In the midst of all the work and fun and work and life stuff and work, we went to New York City. My sweetie’s first time and, when you see NYC through new eyes, it’s like your first time, too. I’ve been to the city many times and, no matter what is going on in my life, she is excited to see me and welcomes me back with open arms. I love it there and being with Mike – and seeing dear friends while we were there – amplified the awesomeness by many.
We celebrated my birthday with a week of exploration. The best meal of my life – enjoyed canoodling in a corner booth. Sleep No More, which left me absolutely breathless. Silently stared at the 9/11 memorial in a gully-washer of a thunderstorm and didn’t mind a bit. Lots of art. Lots of food. A multitude of walked city blocks and some cocktails along the way.
I’ve meant to share the few photos we took there…but there weren’t many. This was a trip about being there. Being with the folks we care about – and each other. Being in a city that vibrates and gives back as much energy as she takes. That was back in June. It’s gone from summer to September in an instant.
Of all the cocktails I’ve had in recent memory, this was the most remarkable. We met Zane at Arthur on Smith and, well, he’s a drink ninja. His version of a kale margarita was the special that night and…our party nearly cleared him out. It was such a unique drink (it’s got green juice in it…it’s healthy, right?!) and the perfect foil for the NYC summer heat. I came back and did my darndest to replicate it. Use whatever green juice you like best – make your own at home or get some freshly made stuff from a local market or health food store. A mix of sweet and earthy is best – throw some ginger or apple or celery in there to balance out the earthiness of the kale.
Kale Margarita – inspired by a cocktail I had at Arthur on Smith – makes one drink
– In a large shaker, combine the tequila, kale juice, lime juice and agave nectar. Measure your ice in the glass you intend to serve it in and pour that in your shaker. Shake vigorously for a 5 count and pour into your chosen glass – rim the glass with salt if you so choose. Garnish with a small kale leaf and serve immediately.
Thanks to Tony Clark for taking the photo of this margarita. That was a really fun day.