Beverages

Easy Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe with Espresso

Easy Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe with Espresso

Chances are if you walk into our house or work with us in our studio, you’ll end up sipping on some of our favorite coffee drinks. For the morning, a manual pressed espresso or cappuccino will start the day. In the afternoon when we start feeling sluggish, a Vietnamese iced coffee is the perfect “pick-me-up”. If you’ve never had a Vietnamese Iced Coffee, it’s a combination of strong coffee and a hit of sweetened condensed milk, add iced and a super refreshing “ahh”.

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Thai Tea Recipe {Make this Now}

Thai Tea Recipe {Make this Now}

I had a “doh”/”ah-ha” moment last week when we were in Chicago to speak at BlogHer Viewfinder Day. During one of the conference days, we escaped out to lunch at a local Thai restaurant to explore more of the city’s culinary offerings. As always, we’ll try to order something new and different, and in the case of a Thai restaurant it normally involves a curry dish (only medium spicy, please! we’re not as young as we used to be), one noodle dish and an appetizer. »

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Fizzy Blueberry Meyer Lemonade

Fizzy Blueberry Meyer Lemonade

I’m a berry boy. I love my berries. Unfortunately, Southern California doesn’t so much, or at least so I thought.

Strawberries being the huge exception (they are amazing down here), I always thought that growing berries in our garden would be  a futile task. I’m talking blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries. They were so easy for us to grow on the ranch in Oregon. It seemed like all we had to do was plant them and forget about it until we were ready for a »

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Margarita Recipe and The Magic Formula – Bitters

Margarita Recipe and The Magic Formula – Bitters

Call me suckered, hoodwinked, or duped. I believe in magic potions. A man hawking small bottles of potion, proclaiming outlandish results. Out of curiosity, I skeptically try the potion.

A few shakes in a cocktail drink. A cocktail I am very familiar with, but with a mere few dashes of this elixir it became something new. Better. Incredibly delicious.

Cocktail Bitters have been known to many much more savvy than I, but for me it is an exciting new world. A mystical potion which marries »

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Refreshing Pomegranate Spritzer for Fall

Refreshing Pomegranate Spritzer for Fall

It feels so wonderful to be back in the kitchen after being on the road, teaching workshops and shooting on location lately. When we were in the kitchen the other night preparing dinner, we both looked at one another with the same hungry, yet satisfied eyes. It feel so good to be back here in our home kitchen feeding our family and friends. Unfortunately we didn’t take the time to photograph any of it to share with you on the blog!

The garden always look »

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A Delicious Kalamansi Lime Beverage

A Delicious Kalamansi Lime Beverage

“Delicious Beverage.” One of those idiosyncratic sayings in our household. Always said with a snickering smile and a bit of love. And its use is reserved for those drinks we really love.

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Every once in a while, all the neighbors in our cul-de-sac pull the grills into the circle and have a little gathering. A couple years ago, at one of these occasions, a neighbor boy from down the street joined the festivities. A cute 10 year old, skater/surfer kid. Blond, freckled, nicely »

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Meyer Lemonade w/Rosemary + Thank You Sunset Magazine

Meyer Lemonade w/Rosemary + Thank You Sunset Magazine

It’s been almost 15 years ago since we had our first conversation about growing a garden together. It’s been that long? We still can’t believe it.

Back then, our garden inventory was a mere small handful of terra cotta pots filled with herbs on a tiny balcony of a second story apartment. We were only able to occupy half of that balcony because we shared the apartment with two other roommates. So, our personal space back then was one bedroom, a shared bathroom, kitchen and »

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Passion Fruit and Mint Cooler

Passion Fruit and Mint Cooler

This recipe is a testament to why gardeners should never give up to quickly on their favorite plants. A couple years ago, we determined we had to grow passionfruit. As anxious gardeners and lovers of fresh passion fruit, we didn’t just invest in one vine. After all, in addition to our own personal garden fruit greed and long list of passion fruit recipes we wanted to explore, we had an extensive list of friends who were equally devoted to fresh passion fruit.

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Peach Coolers – Refreshingly Summer

Peach Coolers – Refreshingly Summer


It’s week two forSummer Fest 2009 and this week’s theme is stone fruits! You name it, peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, pluots and any variety associated with stone fruits is bursting at the seams today.

Margaret is continuing  this cross-blog event every Tuesday for four weeks, which will be acelebration of fresh-from-the-garden food: recipes, growing tips, even tricks for storing and preserving summer’s best.

Read more about how Summer Fest 2009 works on Margaret’s site atAway to Garden.

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Vietnamese Hot Coffee – Camp Drinking

I’m an addict and I don’t care.

It’s not that I can’t go anywhere without having my daily, tasty coffee.  It is just that I don’t want to.  Headaches aren’t an issue, nor do I get all that grumpy without a morning hit of caffeine, however my morning coffees provide a brief moment of calm bliss.  Sanctuary lies in a cappuccino with a perfect, velvety foam, Vietnamese coffees (hot or cold – ca phe sau da or ca phe sua nong), or a simple espresso »

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For the love of Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Hot Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da – Ca Phe Sua Nong)

For the love of Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Hot Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da – Ca Phe Sua Nong)

Enjoying Cà Phê Sữa Đá & Chinese checkers (Cờ tướng) in Đà Nang, Việt-Nam

It was another warm, humid summer night in Đà Nang, and I was cruising on the back of a scooter behind Quang, one of Diane’s cousins.  He’s the cousin I consider the cool, savvy intellectual.   He turned his head and asked, “So, do you like beer?”  I don’t think there was a moment the whole time we were in Việt-nam when a beer didn’t sound good, but I knew Quang »

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Sharing The Love #3- The Art of Spicing

Sharing The Love #3- The Art of Spicing

You should see the state of our pantry right now, it’s full, it’s bright, it’s brimming with worldly goods, it smells great and it’s a mess. We have way too many spices/sauces/dried goods/noodles/occasional stale bags of potato chips (what a waste!)/lost and then found half eaten candy bars (I knew I put it somewhere in here!)/ and more noodles oozing out of the cabinets. But thanks to Lydia at The Perfect Pantry, we’re cleaning out the pantry for our future submission to her weekly »

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Sharing The Love #1 – Green Tea Garden In A Glass

Sharing The Love #1 – Green Tea Garden In A Glass

For all you tea lovers (or soon to be after this post), you can see why it’s so easy to fall in love with these flower green teas! These fabulously fragrant and beautiful glass garden displays are not only visually commanding, but the floral and fruity notes are worth every sip. Hand picked and hand tied from China, these tight, dry bulbs expand and infuse in hot water, giving you exactly what you see here…a green tea garden in a glass.

These precious little dried »

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