Outta Here———> Brazil

It’s time!  I’m off to Brazil!  It is going to be one crazy week.  Home—>Rio—>nyc—>home.  I will really try to post but I warn you that I might miss a day or two.  It is a vacation right?!  I will be back next week fully inspired with pictures to share.  Adeus!*

*That’s Good Bye! in Portuguese

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Bash / Caipirinha

In honor of our upcoming trip I thought we should get our taste buds excited for the food and beverages of Brazil.  [OMG I AM SO EXCITED!!!  Sorry…side note.]  Brazil’s national cocktail is the Caipirinha which is a combination of muddled lime, sugar, and Cachaça served over ice.  Cachaça is similar to rum except Cachaça is made with sugarcane while rum is made with molassas.

Caipirinha

Take a good size lime, cut it into 8 wedges, and place 4 wedges in a rocks glass

Add two teaspoons of sugar, mash the lime and sugar with a muddler for 15 seconds

Add crushed ice up to the rim of the glass

Add two ounces of Cachaça, stir thoroughly, and garnish with a lime wedge

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Recipe: here

Excited About May

I know we are already a week into May but there  is a lot to be excited about.  Things to look forward to this May:

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Quick trip home to Chicago. I love my hometown in May.  Perfect weather for neighborhood walks, runs along the lake and dining alfresco.

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Stopping in NYC on the way home from a BIG trip for friends engagement party.  I am one lucky girl.

SPOT PRAWNS.  So you know how some people have a favorite food?  One that they can eat endless quantities of for days on end and never get tired of?  Well, that is me and spot prawns.  The season is short – just 3-4 weeks but in that amount of time I will happily eat way more then my share of those tasty little guys.  Here is a clip of my favorite dish being made at my favorite restaurant:

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It’s peony season!

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And hydrangeas are here!

Enjoy the rest of May!

Source:  All images either my own or via pinterest.