Bruxelles and Bostock

by Charlottesville29


“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.