good food + awesome travel & occasional odd bits

Month: March 2014

Potato Rounds and Romesco Sauce

Potato Rounds and Romesco Sauce

Sauces make most everything taste better. It’s true that some foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits really don’t need anything extra, but sometimes condiments make the flavors pop. These roasted potatoes are a good example of a snack that is enhanced by a flavorful […]

52 Weeks: 13/52

52 Weeks: 13/52

  This week was much better than the last mostly because I wasn’t sick and also because we made another trip over the border. This time, we stopped for drinks at La Justina, a newish bar/restaurant for some drinks before dinner. Mezcal cocktails- mine is […]

Barbadian Gin Punch

Barbadian Gin Punch

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This gin punch is ready for summer. It’s ready for longer days, lazy, warm days and a whole lot of sitting around on the porch just sipping away and enjoying the day. Yeah, that sounds about right. I know Spring just started, but it’s been warm here and this will be a nice way to start the weekend because it’s never too soon.

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 Barbadian Gin Punch Swizzle

adapted from Imbibe Magazine, original recipe here

I doubled the recipe below to make two servings

4 oz gin (I used Farmer’s for it’s mellow flavor)

4 oz coconut water

1 oz lime juice, fresh squeezed

1 oz simple syrup

4 dashed Angostura bitters (2 dashes per glass)

crushed ice

Fill each glass to the top with crushed ice. Combine all other ingredients in a large glass and stir slightly to combine. Pour over crushed ice dividing the mixture between the two glasses. Garnish with a sliced lime and straw. Cheers to Friday!

Love at First Bite: Papas Canarias

Love at First Bite: Papas Canarias

Spain’s autonomous communities, the Canary Islands are an archipelago located off the coast of North Africa. Unfortunately, I’ve never traveled to the Canaries (had the opportunity and chose to visit Toledo, Spain instead- which was awesome), but I really want to especially after I had […]

Roasted Carrots with Chimichurri Sauce

Roasted Carrots with Chimichurri Sauce

This weekend, I noticed an overabundance of carrots in the fridge. I bought a new bag and when I came home to put the groceries away, lo and behold was a bag I already had! Oops. What was I going to do with all these […]

52 Weeks: 12/52

52 Weeks: 12/52

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I always pass by the “smiles” while running errands but never stopped to take a photo… until now.

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Whenever the chickens see any of us coming outside, they run towards us in anticipation of treats. Today they got lucky. Have you ever seen a chicken run? It’s too funny.

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Early evening walk and an airplane overhead.

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Sipping a cocktail on porch and enjoying a few quiet minutes. Recipe coming this week!

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My first time racing these little cars. I came in last but had a great time. Can’t wait to go back and give it another try.

Hope the weekend was a good one for all!

Sazerac Cocktail

Sazerac Cocktail

The Sazerac cocktail, a celebrated New Orleans original, has stood the test of time. It’s a classic cocktail originally made with Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe, and rye whiskey. Nowadays, it’s ingredients can vary slightly depending on the bartender and ingredients available. As you will see here, […]

52 Weeks: 11/52

52 Weeks: 11/52

The other night we went to check out a super cool space that is part gallery, part bar, and part taco shop. The gallery had a surf/skate theme art show going on and the place was packed as you can see. Definitely a fun time! […]

Red Cabbage Slaw

Red Cabbage Slaw

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This is no ordinary cabbage slaw. Looks can be deceiving and you’re probably thinking this looks pretty boring. I can’t blame you. It’ not all tarted up with garnishes and it doesn’t have a lot of texture going on. I get it. But! What you can’t tell from the photo is just how good this slaw is! You just have to taste it to believe it. Trust me. I can’t believe I’m trying to convince you to try this. Maybe it’s just me and I’m living off the memories associated with this particular slaw but I doubt it.

When we were kids, our family didn’t go out to eat very often. My mom was a great cook but even she needed a break once in a while. It was a rare occasion when we dined at North Woods Inn, like a birthday or something worth celebrating, that kind of rare. At first, I looked forward to going because of the bowls of peanuts they gave to customers and how we could be messy and it was OK to throw the shells on the floor! This would never in a bajillion years be ok to do at home. Never. So it was loads of fun. I also looked forward to sipping a Shirley Temple while the adults had real cocktails. What did I know back then. Obviously, I was missing out and maybe those Shirley Temples were my gateway drink into loving real grown up cocktails which I do appreciate on any occasion. Peanut shells and Shirley Temples aside, my hands down favorite was the salads and cheese bread. I didn’t care about an entree. My mom would order me the chicken plate, but honestly I couldn’t tell you how it was. I didn’t care. As long as I had the red cabbage slaw and¬† blue cheese iceberg salads with sourdough cheese bread I was happy.

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It’s now too many years later than I care to admit, and there is no North Woods Inn restaurant near me. One day K surprised me with a NWI tub of cheese spread from the local big chain market and I’ll never forget how happy I was! So began the quest to make a similar version of the red cabbage slaw. I tried off and on until I came upon this recipe and let me say, it’s almost as good as I remember.

Profiteroles with Blood Orange-Mezcal Caramel

Profiteroles with Blood Orange-Mezcal Caramel

My memory is not great, but do I remember the first time I had profiteroles like it was 5 minutes ago and not 14 years ago. It’s a distinct memory and no surprise that the things I remember most revolve around great meals, the scent […]

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