We had the tastiest frozen margaritas at The Mezzanine Hotel while we were in Tulum. They were Thai Basil, bright green, and two for one which made them even more delicious. Here I’m attempting to recreate them at home, and for now keeping it simple with an on the rocks recipe.
2 oz blanco tequila
1 oz fresh lime
handful of Thai basil leaves
splash of club soda
1 oz agave sweetener
1/2 oz St Germain
1. Run a lime wedge around the outer edge of your glass, and press into coarse salt.
2. In a cocktail shaker add Thai Basil leaves and agave syrup to the bottom and muddle.
3. Next add Tequila, a splash of St. Germain, and lime juice. Fill with ice and shake until it’s all mixed up.
4. Pour into your glass, top with a splash of soda and garnish with a sprig of Thai Basil
1. I’m obsessed with Chef’s Table on Netflix . I can’t decide which episode I like best, but Francis Mallmann‘s episode was definitely inspiring. Inspiring like… now I want to go to cook on an open flame in the forest or bury my food in the backyard kinda stuff. I could re watch every episode, and daydream about eating all the food.
2. Listening: Leon Bridges. I assume you all are.
3. WKNDLA: beautiful wall hanging from Cindy Hsu Zell that I need in my life.
4. Watch it: Nina Simone Doc on Netflix “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Loved this documentary, and I had no idea she was a classically trained pianist.
5. Podcast: Death, Sex & Money. I’ve been tuning into this podcast for a while now, and its one of my favorites. Some really great episodes with guests like Bill Withers, Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, and plenty of interesting average joes like you and me.
Last weekend we headed down south for a relaxing weekend with my dad. We stayed on Daufuskie Island which is located between Savannah and Hilton Head Island, and has no bridges connecting it to the main land. The island is only accessible by boat and a ferry runs twice daily. My dad has a boat and we loaded it up with our weekend supplies and hit the water early Friday morning.
I’ve had drinks at the Freeport Marina, but this time we stayed the weekend in one of the colorful little cabins, and rented golf carts for island exploring. The island is fairly small with 4 restaurants, a few beaches, and two resort areas with golf courses. There’s not a ton to do, but there is a lot of cool history dating back to Pre Revolutionary War times, and its nice to just relax.
Friday we cruised around in our golf carts, and did a quick tour of the new Daufuskie Island Rum distillery. We then spent the afternoon in rocking chairs catching up on magazines and enjoying our rum drinks before heading out to dinner.
Marshside Mama’s is a happening little spot on the island for dinner, drinks and live music. We watched the sun set, drank margaritas, and ate massive bowls of seafood pasta. It was then time for bed.
Saturday we rode out to turners creek to pick up my brother and his family for the day. We then hit the beach where shells are plentiful and spent the day scavenging , swimming and relaxing. Later we had baskets of fried shrimp and checked out the artifacts on display at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company.
Whenever I’m with my niece I try to bring along some sort of artsy project. This time we played with sun prints, using our found beach treasures.
I’m dying to get a group together and rent out a few of the cabins at
Hopefully we will be back before summers over for more strolls under mossy old oaks!
Good Overview if you are planning at trip —> here
1. Great Talk / Great Work – James Victore
2. 10 Garden ideas to steal from Frida Kahlo on Gardenista. I’ve got this itch to paint our covered back deck some sort of bold color. This blue is amazing. I’m hoping to see The New York Botanical Garden’s show Frida: Art, Garden, Life this summer.
3. Love this“I’m a Piece of Garbage” project from San Francisco-based artist Annica Lydenberg via Anthology
5. Perfect Paper Clips via Door Sixteen
Never one to shy away from jumping on a band wagon, when the SOMA carafe and pitcher crossed my path I decided to check it out. White with a wooden handle. Yep, Sign me up. The SOMA is made from BPA-free plastic, and has a nifty lid door that the pressure from the water pushes down when you go to refill. There is no top to flip-up or remove (that falls off and drives you crazy), it’s genius.
Making the switch on looks alone was good enough for me, but they also give back every time you buy a plant-based filter, AND they will DELIVER that filter replacement every 2 months to your door. The filter arrives in its own self sealing bag for the 15 minute water soak before installing. Easy Peasy.
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