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Words We Love

Aug
5
2015

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

August Loves

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A something in a summer’s Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.
—from “A something in a summer’s Day” by Emily Dickinson

After two travel- and activity-filled months of summer, it’s always somewhat of a relief when August arrives. There’s a necessary winding down that occurs during summer’s final full month, and between the decreasing daylight hours and high temperatures, August seems to oblige. Here’s to moments of self-reflection amongst the humidity and end-of-summer fun.

Seven Things We Love About August

1. Artisanal Art: As summer draws to a close, we start looking for handcrafted vessels in which to display our outdoor finds. Hunt Country, Virginia’s Duvall Designs Gallery carries gorgeous locally made works that will look fabulous in the home all year round.
2. Vintage Handbags: Something about autumn’s impending arrival makes us up the sophistication factor. A truly stunning handbag like the above Hermes Birkin from Aspen’s luxury consignment boutique The Little Bird will more than fit the bill. (Find their tips for scoring a fabulous vintage find here!)
3. Fall Fashion Forecasts: We cannot wait to break out our fall wardrobes, thanks to pieces like the Novis coat, featured above. Capitol in Charlotte will be hosting a trunk show with the line soon.
4. Pretty Pop Art: August is hot. Why not head to a nice, cool gallery and treat yourself to a fantastic work that you’ll treasure for years to come, like one of New Orleans-based artist Ashley Longshore’s highly coveted paintings?
5. Custom Curtains: The right window treatment can really transform a room. If you’re in New Orleans and are considering custom drapes or sheers, Katie Koch Home has you covered.
6. Celebration Silver: Is it just us, or do early September due dates seem popular this year? The celebration cup shown above from Charleston’s Croghan’s Jewel Box is the perfect gift for new arrivals.
7. French Daybeds: Let’s face it. Never is a fainting couch more necessary than August. The 1939 Bon Marche Mohair Velvet Daybed from Nashville’s Garden Variety, shown above, is practically a must-have for the month.

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Aug
2
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