from summer to september September 27, 2012

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

  • one ounce great quality white tequila
  • 3 ounces kale juice or your favorite green juice – I used a kale, celery and ginger juice from my farmers market
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce light agave nectar
  • kosher salt for the rim and fresh kale leaves, to garnish

– 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.


Brian @ A Thought For Food Sep 27, 2012 10:09 pm

This is so crazy, I think I have to give it a try!

Dena Sep 28, 2012 06:09 am

Love your descriptions of New York. Wow to the margarita.

DessertForTwo Sep 28, 2012 07:09 am

This looks absolutely gorgeous. The problem is, I would tell myself that since it has kale, I can drink 3 everyday! :)

Jenna | The Paleo Project Sep 28, 2012 09:09 am

Perfection in a glass! I think I can convince myself these are “Paleo”….

Winnie Sep 28, 2012 09:09 am

Wow- sounds like a hell of a trip! And this margarita? Double wow.

Kasey Sep 28, 2012 06:09 pm

I agree with Brian! I’m super intrigued. I also love the brooding color.

Paula - bell'alimento Sep 28, 2012 09:09 pm

Where is a bunch of kale when I need it. Want. Soon.

Rachel Haynes Sep 29, 2012 09:09 am

No no no. This is where I draw the line on kale. For the love of God think of the children!

Lynn Sep 30, 2012 06:09 am

I love New York so much – I’m glad you had such a glorious time!

I would love to hear about the best meal of your life – I’m intrigued.

Kelsey Oct 4, 2012 02:10 pm

You have taken my kale obsession to a whole new level. And yay for just being there. It’s the best, isn’t it? Love to you, Tami.

marla Oct 12, 2012 10:10 am

Oh are these creative! I am always up for unique things to do with kale.

Sarah B. Oct 12, 2012 10:10 pm

I can’t stop staring at the salted rim.. need to make this!

Emily Oct 22, 2012 02:10 am

This looks interesting! And it sounds like your trip was lovely

Mindy Moore Oct 29, 2012 06:10 pm

This looks like an excellent way to combine three of my favorite things: lime, kale, and tequila! Definitely going to try this very soon.

Kathy Nov 6, 2012 09:11 pm

Recently went to EMP to celebrate an anniversary. Best meal ever! (Had a corner booth too!)

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What a great cocktail idea! I’ve included you in a round up of the 25 tastiest kale recipes I could find on the interwebs. It lives here:

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