Now that summer is finally here, I am back in my element! I live for hot, humid weather. Seriously! It forces you to slow down, sip an agua fresca and take your mind off your to-do list. Check out everything I've been savoring this month, from cookbooks to beachside arepas!
I have empirical proof that arepas taste even better when consumed on the beach. To recreate my experiment: go to Rockaway Beach, stop by Caracas Arepa Bar, order the Pabellon with a side of taro fries (and three beers and an extra pernil arepa for good measure). Report back to me with your findings.
Funny story, I saw Justin Warner at last year's "Comics Creators Consuming Coffee" panel at Comic Con, and geeked out so hard that I was too scared to meet him. I blocked out that embarrassing memory until recently when I bought his cookbook, and have been kicking myself ever since. The Laws of Cooking is quirky, well-written, and innovative in its structure. More than just recipes, it teaches readers how flavors work together, a la give a man a fish vs. teach him how to fish. In retrospect, I should've introduced myself; his Captain America hoodie tells me that he would've appreciated my Buffy The Vampire Slayer cosplay. (This is the nerdiest slide in all of the internet. I am quite proud. I've earned a celebratory butterbeer.)
I'm a black coffee, no sugar, no cream kinda girl (who got that reference?) so La Colombe's Pure Black is a dream come true for me. This coffee is smooth, rich, and cold-pressed so it won't cause cancer. I suggest serving over ice...mainly because drinking it from the dark, glass bottle while at your desk will make your coworkers think you're drinking on the job.
I will expound on the beauty of drinking at breweries 'til I meet my bitter end. Don't agree? Go to one of the two Greenport breweries, order an $8 flight, plop yourself down on one of the lawn chairs outside, and then come talk to me. Trust me, the Black Duck Porter alone is worth the trip out to the North Fork.
My lazy days this month consisted of cherry tomatoes, roasted with lemon salt and freshly ground black pepper, piled high on crusty (usually day-old) bread. Bright, filling, cheap, and easy to make. What more could I wish for? (An avocado would be nice.)