I’ve just started my summer adventure in Spain and discovered a lovely drink, Tinto de Verano. Apparently Sangria is quite “touristy,” and this is the simple, local version of the original classic. It’s equal parts chilled red wine and lemon soda (sprite or Fanta works, too) served over ice.
Have you seen the most recent issue of Bon Appetit? Andrew Knowlton ranks the “Top 20 Most Important Restaurants in the U.S.”
First and foremost, I think this ranking is an impossible feat. How on earth could you narrow down your favorites from across the country? Maybe one or two cities?
I am proud to say I’ve eaten at 8 of the 20 restaurants on Andrew’s list. Of those, my personal favorites on the list are Roberta’s in Brooklyn, Cochon in New Orleans and Animal in Los Angeles.
It’s also awesome that Bon Appetit had each of the chef’s make a list of their own favorite restaurants. i think it’s hilarious that David Chang picked the Cheesecake Factory, and I love that Sean Brock of Husk picked Blue Hill Stone Barns.
So, what would be on your list? I’m just starting to think about mine. Stay tuned…
Last year I got stuck in the Miami airport with our photo crew. After eight hours of boredom, we made a list of the top 25 things to do when you’re stranded at an airport. Needless to say, a few cocktails definitely helped our creative ideation.
Without further ado, here’s the list (in no particular order):
- Get drunk
- Set up an iPod and speakers and have a dance party
- Host a group nap
- Try to create a costume out of the contents of your suitcase/carry-on
- Stand in Duty Free and pretend to be a perfume girl/guy
- See how many phone numbers you can collect
- Play charades
- Wear large sunglasses and introduce yourself to people as a “celebrity”
- Host a talent competition at your gate
- Talk yourself into an Admirals Lounges
- Set up a kissing booth and raise money for charity
- Convince a stranger to switch boarding passes with you
- Coordinate a flash mob
- Hold a casting for your new best friend
- Pretend to read palms
- Ask a random stranger to ballroom dance in the hallway
- Practice joining the mile-high club in the airport bathroom
- Talk a bartender into allowing you to guest-bartend
- Build a fort with coats and scarves
- Set up a bowling alley with empty soda cans
- Make up a fake identity and see how many people you can convince
- Teach a step class at the gate using the chairs
- Slip-and-slide down the airport hallway using neck pillows
- Start a wave and try to get it to go down the entire length of the terminal
- Learn how to say f**k you in 20 different languages
Many thanks to VV for featuring me on the new Friday Five! Click here to see the whole post.
I just got back from a lovely mini-vacation on Nantucket. It was a much needed escape from reality and a great chance to catch up with old friends. For those of you have never visited the island, I have some long-standing recommendations (read my older post here), but I’ve got some new additions below.
Driving on the sand to Great Point - always a must!
12 Degrees East– a great new restaurant in the old Cambridge Street location. The interior and menu got a revamp, but it’s still a great spot to beat crowds and enjoy a cocktail or bite to eat. I highly recommend the flatbread appetizer – I can’t stop thinking about it!
Millie’s – if you’re in Madaket, there is no better place to watch the sunset and have an evening cocktail. Stop by for a Madaket Mystery and the best tuna tacos you’ve ever eaten! If you don’t have a car on-island, take the hourly shuttle from the information booth in town.
Petticoat Row Bakery – a great little spot on Centre street next door to Vanessa Noel shoes. If you see something that looks delicious, buy it immediately. They will run out!
Ventuno – another great new restaurant in the old 21 Federal location (Ventuno is 21 in Italian). The interior has not changed, but the food and atmosphere are more laid-back. The menu is full of small dishes you can share. I loved everything.
Matt Fee Tea
Matt Fee Tea – I’ve been a fan of Something Natural for as long as I’ve been visiting the island, but I only recently started drinking their homemade tea. It’s an herbal blend with an interesting mix of hibiscus, rosehips, mint, sugar and lemon. Sounds strange, but I promise it’s life changing!
A friend at work recently told me about her great Bendel travel bags and I’m obsessed! The set comes with three bags – one for laundry, lingerie and shoes – inside another reusable dust bag. So, you you really get four travel bags for $38. I think I’ll use them forever – so timeless and handy!
Check out Bendel’s site for other great “Pretty Bendel Things.” They have adorable collections of beach travel bags, “go anywhere” bags and a travel adaptor.
I can’t stop staring at the photos from Il Pelicano on the Italian coast. Isn’t it dreamy? I want to go!