I haven’t enjoyed a real Big Stick Popsicle since I was a teenager, and that is a sad, sad fact. However, I did recently slurp down a Creeky Tiki Big Stick Margarita (or three), which boasts all the pineapple-cherry flavor of that quintessential summer treat with the added benefits of tequila.
• Creeky Tiki’s Big Stick Margarita—About $10; 782 Higuera St., SLO.
Never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink, and always drink good wine when you cook! This past weekend I put my kitchen motto to the ultimate test. The recipe: scallops, shrimp, and calamari over wide egg noodles and white wine butter sauce. The challenge: Find the perfect white wine to both sip and splatter into my bubbling beurre blanc. The winning bottle: Ancient Peak’s newly released 2014 sauvignon blanc, which is hands down the best white I’ve had the pleasure of wrapping my lips around this spring. Flowing with pineapple, melon, and floral jasmine notes, this fresh offering is ripe and tropical, just begging for any dish drizzled in lemon (seafood is a no-brainer, but citrus-marinated chicken would do wonders). With spunky acidity and crispness to spare, this straw-hued minx has earned a seat at your next dinner party or backyard gathering. Take it from me—she will delight you all night long with her endless bag of charming parlor tricks.
• Ancient Peaks 2014 Sauvignon Blanc—$15 a bottle; 22720 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita.
Hayley Thomas is swimming in sumptuous spring flavors at firstname.lastname@example.org.