FOODIE FRIDAY: Barrel Aged Nigroni

Over the summer, my husband and I were at a restaurant in NJ that was serving Barrel Aged Nigroni. David loves Nigronis and had never had an aged version before. He started talking to the bartender and you know when you meet one of those people that is just like a kindred spirit, part of the same nerd club as you are, mutual respect type of thing? Well David and the bartender kind of clicked and when David said he wanted to make his own barrel aged Nigroni, the dude GAVE us a barrel if we promised to bring back a glass for him to drink. Lo and behold, its three months later and we have … [Read more...]


I should stop pretending Foodie Friday has anything to do with food. Its all about the drinks! BBQ season is upon us, along with copious beer drinking. To quote one friend: "I LOVE BEER."  Who doesn't? I particularly like the summer ales and light beers like Blue Moon. The first time I ever had a Shandy was years ago on vacation in Ibiza- but instead of the typical recipe, they were mixing one part beer, one part orange FANTA! You can actually see my body loose all definition throughout the course of the vacation in the pictures. The typical version of a shandy is basically one part lemonade, … [Read more...]

Honeysuckle Lemonade.

  Its honeysuckle season.... oh man, when you walk by a particularly flower laden bush, the smell.... it's like every day of your childhood and every minute of jumping through waves, and carrying frogs and trying to catch bunnies all rolled into one delicious smell. I always thought that the honeysuckle grew on the actual hedges, but it's really a separate vine that climbs through the hedges, or climbs a fence. I'm thinking about making honeysuckle lemonade. I thought of it the other day while walking by a bush and googled it. I only found one recipe.  I think you basically clean … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: Sangria Tastes like Summer.

It's officially SUMMER 2013! To celebrate, let's have drinks by the pool... I've already told you all about Julibox, the cocktail of the month club that my hubs and I are obsessed with. This month they sent us a liquor I've never heard of called Esprit de JUNE. It's literally a liquor made from certain wine grape blossoms that bloom only a few days a year in June. Uh huh. (Side note: You can also use St Germaine for this drink instead of the Esprit de June. Much easier to find and has the same effect.) The cocktail that you are seeing here is a "Sangria Parisienne" a blend of Kettle One … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: The Winter Side Car.

My husband and I like a good drink. I joke that he is my in house mixologist, and we talk about how if he were going to retire one day to do something else for fun (think my legends post yesterday), he would retire and open a drink and sandwich shop.  Dude makes a MEAN sandwich... I think what makes him good at both things, is that he pays extra attention to detail. Where I  will just toast bread and put it on a plate, he toasts it and tents it so it doesn't get's the details that make these non-cook things really awesome, or not. Anyway, we just joined Julibox, a cocktail of … [Read more...]