this made me smile

I spotted this English student on the T earlier this week (notice the Berlitz textbook on her lap), and was so touched to see her reading one of my favorite children's books, Charlotte's Web. She was sounding out each word so carefully, and something about it really moved me.


flower boxes

My neighbor Diane is the official "flower lady" of our building. Each Christmas she gets a beautiful wreath for our door, piles bunches of pine into our flower boxes, and leaves a seasonal arrangement in our lobby. We've got it pretty good, thanks to her. Starting in the spring she plants lovely pansies in the nine (NINE) flower boxes lining our street, and when they get too long and stringy, she replaces them. When I got home from work and saw these flats sitting on our doorstep, I knew something good was in store.


damn straight

I'm normally a bit critical of bloggers who simply regurgitate content, but it seems that I've become that person over the past couple of weeks. So in that spirit, allow me to share something awesome I found here via here.

Pretty poignant, no?



fish tacos.

Quite possibly my favorite food on earth and one of the things I miss most about not living in California. But why, when I live in one of the fish-richest places ever, should it be so hard to find a good fish taco? I've decided that the only way to deal with this epidemic is to just make my own. This recipe from foodformyfamily.com looks right up my alley. Normally I'm not a fan of tequila, but in this case I think it would impart a really great flavor to compliment the lime in the marinade for the fish.

all images via foodformyfamily.com
Here is Shaina's recipe for Margarita Fish Tacos

2 pounds white fish fillets (tilapia, cod, red snapper, mahi mahi)
1/3 cup tequila
3 limes, juiced
3 tablespoons miel de agave (or agave nectar)
1 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil (or any light oil)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Salsa Fresca:
1 large tomato diced
1/2 onion diced (yellow or red)
1/2 large green pepper diced
1 jalapeño, finely chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
kosher salt, to taste

20 white corn tortillas
shredded romaine lettuce
sour cream
diced jalapeños
cotija or a white cheese, shredded/crumbled

Mix tequila, lime juice, agave, oil and salt in a zip-top bag. Add fish and refrigerate from one hour to overnight. Grill fish on a hot, oiled grill (450 to 500° F) three minutes per side. Squeeze lime over fish after the first flip and sprinkle with salt. Remove the grilled fish pieces to aluminum foil and wrap to retain heat.

Prepare salsa fresca by combining tomato, onion, pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Refrigerate if it is made ahead of time.

Warm tortillas on the grill or otherwise. Assemble tacos with fish, salsa and other additions of your choice.

Makes 6 servings
** For other add-ons, I would throw together a little simple shredded salad of purple cabbage with lime juice and chili powder, as well as some avocado and cilantro crema to balance the spiciness *


friday motion

I've come across a lot of really cool images lately, but I think this series of photos from a 1965 issue of LIFE Magazine have put the biggest smile on my face. They were featured in an article titled "The Craze and Menace of Skateboarding".


Have a great weekend!



where was this...

when I was entertaining friends on my roof on Memorial Day? Get it here.

Oh, and a recipe.
Drop Yer Pants Spritzers
* 2 parts Sauvignon Blanc
* 1 part rouge vermouth
* 1 part orange seltzer
* 2 dashes bitters

Combine and imbibe.
Have a sloshy weekend!