Four years ago, we had the pleasure of visiting Japan for the first time. Adam’s band was performing at the Fuji Rock Festival, high in the mountains three hours north of Tokyo. After the last show, the rest of the group went home while the two of us ventured around the country for ten days, falling completely in love with the Japanese people and their inspiring culture. We took bullet trains to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Miyajima, and Hiroshima, traveling across the countryside, spending a few days in each city, visiting pristine gardens and ancient Buddhist temples, while learning where to find the best vegetarian meals and how to properly ask for them. Throughout the day, we often found ourselves saying, “watashi wa bejitarian desu,” hoping they would understand that we were politely communicating, “I am vegetarian.” We snacked on inari (sweet tofu pockets filled with sushi rice), we lived off onigiri with umeboshi (white rice triangles wrapped in seaweed with a sour plum center), we found unique tiny restaurants on hidden side streets serving bowls of hot udon noodles, ramen, and miso soup, we tried a savory pancake called okonomiyaki, sampled multiple flavors of sweet mochi candies, and discovered a delicious noodle dish called zaru soba. This light and refreshing entree quickly became our go-to meal in Japan, and since it is served cold, it makes a perfect summertime dinner that is easy to prepare and fun to eat!
And just like that, the last day of June is here. Time flies when you’re testing and tasting summer cocktails every day—and that is exactly how we have been battling this overwhelming heat and unusual humidity here in Southern California. Every week this month we have been taking over the feedfeed’s snapchat and showing you how to make these delicious creations. If you missed any of the episodes, they are now all available on the feedfeed website for your viewing pleasure. You’ll get a private tour of our garden, see where our fruit trees are growing—including our Santa Rosa plum tree exploding with deep purple plums—plus we’ll take you behind the scenes where we shoot our photos for the blog, and you’ll even get to meet our sweet kitty, Sylvia. We’ve had a great time making these snapchat videos, and are super excited about this week’s episode, which we will be filming live this morning at 10am PST. For today’s show, The Husbands will be celebrating the summer arrival of one of our favorite fruits—the pretty and palatable peach—with a sparkling cocktail that is light, tangy, and refreshing to sip outdoors at this weekend’s Fourth of July parties… and on the fifth of July, and the sixth…
Is everyone ready? Okay, cue the music. Lights. Camera. Aaand action! Good morning ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the second installment of the Husbands That Cook Summer Cocktail series starring your hosts, Adam and Ryan. Every Friday at 10am PST for the next few weeks, we will be taking over the feedfeed’s snapchat and showing you how to make some of our favorite summer drinks. On last week’s exciting episode we traveled to tropical paradise and made these refreshing blackberry vanilla tequila mojitos filled with fresh blackberries, cool mint leaves and smooth tequila. For today’s show, we have something very special planned: the Island Sunrise, a riff on a classic Caribbean cocktail called a Painkiller. So let’s pack our bags, bring some light clothing, and set a course for the islands, where abundant sunshine and palm trees await us.
Summer vacation. You are on a quiet beach under a cloudless sky, laying on a soft towel, the sun drying you off after a quick dip in the warm ocean water. Behind you is a rugged mountain, lush with tropical plants and towering trees bursting with life, bright neon green from the frequent rains. The only sounds are the gentle surf and native birds singing in the distance as you rest your eyes. Your trip has just begun and your only plans for the rest of the day are to relax on the sand and get ready for tonight’s sunset dinner. You take a deep breath, opening your eyes to find yourself sitting in a plastic lounge chair at your neighbor’s backyard barbecue party. No one is staring at you, and it appears as if just seconds have passed. What just happened? What is in this magical icy beverage you are holding in your hand, glowing a deep amethyst and infusing the air with fresh citrus and mint? How did it transport you to paradise and where can you find more of these? There are lots of unknowns in this world, but thankfully we have the answers to your curious questions.
Do you hear that? Kids laughing and splashing in the pool, vegetarian burgers sizzling on the barbecue, cool ice cubes clinking in glasses of fruity sangria, a golden retriever slurping from his water bowl, your favorite tunes playing in the background. These are the relaxing sounds of summer which unofficially starts this Memorial Day weekend. We are ready for it and so are the local grocery stores and farmers markets which have already begun over-stocking their shelves with fresh summer produce like sweet juicy peaches and tangy heirloom tomatoes. Dust off your flip-flops, get out your sunscreen and bathing suits (our apologies if you may have gone up a size or two), and let us celebrate warmer weather, school-less beach days, tropical vacation getaways, romantic evening walks, roasting s’mores outdoors, and spending more time with friends and family. Today we would like to welcome this bountiful season with a delicious, crisp corn salad that is a little sweet, a little spicy, and perfect for all your entertaining needs.