Papel Picado

I’m obsessed with the Mexican folk art tradition of papel picado and Cinco de Mayo is just one of many excuses to bring out these intricately cut flags to enliven a celebration. And although I stocked up on plenty of papel picado while in Mexico a few years ago, I’m always on the look out for more banners. If you’re in the market for some, I suggest checking out Etsy for a variety of options!

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Mint Julep

With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner I thought it was about time that I start perfecting my mint julep skills. This iconic drink is so simple to make, yet there are a few tricks that will make your juleps a guaranteed winner. For instance, I highly recommend purchasing a few julep cups. I ordered mine via KegWorks. Not only do they look awesome, but they’re just the right size and the metal will make/keep your drink extra cold . . . perfect for a hot, humid day at the races.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water)
  • 20 mint leaves
  • crushed ice
  • large sprig of mint for garnish

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Superba’s Smoked Bucatini Carbonara

The smoked bucatini carbonara is one of the most popular dishes at Superba Snack Bar, where they make and smoke their own pasta. Smoked pastas are much more subtle than they sound and paired with a creamy carbonara sauce and a runny slow poached egg, it’s no wonder why this dish is never coming off the menu at Superba. And this isn’t just any poached egg. A slow poached egg has yolk that is so velvety and sexy that you (like me) will find yourself justifying the purchase of an immersion circulator. Lucky for us, Chef Neroni is sharing this amazing recipe with HonestlyYUM, but without the smoking process. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it’s all done.

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Ingredients (recipe from Superba Snack Bar):

  • 4 oz of smoked bucatini
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/8 cup of rendered pancetta
  • 2 tablespoons of mascarpone cheese
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of grated Grana Padano
  • 1 large slow poached egg

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Superba Snack Bar

After months of hearing the buzz about Superba Snack Bar, I finally had the opportunity to check it out after they were kind enough to invite me for a tasting and a behind-the-scenes look at this popular eatery. Opened by Paul Hibler and Chef Jason Neroni, Superba Snack Bar fits perfectly into the laid-back beach vibe of Venice’s Rose Avenue community in Los Angeles. The restaurant has an unpretentious, casual and intimate feel (sitting at the bar you have a view of the entire kitchen), but its food is anything but casual. Centered on the concept of small “snack” plates, Chef Neroni’s dishes are seasonal and innovative and the pastas are a perfect example of how it all comes together so beautifully at Superba. I mean who thinks of making spaghettini out of wakame seaweed and then smothering it in a rich uni and miso butter sauce? Yeah, honestly genius.

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Superba smokes their own bacon for this bacon ramen with pork shoulder, pickled daikon and sambal.

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The Floridita

Named after one of the most historic bars in Havana, Cuba, this classic cocktail features crisp, vibrant flavors. I often describe it as a more sophisticated Cosmopolitan. For this version I used a homemade grenadine that I made by stirring together equal parts pomegranate juice and fine baker’s sugar until the sugar dissolved. Familiar notes of pomegranate and lime intermingle with more subtle hints of vermouth and cacao to produce a perfect spring happy hour offering.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz light rum
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • 1 teaspoon crème de cacao

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DIY Bunting Cake Topper

I’ve been collecting colorful washi tape for awhile, never with a specific project in mind but simply because it’s just so delightfully pretty. So when I decided to make a cake (and pancake stack) topper out of some of my pastel-colored tape, I knew it was just the beginning of a plethora of washi tape projects to come. I bet you, too, will find it irresistibly addicting. Grab some of this incredibly versatile tape for yourself and let’s get bunting!

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You’ll need:

  • a variety of washi tape
  • 1″ x 10″ white card stock
  • 2 wooden skewers
  • butcher’s twine
  • scissors
  • glue

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