If there is something Jacks and I share in common, is our love for happy hour. Is it our frustration for the lack of cocktail offering in Bra? Probably. Is it our desire to create smokey, spicy, and aromatic cocktails? YES! Even though we met less than a year ago, our friendship flourished, probably from how well we got nourished (jaja). But I have many theories, it might have been how we broken the ice, or the glass, on our first one-on-one dinner. I guess she was trying to show-off her bartender skills, but I made her nervous, and completely shattered a thick cocktails shaker. Yes, the liquid gold ended on the floor too. Since then, we have become experts in the kitchen, and less fearful when creating. Thanks to her, the SophieEaaaaats looks the way it does, she has challenged me to align myself to what I want to become, making her one of my little miracles. Thanks to her, I have learned to embrace my sassy, spicy and smokey self.
During the spring and summer, when the sun would set pretty late, we would prepare something colorful and veg-focused, along with any seasonal cocktail we discovered during the week.
Then we would stay stay in her cute balcony for hours. Rambling about food ideas, family, friends back home, and of course, boys.
Together we have made:
✨ Cabbaghetti, seasoned with turmeric and sumac. The natural sweetness and nuttiness of cabbage flourishes when roasted in high temperatures.
🍀Asparagus Salad, completely raw in seasoned asparagus go great thinly sliced, with toasted bread crumbs, shaved Parmigiano, olive oil, and a drizzle of lemon juice
🥬 Raddichio over a mascarpone and yogurt dip topped with hazelnuts and apricots
🍅 The Italian flag, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil
🧀 Piedmontese cheeses like Robiola and Parmigiano Reggiano.
How do you enjoy your happy hours?
Let me know in the comments below.