Summer is filled with eating delicious, flavorful fresh food. I was fortunate to do a bit of traveling, and I enjoyed a lot of great food away on vacation and right here on Long Island. Here are my picks for the best things I ate and drank this summer.
1. Boneless Rolled Quail with Peaches, Buttered Chanterelles and Charred Corn with Pasta, Cipollini Onions, Butter Beans and Black Quail
Fearrington House Restaurant, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Pure excellence in preparation and taste, in one of my favorite restaurants.
2. Sautéed Grouper with Fresh Steamed Vegetables
Capri Fish House, Naples, Florida
I love this off-the-beaten track, outdoor seafood restaurant that serves superb fresh fish taken right from the Gulf of Mexico.
3. “Summer Chitarra” Pasta with Lobster
Osteria Leana, Oyster Bay
Chunks of lobster served over perfectly made fettucine with a local corn basil pesto, trumpets, grilled scallions, Parmigiano and then finished with truffle oil. Simply suburb!
4. Lobster Bisque
Gulf Coast Kitchen, Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk
A rich lobster bisque made from homemade stock topped with a Pernod crème fraiche. It was absolutely divine.
5. Burnt Jalapeño Margarita
The Dock at the Waterlot Inn, Bermuda
Along with drinking lots of rum swizzles to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary, this craft cocktail blew me away. It was made with Patrón Silver Tequila, Cointreau, charred jalapenos, crushed cucumbers and fresh lime. The spice hits just right at the back of the throat in this tasty and refreshing concoction.
6. Pork Belly
The Newport: A Gastropub, Bermuda
This crispy pork belly on a steamed bun with honey mustard, pickled cucumber and arugula was so good and flavorful. It tied with the Bermuda-style rockfish I had at the Ocean Club. A Bermudian classic with banana, roasted almonds and garlic butter. Even better having it outside overlooking the magnificent beach.
As much as I hate to see the summer go, I look forward to all the dishes the fall has to bring—with its apples, soups and stews and hearty meats. Stay tuned for more Kerriann Eats adventures.