Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Razz Cherries, Martinis, Spring Weather and a Beach Vacation

It's spring in Phoenix. At least 80 every day and lately over 90 degrees, and all I can think about is the beach, a cold cocktail and light food that hasn't been touched by an oven. That and relief from terrible allergies.

Last Friday night, after many long months of being too busy or grown up to go out, I went out with one of my best girlfriends and had at least a few too many martinis. This (road trip not recommended when hung over) preceded a Saturday road trip with some dear friends and their darling baby.

We went to Cottonwood and mile-high Jerome Arizona for a quaint day trip of shopping, lunch and a tremendous view.

And...after sampling these on a cheese plate a local restaurant, I personally procured my own Razz Cherries at Mount Hope Foods in Cottonwood - a wholesaler and retailer of delicious gourmet food. Razz cherries are dried cherries infused with raspberry and they are like candy, only better.

So...cocktails and razz cherries in very hot weather during spring break which is paradoxically the busiest time of year for me at work? What does that add up to? All it means is that I haven't been cooking at all. Which will change.

Just as soon as I get back from the beach...

Gin Martini:
(serves as many as you would like
Ice cold gin (store in freezer), I like Tanqueray
Clean, fresh ice
Splash vermouth

Pour cold gin over ice in a martini shaker, add splash vermouth. Shake vigorously, strain into a frozen martini glass. Serve with your favorite garnish. In this weather, I like a twist of lime.


Patricia Scarpin said...

What a beautiful beach, Kirsten! Lovely photo!

Anonymous said...

I love martinis, friends and the beach... What a great spring post!

Brilynn said...

I love and am envious of that beach photo... I want spring to arrive.

Peabody said...

That is one of the many things I don't miss about Arizona...allergies...I have had maybe one attack since leaving. When I lived there I was in constant allergy hell...I guess clean air is really better for you :)
Have fun at the beach...Mexico no doubt?

Kristen said...

Oh you are going on vacation. I am so jealous! It is Spring Break here and we aren't going anywhere. This is the first time in forever that we haven't gone on a trip for Spring Break.
Have a great time and come back tan :

Lis said...

That baby is adorable!

I want to be at the beach!!

I am now on the look out for razz cherries. :D

Kirsten said...

Hi all!

Thanks so much for your sweet comments. :)

The spring break trip was much needed and was great. I was in Newport Beach, Calif. The photo on the post was taken by me last August in Laguna Beach.

Peabody - be SO glad for clean air. The allergy season here just keeps getting worse!!

Clint Moore said...

You sure had a lot of fun with your girlfriends! I totally love going on the road with my friends, especially when we don't have any pressure of going to work on the next day, since we filed a vacation leave for that prior to the trip. Usually, we travel to various parts of Canada to taste each city's popular food, and I am their driver, since I am the only one who's disciplined enough to not eat and drive, other than that, I always have them chip in for the fuel and maintenance costs at the Burlington car service center, so the car will be less susceptible for failures for the whole duration of the trip.