Every Wednesday in we find the best travel products to match our featured destination of the week. This week, we're cruising around the Mediterranean.
A good friend came back from a recent trip to Marrakech high on the souks, the teas, the aromas. I invited her over for brunch, and she brought a gorgeous Moroccan teapot as a present. Ever since, I've been planning my dream Mediterranean dinner party. Here's how I'll do it.
SET THE TABLE
First, I'll set out a ($66) with grapefruit, black currant, pomegranate, and Italian blood orange scents so guests can smell the Mediterranean the minute they arrive.
I like blue, a lot. (The color of the sea!) There will be pillows, ($58-88). I also love this ($30) for its classic Greek key pattern. Lemons and figs make for pretty centerpieces.
There are so many amazing Mediterranean appetizers, I could skip the main course. Cheeses, for sure. Maybe a traditional Greek sheep's milk cheese like ($10). With a dollop of spicy Italian goodness like ($25). Olives, grapes, salted nuts, dried figs, and dates will round out the cheese plate.
Now for cured meats from Spain: ($15) and a ($24).
For booze, I'll serve sangria or ouzo-lemon spritzers in a ($45).
I will start early and draw inspiration from great Mediterranean cookbooks like by Sam and Sam Clark ($21) and by Paula Wolfert ($29).
I'll definitely invest in a ($200) for a simple lamb or chicken tagine. (Here's a nice .) And I'll slather ($13) on a delicious.
($8) is a classic Sicilian treat. (.) And although I love Turkish baklava, I'm terrified about making it. One day. Till then, ($40) will do.