Big Eats {May}

I have some advice. Stop what you’re doing right now. Drive to 6th and Folsom, and walk into an unassuming little sandwich shop called the Deli Board. Order the Munsoned. Don’t ask questions. Just do it. Prepare to eat the best sandwich of your life. It’s that easy. You’re welcome.

Another delicious month of Big Eats behind me…here’s the recap…

1. Cookies-and-cream cookie at Anthony’s Cookies {#65}
2. A cheese slice at Arinell Pizza {#84}
3. Duck larb at Lers Ros Thai {#45}
4. Fried Chicken at Foreign Cinema {#77}
5. Munsoned at Deli Board {#73}
6. Peanut brittle cookie at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous {#72}
Almost halfway there…54 more to go!

Celebrating Liz {Bride To Be}

A couple weekends ago, I snuck up to Geyserville with a sweet group of girls to celebrate the bachelorette party for one of my dear Ya-Ya’s, Liz. We were totally spoiled with the treat of staying at the most picturesque house right on a vineyard, complete with our own barn, tractor, and spectacular views. It was about 1000% times better than the over-commercialized parts of Napa and felt like we were a world away. It was the perfect way to send our Liz off into the world of marital bliss.

So happy for you, Liz! Here’s finding Mr. Right,
your dream wedding in Italy, and a lifetime of love.

Taste the Rainbow

Customizing frosting colors…it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. That lucky someone is food editor for Food Network Magazine, Erin Phraner. Erin made 167 cups of frosting to achieve the 46 colors that made an appearance in the May issue. All the colors you see below were made with one cup of frosting and simple 4-pack of food coloring you can get at any grocery store. 
You’ll find more details on the exact color combos here
and a little behind the scenes on Erin’s blog here.

Minty Lemonade Cocktail

Yes, the weekend is here! The long weekend…oh, you haven’t been waiting in anticipation?  Yeah, me neither. I certainly haven’t been counting the minutes until I can chill out and sip one on of these Minty Lemonade Cocktails. Because that wouldn’t be any fun at all…it wouldn’t be relaxing…and delicious…and refreshing…
Well, see for yourself…

Minty Lemonade Cocktail

6-8 servings

11/2 cups lemon juice (about 10 lemons)
1 cup vodka
Club soda

Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh mint leaves
extra mint leaves to garnish

Prepare the simple syrup in a small saucepan by combining the water and sugar. Warm over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add the mint leaves and let sit for about one hour. Pour through a strainer and discard the mint leaves.

In a pitcher, combine the lemon juice, vodka, simple syrup, and stir.

Add crushed ice to a glass.  Fill glass 3/4 of the way full and the top off with club soda. Garnish with fresh mint.

Cheers to all of the men and woman in uniform,
who sacrifice so much for our country!