Leather Bound Edition of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Scouted: While the release of Go Set a Watchman has been a main source of conversation among the literary set, we’ve been enjoying revisiting Harper Lee’s classic. Handsomely designed and bearing a red ribbon marker, Oxford Exchange’s leather bound edition of To Kill a Mockingbird is a must-have for fans of the treasured volume.

Oxford Exchange  // Tampa Bay, FL  //  813.253.0222

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Aug
3
2015

A Peachy Pairing

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High temperatures have us seeking out lighter fare and delicious ways to highlight mid-summer market finds. With peaches at their peak, we’ve been on the hunt for innovative ways to enjoy them (especially now that we’re experts at selecting the fragile fruit), so when TSG New Orleans editor Taylor Morgan sent us Cedric Martin’s—owner of Martin Wine Cellar—recipe for a roast peach and Parma ham salad, we couldn’t resist.

A New Orleans institution, Martin Wine Cellar has been a destination for wine, spirits, and gourmet food for nearly seven decades. In addition to being one of our favorite lunch spots and places to procure a bottle (or case, when the occasion arises), the staff can be counted on to offer thoughtful advice on seasonal pairings. Incorporating sweet peaches, salty Parma ham, and delicious fresh greens—plus some cheese for good measure—the salad is both beautiful and full of flavor, and when enjoyed with a glass of rose, as per Martin’s recommendation, the combination looks and tastes like a celebration of summer. Here’s how to make it at home:

MARTIN WINE CELLAR’S ROAST PEACH AND PARMA HAM SALAD

Ingredients:
6 peaches
Extra virgin olive oil
2 4-ounce balls of buffalo mozzarella
12 slices of Parma ham
1 lemon
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup arugula
A few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves picked

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Halve and destone the peaches, then lie them cut-side up in a snug-fitting roasting tray. Drizzle the peaches with oil, then slide the tray into the hot oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until charred and sticky. Keep an eye on them and rotate the tray for even cooking.

Place two peach halves on each serving plate. Pop a small chunk of mozzarella and a slice of Parma ham over each peach. Squeeze the lemon juice into a jam jar and add three times as much oil, season with salt and pepper, and shake well. Place the arugula and mint leaves in a bowl, drizzle with the dressing, then scatter the leaves over the peaches. Serve straight away.

Pair with:
Save: Chateau des Deux Rocs Cabrieres Rose Premices 2014
Splurge: Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose 2014

tsg-peach-post-salad-and-rose For more ideas and information on delicious pairings, browse the July issue of Martin Monthly, and find more recipes on the Martin Wine Cellar website. And of course stop in and sample the food and wine in person on your next trip to New Orleans!

Martin Wine Cellar // New Orleans, LA // 504.899.7411

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Jul
30
2015

Estate Coral and Diamond Buddha Pin

tsg-scouted-eastat-coral-buddah-pin Our TSG Charleston editor brought this pin to our attention via an email that simply said, “Love.” That accurately sums up our feelings about the gold, coral, and diamond estate piece as well. A truly show-stopping item, it is an amazing find that has quickly made its way to the top of our wish-list. Call and claim it before we do!

Croghan’s Jewel Box  //  Charleston, SC  //  843.723.3594

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Jul
29
2015

Cheers to Peach Season

tsg-peach-post-old-fashioned While some may take issue with the heat, one trip to the local farmers’ market is all it takes to confirm that there is much to love about mid-summer. As Chef Gregory Gettles of Durham’s Piedmont Restaurant notes, “Heirloom tomatoes are aplenty, beautiful squash is abundant, but most importantly, peaches dominate.”

With their sweet flavor and fragility, peaches are one of summer’s prized features, and thanks to Gettles, we now know how to pick a perfect one. When asked to weigh in on how he likes to celebrate peach season, Gettles immediately won our hearts. “Cobbler is quick and easy, marmalade preserves my hard work at market for the dark times (months without peaches), but my favorite use for fresh peaches is a cocktail that encapsulates the essence of summer.”

As one would expect from a chef who expertly highlights locally grown ingredients in delicious and innovative ways, the cocktail in question, a “New Fashioned,” is phenomenal. Combining peaches and blueberries (and, of course, bourbon), it’s the perfect summery twist on the traditional drink. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Durham to stop by Piedmont for Gettles’s take, making your own is the next best thing. We recommend sipping one while perusing Gettles’s latest farm-inspired adventures.

PIEDMONT RESTAURANT’S NEW FASHIONED

Ingredients:
2 slices of ripe peach (skinned)
6 blueberries
Orange zest
Simple syrup
2 ounces of bourbon
Bitters (orange or peach)

Instructions:
Place the peach slices, blueberries, and orange zest in the bottom of a double Old Fashioned glass. Pour 1 ounce of simple syrup over the top and add 3 dashes of bitters (we prefer Regan’s Orange Bitters or Fee Brothers Peach Bitters).

Muddle the ingredients carefully to mash the blueberries and get the peach juice out of the slices. Pour 2 ounces of bourbon (Buffalo Trace works wonders) in to the glass, making sure to pour it over the muddler so you get all the goodness off. Fill the glass with ice, then dump contents into a mixing tin, swirl once, and return to original glass. Taste for sweetness. If the drink is too strong, cut it with a splash of club soda. If the drink isn’t sweet enough, incorporate a bit more simple syrup.

Piedmont Restaurant // Durham, NC // 919.683.1213

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Jul
28
2015

Lace Polo

tsg-SCOUTED-lace-polo-shirt Pretty and preppy, this lace polo immediately made our must-have list. Available from the impeccably edited Richmond-based Roan, the top puts a delightful feminine twist on a timeless summer staple. Buy one now and enjoy it for years to come.

Roan  //  Richmond, VA  //  804.288.3699

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Jul
27
2015

Summer Accessories: Go for the Gold

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 2.16.02 PM Whether you’re a minimalist or someone who takes a more-is-more approach to style (as the above image taken by Lucy Cuneo for Croghan’s Jewel Box so expertly demonstrates!), we can all appreciate the value of a good accessory. From sleek and modern bangles to whimsical, insect-inspired necklaces, a great piece of jewelry can take an ensemble to the next level with very little effort on the part of the wearer.

Natural Elements

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Nature-infused elements are a wonderful way to always have a piece of the great outdoors close at hand. With delicate details and delightful embellishments, the above pieces elevate just about anything they touch. Clockwise from top left: 18k gold ring with diamonds and delicate leaf cut-outs available from Max’s; cognac diamond 18K rose gold sunburst wedding band from William Travis Jewelry; sakura hoop earrings from Suz Somersall; branch bangles available from Merzatta.

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We are always looking for unique and textural pieces to add to our collection, and the examples above are essentially wearable pieces of art that will look lovely against a summer glow. Top left: 18k 18kt Gold Vine Cuff available from Elizabeth Bruns; right: Goldbug bib necklace available from Croghan’s Jewel Box; bottom left: Anemone dangle earrings available from Merzatta.

MODERN GeometricS

tsg-summer-jewlery-tayloe-piggott-Group-Woolly-bangle-stack2 Geometric pieces are an easy way to add some edge to even the simplest of outfits. These fossilized Wooly mammoth and scrimshaw bangles (yes, you read that correctly) from Tayloe Piggott Jewelry offer an instant dose of boldness with their dramatic details and cool contours.

tsg-summer-jewelry-eloise-elaineb-arcoave We love jewelry with a twist, so we find these modern yet delicate pieces to be oh so appealing. Top, left: 18k gold ring by Ana Cavalheiro available from Eloise; bottom, right: gem cage necklace from Elaine B Jewelrybottom, left: dagger studs available from Arco Avenue.

The Classics

tsg-summer-jewels-croghans-classics For easy elegance, you simply cannot go wrong with the classics. Case in point: this wide French estate bracelet from Croghan’s Jewel Box that is a truly timeless treasure.

tsg-summer-jewels-classic-necklace-earrings Must-haves for the well-dressed woman: left: solid brass chain from Mi Ossatop, right: white sapphire and pearl stud beauties from Suz Somersall; middle, right: “Wallace pretzel” earrings from Tayloe Piggott Jewelry; bottom, right: Pierre & Harry’s freshwater “mabe” clip earrings.

tsg-summer-jewels-classic-cuffs No jewelry collection is complete without at least one great cuff. These simple yet stunning pieces dress up anything and when layered instantly create an elevated look. Above, left: gold cuff from Stick & Ball; above, right: Five strand hammered brass cuff available from Taylor & Tessier; bottom, left: “Rigate Cuff” available from Victoria Charles Jewelry; bottom, right: Large Corset Cuff available from Marissa Collections.

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Jul
26
2015