Were you ever watching So You Think You Can Dance, when you thought to yourself, “I need a signature cocktail to get me through this Bollywood routine.” Friend, I’ve got your back.
Sassy Lassi serves 3
• 6 oz mangos
• ½ cup coconut water
• 4 ice cubes
• 6 oz plain yogurt
• 3 shots Kraken rum
• Pistachios to garnish (These are good and crunchy. Do not skip them.)
Put everything in a blender except the pistachios and mix it up. Garnish and enjoy.
AB Chao is still in town, so here’s to Louisiana Iced Coffee in the sun, dancing around in your swimsuit, and sneaking smokes. What are you toasting this week?
This cocktail is so easy, but the type of rum matters. You want Kraken because it has a strong vanilla profile that softens the drink, and also because the cephalopod label makes your bar look so 2005-Brooklyn-Tattoo.
All you need is:
• A shot of Kraken Rum
• Coconut water to taste
Pour over ice, swizzle, and add an optional cherry garnish. Simple? Perfect. You’re on vacation, you shouldn’t have to work too hard for your drink.
Here’s to staying up all night talking on the porch, tubing on the river, sand in the car. What are you toasting this week?
I know. I know it sounds weird, maybe even terrible. It is not. It is the most delicious thing you have ever tasted, plus bourbon. Put this in your blender, and then put it in your mouth. Trust.
Avocado Bourbon Shake serves 4
• 2 small, ripe Haas avocado (½ cup or so)
• 3 cups vanilla ice cream
• 1 cup coconut water
• 4 shots Bulleit bourbon
Here’s to the wind off the lake that tangles your hair, warm deck planks and bare feet, one milkshake and two straws.
What are you toasting this week?
You know what you should read? Bon Appétempt.
Bon Appétempt is writer Amelia Morris’s hilarious online photo and video chronicle of her attempts to duplicate aspirational recipes, interspersed with gems like the video above — Amelia’s Bon Appétempt of Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend. That video makes me so 1997-excited-about-the-Internet, I feel like crushing something.
Images and video via Bon Appétempt.
St. Vincent show at the Fox. She does not stage dive halfway. -via @maggiemason on Instagram
I have a new post up at Lifescoop — App Mashup: Spotify + Songkick for Tracking Live Music
I fall for a new song, listen closer and fall for the band, run a search on concert dates, and score! They’re playing in my home town next month. I click purchase; aaaand the show is sold out. Rinse repeat until my forehead is bruised from all the desk banging.
That is until recently, when I downloaded a change-my-life music app combo that lets me know when my favorite artists are playing in the towns near me. Spotify + Songkick is the app mashup of my dreams. Read more…
Lately it’s been unusually warm in the city, so Liz invited us over for takeout in the garden.
She made key lime pie, so I proposed to her. I feel like I have a lot to offer. For example, my mad mechanical bull riding skills. Consider it, Liz.
We had Burmese food.
And then moved inside when the wind picked up.
(More on Flickr.)
“It’s an age-old problem, exacerbated by technology. To be always filled with craving and desire (also called defilement, affliction) is one of the Three Poisons of Buddhism, called kilesa, and it makes you a slave. There is true meaning in social media—real connections, real friendships, devotion, humor, sacrifice, joy, depth, love. And this is what we are looking for when we log on. ”
So true. Amusingly enough, Caterina is a Flickr founder, which was the first service to make me aware of all the cool stuff I wasn’t doing — my friends and I called it the Parties You Weren’t Invited to Channel.
The thing is, I still love social media, despite the occasional sense that everyone is popping bottles of champagne on city rooftops while I watch The Office reruns in my yoga pants. Seeing what I’m “missing” has shaped how I decide to spend my time, reminded me to fill my life with stuff that makes me feel like there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. Now when I feel like I’m missing out, I see it as a flag that I’m unhappy about something else, an indicator that I need to invest some time in finding my own fun, or a reminder to stay in the moment — even if the moment is just enjoying my friends photos in my PJs.
Caterina mentioned that she’s noticing a high level of FOMO around SxSW, but I’m in Austin now and I have to say that Foursquare, Twitter, and Facebook have made things so much easier and happier for me than in years past when I had to call around to find people.
What about you? Do forays into social media make you feel more connected or less adequate?
Want to come over and pop some champagne on the roof?