory Bryant creates fresh, vibrant and colorful dishes from the best local ingredients. Try the smoked Baba Ganoush, served with watermelon radishes and Aleppo pepper flakes. Or the Gathering Salad, featuring arugula, watercress, shaved fennel, sliced strawberries, toasted sunflower seeds, goat cheese and tossed in a mulberry vinaigrette. And if you’re looking for something a little bigger, but still fresh, order the poke bowl, with marinated sashimi tuna, jasmine rice, shaved marinated cucumber salad, julienned carrots, scallions, edamame, seaweed salad, Bangin’ Sauce, unagi sauce, nori and crispy onions.

Kimball’s Kitchen in Duck

Dinner

Kimball’s Kitchen

Since this is your last evening of this foodie trip, maybe it’s time to get a little bit more formal to celebrate. But just a little. So ditch those shorts, put on a nice shirt and head over to Kimball’s Kitchen, located on the grounds of the beautiful Sanderling Resort in Duck. Focusing on freshly caught local seafood, certified Angus beef, handmade pasta and an extensive selection of local oysters, Kimball’s Kitchen is classy and upscale, but certainly not stuffy. This is high end cooking, featuring the best products available, presented beautifully. Oh, and did we mention the wine list? It’s a Wine Spectator award winner.

Post Dinner Drinks

NC Coast Grill and Bar

Time to wind down with a couple of cocktails after dinner. Head on over to NC Coast Grill and Bar and pretend that you are a local by ordering the “I’m not a tourist, I have a house in Duck” cocktail. Because by now, you will definitely feel like the OBX is as much part of you as you are of the OBX. And as the sun sets over the water, some live music in the background, chances are you’ll already be planning your next visit to this magical destination.

Other places to check out;

Bros Sandwich Shack, Avon – awesome burgers and sandwiches

Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill, Hatteras – breathtaking views, delicious food

Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills – killer brewpub

The Thai Room, Kill Devil Hills – great Thai food

Tortuga’s Lie, Nags Head – badass Caribbean food

Waveriders, Nags Head – healthy food, delicious brews

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Where To Go For Locally-Sourced Seafood in The Outer Banks https://honestcooking.com/local-seafood-obx-outer-banks/ https://honestcooking.com/local-seafood-obx-outer-banks/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 22:03:35 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206128 Whether you enjoy fried soft crab, award-winning clam chowder, freshly grilled grouper, or Outer Banks-style sushi, OBX brings an abundant bounty straight from local waters to your plate. On a map, The Outer Banks (OBX) resembles two connecting magical coral wands extending into the waters of the Atlantic, casting a spell over every visitor to…

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Whether you enjoy fried soft crab, award-winning clam chowder, freshly grilled grouper, or Outer Banks-style sushi, OBX brings an abundant bounty straight from local waters to your plate.

On a map, The Outer Banks (OBX) resembles two connecting magical coral wands extending into the waters of the Atlantic, casting a spell over every visitor to these sand-swept beaches and charming towns.


Endless beaches on the Outer Banks

There’s no shortage of world-class seafood on the east coast. From Maine lobster rolls to Cape Cod oysters to Maryland crab, the list goes on. But North Carolina holds its own. With its rich colonial history and warm southern hospitality, the razor-thin barrier islands offer a myriad of unique locally-sourced dishes. You’ll find the highest quality sustainable seafood here, making OBX a special place for your next seafood excursion.


Crispy fried calamari served at Blue Water Grill in Manteo

We know choosing the right places to eat when you’re on vacation can be overwhelming, so we’ve assembled this guide to the best OBX seafood restaurants. Whether you enjoy fried soft crab, award-winning clam chowder, freshly grilled grouper, or Outer Banks-style sushi, OBX brings an abundant bounty straight from local waters to your plate.


Aqua Restaurant in Duck

Aqua RestaurantWhether you’re celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a casual meal outside, Aqua Restaurant provides the perfect environment for both. The town of Duck is known for its pristine beaches, and the busy restaurant overlooks the water showing off stunning views. Chef Cory Bryant serves local-caught fish with sustainably farmed ingredients, and masterfully creates eye-popping dishes paired with top-notch craft cocktails.
Aqua Restaurant
1174 Duck Rd Downstairs, Duck, NC 27949
(252) 261-9700

Basnight’s Lone Cedar
Basnight’s Lone Cedar in Nags Head is a classic establishment that opened in 1996. Each day fishermen provide freshly caught fish, which is then prepared to perfection and served with vegetables grown on-site. And to top it all off, you can enjoy your meal while taking in the beautiful view overlooking the Sound. Tip: If you’ve never had she-crab soup before, order it here for a delectable blue crab treat.
7623 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-5405


Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar in Manteo

Blue Water Grill & Raw BarThe charming waterfront town of Manteo is home to one of the country’s most captivating mysteries: The Lost Colony. Not to mention, it’s the birthplace of English colonization, which provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the deep Outer Banks history. After exploring boutiques, gift shops, antique stores and more, hit Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar. Dive into a delightful meal featuring a variety of Manteo’s best seafood. Overlooking Pirate’s Cove, you can watch fishermen in the marina bringing fresh fish back from sea. With that in mind, the raw bar has a variety of options and during happy hour, oysters are $1 each. So order as many as you want—sharing isn’t necessary.
2000 Sailfish Dr, Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-1955


The deck at Breakwater Restaurant in Hatteras is overlooking the Pamlico Sound

Breakwater Restaurant
Take a break from kiteboarding, parasailing or any of the other countless adventures in Hatteras and head over to Breakwater Restaurant for coastal classics. Try to arrive near sunset and ask for a table on the deck to watch the colorful hues along the Pamlico Sound. Then enjoy a delicious cocktail accompanied by live music. The hardest part of the evening is deciding what seafood to order, from crab-stuffed flounder to fried North Carolina shrimp. Tip: Breakwater Restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so plan accordingly.
57878 NC-12, Hatteras, NC 27943
(252) 986-2733

Diamond Shoals RestaurantIf you’re visiting the quaint town of Buxton, Diamond Shoals Restaurant is a must. Connected to a seafood market, you’ll enter a warm and inviting diner-style spot, with a variety of purchasable tchotchkes as you walk in. Sit at one of the booths for award-winning hearty clam chowder and your choice of blackened, broiled, fried, or grilled fish freshly caught daily. Sushi lovers, look forward to a sushi bar with an array of deliciously crafted rolls, made with the freshest caught seafood in town.
46843 NC-12, Hatteras, NC 27953
(252) 995-5217

Fish Heads Bar & Grill
While vacationing in Nags Head, consider Fish Heads Bar & Grill. Located on the Outer Banks Fishing Pier, you’ll want to get there early as it fills up fast. As the cool ocean breeze hits your face, sit down and get ready for some tasty seafood. Beer aficionados, this place is for you with 40 beers on tap. In addition, happy hour includes 15 cent steamed local shrimp from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily (you must order in increments of 20). If you think it’ll be too busy, make a stop at Nags Head Brew Thru on the way, where Brew Thru car tenders help stock your cooler with alcohol and snacks in this one-stop-shop drive-thru experience. Then, grab takeout from Fish Heads Bar & Grill and find a nice sunny spot on the beach and you’re all set—you’re in paradise.
8901 S Old Oregon Inlet Rd, Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-5740

The seafood market at O’Neals Sea Harvest in Wanchese

O’Neals Sea Harvest
At the southernmost end of Roanoke Island is a fishing village called Wanchese. And off the beaten path, you’ll find plenty of locals at O’Neal’s Sea Harvest. Enjoy lunch at O’Neal’s first, before picking up an array of seafood ingredients for dinner at their market. The line can get long and the menu isn’t expansive, but don’t worry, the fried soft crab BLT won’t disappoint.
618 Harbor Rd, Wanchese, NC 27981
(252) 473-4535

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Dining Impossible: A New Beginning And Nordic Adventure At The Faroe Islands https://honestcooking.com/dining-impossible-faroe-islands/ https://honestcooking.com/dining-impossible-faroe-islands/#respond Mon, 05 Jul 2021 20:59:33 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206060 The international culinary affair Dining Impossible returns, and this time the stakes are high. A four day grand dinner party at the most remote foodie destination in the world. Amazing food, the most impressive natural settings and a lesson on real sustainability achieved by tradition and Nordic culture. Helicopters, speedboats and a vintage sail ship.…

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The international culinary affair Dining Impossible returns, and this time the stakes are high. A four day grand dinner party at the most remote foodie destination in the world.

Amazing food, the most impressive natural settings and a lesson on real sustainability achieved by tradition and Nordic culture. Helicopters, speedboats and a vintage sail ship. Fresh seafood en masse, a lot of great wines and a cave concert on water. Brutal and traditional dining, a dinner crawl and the most remote fine dining restaurant in the world. This is what Dining Impossible promises for its 29th edition, this time in the distant Faroe Islands on 4-7th of August.

This time around an exclusive group of 16-20 guests, hosted by Dining Impossible’s creator, culinary ambassador Kristian Brask Thomsen, will enjoy a once in a lifetime experience that will take them to one of the most isolated food destinations of the year, the Faroe Islands in the kingdom of Denmark. A unique archipelago where visitors will find the most cinematic views, exciting products, Nordic history and Viking tales.

Queen Scallop at KOKS Restaurant. Photo: Claes Bech-Poulsen.

The journey begins with a casual welcome diner party to enjoy the world’s best lamb serving at Áarstova. The second day includes a helicopter tour of the archipelago, an open sky lunch in nature that will display the best of local cuisine, Nordic flavours and fermented goodies, and what the host calls brutal dining.  

“In a private location somewhere in the Faroes, there is an eccentric chef who prepares super fresh, alive sea products like locals did centuries ago. This one is not for the faint hearted. That night, and this whole experience is for the real and most adventurous foodies in the world”, explains Kristian Brask Thomsen.

Photo: Claes Bech-Poulsen.

The third day, guests will spend the day at sea and experience the Faroe Island from a two-mast vintage schooner, complete with a on-board lunch by the hand of Poul Andrias Ziska, Chef of the two Michelin Star (and the new green Michelin star) restaurant Koks. To spark up the appetite before the old town restaurant crawl, guests will enjoy an acoustic concert inside a cave, because music is also food for the soul.

The last day will start up quiet, the calm before the storm. Hiking, walks in nature and some much needed rest before what promises to be the grand finale, an all-in night at Koks where the restaurant, closed entirely for the group, will showcase their contemporary micro seasonal haute cuisine. This is tradition and respect for local products taken to the next level. Lamb, fish, seaweed, shellfish and potatoes are only a few of the ingredients used to achieve this new and exciting take on Faroese cuisine. The ending of the adventure? A Nordic party with sunlight, at night.

Much has been said about the changes that this past year would bring to traveling, and most of all to fine dining, but the reality of it is that now that vaccines are starting to work, borders are opening up and kitchens are lighting the fire again, the public is simply ready to jump into adventures like the ones they never dared to do before. This one, is the perfect one to give Covid the middle finger and live life to the fullest.

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DI:FAROE – Dining Impossible: Faroe Islands
September 4-7, 2021

Three Days, Four Nights, One Dinner Party
Two Helicopters, A Vintage Sail Ship
Fresh Seafood en Masse, Cave Concert
Brutal Dining, Traditional Dining, Dinner Crawl
The Most Remote Fine Dining Restaurant in The World

For further information about Dining Impossible please visit Bon Vivant Communications. Inquiries about DI:FAROE can be made directly to Kristian Brask Thomsen through e-mail: ambassador@bon-vivant.dk.

Private table at Celler de Can Roca in Girona. Credit David Egui

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Summer Wine Guides 2021: Sparklers https://honestcooking.com/summer-wine-guides-2021-sparklers/ https://honestcooking.com/summer-wine-guides-2021-sparklers/#respond Tue, 29 Jun 2021 18:41:23 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206098 While summer tends to be festive in and of itself, adding a little sparkle to it never hurts. And with the boom of amazing sparkling wines coming out of unexpected places, we’re more excited than ever to pair every summer day with a little bubbly. From England(!) to South Africa, this final summer wine guide…

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While summer tends to be festive in and of itself, adding a little sparkle to it never hurts. And with the boom of amazing sparkling wines coming out of unexpected places, we’re more excited than ever to pair every summer day with a little bubbly.

From England(!) to South Africa, this final summer wine guide of 2021 focuses on our favorite sparklers to pair with lazy or active summer days alike. Accompanied by note from the winemakers, let’s get into it:

 

Scharffenberger

Brut Excellence N.V.

Mendocino County · United States

$23

Winemaker’s Notes:

After approximately two years on the lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork, the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors.

 

La Crema

Russian River Valley Brut Rose

Russian River Valley · United States

$40

Winemaker’s Notes:

On the nose, aromas of white flowers, Braeburn apple and crushed oyster shell. Flavors of lemon meringue, wild strawberries and fresh ginger on the palate. A lively core of acidity is followed by a vibrant lingering finish.

 

Sokol Blosser

Bluebird Cuvée Sparkling 2017

Oregon · United States

$28

Winemaker’s Notes:

The Bluebird Cuvée Sparkling is designated as a Brut level of sweetness. Expressing aromatics of lychee and baguette. There are notes of spiced apple cider on the nose and on the palate, and the finish is crisp pear with bright acidity and fine bubbles.

 

Graham Beck

Brut Blanc de Blancs 2015

Western Cape · South Africa

$30

Winemaker’s Notes:

Graham Beck’s Méthode Cap Classique wines are made with meticulous attention to detail using the traditional method. They have been served at the inauguration and nomination celebrations of Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, two fathers with incredible class. Celebrate what matters with this sparkler.

 

J Vineyards

Cuvée 20 Brut N.V.

Russian River Valley · United States

$38

Winemaker’s Notes:

Our J Cuvée 20 Brut opens with nuanced aromas of toasted almond, followed by notes of Braeburn apple, dried cranberry and ginger snap. A delicate dance of bubbles leads to a soft palate with flavors of lemon meringue pie, as the wine’s creaminess is whisked away by a lively finish. Pair this versatile sparkler with Dungeness crab cake or lobster roll, fresh popped white cheddar popcorn or goat cheese rolled with herbes d’provence.

 

J Vineyards

Brut Rosé N.V.

Russian River Valley · United States

$45

Winemaker’s Notes:

Our J Brut Rosé sparkles with a vibrant, pink salmon hue and inviting aromas of jasmine blossom, Kaffir lime leaf, tangerine and raspberry. The mouthfeel is creamy and delicate, with a fine, energetic mousse that tickles the tongue. The deeply nuanced palate features notes of ripe strawberry, Bing cherry, blood orange and lemon meringue, with hints of slivered almond and watermelon juice. Pair this lively sparkling Rosé with tuna poke or grilled prawns with Meyer lemon gastrique over basmati rice. Also try a cheese pairing of gruyere with strawberry mostarda or gouda with grilled peaches.

 

Black Elephant Vintners

Cap Classique Brut N.V.

Franschhoek · South Africa

$36

Winemaker’s Notes:

Taking its inspiration from the design of the Ducati Monster, we stripped off all the bling so commonly associated with Champagnes, Cap Classique, Prosecco etc. Yes, you can’t read the label which makes you pick it up and engage….now you just have to put it into your trolley and buy it. Well suited to the African palate, that prefers sweet, but wants to drink a dry style. With a sugar level of 8g/l, well below the Brut limit of 12g/l, combined with the Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend we have a style that is far more accessible. A very Sociable style that is suited to large parties, weddings and groups of friends, you will need more than one bottle.

 

Argyle

Knudsen Vineyard Brut Vintage 2017

Willamette Valley · United States

$50

Winemaker’s Notes:

Planted in 1974 and at 900 feet elevation is where you’ll find this unique parcel of Pinot Noir for our Knudsen Vineyard Brut. Some of the few remaining vines in the Dundee Hills from that early pioneering era, this own-rooted Pommard at high elevation expresses incredible density, complexity, and elegance. Fermenting and aging in neutral wood barrel helps build layers of creamy complexity, exhibiting orange peel, nectarine and gingerbread while floating into a long, silky finish. 

 

Nyetimber

Classic Cuvee Brut

Sussex · United Kingdom

$69

Winemaker’s Notes:

The pale-golden hue and fine bubbles make our flagship Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage the ideal occasion-ready drink – whether it’s toasting a big birthday or simply finishing a busy week. Following extensive ageing in our cellar (usually more than three years), our Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage has distinctive toasty and spicy aromas. A palate of honey, almond, pastry and baked apples gives it a hint of decadence. Intense yet delicate, elegant yet complex – it’s no wonder it’s consistently crowned one of the best English sparkling wines.

 

Argyle

Brut Rose 2017

Willamette Valley · United States

$50

Winemaker’s Notes:

Blended between our two high elevation vineyards, 2017 Brut Rosé displays the delicate refinement of the Dundee Hills and the energetic structure of the Eola-Amity Hills. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier core of the blend was destemmed and cold-soaked on its skins for 24-48 hours to extract pure fruit flavors and silky, elegant texture. Direct-press Chardonnay was blended in to bring focus and mineral tension. Bright, medium salmon-pink hue in color and perfume of rose petal, orange peel, and clove lead to an elegant, supple structure, and ginger-laced finish. 

 

Nyetimber

Rose

Sussex · United Kingdom

$70

Winemaker’s Notes:

This beautiful sunset-pink Multi-Vintage rosé has us dreaming of long, sunny days. Offering a unique combination of aromas, including British summer fruits and shortbread. Its creamy, round texture and refreshing redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours give it an elegant and silky finish.

 

Meadowcroft

Blanc de Blancs

Napa Valley · United States

$34

Winemaker’s Notes:

Complex layers of Honeycrisp apple and pear mix with toasted brioche and honeycomb. A creamy and velvety palate shows stone fruits such a s ripe nectarine with delicate floral notes finishing with bright acidity. This wine is a great match for a variety of food pairings from oysters, calamari, shellfish, and fresh green salads. Also a playful match for Asian dishes and salty, deep-fried foods. 

 

Domaine de Broglie

Block H Pommard Clone Brut Rosé 2018

Dundee Hills · United States

$65

Winemaker’s Notes:

The 2018 Brut Rosé has an expansive nose with dominant notes of tropical citrus, grapefruit, and lemon peel, coupled with a nice trace of nuttiness. Bright flavors on the palate include classic “Brut” notes, pomegranate, grapefruit, and a trace of red fruit and strawberry. There is a wonderful tension between sparkling mouthfeel and acidity, with nut and bread on the finish.

 

Raptor Ridge

2015 Sparkling Brut Rosé

Chehalem Mountains · United States

$50

Winemaker’s Notes:

Since 1996, when we planted Harbinger Vineyard high in the Chehalem Mountains, we’ve watched the site struggle to produce a lean expression of Pinot noir in all but the warmest vintages. With over 2400 vines per acre, this single-guyot trellised site is densely planted by Oregon Standards. The top of the vineyard is about 800 feet above sea level, providing cool nights and slow ripening of the 100% Pinot noir plantings. In the particularly cool vintage of 2011, a switch went on in Scott’s brain…sparkle it! Henceforth, our approach to this 21-year old vineyard has been to focus on classic Méthode Champenoise.  In 2015 we decided to increase the production by adding some of our Tuscowallame Estate Pinot Noir, which comes from our highest block and contains a mixture of clones.  Both vineyards are farmed identically.   The base wine ferments and rests en tirage for about 3 years, before disgorgement and dosage to complete the wine for final bottling.

 

Willamette Valley Vineyards

2018 Appellation Cuvée Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley · United States

$55

Winemaker’s Notes:

On the Nose: Earthy red clay, cherries, rhubarb and violets.

On the Palate: Juicy and packed with red fruit and baking spices; Full-bodied and expansive, with fine-grained tannins and balancing acidity.

Food Pairings: Enjoy grilled meat dishes such as smothered filet mignon, smoked duck breast, savory braised pork roasts, caramelized onion tarts and white cheddar cheese.

 

Longboard Vineyards

Brut Rosé

Russian River Valley · United States

$50

Winemaker’s Notes:

A Brut Rose Sparkler that is dry and complex, made in the traditional methode Champenoise method, except the base wines (all Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley) were barrel-fermented in neutral oak barrels to soften the wine and add complexity.

 

Goldeneye

Brut Rose 2017

Anderson Valley · United States

$65

Winemaker’s Notes:

This dazzling sparkling wine begins with layered aromas of orange marmalade and freshly baked biscuits, as well as notes of summer strawberry and cherry. On the palate, an elegant balance between the wine’s rich, supple texture and racy acidity provides a lovely framework for the vibrant citrus and berry flavors, with hints of brioche, baking spices and lemon zest lingering on the graceful finish.

 

Domaine Carneros

Brut Rosé (Cuvée de la Pompadour) 

Los Carneros · United States

$40

Winemaker’s Notes:

The wine’s aroma, delivered on a delicate mousse, hints at wild strawberry, raspberry, peach, apricot, honeysuckle and exotic spices. Despite what its color may suggest, it is a true Brut – completely dry. And while Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé is enjoyable at a young age, it will also gain wonderful complexity with

 

Stoller Family Estate

Larue’s Brut Rosé 2017

Dundee Hills · United States

$65

Winemaker’s Notes:

Our Brut Rosé is comprised of 84% Pinot Noir and 16% Chardonnay from higher elevation sections of our estate. A vibrant rose gold color, aromatics of ripe white cherry, marzipan, and subtle hints of brioche jump out of the glass. The palate is mouthwatering with fine bubbles and an energetic tension that carries through an elongated finish. 

 

Chemistry

Pinot Noir Rosé Bubbles N.V.

Willamette Valley · United States

$20

Winemaker’s Notes:

Sweet aromatics of Bubblicious watermelon fill the glass with hints of peaches and cream as you pull away. The palate is dry, juicy and vibrant, making for an unexpected delight, showing flavors of watermelon and tart strawberry. There’s a richness that fills out the mid-palate with flavors of watermelon and tart strawberry that begs for another sip. 

 

Domaine Carneros

Ultra Brut 2015

Los Carneros · United States

$45

Winemaker’s Notes:

Ultra Brut is a rare style of Sparkling wine that relies on flawless balance. Our 2015 vintage is a serious, expressive wine with a focused freshness and exceptionally long fnish. A mélange of toasted brioche, honeycomb and wild flower on the nose leads to a dry, brisk, beautifully balanced palate of roasted almond, golden apple and crisp pear. With a surprising

mouthwatering complexity, its bright, crisp fruit and dusty minerality ride on a serious structure, the persistent, palate-cleansing finish lingering on.

 

Breathless

Brut Rosé N.V.

North Coast · United States

$33

Winemaker’s Notes:

With dramatic color and lovely aromatics balanced by well-placed acidity, our Brut Rosé has a crisp, clean finish. Sonoma County.

 

Breathless

Blanc de Blancs N.V.

North Coast · United States

$36

Winemaker’s Notes:

Bubbles bring forth aromas and roundness before finishing with light tropical notes.

100% Chardonnay.

 

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Summer Wine Guides 2021: Rosés https://honestcooking.com/summer-wine-guides-2021-roses/ https://honestcooking.com/summer-wine-guides-2021-roses/#respond Tue, 29 Jun 2021 18:35:36 +0000 https://honestcooking.com/?p=206096 There’s no way around it, summer equals rosé wine. There’s just something about the fresh, fruity notes of a well chilled rosé that makes any day feel just a little bit brighter and warmer. Part three of our 2021 summer wine guide features rosés that pair well with typical summer foods, but are also approachable…

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There’s no way around it, summer equals rosé wine. There’s just something about the fresh, fruity notes of a well chilled rosé that makes any day feel just a little bit brighter and warmer.

Part three of our 2021 summer wine guide features rosés that pair well with typical summer foods, but are also approachable enough to work well as a delicious aperitif. Presented with winemaker’s notes, and without further ado, here are our favorite rosé wines of the summer of 2021.

AIX

Rosé 2020

Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence · France

$19.99

Winemaker’s Notes:

A fragrant and well-balanced wine, AIX’s hypnotizing salmon pink color reveals a fruity freshness. The nose is delightfully fragrant with delicate balance and crisp acidity. Enjoy the notes of soft, ripe summer fruits particularly watermelon and strawberries, salad, grilled fish, poultry and Asian foods, especially sushi and curry dishes.

 

La Crema

Monterey Pinot Noir Rose 2019

Monterey · United States

$25

Winemaker’s Notes:

Presents aromas of strawberry, white raspberry, and mandarin orange followed by flavors of cran-raspberry, blood orange, and flinty minerality. On the palate, the 2019 vintage is delicate, crisp, and vibrant.

 

Longboard Vineyards

Water Girl Rosé 2018

North Coast · United States

$28

Winemaker’s Notes:

Our Grenache / Carignan / Syrah dry rose is a salute to the amazing women who are accomplished watergirls and teach us all that passion, commitment and abilities are genderless.  This wine is lively, layered with floral and berry character, it finishes with a tasty minerality that makes you feel like you have been kissed by the last rays of afternoon sunshine after a swim in tropical waters.

 

Decoy

Rosé 2019

California · United States

$20

Winemaker’s Notes:

This crisp and elegant Rosé displays enticing aromas of fresh-picked strawberries and honeydew melon, along with hints of orange blossom and guava. On the palate, it is bright and balanced, with layers of vibrant fruit and subtle notes of minerals and spice.

 

Domaine Roy & Fils

Yamhill-Carlton Estate Rosé 2020

Yamhill-Carlton District · United States

$39

Winemaker’s Notes:

This Rosé is bright, with notes of red stone fruit, and a profile that is both juicy and concentrated. An unadulterated expression of our organically farmed Quartz Acorn Vineyard, from a vintage that will surprise many with its high quality.

 

Dutton-Goldfield

Pinot Noir Rosé 2020

Sonoma Coast · United States

$30

Winemaker’s Notes:

We couldn’t be happier with our 2020 Rosé—it has the perfect balance of freshness and richness we strive for, bringing together all the essence of springtime in a glass. The color draws you in immediately, hitting just the right note of salmon pink that hints of the flavors ahead. Watermelon, maraschino cherry, cranberry and strawberry lead the parade of pink/red fruit in the nose, with these becoming more effusive and sweet-smelling as the wine sits in the glass. The mouth carries forward the aromas in the nose, adding a bit of banana to the strawberry, and zippy citrus lacing the red berries, while pretty rose petals chime in on the finish. The wine is bone dry, yet there’s a perception of sweetness from the candied quality of the juicy fruit flavors.

 

Hartford Court

Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020

Russian River Valley · United States

$30

Winemaker’s Notes:

The 2020 Rosé has aromas reminiscent of strawberry, grapefruit, Mandarin orange, white peach along with delicate kiwi and floral hints. The fruit flavors lean towards ruby grapefruit and cranberry with a subtle mineral and refreshing acid component that brings complexity and a food-friendly character to the wine. Enjoy our Rosé at cellar temperature (54? F) for maximum complexity or chilled on a hot summer day as an aperitif.

 

Eberle

Côtes-du-Rôbles Rosé 2020

Paso Robles · United States

$28

Winemaker’s Notes:

The bright acidity and fresh fruit flavors of our Rosé makes this a remarkable pairing partner to smoked salmon on a toasted bagel with cream cheese and capers, or Dungeness crab cakes with a lemon aioli sauce. If you ask Gary Eberle, he will tell you it is the most festive and perfect wine to pair well with your holiday turkey or ham.

 

Justin

Rosé 2020

Paso Robles · United States

$20

Winemaker’s Notes:

The 2020 Justin Rosé is a dry, aromatic, refreshing wine that reminds us that while rosé is great on a hot summer day, it is also a versatile wine worth reaching for all year long. A Rosé of mostly syrah that is whole cluster pressed and fermented like a white wine, it shows a beautiful salmon color in the glass with bright red fruit, crisp apple and subtle herbal notes. It’s a perfect match for a wide variety of pairings or just on its own and is a wine that is meant to be enjoyed at the table, poolside, beach-side, outside, but especially with someone by your side!

 

Château Sainte Roseline

Cuvée Lampe de Méduse Côtes de Provence Rosé 2020

Côtes de Provence · France

$21.99

Winemaker’s Notes:

Lampe de Méduse is the signature cuvée of Château Sainte Roseline. Made from the best grapes from the estate, the cuvée is available in three colors. The bottle, with a singular and iconic shape, is the fruit of the reflection of Baroness de Rasque de Laval.

 

WillaKenzie Estate

Rosé 2019

Willamette Valley · United States

$28

Winemaker’s Notes:

The 2020 Rosé is refreshing and sophisticated in style. This wine exhibits notes of passion fruit, citrus blossom, guava and watermelon rind. Those flavors carry through to a palate that is energetic, lively and well balanced.

 

Sokol Blosser

Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020

Dundee Hills · United States

$25

Winemaker’s Notes:

Bursting with fruit notes, our 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir has notes of peach and strawberry on the nose followed by hints of melon and rose petal. The palate is bright with refreshing berry notes, melon and clean acidity on the finish.  Perfect for all things summer; Dungeness crab cakes, grilled zucchini and asparagus, and the classic brunch staple, eggs Florentine.

 

Chehalem

Chehalem Mountains Rose of Pinot Noir 

Chehalem Mountains · United States

$25

Winemaker’s Notes:

Sourced exclusively from our Corral Creek Vineyard, our 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir was intentionally grown using the internationally renowned Scott Henry trellising system – named after the Oregon wine pioneer from Southern Oregon. The nose is clean and bright, with notes of strawberry, rose petal, and grapefruit. The palate is fresh and long, with a compelling tension created by aging the wine in a concrete tank and a small amount of oak. There is a hint of viscosity that provides a nice roundness on the palate with a juicy finish.

 

Tormaresca

Calafuria Rosato 2020

Salento · Italy

$15

Winemaker’s Notes:

Calafuria takes its name from the over 700 bays on the Apulian peninsula. The region has a long tradition in the production of rosé wines made with Negroamaro, a variety that best expresses its full potential near the sea. Our rosé is produced from vineyards that extend across the Adriatic coastline for over a kilometer.

 

Bryn Mawr Vineyards

Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020

Willamette Valley · United States

$25

Winemaker’s Notes:

Clear and bright watermelon pink in color. The nose is austere with notes of firm raspberry, passionfruit, and chalky minerality. The palate starts silky smooth with a surprising burst of fruit on the attack, then a crisp sweet cranberry note enters the scene and stays all the way through the soft and supple finish.

 

Mas de Cadenet 

Rose, Sainte Victoire, 2020

Cotes de Provence · France

$21

Winemaker’s Notes:

The microclimate and our calcareous soil of Sainte Victoire brings a magnificent tension to this rosé. As a rosé it is can be drunk as an aperitif, but its texture and its surprising length upleveled it to a gourmet wine that can echo fresh and delicate cuisine.

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