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Good morning and happy Monday. Hope you had a nice last hurrah of summer. I tried to give it my all. Some friends and I did an all-out seafood dinner Saturday night, including 7 dozen oysters. Four Kumomotos, two Pacifica and one Virginica, all shipped overnight from the West Coast. We all chipped in and shucked them assembly-line style:

Here, we’re about to start our feast:

For our second course, I made a scallop ceviche with avocado, basil, cilantro and jalapeno.

I served it like this but offered chopped heirloom tomatoes on the side. When I added them, it gave the dish a whole ‘nother dimension. I definitely recommend adding the tomatoes.

For the next course, we had lobsters, corn and boiled salt potatoes, Syracuse-style. Here, my neighbors dig in:

And for the final course, my neighbor Shannon, who’s a pastry chef, made this beautiful and delicious pavlova with a peach coulis, fresh peaches and sweet raspberries:

It was a feast and it was so much fun.
On Sunday we had a different kind of feast. It was my grandmother’s birthday, and we celebrated at Restaurant X in Congers. Chef Peter Kelly’s food was delicious (and plentiful) as always! I’ll just show you my dishes. Here’s the Thai grilled shrimp with watermelon. The cumin seed is a particularly nice addition:

A lovely Rioja —

— that Brian decanted for us:

And my sirloin with creamed spinach and whipped potatoes:

For grandmom, a coconut cake with a candle:

(That’s my mom on the right.)

For Monday, what do you think we had for lunch?

That’s right — we finished the leftover lobster. I make my lobster salad with mayo, tarragon and lemon juice. That’s it. No celery. No onion. A little melted butter on the bun, too.

What a way to toast the end of summer, huh?

And with that, here’s what people have been talking about over the weekend:

Here’s a fusion place MH doesn’t like: Matusmoto in Larchmont. (NYT)
Chowhounders react to the review. (CH)
Emily goes to MED Empanadas. (NYT)
Karen gets a tour of the wine cellar at Crabtree’s Kittle House. (CCbCC)
A few Hudson Valley fall food events. (HG)
Doug finds Chilean surprises at Pablo’s Deli in Dobbs Ferry. (HT)
Lauren Groveman eats from her freezer for a week. And she eats very, very well. (LGB)
Martha’s espaliered apple orchard. (MB)
Miki tries a few of Lulu’s cupcakes-to-be. (SSS)
Sharon goes to Emma’s Ale House. (TGL)
Wine, coffee, chef changes and more from Westchester mag. (WM)
Jeanne goes to Westchester diners. (WM)
John has some Belgian waffles. (WM)
Lonnie’s Fish & Chips in Ossining. (CH)
Thoughts on Augie’s in Mohegan. (CH)
Where to eat lunch in Hawthorne. (CH)
Oporto closed in Hartsdale. (CH) Yup. Got the info right here: Big news at Oporto.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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