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)

TASTE OF SUMMER.

Happy Memorial Day! Despite what the calendar says, it is now officially summer as far as I’m concerned. For one, we are hitting the 90 degree mark today. The humidity rolled in a while ago and I have a feeling it will be here to stay. Today is Memorial Day, which means the swimming pools are open and crowds are gathering at the beach. Already busted out the Old Bay and mom made her irresistible homemade Maryland crab cakes.

My parent’s backyard symbolizes the epitome of summer for me. A relaxing oasis of endless flora and fauna. A place to lay in the sun or build a fire under the stars. Sometimes an outdoor living space can feel more like home than one would expect.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend and day off!

MAX WANGER.

Photographs © Max Wanger.

I look at so much wedding photography (and there is a lot out there!) that after a while, it all starts to look the same. But there are those every now and then that simply wow me and remind me that wedding photography can still be unique. Like Max Wanger, whose photographs truly are pieces of art. His signature shot of maximum sky with the subjects placed almost out of sight creates a romantic mystery. Who are those tiny people? Where are they standing? Is this really a photograph? I can imagine hanging one on my wall in my home and answering all the questions that would arise from guests. A wedding becomes a story, shouldn’t your photographs do the same?

CHINATOWN.

Roommate and I had quite the NYC adventure yesterday. Despite spending five hours on the bus there and five hours on the train back (both of which should have only taken three and a half), we had a lovely afternoon covering most of lower Manhattan. Street markets and lunching in Chelsea. Fro-yo and Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Window shopping in Soho and people watching in Chinatown. And a grand finale of Italian feasting in Little Italy.

Then quite literally a race to Penn Station. Oh New York, you really are a maze of insanity.

Chinatown had me taken aback. Chinatown, DC? It probably should be given a new name. At some point you really do cross a cultural threshold. So many delicious and exciting looking markets and restaurants. And so many interesting people. Roommate and I were quite torn on where to eat dinner after considering the option of pho and dumplings. Chianti and caprese salad may have won this time, but I’ll be back Chinatown. Don’t you worry.

LOST IN THE BOBOLI.

All too often I find myself thinking of Italy. Probably every day. Okay, every second. But it really is hard not to. Especially when you order wild mushroom ravioli at Circa and it tastes as if they flew it in from a cafe in Florence minutes before you arrived. Yumm. I could go on and on about everything that is amazingly Italian but I think these photos from the Boboli Gardens in Florence say a lot. The architecture, history, and natural beauty all meld together into a place where time magically disappears.

And that is just what happened on this lovely day. The closing announcements sounded and Zuzanna and I found ourselves sprinting for the nearest exit. The nearest exit of course happened to be on the opposite side of the entrance, 2 miles away from the city center. It was a nice, long walk home. The memory will forever bring a smile to my face.