Wannabe Martha

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A Lovely Lunch

Last Friday night my friend from college and her husband were visiting, so we headed to downtown Charleston for dinner and ended up at the very excellent restaurant, High Cotton, on East Bay Street.  The only seating available was a table in the bar, but the tables were nice and the jazz was great and, of course, I was in perfect company.

The menu is amazing.  The food is so fresh and so elegant.  The portions are perfect.  My starter was the sublime Buffalo Mozzarella Panzanella.  Heirloom tomatos, romesco, borage flowers, basil pistou, delicate croutons.  It was an explosion of taste.

I’ve been thinking about that salad ever since.  So today, for lunch, voila!

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Baby rocket, mozzarella perlini, Campari tomatoes, toasted walnuts, all drizzled with lemon vinaigrette (lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, cracked pepper).

It was so good.  No, not the High Cotton Panzanella, but delicious.  I may just have another tomorrow.

This is where I  make a product pitch.  I recently discovered California Olive Ranch’s olive oil and it has to be one of the best ever. I could seriously drink this stuff.  It’s rich, fruity, silky, but doesn’t fight with other flavors.   If your market doesn’t carry it, throw a tantrum, or order it online.

(Let’s just agree to overlook the fact that the photo is ever so slightly out of focus.  My eyes were glazing over and I was having a hard time containing the drool.  I’ll do better next time.)

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