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It's a fact: Athena Calderone is a curator of all things gorgeous. Her breathtaking home decor, delicious recipes, and eye for style inspired her to create EyeSwoon, a hub for home and food inspiration. Now, It Girl Calderone will be taking us to New York's need-to-know spots and introducing us to the coolest people around.
Nothing epitomizes an east coast summer spent on the coastline, more than a lobster roll. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that it wasn’t until last summer, when I met Zach Lynd of Turf in Montauk, that I indulged in my first bite of one! Had it not been for my new friendship, I might have never taken that bite — lobster just didn’t call to me. So more than anything I would like to thank Zach for shifting my perspective and making me a diehard Turf fan — swoon!
If a lobster roll characterizes summer on the eastern shores — then Zach represents the quintessential laid-back surfer-chef you want to support as you step out of the water at Ditch Plains’ dirt lot. Zach is the real deal — creating swoon-worthy authentic food with love & integrity — while supporting the local fisherman and farms Montauk has to offer.
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Shifting gears here for a moment to the union of Zach and Kelly Framel. Last summer was a summer of love and creation for these two smoochers — which I feel proudly responsible for. Last winter, Kelly, creator of The Glamourai and a major inspiring force behind the creation of EyeSwoon, stayed with me in my Amagansett home. Zach and Kelly, who happen to be Texan high school schoolmates, reacquainted around my firepit. And, before I knew it, creative sparks were flying in the form of paint, pattern, and hieroglyphics and their love was captured on the interior of Zach’s Turf Airstream.
These two have really created magic inside that truck, altering the walls from top to bottom with their hand painted iconography and hidden myths. Every time I am around Kelly, I am blown away by her raw talent. She’s my kind of girl — the kind who will go to every end to create homemade chalkboard paint, just so she can create a totem-surfboard menu (which she customizes daily). No matter what Zach has cooking inside that mobile kitchen, it’s amped up even more by Kelly’s creative touch.
I was crazy-honored that Zach chose to share with me (and you!) the recipe for his famous Turf Lobster Roll. I personally had the best time inside that truck on a moody rainy afternoon — laughing, cooking, and creating with two people whom I truly adore.