happy Friday gang! can you believe it’s already mid June?! summer solstice is a little over one week away, which marks the official start of summer. we have summer temperatures and lots of sunshine here in Athens. we are enjoying an easy-breezy Friday today. we’ve got a great summer outfit to keep you looking your best when it’s hot outside. and we have a delicious Greek-style appetizer and a refreshing Sambuca cocktail – a perfect pairing for a hot summer evening.
outfit of the day
seaside chic is today’s theme. girlfriend denim shorts from Talbots paired with this oh-so-soft buttondown from Anthropologie. a very subtle pink and blue tie-dye pattern gives this collared shirt a casual, beachy feel. completing this seaside look is a woven self-tie belt with an arrow pattern and neon pink border. this one is sold out but the pink version of it is still available. the soft pale pink of the button up matches all too perfectly with my pink suede slide sandals (old, similar here, here).
continuing our seaside theme today, this recipe is based on the Greek meze called Dakos, from the island of Crete. this meze or “small plate” is served as an appetizer, or can be part of many small plates to make a light meal, like tapas. it is often referred to as Greek bruschetta. this is a flavorful, light snack that is great for summer.
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1 large tomato, diced or one dozen cherry tomatoes
- kalamata olives
- fresh oregano
- olive oil for toasting bread and drizzling over finished bruschetta
- lavash pita, or crusty rustic bread, sliced
- salt to taste
dice the tomatoes, cucumber and shallot and mix together. season with kosher salt and set aside. cut the lavash into rectangles and heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. toast the lavash until it’s firm and crispy, like a cracker.
pile the tomato mixture onto the lavash slices and top with feta, kalamata olives and fresh oregano, then drizzle with olive oil.
traditionally, the tomato mixture is piled on top of a slice of toasted rustic bread, but i opted to go with toasted lavash, which is an Iranian flat bread.
this cocktail is based on a classic French 75, but contains Sambuca, the anise flavored Italian liqueur, instead of gin. it’s a light, refreshing champagne cocktail. you can swap sparkling water for the sparkling wine if you want something with lower alcohol content.
- 1 oz Sambuca
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 oz simple syrup
- 4 oz sparkling wine
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine Sambuca, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake that all up and strain into a champagne flute. Garnish with a long, skinny lemon peel and top with sparkling wine.
fridays with oscar
junior style’s puppy pax is with us again this week. he is growing so fast! pax and oscar have become good friends and playmates. i think they tire each other out with all their playing and chasing.
it’s a wrap for this week’s fridays with oscar. stay tuned to the blog as we prepare for summer with plenty of summer fashion, tips and tricks for organizing and decorating your home, and staying on track with healthy eating and exercising. we have a lot of great content planned for june! oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a great weekend!