Mussels with Herb-Cream Broth

Unlike most of our trips to the Cape, we breezed over the Sagamore Bridge without hitting any traffic.  It was particularly odd for the Labor Day weekend.  Definitely a pleasant surprise, one we felt we deserved after a summer of sitting bumper to bumper for hours on end.  We arrived, mixed gin and tonics, and sat outside until the sun went down.  I woke up on Saturday (at 6:30, because Maki’s trained me to wake up then. Oh, the joys of having a pup), and, following a walk around the neighborhood, got started on a batch of blueberry scones.  Of course, as we finished our leisurely breakfast, talk quickly turned to what we were going to eat for lunch. It didn’t take long to figure out the perfect Cape Cod lunch: mussels with crusty bread and a crisp white wine.

A bowl of mussels is one of those unique dishes that’s decadent and satisfying and takes very little work.  A bit of butter, a lot of garlic, a splash of cream and white wine and you have something splendid.  There’s no question that bread must be served… and you’ll need the whole loaf… for scooping up mussels and dipping into this rich broth.

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Belinda @themoonblushbakerSeptember 9, 2013 - 12:40 am

That trip sounds lovely, I really want to travel and taste the local produce. Such a classical dish, who can not resist a big bowl of these?

Ali @ InspiralizedSeptember 9, 2013 - 8:40 am

Mmm… your photography is amazing, really makes me feel like I was there with you having those mussels. Thanks for the great post.

Liz @ The Lemon BowlSeptember 9, 2013 - 9:15 am

I am going through major Boston seafood withdrawal!!!

JeanetteSeptember 9, 2013 - 9:17 am

My kids love shellfish so I know they’d enjoy this recipe – love all the wonderful seafood New England has to offer.

Bev @ Bev CooksSeptember 9, 2013 - 10:14 am

Dyyyyyyyying to eat mussels agaaaaaaiiiiin. So much that I need to add alllllll these extra leeeeeeeetttterrrrsssss.

Arthur in the Garden!September 9, 2013 - 11:15 am

Yummy but I prefer scallops!

Andrew FrishmanSeptember 9, 2013 - 11:22 am

MMnnn… I loves me some mussels, especially when they were so tasty!

Los mejillones son una delicia, y se aferran a las rocas en el océano con intensidad.

Dan from Platter talkSeptember 9, 2013 - 12:25 pm

I read this with hunger and envy. Great post, wish I had been there!!

Diane {Created by Diane}September 9, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Oh I just LOVE this, I can almost smell the goodness from here!

Culinary CorySeptember 9, 2013 - 3:49 pm

I absolutely love mussels, especially when they are accompanied with a pint of ale and a pile of twice-fried frites. Yum!

Aimee Wimbush-BourqueSeptember 9, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Sounds like the perfect getaway, Brian!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 9, 2013 - 10:58 pm

You guys have the best weekends!

MonetSeptember 9, 2013 - 11:19 pm

I first had mussels in Maine…and I’ve been addicted ever since. Unfortunately, Colorado is VERY landlocked. I always look forward to summers when I travel out east. Thank you for sharing yet another delicious and delightful post. I hope you had a wonderful Monday. Here’s to an even better week!

Alison LewisSeptember 10, 2013 - 1:30 am

sounds totally divine!

Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego)September 10, 2013 - 9:11 am

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Mussels are so fabulous, and you made them even more so with your pictures. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveSeptember 10, 2013 - 11:57 am

Mmmm…love mussels. That sauce sounds divine!!

IleanaSeptember 11, 2013 - 12:22 pm

I love mussels. Such a quick and satisfying meal. Your version looks delicious!

Arthur in the Garden!September 11, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Wonderful flavors!

LirenSeptember 12, 2013 - 11:27 am

Nothing compares to a bowl of mussels. Divine.

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RochelleSeptember 18, 2013 - 4:50 am

Gorgeous! I would love to dip crusty bread in that cream sauce any time of year. I wonder if the store has some fresh mussels…

ShainaSeptember 22, 2013 - 12:17 am

sound so decadent. I need to make this for my mussels-loving sister the next time I have her for dinner. Perfect, Brian.

Erin @ MyRecipesOctober 4, 2013 - 4:08 pm

This meal sounds completely ideal. White wine and crispy bread are musts!

GourmandizeNovember 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Hello! We are currently hosting a recipe contest in search of the best weeknight dinners. This recipe would be a great contender! The contest ends 11/14/2013. If you are interested in competing, visit our site. First prize is a $100 Willliams Sonoma gift card!!

Vernon LingardoDecember 30, 2013 - 8:06 am

delicious mussels that contain lots of protein…thank you for information

Bully Boy Distillers and The Cedric Street Cocktail

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Will and Dave Willis, brothers and owners of Bully Boy Distillery in Roxbury, at the launch party for their Boston Rum.  We chatted about scheduling a time to do a piece for The Boys Club, but didn’t get around to it until the other week.  The Willis Brothers were generous enough to give me a private tour and sat down to chat with me a bit more about the creation of their very successful business.

Click here to check out the interview and my recipe for The Cedric Street Cocktail, made with their Boston Rum.

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveSeptember 3, 2013 - 7:49 am

Great post – such an interesting process! Loved the photos!

JoanneSeptember 3, 2013 - 8:04 am

I love seeing the photos of this whole process!! And I feel like I need to make a dark and stormy out of that rum…mmm.

Dan from Platter TalkSeptember 3, 2013 - 8:52 am

Fantastic piece. Love the story and photos!

jaime @ laviejaimeSeptember 3, 2013 - 12:06 pm

i love Bully Boy packaging and products. great piece and photos.
Nice to find your blog- I am a Southie resident too.

Andrew FrishmanSeptember 4, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Mnnnn… I loves me some distillation.

Ron Ron rico!

CarolynSeptember 6, 2013 - 6:37 am

Wow, what a gorgeous distillery and that label about a drinking problem made me laugh! I need to check this place out!

MonetSeptember 6, 2013 - 7:42 pm

How beautiful. Your shots are full of such artistry, Brian. No matter what you’re shooting…I know you will capture the beauty of each moment. Thank you for sharing!

Profile: Katie Emmerson, Bar Manager at The Hawthorne (Boston)

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Dan from Platter TalkAugust 30, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Love the post, profile, photos, and particularly the recipes. Thanks for sharing!

Alison Maguire SheffieldAugust 31, 2013 - 12:03 am

A lovely tribute to my favorite bar manager.

JoanneSeptember 2, 2013 - 7:30 am

The Company Swizzle is probably something I need in my life. On a weekly (daily) basis.

KristenSeptember 4, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Just wow… your photos never cease to amaze me!

Spiced Double Chocolate Cookies

I woke up Saturday morning with Eric sleeping soundly next to me and Maki curled up at the end of the bed.  It took me a moment to realize what was so strange about this: it had been 2 months since I’d been home on a weekend.  Maybe all that travel is why this summer has flown by.  I took this as an opportunity to relax a bit, which meant baking cookies, followed by a day of eating and drinking and time spent outdoors with friends (eating and drinking, of course).  It was exactly what I needed.  A chance to decompress a little.

While I sat at the table, dropping heaping tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet, Eric walked into the room and inspected the cookies that were cooling on the wire rack.  Always eager to be my taste-tester, he snatched one up and took a bite.

These are great!  Where did you get the recipe?

I looked up.

What do you mean?  I created it.  

They’re really, good. There’s some kick there. Cayenne?  

Yup. And some cinnamon too.

I love that.  Gonna post these on the blog?

Of course.

Awesome.

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Belinda @themoonblushbakerAugust 27, 2013 - 1:59 am

Simply gorgeous! I love the combination of chilli and chocolate, no wonder he was so keen to taste these!

KelsterAugust 27, 2013 - 1:59 am

I have to make these very soon!

SMITH BITESAugust 27, 2013 - 7:37 am

yep – chocolate and spices, marriage made in heaven – Eric knows a good thing when he sees it!

Jamie @lifelovelemonsAugust 27, 2013 - 8:30 am

Love the twist the cinnamon gives these! What a warm, yummy sounding cookie!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveAugust 27, 2013 - 8:48 am

These sound amazing!! I love the addition of cinnamon and cayenne!! Gonna have to make these just for me! :)

TieghanAugust 27, 2013 - 8:48 am

Double chocolate anything is going to be a winner around here. These are killer and I love you story that goes with them. Too cute!

Liz @ The Lemon BowlAugust 27, 2013 - 9:00 am

I love this!!! I make my hot cocoa with these spices so I know I’d love it in a cookie!!

Bev @ Bev CooksAugust 27, 2013 - 11:53 am

You don’t even KNOW how excited I am to make 27 batches of these cookies.

don’t. even. know.

Sarvani (baker-in-disguise)August 27, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Cayenne.. that’s interesting.. more like intrigued.. should try this soon.

Andrew FrishmanAugust 27, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Mmmnnn… I LOVES me some cookies – especially when they are double spiced.

individuales, dobles, triples, infinito

CaraAugust 27, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Ah, to be the husband of a food blogger! (PS that’s just what happened to my summer, too. Twins?)

Ron HilbinkAugust 27, 2013 - 4:15 pm

May Kay and I volunteer to be tasters? They sound like something I would love.

Kay FrishmanAugust 27, 2013 - 6:17 pm

These sound delicious–I think we should have these to taste on the Cape too!

Lisa AnneAugust 27, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Do you think I can leave out the cayenne? Can’t have it.
Thanks.

KristenAugust 28, 2013 - 12:22 am

Oh these cookies have had me craving chocolate since I first saw them this morning! Delicious!

Peaches, PleaseAugust 28, 2013 - 12:31 am

These sound delish!

Jennifer AkridgeAugust 28, 2013 - 3:47 am

I make brownies with cinnamon and cayenne along with dark chocolate chips. Oh they are divine. Nectar of the Goddesses. I will be baking some of these also.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarAugust 28, 2013 - 8:42 am

This recipe is lovely. Simple and unique at the same time :)

JoanneAugust 29, 2013 - 7:16 am

I love lazy weekends. We haven’t had enough of those either!

The spice in these would make me so so so happy.

CarolynAugust 29, 2013 - 11:56 am

Saw these beauties on Facebook and was enamoured right from the start.

MonetAugust 29, 2013 - 7:29 pm

I’m so glad that you had a weekend. We all need those quiet Saturday mornings…especially when they result in creations like this. Thank you for sharing them with us Brian. Love the thought of the chocolate and spice combo.

Greg HenryAugust 29, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Cookies say homecoming. Enjoy the time spent there. I have a feeling it’s going to be a busy fall too. GREG

MikeVFMKSeptember 2, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Love this, Brian! Looks amazing.

Lora @cakeduchessSeptember 3, 2013 - 11:36 am

oh, gosh how I would love a cookie now with my coffee. I adore spice and chocolate together-just fabulous, Bri!

Rene UlrichSeptember 5, 2013 - 12:22 am

oh yummmmm I would switch it to all org. ing. :-) then I can eat them all :-)

Patty PageSeptember 5, 2013 - 6:57 am

Is it really necessary to shave the chocolate with a chef’s knife? Won’t another method do? They do sound yummy.

Averie @ Averie CooksSeptember 9, 2013 - 11:45 am

Cinnamon, cayenne, cocoa powder – Chocolate cookies with a kick sound so good right about now!

ShainaSeptember 9, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Loving the sweet-hot of these, and they look amazing.

nusrat2010September 10, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Fun doubles up when humans take a bite from double chocolate cookies :) And Fun turns into fascination when that cookies have a little spicy kick :)

I love the real, honest, unpretentious, simple yet glamorous look of your cookies :)

Hugely inspired to try them ASAP.

The Food HoundSeptember 14, 2013 - 3:23 pm

This is such an awesome idea. Like Mexican hot chocolate in cookie form!! I bet they would be great crumbled in chocolate or cinnamon ice cream, too. Well done! I will make these soon!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionSeptember 15, 2013 - 10:04 pm

Oooh… These look amazing! I love pairing chocolate with a little bit of heat and cinnamon. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

ClaudiaJanuary 6, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Did you use Dutch processed or raw cacao powder in this recipe?

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Why I Love Taking Pictures With My Phone (+ Some Tips/Tricks)

The first time I brought a camera into a restaurant was over two years ago.  This was before I’d purchased my first smart phone, and I lugged around my hefty camera and lenses wherever I went.  Despite the challenges of carrying a camera everywhere, this was my creative outlet and I loved capturing my favorite restaurants and landmarks.

Ever since I started working professionally as a food photographer, I do like to take a break from my camera from time to time.  Sometimes you just need a little space.  I rarely bring it along when we go out to eat or are traveling anymore.  On a recent trip to Vegas, I only took my camera out once, opting to use my phone to take all my pictures.

As a photographer, there’s something very liberating about shooting with a smart phone.  First off, you can be discrete about taking pictures.  It’s easier to capture the environment of a restaurant when you’re not whipping out a massive lens.  Both patrons and servers get weird when they see a camera pointed at them (and I don’t blame them for that… it’s a bit intrusive).  A phone, however, can be used to take a picture without anyone noticing.

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JeanetteAugust 23, 2013 - 8:08 am

Great tips – I prefer using my phone to take pictures in the restaurants too. So much easier and less intrusive.

Liz @ The Lemon BowlAugust 23, 2013 - 8:13 am

Don’t judge me but…. I don’t own a real camera. :-) Love all of these tips!! I also love the fact that you DO have a camera but choose to use your phone more often than not. Awesome post!

VanessaAugust 23, 2013 - 8:22 am

Nice tips =)

Dan from Platter TalkAugust 23, 2013 - 8:56 am

Terrific and timely post. I’m still a novice food blogger, having started in earnest this past February. For the first few months my DSLR was out of commission and so I relied solely on my iPhone, getting what I think are great results. I continue to use it as a backup and although there are limitations to any camera, I think certain attribute such as what is in essence macro capabilities and even the white balance performance are often times superior to my Nikon D40. Thanks for the tips, I ate this one up!!

jaime @ asweetroadAugust 23, 2013 - 10:04 am

This was great to read. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down by the fact that a cell phone camera just isn’t up to par with a one, two thousand something dollar dslr camera, but the concept of how to shoot a photo is all the same. Seeing your photos was so inspiring, so thank you for the ideas and inspiration!

KristenAugust 23, 2013 - 11:19 am

I always love your photos Brian… thanks for the tips!
I am dying over Eric’s tumblr! That is FANTASTIC!

LirenAugust 23, 2013 - 11:52 am

I do agree, shooting with a phone is great practice for the big guns, and sometimes, it amazes me, the quality of the camera phone. I love that I don’t have to lug around the big DSLR all the time, too! Always enjoy your photos, Instagram and otherwise :)

SonjaAugust 23, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Perfect timing! My only options at the moment are my Iphone and a Nikon point-and-shoot, and I must say that I like my phone more. These tips are great! Especially the one about only taking pictures in day light… It reassured me that I am not the only one who is unable to take a nice picture without flash at night! :)

Reluctant EntertainerAugust 23, 2013 - 2:05 pm

You are so talented! I would love to someday take great photos like you.

TidyMomAugust 23, 2013 - 3:36 pm

i totally love the freedom of using my iphone when I’m out and I’ve also used it at home a few times for a blog post instead of grabbing my big girl camera a few times – great when I’m trying to get dinner on the table but I want a shot or two before I serve it!

SideChefAugust 23, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Amazing tips and beautiful examples of iPhone food photography!

DeniseAugust 23, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Great tips Brian. Maybe you will be teaching one day when I am that way … :) I have to agree with you, I have been using my iPhone camera more and more when traveling. My DSLR is becoming the neglected child.

Averie @ Averie CooksAugust 23, 2013 - 10:28 pm

This is an awesome post, Brian! Great tips and I never thought about that before, but top-down shots always do turn out very well with my iphone as compared to side/angled shots which can be more iffy with the depth of field.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.August 24, 2013 - 1:32 am

I love these tips and photos! Lighting is the hardest thing for me to get with my phone in restaurants.

JoanneAugust 24, 2013 - 5:29 am

Love this! I never take my camera around when I go out anymore either…it’s too much of a hassle to bring it and then have to worry about it. That being said, my smart phone skillz could use some sharpening…this post was perfect!

Chef DennisAugust 24, 2013 - 6:10 am

thanks for sharing your tips for shooting my a smart phone Brian, I just got a Samsung S4 and have started using it to shoot with when I’m out and about, your tips came at a great time!

Arthur in the Garden!August 24, 2013 - 5:51 pm

The phones are becomming better than cameras!

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AdriAugust 25, 2013 - 12:11 pm

This is my first visit to your site, and I am so glad to have found it. Your work is beautiful!

Archana@FeedingTheFoodieAugust 25, 2013 - 6:03 pm

these tips are spot on. I’m no professional photographer, but I’ve used all those principles in my photography for my blog, and every single pic on my blog was taken on the Iphone! not too shabby …

CarolynAugust 26, 2013 - 6:22 am

Great tips, Brian. Unfortunately, I have an Android and the photos just aren’t as good. But my iPad takes some great ones and I am having fun playing with those.

Lora @cakeduchessAugust 26, 2013 - 6:23 am

Such a great post and all these shots are fantastic. So true how much more discreet it is to take a photo with your phone as opposed to an actual camera while dining out. Those oysters look so good!

Bev @ Bev CooksAugust 26, 2013 - 10:36 am

Adore, adore, adore.

Cory Van HornAugust 26, 2013 - 12:18 pm

I’ve really started to love using my iPhone for food photos lately. Under the right conditions, the shots are often just as good or better than with my DSLR. Great tips!

Barbara | Creative CulinaryAugust 26, 2013 - 2:10 pm

I don’t have an iPhone but I love my Samsung Galaxy S4 and I’m wondering if you can set your point of focus? Although I typically take very quick shots, nothing really setup like yours, I do like that I can determine that point if I chose to include some bokeh in my snaps.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.comAugust 26, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Great tips and thanks for sharing, Brian. I love my DSLR but I use my phone very often especially outdoors. Can’t imagine lugging around that huge camera.

You are so right about shooting from above. Makes it all more appealing on the phone :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenAugust 26, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Ha, I love that your hubby has his own blog now too!

Deepali JainAugust 27, 2013 - 2:28 am

great tips. Though I do not shoot with my phone, I do shoot with P&S. And from my experience in last 2 years, the same tips and tricks apply to shooting with point & shoot as well. I have started doing a re-visiting food photos through the lens series, in which I re-shoot my earlier shot photos with a different setting/ composition but same camera. And my best photos are overhead shots with textured background.

Samantha Tringali HowieAugust 27, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Wonderful article and thanks for the tips!

MaryAugust 31, 2013 - 9:31 am

These are great tips, Brian. LOVE your husband’s site too! Could there be a more perfect name for it?

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Mama's Gotta BakeDecember 21, 2013 - 9:02 pm

This post was very helpful to me. I have been lugging my DSLR around with me to restaurants, and my husband and my friends just roll their eyes. The big camera is very intrusive, and I did not realize that a smartphone took such nice photos. I love the one of the shellfish. I’ll have to remember to shoot from above. Great tips!

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Roasted Eggplant, Pickled Red Onion and Boursin Sandwiches

Despite having lived in Boston for almost a decade, I always refer to New York as “The City”. This is what we’ve called it since we were kids. “I’m going to have dinner with friends in The City.” or “We’re going into The City to see a show.”   It sometimes confuses my Boston friends when I say this. Aren’t we in The City? No. We’re not. Sorry.

Eric and I went down for the weekend, a somewhat spontaneous trip. Often, we bypass New York and head straight to Jersey to see my family. But when my parents were on the Cape with us a few weeks ago, they mentioned that they were seeing Pippin on Broadway and, if we wanted, they’d get us tickets (best parents ever, right?).  So, we came in Friday night, stayed with our friend on the Upper West Side, and went to see the show on Saturday. Let’s just say we were not disappointed.  If you happen to be in New York, I recommend trying to get tickets for it.

After the show, Eric and I walked the High Line (did I mention that we had already walked all the way from 91st St) to Barbuto, a restaurant in the Village, where we were meeting friends for dinner.  The meal was fabulous… rustic, seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes.  Their kale salad rocked my world.

This eggplant sandwich was something I dreamt up following a love affair with a batch of pickled red onions (I’ve been on a pickling kick recently… dill pickles, pickled beets, and now pickled red onions).  It worked perfectly that we had a loaf of fresh baked bread around and a container of herbed boursin cheese.  I’m a sucker for a good sandwich and this one did the trick.

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Sarah | The Sugar HitAugust 19, 2013 - 12:04 am

Beautiful images as always – and is there anything that sandwiches cannot do? I love how elegant this combination is.

JaniceAugust 19, 2013 - 12:20 am

I should be in bed by now, but your tweet about this sandwich caught my attention and I’m so glad I stayed up for this. I LOVE putting Boursin cheese in sandwiches, but your combination with the roasted eggplant and pickled onions rocks! I definitely will be making this soon. Thanks for sharing :)

AggieAugust 19, 2013 - 7:19 am

What a treat to be able to pop over to the city for a meal or a visit, I love it. This sandwich is something I could totally eat everyday in the summer! It looks perfect Brian!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarAugust 19, 2013 - 7:27 am

I’m so jealous that you went to see Pippin!! I’ve wanted to see it for what seems like forever..also, so nice of your parents to get you tickets!! And this sandwich?! LOVE! I kind of love everything this morning apparently, lol.

TieghanAugust 19, 2013 - 8:47 am

What a gorgeous sandwich!

Dan from Platter talkAugust 19, 2013 - 8:59 am

How wonderful does this look?! City or country, I feel certain this creation would taste great anywhere – particularly during these dog days of summer, which I love. Great post and I’m happy to have found your site!

Belinda @themoonblushbakerAugust 19, 2013 - 10:55 am

Pickles are really coming into their own, nothing better in a sandwich. Stunning photos of sandwich, I would love to see the snaps you took on your adventure.

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionAugust 19, 2013 - 11:52 am

You had me at pickled red onion. And, of course, I happen to have some eggplant from our CSA in the fridge just begging to be used in a sandwich. Perfect timing! :)

LirenAugust 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

We speak the same language, my friend. Pickled onions (pickled anything) and roasted eggplant? Yes. With Boursin? Yes! And there’s nothing like going into “the city.” Can’t wait to visit home next spring, that’s for sure. I may have to squeeze in Pippin!

dixya| food, pleasure, and healthAugust 19, 2013 - 1:15 pm

picked onion sounds so good. I will be making this sandwich soon.

Cate @ Chez CateyLouAugust 19, 2013 - 1:15 pm

This sandwich looks amazing! The color of those pickled onions is just gorgeous! I’m glad you had a fun weekend in the City – I’ll have to go see Pippin!

Denise WoodwardAugust 19, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Okay, you had me at pickled beets, then you added roasted eggplant. Not to mention the Boursin cheese, which we were recently re-introduced to while friends from Belgium were here – they love the stuff. Great sandwich! We so need to plan a trip to New York that does not involve work – sounds like a wonderful weekend! xo

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenAugust 19, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Ooo, I’ve been on a similar pickling kick lately as well so I’ve got to try those onions.

JoanneAugust 20, 2013 - 6:34 am

I played the piano for Pippin in college and so I definitely have a soft spot for it and have been meaning to see it! SO glad to hear it was worth it!! it’s such a weird, random musical lol.

OMG these sandwiches. The pickled onions are seriously fabulous here. I wish I’d included them in my sandwich yesterday!

Tracy | Peanutbutter and OnionAugust 20, 2013 - 8:27 am

This looks incredible! I’m always on the lookout for new sandwich ideas, THANKS!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveAugust 20, 2013 - 8:33 am

Love pickled onions!! Amazing-looking sandwich! :)

Grace @ Earthy FeastAugust 20, 2013 - 10:48 am

That sandwich looks and sounds amazing! Those pickled red onions are the prettiest shade of pink! Yum!

KaseyAugust 20, 2013 - 11:23 am

Oh how I love the High Line! Living in SF, I always find it funny when people say ‘the city’ because living in the city, I forget it’s ‘the city’ around these parts. But I agree with you – if any city is going to have that stature, it best be NYC :)

Tracy NevilleAugust 20, 2013 - 12:25 pm

This looks incredible…. I’m always on the lookout for new sandwich ideas, THANKS.

AmandaAugust 20, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Now that’s a sandwich! I have been obsessed with pickled red onions for the last couple of months; they are the perfect addition to sandwiches and salads (especially of the grain variety!).

Andrew FrishmanAugust 20, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Mnnn… I loves me some boursin, especially with some pickled stuffs!

¡Queso ahora, y queso por siempre!

RochelleAugust 21, 2013 - 4:43 am

Stunning sandwich! I wish we had some eggplant growing in the garden this year, but alas, we don’t. There are a good number of red onions growing in the garden, and they are sooooo good pickled, I’ll just have to go scrounge up an eggplant at the store so I can make this sandwich :)

Jeanette's Healthy LivingAugust 21, 2013 - 1:54 pm

This is the perfect summer sandwich – I love pickled onions!

What a gorgeous sandwich. Boursin with grilled eggplants sound divine.

MonetAugust 21, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Now to make sandwiches for dinner. Just stunning images, Brian. I love pickled red onions. I started doing it a few years ago, after reading a blog post by David Lebovitz. They certainly do elevate a sandwich. Thank you for sharing!

Russell at Chasing DeliciousAugust 23, 2013 - 9:49 am

Yum! This sandwich looks eggcellent. Get it? Egg plant. Excellent? Yeah. Okay.

Lora @cakeduchessAugust 26, 2013 - 6:24 am

I would become an onion on a sandwich fan with these gorgeous pickled onions. This is a wonderful sandwich for lunch or dinner…so flavorful and I’ve got to make these onions this week.

Roxana | Roxana's Home BakingAugust 26, 2013 - 8:38 pm

I’m the only pickle eater in my family which is the best thing ever! More for me and this sandwich looks like dinner. Love the bright purple color of the onion!

Tess @ Tips on Healthy LivingAugust 27, 2013 - 5:40 pm

This looks delicious! What would you recommend substituting for the herbed boursin cheese?

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