Jul 28 2010

Hump Day Happy Hour: Strawberry Mojito Pops

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Part 4 of my July cocktail series featuring thirst-quenching libations every Wednesday this month. Glug, glug, glug, glug... Some summer days are so ridiculously HOT that even an ice cold cocktail won't do. So why not have a frozen one instead? It brings back this nostalgic feeling of our childhood days as the ice cream truck hypnotizes ...


Jul 22 2010

Red Currant Clafoutis

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Clafou-what?! Klah-foo-tee. Originally made with cherries, a clafoutis is a baked French dessert with a flan-like batter. Classically, the pits are left in the cherries because it is said to release an aroma reminiscent of almonds. It hails from the Limousin region located in south central France. Clafoutis comes from the French word 'clafir' which means ...


Jul 21 2010

Hump Day Happy Hour: Ginger & Cucumber Sake Cooler

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Part 3 of my July cocktail series featuring thirst-quenching libations every Wednesday this month. Glug, glug, glug, glug... When you go to a spa, they offer you cucumber infused water to refresh you. But when you go to chez nous on a hot summer day, we offer you cucumber perfumed sake instead. So who wants to ...


Jul 16 2010

Watermelon Salad & Balsamic Sherry Vinaigrette

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A mèlange of refreshing fruity flavors with a tart vinaigrette makes this the perfect summer salad! A few weeks ago I joined my friend for an alfresco lunch at the Coffee Shop - yes, it's called exactly that and it is in fact a coffee shop meets after hours bar. Imagine a Denny's but hip, trendy ...


Jul 14 2010

Hump Day Happy Hour: Pastis Cocktail for Bastille Day

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Part 2 of my July cocktail series featuring thirst-quenching libations every Wednesday this month. Glug, glug, glug, glug... Frankly, today is a bit unmotivating to contribute to my summer cocktail series with all this dark, gloomy weather. But who am I to complain when we've enjoyed nothing but gorgeous sunny weather for the past few weeks? ...


Jul 7 2010

Hump Day Happy Hour: Sangria, Skyscrapers & Sun

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Part 1 of my July cocktail series featuring thirst quenching libations every Wednesday this month. Glug, glug, glug, glug... As a California girl, I've always favored warm weather. Of course, it was practically a year round season in sunny SoCal. So when I transplanted myself to this wonderful place where the three other seasons actually exist, ...