It’s summertime, and if you’ve never seen the movie starring Katharine Hepburn and aptly titled, Summertime, you are definitely missing out. Katharine’s character visits Venice in the summertime (which I hear is NOT recommended), nevertheless, she finds a spunky Italian antiques dealer to spend her summer days with. If for nothing else, simply watch it so you can hear Katharine Hepburn call everyone “cookie,” in her amazing Katharine Hepburn voice. Why don’t we all talk that way anymore? I’d love it if you said, “so long, cookie,” to me.
Yesterday at work I was given positive feedback by my big boss and let me tell you: it was wonderful. I smiled. So, as I think about how great that made me feel, I realize that I could use a reminder to tell people I appreciate them. In little ways. In big ways. Challenge yourself. Tell your friend you like her. Tell your server he’s great. Tell a coworker that they are doing a good job. It will make them smile. And that will make you smile. And that’s a good thing.
Ladies and gents: this is not a summer cocktail, but instead a delectable and delightful non-alcoholic beverage guaranteed to refresh and spiff up your next summer soiree. Louisa Shafia’s Watermelon, Mint, and Drinking Vinegar Tonic is certain to refresh and delight. And, if you have an extra day to prep, put this on your list. If you start now, you can have a fun potable for tomorrow’s Fourth Festivities.
What you need: 3 cups water, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1 cup honey, 6 cups chopped watermelon, 1 cup tightly packed mint, 1 cup cider vinegar.
Boil water in a medium saucepan. Add honey until dissolved; remove from heat.
Combine the watermelon, mint, and honey-water and let cool, then add the vinegar. Steep the mixture in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
Strain the mixture and store in refrigerator for up to a week. Once, you’ve strained the mixture, you’re left with delicious pickled watermelon. How’s that for a bonus?
To serve, pour 1/4 cup of the concentrate into a glass over ice and dilute to taste. I recommend soda water. Garnish with whatever’s around: sliced cukes, mint, basil, shaved ginger. You pick!
On a recent trip to Austin I discovered these amazing little dinosaur planters, featuring cacti and succulents as their main plant species. They are a perfect gift at prices ranging between $20 and $35, easy to maintain, and absolutely charming. Check out their website: www.theplaidpigeon.com, and get you some!
I’ve read bloggers who complain of writer’s block, and in the past perhaps I’ve been too quick to judge. I would think to myself, you are a blogger. If you have writer’s block, just don’t write anything. But today, this evening, July 1, I have promised myself that I will blog at least five times a week (a terrible admission to you, my audience, who must think I am amazingly inspired all the time and not in need of a pact with myself to make myself write the entries). However, there it is, this promise I’ve made to myself, and now no new ideas for posts are emerging. Even though I have a list of ideas, ready to go, ready to be developed. My “Possible Blog Entries” list. Somehow, reading over it now, it doesn’t inspire me. So don’t judge, but this post will be about writer’s block. Because I have it. Bad.
So, instead of writing something from my own creative juices, I will quote Ben Franklin, who once said, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” I will aim to do more things in July worth writing about. In the meantime, check out Hipstercrite’s thoughts on writer’s block. They are worth reading.
About me: I L-O-V-E tequila. Love it. So when breezing through our work subscription to Southern Living magazine during a few moments of downtime today, this summer cocktail jumped right off the page. Muddled grape tomato halves, fresh mint, agave nectar, and tequila– voila! Gazpacho in a glass. Or at least that’s what I am imagining it will be like. I’ve yet to experiment with the recipe, but will plan on doing so as soon as I can get my hands on some local cherry tomatoes. Here’s what you have to do:
Muddle 3/4 cup grape (or cherry) tomatoes, 1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaves, 1 lime, cut into wedges, and 1/4 tsp kosher salt in a medium bowl to release flavors.
Stir in 2 cups tequila and 1/2 cup agave nectar; let stand 15 minutes.
Discard pulp and leaves by straining through fine mesh. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Mix with club soda to taste, chinks of half tomatoes, and mint leaves for garnish. Enjoy!
See also: cucumber gin & tonic. Featured alongside the tequila drink was this summer gem, for the friends of gin over the tequila amigos.
On a Friday night with my lovely friends Abby and Greg, we threw an impromptu dance party prompted by the new Daft Punk album. If you haven’t listened to this, you are missing out. Seriously. While we were dancing, Greg and Abby created the beautiful piece of art on my chalkboard you see before you. We danced like no one was watching, and by golly it was fun.
It’s Friday, and I am filled with quite a bit of wanderlust. Riamaggiano, Rio de Janeiro. The Fasano Hotel in Rio was first introduced to me via The Sartorialist— one of my absolute and original web favorites. Who wouldn’t want to take a dip in this pool, especially on this fine first day of summer?