The heat of late-summer calls for fresh, light and chilled dishes to cool us down. On its own, gazpacho is a classic and refreshing summer dish that uses everything that’s in season, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and even strawberries for a surprisingly bright, sweet note. When paired with grilled shrimp, gazpacho is transformed into a satisfying and hearty dish that can be served as either an appetizer at a barbecue or as a fulfilling dinner al fresco.
Shrimp is a versatile and delicious protein that’s a well-loved staple of summer cooking. It can be skewered, slathered in butter and tossed on the grill for a perfect accompaniment to a simple salad or pasta. It can also be boiled with seasonings and enjoyed on its own. Or, as a popular starter to many parties, it can be displayed with a bowl of cocktail sauce for dunking.
This Summer Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp recipe is an elevated version of shrimp cocktail. While they may look similar, the flavor of gazpacho and grilled shrimp together is a more modern, artisanal iteration. What makes shrimp cocktail such a hit at parties, especially in the summer, is that shrimp and tomatoes are not only a natural pair, but the chilled ingredients make for some refreshing and delicious bites.
As the adage goes, we always want what we can’t have. That “something” is often finding a table at LA’s most exclusive restaurants. Some are members-only clandestine retreats for the rich and famous while others require a bit of chutzpah and finagling to gain entry.
Because half the fun is in the chase and the game, here are our some tips for getting into LA’s most desired, yet most elusive, dining destinations.