Friday Faves

Good Drinks: Pimm’s Cup at Goodall’s Bar
Last week’s Wimbledon Tournament reinvigorated my love for a favorite British cocktail, the Pimm’s Cup. When struck with a craving for a fancy post-work cocktail, one of my favorite go-to spots is the charming Goodall’s Bar at Hotel Ella. One can’t help but feel transported to the heart of the South while sipping top-notch cocktails on the wrap around porch at Hotel Ella. Their version of the classic gin cocktail combines spicy-sweet Pimm’s No. 1 with citrusy housemade lemonade. Garnished with cucumber and blackberry, it’s a perfectly light and refreshing summer cocktail.

Pimm's Cup at Goodall's Bar

Pimm’s Cup at Goodall’s Bar

Put on your best seersucker and let time move a little slower during happy hour Goodall’s Bar at Hotel Ella Monday through Friday from 4-7pm. 1900 Rio Grande Street. http://goodallskitchen.com

Good Eats: Pimento Cheese Recipe

Speaking of tastes of the South, I recently threw together some spicy pimento cheese spread for friends that was pretty damn tasty, if I do say so myself. To class up the kitsch, I served it on crackers layered with a slice of an heirloom tomato. The secret to a good pimento cheese spread is using homemade mayonnaise, which is a pain but so worth it. Great how-to here. Simple and delicious! Here’s my recipe:

Pimento Cheese Bites

Pimento Cheese Bites

1 4 oz. can of diced pimentos

1 ¼ cup mayonnaise (homemade makes it so much better

1 to 1 ½ tablespoon of finely chopped fresh dill

½ to 1 tablespoon Srirachi sauce (optional)

½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)

¼ teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

Shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Stir first 7 ingredients together. Add cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Done!

 

 

 

Good Reads

Working for the weekend? Kill some time by checking out this NY Magazine article reflecting on the 10th anniversary of Chef April Bloomfield’s The Spotted Pig and Momofuko. The article explores how these two chef-driven concepts changed the style and face of New York City’s restaurant scene and how their contributions led to national dining trends many Austinites will recognize. Read more here. 

Good Tunes: Charli XCX

To me, summer music is meant to be fun and upbeat. Indie pop songstress Charli XCX fits that bill to a T. Check out her latest single ‘Boom, Clap’ below and grab tickets to see her in concert this fall. Tickets on sale now and likely to sell out in a flash!

Good Times: World Cup Finals this Sunday

This Sunday is your final chance to jump on the bandwagon of your new favorite soccer team. The World Cup Finals is set for kick off at 2pm with Germany and Argentina going head to head. Go out with a bang at Mohawk or Holy Mountain all day Sunday, or check out one of my other top picks of where to watch here and here.

 

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