We gave the Bloody Mary — that sultry brunch beauty — a sleek makeover for summer, freshening up the familiar flavors in a lighter cocktail that’s perfect for warm weather.
Pretend you’re a kid again for five minutes, and gawk at the glory of these transforming sushi toys from Japanese company Takara. It’s a piece of nigiri! Wait, no! It’s a robot about to save the world!
Photo credit: Julia Bainbridge At 25, Sophie Milrom was studying late nights for the bar. Online ordering is not yet available, but Milrom can ship anywhere in the country if you contact her directly.
Those hailing from the Mid-Atlantic region know well the pleasures of cracking open a steamed crab flavored with the pungent spice mix known as Old Bay and chasing it with a well-chilled summer ale. Among them are the daring folks at Frederick, Maryland–based Flying Dog Brewery, who have officially blown our minds with their latest seasonal brew: Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, a beer brewed with (you guessed it) Old Bay.
Photo credit: Getty America is obsessed with grilled cheese, and our collective fervor for it has helped inspire a national day of homage: National Grilled Cheese Day, which is around the bend on April 12th. Our adoration has even led one Chicago restaurant to serve a grilled cheese sandwich costing $100. But mayonnaise doesn’t go in your grilled cheese sandwich, it goes on top of it. Chefs of all stripes swear by this trick (Gabrielle Hamilton and Paula Deen both approve), which involves slathering the top and bottom of a grilled cheese sandwich with the creamy condiment—just as one normally would with butter—before sautéing the sammie in a hot pan. The web site Consumerist tried out this variation earlier this year, to much success: “The result was a nice, even browning that had a bit of crunch to it, similar to the crust on French toast.” Business Insider gave the preparation a whirl, too, and proclaimed it the way to achieve “the best grilled cheese you will ever have.” We’re on board to try a mayonnaise-y grilled cheese sandwich.
Illustration credit: Jennifer Fox Cinco de Mayo is less than a month away, but we have a suggestion for the drink you might want then—the Chile Lime, a sweet-hot cocktail involving half a fiery serrano chile, seeds and all, sitting happily right in the glass. What’s notable about the drink, which we found at Brooklyn’s Quarter Bar, is the strength of the pepper itself—and the fact that half of it is served in your drinking vessel. Bloody Marys garnished with jalapeños are common enough, but serranos are hotter than jalapeños, and most of the capsaicin, the oil that makes a chile hot, is released when you split a chile open, so garnishing with a pepper isn’t quite the same. Quarter Bar owner David Moo says the drink was the brainchild of his friend Rahul Chakravartty, who was traveling in India with his family during monsoon season and got “caught in a hotel during some kind of massive weather event.” They couldn’t leave the premises for three to four days, “and being stuck in this hotel they were, of course, bored,” says Moo.
Photos courtesy Turntable Kitchen Turntable Kitchen is a brilliant food and music site run by Kasey and Matt Hickey (and, frankly, the inspiration for our own Brunch Beats column). In their monthly Pairings Boxes, the Hickeys mail subscribers themed sets of recipes, dry ingredients, and music (in both digital mix tape and vinyl formats), and now the duo has made a cookbook. In a box! Otherwise known as a recipe box, but way cooler. "People have been collecting [the recipes in the Pairings Boxes], but didn’t have a box to put them in," says Kasey.
YES . It’s what we say to things that are awesome. Yes. Photo credit: StockFood A search for something to zing up a velvety soup of puréed carrots , cauliflower , and Greek yogurt recently sent me to the dark depths of my spice cabinet .
All photos: Valek Rolling Pins Brace yourself for a world of cute. Poland-based Etsy shop Valek Rolling Pins sells personalized rolling pins featuring leaping foxes , dinosaurs , dogs , cats , and yes, even the above teeny burgers and fries . Be still our baking hearts. There are also geometric patterns for those who prefer something more abstract, and a customized roller embossed with whatevertext you desire .
A peek at the interior of Home of the Brave Max and Bethany Vogel, the husband-and-wife team behind Greenpoint concept boutique Wolves Within, opened Home of the Brave just last week. Home is the operative word here, not only because the store sells home goods, but also because the Vogels’ home is right down the street, which is also down the street from Wolves Within (which—fun fact—is housed in a former candy store called Mitzy’s).