Homemade Habanero Shrub

Habanero Mezcaritas 1/4 part tequila 1/4 part Mezcal 1/4 part fresh grapefruit juice 1/4 part fresh lime juice sugar to taste (or make your own simple syrup dissolving sugar in warm water) Habanero shrub Shake all (or swirl altogether in big pitcher) with ice and set aside.  Now for my favorite part…mix some fine sea…

Always Christmas at Virginia’s Cabin

Two days of canoeing in the clearest water in OK, trail running, and eating well with beautiful weather made for a perfect weekend (minus the attack of the fat killer weenie dog). The aperitif of shrimp cocktail, crostini with melted jalapeño pimento and tomato was delicious. Prosecco and Creme de Violette was our drink of…

Reminiscing about Belize

On our way to Ambergris Caye via bumpy boat ride My room with a private kitchen in addition to the full bathroom! Infinity pool was right outside my bedroom located just among the sandy beach under the coconut trees Our fishing trip complete with CHEF fishing guides! Bad A** fishing guide number 1: We snorkled with…

Cooking Creations with Wes

Some of the most amazing meals were made with Mr. Verdel–an amazing sous chef and dear friend. Every time we cooked together we would seek out a new recipe, go buy the freshest ingredients, and pair it up with a great wine (or curios cocktail). I ran across these photos, reflected a bit, and decided…

Time for MARDI GRAS!

Day one in NOLA: My first trip to New Orleans, and what a trip it was. If you’ve never been to Mardi Gras I hope this will give you a better picture of what it’s like the last week of all the traditional celebrations. “The Greasing of the Poles” We marched in the second line…

Fresh “Root Down” brunch

They have their own garden right out front! I already knew I’d love this place before my food even arrived. The special blue corn veggie taco option was my final decision and what a perfect choice it was!…complete with bottomless blood orange mimosas!We scored the best table on the porch. The weather was absolutely perfect…

Two great breakfast joints in Martha’s Vineyard–Edgartown

Among the Flowers Cafe They have great Bloody Mary’s here…and the plates were scrumptious and plentiful. I had a delicious omelet for brunch. It was packed by 10 so get there early if you don’t want to wait an hour. The Dock St. Coffee Shop is very old school–right near the port. This place took…

Limonade de violette

Limonade de Violette 1.5 shots of creme de violette “Rothman and Winter” Violet liquor 1.5 shots Hendricks Gin Fill the rest of the martini glass with limonade and garnish with lemon peel. At first, I tried it without Hendricks and loved it but experimented further and decided to up the alcohol percentage adding Hendricks. My…