“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”
Today we celebrate two beautiful snacks for no other reason than that they are delicious. First up, pictured above, is a current special at Lampo, where they continue to knock it out of the park. Cavoletti di Bruxelles is a salad of shaved Brussels sprouts with fennel, hazelnuts, and grated pecorino, dressed in a vinaigrette flavored with maple syrup and garum, a fermented fish sauce from Italy. People often associate “umami” with Japan and China, but the savory flavor is prevalent in cuisines all over the world, including Italy. This well-executed dish is a perfect example.
Next up is Albemarle Baking Company’s bostock, pictured below, which is a thick slice of brioche soaked in a rum syrup and topped with almond cream, almonds, and powdered sugar. Delicious on its own, it’s even better with a drink to wash it down. We’d suggest coffee or a dram of dark rum.