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Following the 100-mile diet? So is Breeze Restaurant, the signature resto at Loews Annapolis Hotel, showcasing the Chesapeake Bay region's bounty with produce, fish and meat ingredients picked straight from local farms. Chef Allison Trinkle has designed a splendid Summer 2008 menu with fresh Southern flavors. You'll enjoy lots of Chesapeake Bay blue crab, done in myriad different ways: cream of crab soup, fresh lump crab and watercress oil; crab stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon, cheddar grits and orange barbeque sauce; and Maryland crab cakes, lemon-dill buerre blanc, buttermilk mashed potatoes and green beans with grape tomatoes. Other stand-out dishes include Southern faves like mustard crusted Chesapeake rockfish with tomato-corn relish and fried green tomatoes, and the Southern fried pork chop, with Sawmill gravy and baked applesauce, cheddar grits and spring pea succotash.
Here's a recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes—perfect as a starter or side dish—that's been in the Chef's family for more than 60 years. A Tennessee native, Trinkle adds a little spice to the heirloom recipe with the red pepper aioli:
Fried Green Tomatoes with Red Pepper Aioli
4 medium, firm green tomatoes
salt and pepper
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs or cornmeal (or mix half and half)
1/2 bacon grease
Yield: 6 portions
Cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices, season with salt and pepper and dust lightly with flour. Dip tomato into beaten eggs, let excess drip off and then coat well with breadcrumbs or cornmeal. Fry, in batches in hot grease (or oil) until golden brown, turning gently (about 3 minutes per side).
Serve immediately, or keep warm at 200 degrees F until ready to serve. Serve with red pepper aioli dipping sauce.
Red Pepper Aioli
2 egg yolks
1/2 tablespoon garlic, chopped
2 cups red belle peppers, roasted, skin removed and chopped
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
Tabasco, to taste
In food processor, combine egg yolks, garlic, red peppers and mustard. Mix thoroughly, while still running slowly add the olive oil to form an emulsion (like the consistency of mayonnaise). Season with lemon juice, salt, pepper and a few drops of Tabasco. The mixture should be thick, but not stiff.
July 7, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
Some call it Hippie Chic, others Mod Sixties, Feel-Good Seventies, or Classic Rat Pack Vibe, but whatever you call Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs "The Parker", call it a great place to stay in Palm Springs. After a substantial rethink by lifestyle designer, Jonathan Adler, The Parker is now whimsical and fresh with offerings of golf, tennis, pools, croquet, Palm Springs Yacht Club first rate Spa, and upscale dinner at Norma's. As luxurious as Givenchy days though not as pretentious and far cooler than the Merv Griffin years, staying in either the standard rooms or in the original Gene Autry House is sure to have just the right vibe to please.
Area-Daily says it best: "From the bubblegum pink of the bellhops' uniforms to the outdoor lemonade stand and the refreshingly old-school games such as croquet and pétanque alongside the clay tennis courts and the upscale diner Norma's, The Parker is whimsical and fresh."
Now you can have your cake and eat it too at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, one of the capital's most exclusive hotels, perfectly placed in the fashion district of Sloane Street. The Chinoiserie, with its luxurious feel of the Orient, is a favorite London venue for Afternoon Tea and has recently become inspired by New York's iconic Magonia Bakery to introduce a confectionary collection of cupcakes dressed to impress. These gorgeous creations-- featuring fresh strawberries and blueberries covered with lashings of brightly coloured piped butter cream, retro marshmallow swirls, rice paper flowers and silver chocolate dragees-- are a fine summer addition to the Jumeirah Carlton Tower's famous Afternoon Tea. So you can step off London's bustling streets and relax with a fashionable treat and a pot of tea. Along with finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, you can indulge (with unashamed pleasure) in a little slice of heaven. Choose from Coconut and Blueberry, Chocolate and Mint, Chocolate-Banana and Marshmallow, and Strawberry and Cream.