THE SLEEVE: Blackwood Coffee
This newcomer on the border of West Hollywood and Hollywood has a LOT of promise. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, solid wifi and nice aesthetic. They serve food too! MY ORDER: Latin Coldbrew (Coldbrew with Horchata and Chocolate Bitters!)
THE BUZZ: Win Your 4th of July BBQ
July 4th is a favorite holiday of mine. It’s an excuse to spend the day outdoors with friends & family, eat yummy food and celebrate life. Plus fireworks, alcohol and some type of beach or pool. What more could you want in life? Little I say. However, here are my 5 go-tos to “win” as a guest/host this holiday weekend.
- ICE CREAM NOVELTIES
- GRILLED ARTICHOKES
- “POOL NOODLES”
- PEACHES AND BURRATA
- REALLY GOOD PICKLES
Firecracker pops, ice cream sammies, even otter pops will secure your place on best friend list.
Follow this recipe and you will be golden. I prefer a lemon, oil and vinegar situation on top of the grilled ‘choke, but come prepared with a mayo based dip as well.
So not technically food, but if you’re going to a BBQ with a pool, bring along a couple pool noodles or pool toys. You don’t have to spend a lot either! You can easily find these at a drugstore or 99 cent store!
If peaches are nectar from the Gods, burrata was destined to be their heavenly match. Grab a couple of peaches, slice them up around a portion of burrata. Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar if you wish and top with some sea salt. Add some prosciutto too!d Props if you grill peaches before serving.
I am a pickle lover. Not only do they add a nice burst of saltiness/acid to any plate of BBQ, but the leftover juice is the perfect chaser for some whiskey. Hello homemade pickle-backs. True story, I am a proud member of the “Pickle Back Club” in Chapel Hill, NC. Check out this article for some craft pickle picks.
What are your BBQ/4th of July go-tos?!