It's summer, it's hot, you need to stay hydrated. Water is always número uno as far as I'm concerned, but sometimes I like to add variety to my drinks. It is summer after all and just because I'm not technically on "vacation" doesn't mean that I can't make a beverage that cools me down and feels tastes like a vacation in a frosty glass.
I've got a set of four tea-rrific drinks that you are going to love with the flavors or tamarindo, pomegranate, strawberries and pineapple.
I've really been into coconut lately. I just find it delectable whether it be with chocolate or in ice cream, or sprinkled on top of just about anything. Now I mostly eat the fleshy part of the coconut, but as a child ever visit we made to Mexico included stopping for some fresh agua de coco. It was a refreshing treat that I couldn't find as readily in the U.S.Continue Reading >
Confession: I love Cinco de Mayo, always have, always will. However, there are those who will argue that it's not even a real holiday. I suppose there is a bit of truth to that. In Mexico, CInco de Mayo is celebrated regionally as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla. I think it is telling that we make a bigger deal of it in the U.S. than in Mexico, maybe it's because Mexicans on this side of the border need a way to help gringos embrace Mexican pride.
Whether you think it is a "real" holiday or not, if you are over 21-years-old, why not use it as an excuse to drink like a Mexican?
There's no denying that celebrating the new year changes in a big way once you become a parent--at least during the early years. Oftentimes it can be hard to find a sitter since everyone you know is probably off partying or out vacationing, but that doesn't mean you have to resolve yourself to a humdrum holiday. There are lots of things you can do with your children to ring in the new year in a special way. So call up your mommy pals, and tell them to pack up their families and come on over for a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration.Continue Reading >
Looking to boost your libido? Good news! Sometimes all it takes is adding certain ingredients to your diet to add to your sex drive. And the best part is you don't necessarily have to cook them into a meal. There are plenty of yummy drink options that actually increase your hormone levels and help heighten arousal.Continue Reading >
I love a good stiff drink no matter where it's from, but I can't deny that I'm a sucker for many Latin cocktails and there appears to be so many to choose from. Some Latin drinks are so ubiquitous you don't even consider where they first originated. I mean you don't have to go to a specifically Latin bar to get most of these drinks, you can walk into any bar in a cosmopolitan city and order some of our favorite Latin cocktails and the mixologist will easily and happily concoct one for you without batting an eyelash.Continue Reading >
Today is Brazil's Independence Day! As I'm writing this post, all the rhythms of Caetano Veloso, Elis Regina, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Maria Bethania, Joao Gilberto, Roberto Carlos, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque and Daniela Mercury--all contemporary Brazilian musicians--are swirling through my head. And what can be better to celebrate than with a caipirinha? Keep reading because I'm sharing my "secret" formula for the BEST caipirinha you'll ever have!
The higher the temperatures rise, the more I crave icy cold treats. Of course, I see nothing wrong with having a good old-fashioned ice cream sundae now and then, but if there's any chance I'll be able to squeeze into a swimsuit, I can't indulge every day. So rather than deprive myself all summer long, I've come up with a few homemade snacks that both me and my one-year-old son can enjoy on a hot day. Try these four recipes and let us know what you think.Continue Reading >
This cocktail is originally named after Georgia, where the sweetest peaches reach their peak during the summer. It is a sublime concoction made of rum and grilled peaches muddled with lime juice, brown sugar, and fresh basil leaves. Grilling peaches lead me straight to the wonders of grilling all different kinds of fruit, and the enhanced flavor that you get from it is something I can't get enough of. In my book, that's just another great reason to raise our glasses and celebrate!
No need to say I love mojitos. If there is a cocktail Olympus, I have no doubt mojitos have a place there (alongside the Martini, the Manhattan, and the sexy Cosmopolitan). My favorite mojito is the classic one: mint leaves muddled with sugar and lime juice that you shake with white rum and abundant crushed ice, strain in a tall glass with ice, top off with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.