Wednesday, August 31, 2016


You guys. I finally made Frosé. I doubt Frosé is supposed to be capitalized, but it's also not a real word (yet) so it's all good. Labor day is around the corner, and while frozen pink drinks could be enjoyed year round, it just feels right in summer. So make these this holiday weekend, please! The recipe is super easy, and wildly refreshing for the tail end of summer. Cheers!

Makes 4 drinks

1 bottle (750 ml) of dry rose
3/4 c water
3/4 c sugar
Optional: a few drops of orange blossom extract

Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a low boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool the mixture in the fridge at least 30 minutes until chilled. Churn in an ice cream maker for approximately 25-30 minutes until a thick slush is formed. 

Can be served as a frozen drink immediately, or put in an airtight container in the freezer overnight for more of a sorbet texture.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sintra, Portugal

Before we even left the US, we were already aware of one snag in our travel plans. The direct flight planned from Lisbon to Tangier, Morocco was pushed back from its original 11:00 am departure (several times) to an ultimate takeoff of 10:00 pm! We found ourselves with a full day to fill, and only a two hour drive from the coast back to Lisbon. Initially, we thought exploring Lisbon would be best, because I'd heard great things, but Pinterest intervened and the rainbow-colored allure of nearby Sintra won out. 

Only thirty minutes outside of Lisbon, Sintra is an idyllic, colorful town filled with 19th century Romantic architecture that's earned a spot as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated among picturesque, lush green mountains, the town is home to both the Pena National Palace and Sintra National Palace, as well as the Gothic estate Quinta de Regaleira.

We both fell in love with Sintra from the moment we pulled into the main square, and were so glad we made the trip... even with the seemingly endless stairs and uphill treks to reach the worthwhile sites at the summit. 

Main Square

Quinta da Regaleira
The Initiation Well - two deep underground wells sit on the property of Quinta da Regaleira, which were never used for water collection, but rather for secret Masonic initiation ceremonies. 
Pena National Palace (aka Candyland in real life)