TRAIL BLAZIN.

What a gorgeous day today. I hit up all my favorite spots on the bike trail including Reagan airport to watch the planes take off. It’s such a great feeling to fly past all the cars sitting in rush hour traffic. Also! When did all the biker babes come out of hibernation?! And runners? Where have you been living and working and hanging out? Man oh man, you make it hard to pay attention. Maybe if I crash it would be our perfect meet cute. No? Okay, I guess not.

RUSTICO.

With only one month left living in NOVA, it saddens me to think that I will no longer be within a ten mile radius of my favorite restaurant. Favorite restaurant in the whole wide world. Rustico, you feed my soul. Literally. Last night I stopped by for a burger and fries and was once again reminded why you are my favorite.

These photos are from last fall after my brother completed the Marine Corps Marathon. Boston bib salad and fig and prosciutto pizza. So many celebrations have happened at Rustico, including my own graduation lunch. I can even remember the very first time my brother introduced us years ago. Dinner was fantastic, but I was won over by a mandarin orange cheesecake dessert. I was never the same again.

MOJITOS.

Mojitos. The ultimate summer drink. Refreshing, delicious, and so easy to make.  Follow this recipe and you’ll be sipping some summer sweetness in no time at all. And please, whatever you do, never buy the prepackaged mix!

2 ounces of white rum
1 ounce simple syrup or sweetened lime juice
(simple syrup // equal parts sugar and water, dissolved together)
8-10 fresh mint leaves (the more mint, the merrier)
1 small lime juiced

Combine ingredients and muddle the leaves with a muddler or hard flat surface (e.g. end of a wooden spoon). The more you muddle, the more mint flavor you will taste. Add a generous amount of ice and top off your glass with club soda or sparkling water. Stir and enjoy! (Note If you like your cocktails sweeter, just add more sweetened lime juice or simple syrup)