Seeing Red

Seeing Red
Summer to me means that a good tomato is finally to be had.
A bright red, juicy, tomato that is actually ripe.
Instead of the usual tomato that has been picked way too soon and left to ‘ripen’ in some cold storage crate.
Tomatoes that can be enjoyed without excessive cooking procedures because they already have some actual flavor in them.
So many ways to try them, so little time before fall!
We put together a wonderfull mixture of fresh tomatoes, roasted beets and fresh cherries, along with some zucchini and peppers in the form of a chilled Gazpacho soup.  Just a touch of Spanish sherry vinegar and olive oil, and some cool summer flavors are ready to try.  The fresh sweetness of the tomatoes blends perfectly with the sweetness of the roasted beets and the fresh cherries.
Or maybe something a bit more exotic – the seeds of a tomato removed intact and presented atop a cube of watermelon as a tapas snack.  With just a drizzle of lemon and olive oil.  Maybe a pinch of dill.  The tomato seeds give the dish an exotic look, almost Salvadore Dali-esque, while the tomato and watermelon flavors complement each other perfectly.  Fun to look at, fun to eat.  Perfect for summer.
I love a fresh tomato ‘grated’ onto a piece of toasted bread, with a slice of Manchengo cheese or Serrano cured ham on top.  Known as Catalan style tomato bread.  Wonderfully fresh flavors.  And another cool summer treat.
Cherry tomatoes, red and yellow – peeled to remove any obstical between the diner and the flavor – presented as a salad with some thinly sliced red onion, a bit of aged blue cheese and a sherry vinegar and olive oil dressing.  Delicate, beautiful, flavorful.
And one of my favorite combinations – tomatoes and fresh tarragon – presented as an arranged tomato salad with a tarragon and rice wine vinegar dressing.  The very light and slightly sweet rice wine vinegar highlights the licorice flavor of the tarragon, and adds a sparkle to the fresh tomato flavor without drowning it out.
We haven’t even gotten to heirloom tomatoes yet!  But that’s for another post.
All of the dishes mentioned above are available on our daily specials menu.  So come on by and enjoy the the flavors of summer alonng with a glass of wine!

Summer to me means that a good tomato is finally to be had.

A bright red, juicy, tomato that is actually ripe.

Instead of the usual tomato that has been picked way too soon and left to ‘ripen’ in some cold storage crate.

Tomatoes that can be enjoyed without excessive cooking procedures because they already have some actual flavor in them.

So many ways to try them, so little time before fall!

We put together a wonderfull mixture of fresh tomatoes, roasted beets and fresh cherries, along with some zucchini and peppers in the form of a chilled Gazpacho soup.  Just a touch of Spanish sherry vinegar and olive oil, and some cool summer flavors are ready to try.  The fresh sweetness of the tomatoes blends perfectly with the sweetness of the roasted beets and the fresh cherries.

Or maybe something a bit more exotic – the seeds of a tomato removed intact and presented atop a cube of watermelon as a tapas snack.  With just a drizzle of lemon and olive oil.  Maybe a pinch of dill.  The tomato seeds give the dish an exotic look, almost Salvadore Dali-esque, while the tomato and watermelon flavors complement each other perfectly.  Fun to look at, fun to eat.  Perfect for summer.tomatowatermelonskewers_200x180

I love a fresh tomato ‘grated’ onto a piece of toasted bread, with a slice of Manchengo cheese or Serrano cured ham on top.  Known as Catalan style tomato bread.  Wonderfully fresh flavors.  And another cool summer treat.

Cherry tomatoes, red and yellow – peeled to remove any obstical between the diner and the flavor – presented as a salad with some thinly sliced red onion, a bit of aged blue cheese and a sherry vinegar and olive oil dressing.  Delicate, beautiful, flavorful.

And one of my favorite combinations – tomatoes and fresh tarragon – presented as an arranged tomato salad with a tarragon and rice wine vinegar dressing.  The very light and slightly sweet rice wine vinegar highlights the licorice flavor of the tarragon, and adds a sparkle to the fresh tomato flavor without drowning it out.

We haven’t even gotten to heirloom tomatoes yet!  But that’s for another post.

All of the dishes mentioned above are available on our daily specials menu.  So come on by and enjoy the the flavors of summer alonng with a glass of wine!

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