Salmon, Oysters, and Bacon-Shallot Vinaigrette

My 1st official Summer Saturday night out was filled with amazing food and wonderful friends. Jessica and I had a “girls” dinner out at Langdon’s Restaurant and Wine Bar in Mt. Pleasant. If you haven’t been there you should go. They are a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant so the service is impeccable. The food is divine. I had a Baby Arugula salad with fresh goat cheese, Bosc pears and topped with smoky Bacon-Shallot Vinaigrette. The vinaigrette is so delicious that I wish I had it for dipping, dressing, marinating and basically to eat with everything. It’s this wonderful smoky bacon flavor that surprises your mouth without overwhleming it with smoky taste. The Bosc pears with the fresh goat cheese are sweet and creamy cheese heaven. Then I had the Orange-soy grilled Salmon with Crisp Cucumber Salad and Aromatic Rice. It was delightful. The salmon was cooked to perfection and the cool cucumber salad and aromatic rice complemented it without overpowering it. The dish was light and enjoyable. Our friends the Walters were out with us and they are always so much fun to hang out with. We laugh and they enjoy really good food as much as we do so it was a perfect, summer evening in Charleston. Then Chris and I decided we wanted to have some oysters. So we headed down to East Bay St and sat outside on the sidewalk at a bistro table at Amen Street Fish and Rawbar. It was about 10:30pm and the city was bustling with the nightlife coming alive. We had a dozen of their Gulf oysters, which were enormous, and half a dozen of the James River oysters, their specialty oysters for that evening. Both trays came out with horseradish, cocktail sauce, and mignonette, which is a shallot-vinegar sauce. The James River was my favorite. They were just a bit salty with no grit or slim. When topped with a bit of horseradish and cocktail sauce created what I think is a perfect oyster flavor. Not too salty but just enough to tell that it is oysters you’re eating and not just a slimy something topped with cocktail sauce. It made my taste buds tingle in a yummy way of course. As we are sitting at our bistro table sipping wine and eating oysters we are watching the array of folks going out and about to dance/drink the night away in Charleston. The weather was perfect with a slight breeze off the harbor and oh how surreal it felt to think…this is my home. Yet just one of a million reasons why I love Charleston.

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