Sunday, September 18, 2011

Last Days of Summer

It's already feeling a bit like fall in NYC, and we've been missing the heat of the summer already.  It's going to be a long winter, we believe.  While we usually find ourselves piling on the sweaters prematurely and getting excited about cider season, this year, we are still craving everything lime and that sweet summery feel of freedom. 

In an effort to relive our days under the sun, we share with you our Gastronomista pool party - a celebration of meat and libation.  We took to the suburbs armed with 3 chickens, boar sausage, pork chops, a goose, and lots of delicious spreads and tapenades

We kicked off the weekend with a delicious Gastronomista Solerno Cocktail:

2 oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
4-5 dashes Angostura Bitters
Top with soda water
Garnish with orange peel
Served over ice

Solerno makes a surprisingly good in a simple cocktail, which can be credited to the all natural ingredients - sweetening from beets, and of course, those gorgeous Italian Blood Oranges..  It's such a lovely liqueur (and don't even get us started on that bottle, or we'll be here for days gushing on about red glass).

We hit the pool - which is where we spent most of the day paddling around and enjoying the sun (as it should be).  But we know you don't visit Gastronomista to see us float around in pools - on to the food:

 The dudes prepping the chickens for fire

Tapenades and Kale Salad
(The spicy olive was the clear winner)

Miss Duquesne getting down to business

 The nymphs left us a gift in the grotto

and... done.

We're already looking forward to next summer...

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