Happy Father’s Day!

Yes, I know father’s day was yesterday. But….you didn’t actually expect me to “work” on father’s day, did you? Well…that is far from true, but doing the picture and the post proved to be a bit too much as I could absolutely NOT miss out on the eating part of this post.

I posted the Wegmans apple crostata back in January. That was awesome. The apple-cranberry and cherry versions were both superb. But, the strawberry rhubarb crostata (enter the choir singing sweet melodies) is heavenly goodness, and my all time favorite so far. Thus….it was the obvious choice for my father’s day dessert. Its light as air crust, and sweet filling are still on my mind today. Take a peak and tell me you don’t want one…..

The strawberry rhubarb crostata. This totally makes it worth saying “shazam”!!

I hope all of you fathers out there had a terrific day with your family. I know I did. Happy belated father’s day!

Get the fever for the perfect combination of spicy and sweet!

Every new drink begins with an inspiration.

In this case, the wicked cool bottle of Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon premium tonic water inspired us. Made with spring water, cane sugar, lemon juice, and natural quinine, the beverage itself is as cool and fresh as its packaging.

Oh… we’re feeling feverish.

It was a natural mixer for our favorite, the classic gin and tonic. However, we decided to kick it up a little. Hence the creation of the Ginger G&T.

Over ice, mix 3 oz. Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon tonic, 2 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, and 1 oz. Bluecoat American dry gin. Stir and enjoy. It’s kind of like drinking a sweet tart, but with a gingery kick. Cheers!

The Ginger G&T!

The “crazy good” bacon sundae. Believe.

I can’t believe how good this is. But really…..you need to believe. As Heather said, “This is crazy good.”

Flash back to our 2010 trip to New Orleans, and our second night at the Green Goddess, a tiny little gem of a restaurant in the French Quarter. We had come back on the last night of our trip, based solely on Scotty’s (the excellent bartender) recommendation to try the “notorious” bacon sundae: pecan praline ice cream with a creamy bacon caramel sauce carrying a bit of both pink Himalayan & black lava salts, micro-planed Nueske’s applewood bacon, layered with whipped cream. Sounds good, huh? It was! So….thus our attempt to recreate the experience.

The “crazy good” bacon sundae. Sign me up for that!

It worked! We did it! Well, it wasn’t an exact replica…but it was still crazy good! We used Edy’s Slow Churned Butter Pecan ice cream, topped with La Salamandra Dulce de Leche Milk Caramel, a touch of French sea salt, diced applewood smoked bacon, whipped cream, and chopped caramelized pecans.

Not your average caramel. La Salamandra Dulce de Leche Milk Caramel, all the way from Argentina! (By way of Wegmans.)

Bacony goodness!! Can’t you just smell it??

To give props to Scotty once again….the Trader Vic’s Macadamia Nut Liqueur is an excellent pairing. It offers a smooth, sweet, nutty, caramelly taste. It’s very mellow, but has a nice warming effect.

Trader Vic’s Macadamia Nut Liqueur. Warm me up, Scotty!

Go….you must make this now! Please comment and let us know what you think. Cheers!

A start to summer: The Mendon Carnival

Even though we’ve had some spectacularly nice weather early this year, it always feels as if summer starts with opening night of the Mendon carnival. We were there Thursday evening and I wanted to share a few highlights. The last day is today….so get in the car and head over there!

The past 2 years I have really enjoyed ordering an Italian sausage and being recognized, by a couple that was volunteering in the food tent, as the guy who does that blog…2eat2drink. How fun! So…this picture is for you 🙂

The classic carnival food: Italian sausage drenched in sauteed peppers and onions and mustard!

Other classic carnival indulgences were surrounding us as well. The 5 of us had ice cream, milkshakes, sno-cones, cotton candy (the highlight of last year’s post) hamburgers, hot dogs, clams, fried dough and sugar waffles!

The sugar waffle! Yum.

Opening night features an unlimited ride deal…which of course the boys participated in. Heather and I sat most of them out, however. I hope you get to enjoy your local carnival as well. Happy Summer!

That’s making me dizzy!

The ferris wheel at sunset. What a beautiful evening.

Watch out for the crazy viking!