As I mentioned yesterday, the end of August always bums me out. When I was younger, I dreaded returning to school. The days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and the delicious tomatoes and cantaloupe are replaced with boring apples and butternut squash. Sigh. Luckily I had a lovely August: I spent a long weekend in LA, saw Paul McCartney at Outside Lands, and went swimming every single weekend! Here are my favorite things from the month.
Southsides. I’ve made this classic cocktail too many times to count over the past month. Erick Castro originally taught me his recipe awhile back and I only recently introduced the mint and lemon concoction to my mother, who has been requesting them twice a week since. Southsides are light and refreshing and after discovering a massive mint field off the highway on the way to the cabin, I have fresh mint in the house always!Sunset Terrace. 24 years ago my parents purchased a cabin the Sierra Foothills in a small town called Arnold. The house has a large deck and a beautiful view of the sunset every evening, so we named it Sunset Terrace. I’ve been spending as much time as possible up here. The mountain air and laid-back lake-side lifestyle is wonderfully relaxing. I never want to leave!
Lancome Lipstick in Posh Pink. Speaking of Sunset Terrace, a couple of summers ago I was cleaning out the bathroom and came across a hot pink lipstick with no lid. I put it on and started wearing it, eccentrically like a crazy old lady who does water aerobics, every time I came to the cabin. I realized I needed to get a pink lipstick for my non-cabin life, so I popped into Lancome and had the sales girl help me pick out Posh Pink, a lovely color that I sometimes like to match my nails with.
Chilled Red Wine. This is a custom I picked up from annual summer visits to Spain. Red wine should be served at cellar temperature and 86°F is not that. When it’s hot out, I love putting my bottles of red into the fridge or an ice bucket for 20-30 minutes before I plan to drink it. There’s something about the chilled temperature that is strangely comforting.
Costco Burrata (by BelGioioso). When I was in LA, I cooked a big Sunday dinner for my siblings and a friend. We decided one of the dishes would be a peach and burrata salad. We were running errands and got some of the ingredients at Costco. I didn’t think Costco was going to sell burrata, but they do! And it’s surprisingly good and super cheap!