Mojito fever: You all know I am mojito crazy, right? In honor of my new mint plant, I intend to try a few new spring remixes of the old fave, including melon, fresh ginger, and coconut milk mojito variations (see all the unique recipes I'm trying at sbchic.com/tag/unique-mojito-ideas) ... Sick of those blogs that offer up daunting, complicated recipes you'll never have time (or the patience) to perfect? Smittenkitchen.com demystifies everything from wild mushroom pate to rhubarb strawberry soda syrup. Try their obsessively good avocado cucumber salad for a cooling dip perfect for rising temps (and bikini season) ... If you don't have the dough to travel this spring, you can still go to saveur.com and cook yourself into a worldly, vibrant state of mind (I have my eye on their Mexico City-inspired tacos, which you can find on the home page). Happy surfing, amigos.
Kreuzberg's on-tap kombucha is so addicting I've decided to make my own. Thanks to pickle master/canner dude Stormy T. for sharing his "mother" SCOBY with me. Not sure what that heck means? I am sure I will write about this new adventure soon enough. As always, stay tuned and stay thirsty, my friends ... Sweet stuff: There's still a wee bit of time to get into HoneyBee Cakery's latest Portlandia-inspired "put a bird on it" cupcake class this April 25 (sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org), and get ready for Mario Brothers and Piranha Plant-inspired classes later this spring! ... Earth Day may be over, but in the spirit of the holiday, I would like to offer up a sandwich that will make you feel healthy all over: Brosh Sandwich Company's The Bridge, topped with veggies, hummus, and guacamole (I personally get the small and split it with my hubby. These sandwiches are massive, and you have been warned).
Word on the street
Tunes to shop to: SLO's new Thursday Farmers Market rebooted with a bang earlier this month! The new Fresh Picked Concert Series will feature a smattering of cool bands this spring for your produce-shopping pleasure, including Ragged Jubilee, Diego's Umbrella, TROPO, Moonshine Collective, and more (for a detailed concert listing go to downtownslo.com/farmers-market) ... Pelletiere Estate Vineyard and Winery in Paso Robles is open for business, and churning out some really interesting Italian wines you've probably never heard of (check out their new tasting room at 3280 Township Road or call 239-9432) ... An old Paso favorite, Adelaida Cellars (home of the cutest sheep on earth), is offering new in-depth wine tastings and tours that will take you from stimulating reserve wine pairings to the top of their expansive, vineyard-covered property (sign up for a spring tour at adelaida.com).