Tuesday 7 July
Zac has finally been able to move to Cincinnati and join Lauren in a new apartment in Northside, so they kindly invited us over to celebrate.
It is our tradition to bring bread and salt to friends' new home, so Holt made a combination of the two: rosemary focaccia, slutted up with red onions and Moroccan olives on one side and just Himalayan pink salt on the other (we also brought some smoked salmon and horseradish cream cheese, because after all, the salt side needed slutting up too).
To go with this appetizer, our hosts whipped up a batch of Mt. Vernon cocktails (they are cocktail experts, and make their own bitters as well as having all the appropriate pretty glassware).
Lauren and Zac were also our mentors on Croatian food, sending us to Konoba Kod Joze for "green noodles with sea fruits." So we were delighted that they made that recipe tonight, using the freshest clams and mussels you can get in this landlocked region, not to mention Zac's homemade spinach pasta.
The meal was accompanied by favorite wines they had brought back from their own travels, and followed up with a tomato and avocado green salad, to freshen the palate and tamp it all down.
They topped off an already fabulous meal by serving cups of Zac's own salted caramel gelato, along with some of the choicest bourbon and rye whiskies we've tasted.
So thanks for a wonderful evening, L&Z - and you can have our garden lavender for gelato any time you're ready!