A blood orange and rosemary Sicilian-style French 75.

I’m sitting here on the first day of Spring at my desk and it feels particularly meaningful this year. Maybe because this winter felt particularly trying, maybe because so much of 2018 tested me and so many people around me in pretty awful ways, but I’m trying to approach this equinox with cautious optimism. At…

The Tom Cat cocktail from The Hygge Life.

While I can’t believe January is almost over, I’m also relieved that January is almost over. This is my least favorite time of year, and furry blanket and globe lights aside, I’m eager for the trees to have leaves on them again and for a 60-degree day to be a normal one rather than a…

Israeli salad and Israeli salad water martini from Zahav.

One of the things I always lament about getting cookbooks in the fall and then later in winter during the holidays is that inevitably I’m going to find a whole host of recipes that sound amazing but I must wait to make them until better weather arrives. While flipping through Zahav back during Christmas I…

Dave Arnold’s turmeric gin sour.

Well, I have good news and I have bad news: we’re less than a month away from the first day of winter. For some, that may be great news, especially for my skiing enthusiast friends, but for most of this this is simply a harbinger of gloom, doom, and darkness. (OK, I may be a…

9.27.14: dinner (the first pizza night in far too long)

One thing I was hoping we’d be able to do following our vacation was to make one last jaunt to our local beach, and thankfully this past weekend gave us two picture-perfect days to choose from. While everyone else in New England descended upon their favorite orchard in which to go apple picking (or so…

Summer-into-fall cocktails: La Tasqueta de Caldes’s autumnal gintònic

Like I had predicted a few weeks ago, our trip included many a good gintonic, especially when we were on the beach in Caldetes. While the lion’s share of them were traditional—served in giant balloon stemware and garnished with a hefty lemon peel—the creative  minds at La Tasqueta de Caldes had to be the ones…