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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Drinking Beer @ Noon on Tuesday

Ever since Sheryl Crow released "All I Wanna Do" in 1994, my dear Moose and I vowed we would take a cue from the song's lyrics and try "drinking beer at noon on Tuesday" one day. Well, finally after so many years, while on vacation together, we set it up that we would belly up and do just that, timed down to the minute. Armed with PBR Pounders, it turns out that we both highly recommend "a good beer buzz early in the morning." 

Cheers everybody!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Grillin' and Chillin'

Isn't it just awful when a holiday falls in the middle of a week? Baby had just returned from job-related travel on top of it so he gratefully took the Wednesday break just the same--but our celebration was very low-key and in town this year. We thought it best just to entertain a few people over the course of the sprawling afternoon--which included a handful of fun surprise guests too! We took them up to the sundeck and toasted our Independence with a bottle of slightly frizzante rose that brightly lit up the gorgeous, lazy day. Later that night, those remaining with us returned to watch the fireworks exploding across the Hudson river.

Hamburgers and hot dogs were the order of the day of course, with potato salad, Fritos, and lots of vodka tonics poured about. We had grape, cherry and orange popsicles for dessert. Baby was in charge of the meat, using our Cuisinart Griddler Gourmet in the kitchen like we actually had an outdoor grill and a back yard.

Juicy Pat LaFreida burgers were sprinkled with the fantastic Back of the Yards garlic pepper-butcher's rub from The Spice House. The beefy Hebrew National franks frolicked with butter. This little gadget with two functioning panels makes it so easy to cook two things simultaneously. It's also a panini press.

As I am wont to do, whatever the occasion, I set to my table with vigor. Inspired by an issue of Gourmet magazine from 1994, I created a spread of red, white, and blue with shells and plastic lobsters, and a vintage diving helmet ice bucket from an old Gilbey's gin promotion, I think. Here's one similar in its full glory that I found on eBay. Isn't it gorgeous?

There was a tube of sunscreen too, naturally, for our Fourth of July Sailing Picnic!

Prepping the table, as you can see, with...

red, white...

 and blue!

I suppose this hollowed log is for stashing jewelry or something, but I stuck forks in it.

I left the copy of Gourmet that launched my flight of fancy next to the diving helmet ice bucket as well.

Look at the curious lobsters trying to get to the buns and rolls--the burgers and hot dogs weren't even out yet! The delicious Grafton cheddar cheese and pickles were for the burgers and amidst our other relish and ketchup condiments, Baby made his own mustard.

This potato salad is great. Thank you Fresh Direct.

And who doesn't love popsicles?

Happy Fourth of July everybody and thanks for reading Evenings with Peter!

Soundtrack: Music to Watch Girls By, Disc 2, various artists; Dimitri from Paris, Sacre Bleu; Deee-Lite, World Clique; Boogie Nights soundtrack; B-52's, Party Mix

Friday, July 6, 2012

Next Magazine - Pimm's Cooler

Why wait for Wimbledon? Elan Zafir is already shaking it up with a twist on a celebratory Pimm’s Cup at Park Bar, just off of Union Square in Manhattan. Do try this at home!

Pimm’s Cooler
1 1/2 oz Pimm’s
1 oz Hendricks Gin
1/4 oz fresh lime juice
Tonic water

Pour ingredients over ice and shake. Serve all in a highball glass, top with tonic water and revel in a long sip of summer.

Park Bar is located at 15 E 15th St, New York, NY. Call 212-367-9085 for more info.

First published in part in Next magazine.