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Mojito Watermelon How-To

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One of my best friend’s favorite stories to tell is from five summers ago when we were in the midst of a classic New York City heatwave. Back in our airconditioner-less Bushwick apartment, Joe and I were at each other’s throats; the infernal heat thickening our blood and making us crazy. I sent my friend an S.O.S. and she demanded that we drop everything and come to her apartment, a 5 minute walk away. We did as she said and rambled through the streets, dripping with sweat—he in cargo shorts and a well-loved Jordan jersey, me in cut-off jean shorts and bandanas worn as both shirt and headband—to her front door, where we were greeted by a wave of frozen air and a plate of watermelon salad.

Cut to the summer of 2016 (not quite as hot and in which we have an air-conditioned bedroom). It was last Tuesday night at the Beirut concert in Prospect Park, sitting with our other best friends and enjoying a perfect evening outdoors. Just as the show was drawing to a close we were approached by a sweet-faced stranger, holding a platter of salmon-colored shapes. “Do you guys want some mojito watermelon? I made it for the picnic, but I’m not going to take the leftovers home. I’ll just throw it out if you don’t want any.” Of course we wanted some. Not only did she have me at “mojito…” but, as paragraph one of this post describes, I have a very positive history with watermelon dishes. We all took quick bites and gushed over how good it was. Our benefactress rattled off the ingredient list and then disappeared into the sunset. I was hooked and wanted to make it myself.

A Google search yielded mostly recipes for watermelon mojitos (which, OK, also look DELICIOUS), but after some digging I did find a recipe from Country Living that describes how to make this dish. It calls for sugar, which I don’t think it needs at all, so I experimented a bit and came up with my own, similar version. The fact that I can use the fresh mint from my garden really appeals to my farm girl fantasies…here it is!

+ Ingredients +

  • Watermelon
  • Limes
  • Sea Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Mint

+ Directions +

  • Cut up watermelon in nice chunks.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and lime juice.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Top with fresh, chopped mint.
  • Enjoy chilled

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Ta da!

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Enjoy! xx

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Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

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I can’t say that I remember exactly when my love for Frida Kahlo developed. Her tragic passion, her drive and talent, her admiration for the natural and the indigenous  and her infectious artistic spirit have always my greatest source of inspiration.  With that comes my love for Mexican culture at large, but, those who know me know that I have still yet to visit the country of my dreams and the birthplace of my idol. I am happy to report that (fingers crossed) this great folly will correct itself in 2016….but in the meantime, it was incredible to have Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at the New York Botanical Garden. Not only does the exhibit delve into the art and life design of Kahlo, but creates a living environment transporting the visitor to the rainforests and deserts of Central America, providing a natural (and breathtakingly gorgeous) context for the colors, textures and subjects that permeate her work.

Last weekend was the Day of the Dead festival at the garden featuring parades, musical and dance performances and a pumpkin carving competition. It was a great time to visit (except for the serpentine lines stretching at great distances from each exhibit) because the halloween mood was truly in the air. It was appropriately chilly, the trees had turned and children were running about with faces painted. There are also events scheduled for this, the final weekend of the exhibit, and I would highly recommend the trip if you haven’t been to visit the show yet. For those of us in Brooklyn, it is certainly a trek, but a soul affirming pilgrimage for lovers of Frida Kahlo.

Wishing you all a fantastic Halloween. Let’s embrace the cycle of life and death, the spiritual journey of all living things and the celebration of the season!

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