Posted by: Lydia Wohlford in: Food/Beverage -
At LANE, we’re keeping cool with some of the summer’s hottest trends. Whether in New York or Portland, we’re taking full advantage of the light, fresh flavors of the season, from bubbly in our glasses to berries in our bowls and more. Read on for a few of our favorite sips and bites for summer.
Natural Sparkling Wines
Rosé lovers, make room for natural sparkling wines as the go-to summer thirst quencher. Wine writer Alice Feiring, in Portland promoting her book, “The Dirty Guide to Wine,” recently led us through a tasting of natural Oregon wines. Already popular in France and Japan, natural wines are growing in popularity in the U.S. and may even become the norm in as little as five years. Feiring thinks they could redefine good wine, and we’re looking forward to learning more from her book, as well as from Marissa Ross’s new title, “Wine. All the Time.”
Some may think the bowl trend has gotten a little out of hand, with Instagram feeds clogged with acai, poke, smoothie and Buddha bowls. While we don’t disagree, we do want to point out that the fresh summertime bounty kicks up the flavor of smoothie bowls, so don’t be too quick to dismiss this trend. In the Northwest, u-pick farms and orchards (not to mention many local farmers markets) are heaving with bright, tempting cherries, berries, plums and peaches for summer, and heartier apples and pears will easily get us through autumn.
More cocktail bars and restaurants are picking up on the popsicle + cocktail concept this summer, and you’ll find no complaints from us. If you’re in New York, try this delicious concept at Loopy Doopy, which has been perfecting the practice over the past few summers. People’s Pops are put headfirst into signature cocktails, keeping the drink well chilled and resulting in better and better flavor as the icy treat melts.
Quick-serve, fast-casual omakase stands are popping up all over New York. Sushi by Bou is our favorite, but be ready to eat when you have a seat. At $50 for 12 stunning pieces, the only drawback is the 30-minute timer that makes no exceptions.
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