Go Fish

Shops June 29th, 2015 — by:

We’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for these fishy fresh finds.

These Karen Adams Note Cards feature sleek gold foil fish with orange edging and have some of the most fun envelope liners we’ve seen. Perfect for summer correspondence.

These earrings are part of House of Lavande’s Sea Goddess collection… A fitting title for these dramatic stunners.

Berti’s Filet Knive is the knife of choice for chefs all over the world.

These personalized “They Drink Like Fish” cocktail napkins are the perfect conversation starter for any party.

Catch your own dinner with the help of one of Oyster Fly Rod’s reels.

 

Summer is here and that means the farmers markets are overflowing with ripe, juicy tomatoes. Thankfully, we were able to find this delicious recipe that our friends at St. James Cheese posted that helps us put all of those tomatoes to good use!

Comté, Caramelized Onion & Tomato Tart

Serves 8-10
• 1 ½ tablespoons butter
• 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
• Pinch sugar
• Salt and pepper
• 1 tablespoon water, plus additional
for brushing pastry
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme,
plus additional for serving
• 1 sheet frozen all-butter puff pastry, thawed
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 2 cups shredded Comté (4-6 ounces)
• 2 plum tomatoes, very thinly sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the upper third of the oven. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the onions with a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until caramelized and golden, about 15 minutes. Add water and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan; cook until water is absorbed. Add thyme and transfer to a bowl.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into a large rectangle, roughly 16 by 13 inches. Cut in half lengthwise. Transfer both pieces to the prepared baking sheet. Brush edges with water and fold over to form a ½ inch border. Using the back of a fork, press edges to seal. Prick holes in the bottom of the tart (not on edges) with the fork.
4. Brush the bottom of each tart with 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Divide the caramelized onions among each tart, followed by the shredded Comté. Arrange slices of tomato in an overlapping line down the center of each. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 22-25 minutes, or until golden. Cool slightly and sprinkle thyme leaves over the top to garnish. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of the Comté Cheese Association USA.

I Scream, You Scream

Food & Drink June 22nd, 2015 — by:

Beat the heat with some of our favorite warm weather treats!

Honeysuckle’s Watermelon Gelato is simply wonderful. We can’t imagine anything being more refreshing.

Reminiscent of your childhood favorite with an updated twist, these hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches feature creamy strawberry ice cream brimming with fresh strawberries and complemented by two chewy sugar cookies.

Ribbons of our golden brown caramel are layered into each batch of our vanilla gelato making each spoonful of this treat perfectly smooth and slightly salty.

Can’t decide which flavor to try? Then go for the pack of classic ice cream sandwiches.

 

 

And what could be cuter than these ice cream “cone” bowls?

photo credit: Cedric Smith for Savannah Magazine

Libbie Summers is the artistic director of her own lifestyle brand, A Food-Inspired Life, where the beauty of food serves as the inspiration for film production, product and event design. Libbie is recognized nationally as a food and lifestyle expert in print, online and on-air including Condé Nast Traveler, Garden and Gun, Southern Living, the OWN Show, People and more. Here Libbie rounds up her favorite white hot finds for summer…

“For most people, when they think about “white” they think about wintertime. For them, it’s a cold color found in snowflakes and ice crystals. White is woolen sweaters, sheepskin rugs and the frilly decoration on a holiday coconut cake. But for me, white is Summertime –breezy linen dresses, white bucks and a boat’s mainsail. White sangria and white sandy beaches.
White doesn’t keep you warm. It makes you cool.”

The Nava Shorts

I love these shorts…part skirt, part boy knicker, all short! Super chic and so comfortable. I’m currently wearing them with a white t-shirt, blue Chuck Taylors and the coolest pink leather bracelet.

The Sutton Top 

This little breezy polka dot top would go with anything! I love that it could be dressed down with a pair of cut-offs or dressed up with a skirt that twirlable.

The Gemma

A rich linen, loose fit and pockets…perfection.

Resin Champagne Bucket

I am over-the-moon about this modern organic ice bucket. Not only do I want to ice down a bottle of rosé, I want to use it at an outdoor party…on the buffet line to hold the napkin rolls of flatware or in the center of a long wooden table filled with a bouquet of cosmos.

Pimp Sunglasses by Selima Optique

Because sometimes you want to be seen, but not be seen.

The Cuban Table

I can’t wait to visit Cuba and taste it’s food first hand, wear a white scarf and drive an old blue motorcycle around the island…daydreams.

Pippi Longstocking Horse and Monkey

Funny, I always wanted a white horse when I was a little girl. Now as an adult I’d like it to have azure blue polka dots.

Jacques + Sienna Lucky Charm Bead Necklace Elephant

Because Summer is about being brave. Swimming deeper, traveling farther, going faster, taking leaps of faith.

 

Set of 2 Guest Towel Herringbone Stripe

If you can’t have a cabana boy on staff full-time at least you can have towels that make you think you do.

Berti Italian Regional Folding Knife

I always carry a knife in the summertime. Seems like I’m forever cutting a piece of fruit or cheese or a frozen Snickers bar in half.

Leather Collar with Gold Accents

I have a red headed Vizsla named McGuire Jo Summers. She goes by Maggie in our home and “The Bitch” to the world of Instagram. Maggie is very opinionated about things such as proper manners, fashion, food and crafts. She will only sleep on a white monogrammed blanket and insists on a pillow to lay her head. My guess is, if she had thumbs, she would give this collar two up.

Barr Co. Fine Shea Butter Lotion

Nautical Chic

Nothing says summer more than a nautical stripe. Navy and White…old school. I worked in the yachting industry for years, cooking on beautiful wooden sail boats and I can tell you first hand that some of the chicest people in the world travel on the water.

Crew Hat

Because nothing is hotter than a guy who rows crew.

Lemon Sugar Cookie

I am obsessed with Grey Ghost Bakery Cookies, especially the lemon sugar. Just enough lemon to be refreshing and just the right size for an afternoon pick me up. If you looked in any of my Summer hand bags you’ll probably find a 2 pack of Grey Ghost Bakery cookies.

 

Libbie Summers has authored three books, The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli, 2011), Sweet & Vicious –baking with attitude (Rizzoli, 2014), and Brown Sugar (Short Stack Editions, November 2014). She resides in Savannah, Georgia with one husband, one son, and one opinionated-dog who is lobbying for her own Instagram account.

Last Minute Gifts for Dad

Gifts June 15th, 2015 — by:

Shop our selection of last minute gift ideas for your #1 dad.

The Ultimate Cigar Book” has become a classic in its field and is generally credited with having helped with the launch of the current cigar smoking craze.

There is an old Italian tradition, “One should never leave home without the means to cut, bind and illuminate,”  which this Berti set aims to solve. Each beautifully crafted pocket knife comes with twine and matches.

We’re bugging out over these cufflinks. Honor dad’s status as the official cockroach killer with these stylish cufflinks.

For the foodie we love this selection of three fine charcuterie products that will surely please your favorite carnivore.

These one of a kind Turkish loafers are great for an international man of mystery.

For the dad that has everything consider a cool artifact like this vintage anchor.

We’re thrilled to introduce WOWHAUS The Collection on Taigan!

For the home that has everything, now there’s a limited-edition, hand-antiqued, “rattlesnaked” leather and Tibetan lamb fur accent pillow. It’s part of a new bespoke collection from über-upscale atelier WOWHAUS of Westport, CT. The Collection includes stunning leathers and exotics like French milled calfskin, Italian suede, natural matte python and Spanish nubuck with a custom metallic transfer in lumbar and bolsters.
Why we chose WOWHAUS:

WOWHAUS travels the world to source the most luxurious natural leathers and exotics. Bringing innovative technologies and processes together with hand tooling and craft, they create exciting new textures, colorways and finishes. The signature welting detail adds a richness and elegance to the unique and wondrous combination of materials. Founder and Yale School of Art alum Jaffe explains, “We’re all about producing limited-edition and true-custom collections for homeowners, hoteliers and others who want nothing less than real exclusivity and that peak-of-luxury experience.”