The perfect Gin and Tonic

gandtMy key to a perfect G&T:  Hendricks and a slice of cucumber!  My good friend, Emily, taught me that.   I tried my best to enjoy them before, but realized I just couldn’t get past the smell of rubbing alcohol in other gins.

However, I will say it’s always good to give things another go, so over the weekend I tried a G&T using Tanquerey and it wasn’t all that bad.  But don’t worry Hendricks, I’ll always remain faithful to you.

They are very easy to make, but should you want the classic cocktail recipe here’s a great one.

And here’s a list of a few places in San Francisco to visit that I’ve heard have great gin cocktails (and the ones I’d try)…

Absinthe (Corpse Reviver #12)

Alembic (Charlie Chaplin)

Dosa (Bloody Marvelous)

And if you reeeealllly like gin, here’s a great book to pick up or perhaps gift.

Photo courtesy of Mariah’s Kitchen

Summer Time!

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I don’t mind admitting that I have a mild case of self-diagnosed OCD.   What event planner doesn’t suffer triumph from this right?  I’m detail oriented, organized and can’t get through life without a checklist, usually color-coded.   So since it was officially the first day of summer last Friday, I thought it was only appropriate to compile a list of all of my summer “to-dos.”

  1. Go camping in the Redwoods
  2. Master the skill of BBQing and make these and these
  3. Rent bikes and go for a ride along the coast
  4. Get in the habit of reading one book a month
  5. Hang twinkle lights in our patio and eat outside every chance we get
  6. Try out different workout classes to see what’s right for me.  I’m most interested in spinning and boxing so far, but the list is endless.  I even own a pair of these.
  7. Truly make yoga a part of my life. I feel so great when I practice; I’m not sure why I haven’t made it a daily habit.
  8. Re-institute Sunday day trips
  9. Host a picnic in the park with friends following a few games of bocce
  10. Visit at least three wineries in beautiful Northern Cali. Wine country, starting with this one

And the bonus to do….

11.   Learn to slow down, smell the roses and enjoy the scenery.

photo via Clement Demarquet

On my nightstand…

end table 023I currently have 3 books on my nightstand and while I realize that it’s difficult to read multiple books at a time, and virtually impossible to NOT have a favorite, what can I say…my choice completely varies on how I feel that night.

I’ve heard that what’s on the book shelf, or night stand in this case, can tell a lot about a person.  Joanna Goddard wrote a whole post about it here.  So I wonder, what do these choices reveal about me?

Where We Belong, by Emily Giffin.  This is my newest addition to the nightstand (started it over the weekend) and I’m only 30 pages away from finishing it.  Yes, I’m a sucker for any of Emily Giffin’s easy-breezy novels, and I’ve read all of them, except one.   The characters just have that ability to take you out of your own life, but still make you feel so much apart of theirs.

Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides.  …And this novel has been on my nightstand the longest.  I want to love it, the Pulitzer Prize Givers tell me to love it, but I’m already over 200 pages in and just can’t get into it.  I’m not sure at what point I should just throw in the towel.

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping, by Robert Sapolsky.  This book definitely gives off more of the “text-book” vibe, but it’s still interesting and pretty easy to read.  I bought the book because the author was speaking at one of my events and I thought it could just give me a little more insight on him, but you just really have to be in learning mode when choosing this one.

So tell me, what are you currently reading?

Photo above via Inspire Bohemia