SENSES Top 3 Summer Tastes
So as we all know Summer has finally arrived & exotic vacations & personal getaways with friends and family are in full effect. If there is one thing about this season that always presents itself is that in your time off it gives you ample time to try something new, and what better new thing to indulge in than food! So whether your Summer plans are right here in Cali4nia, the beaches of Miami, or in the city of Las Vegas or even right in your own home you are encompassed by it. So I’ve taken the liberty of giving you my top 3 tastes this summer whether you choose to travel, take your significant other with you, or stay at home on a warm summer night for a relaxing evening. Take this as a guide that could very well shape your culinary choices this summer.
Number #3: Tequila-Lime Chicken Wings
So you’ve decided to stay home with your girl, and you feel like cooking and spicing the night up in the proper manner. Here’s one of my favorite recipes that not only gives a little kick, but it’ll excite your date especially if she’s a fan of spicy foods. A great addition to this dish if your smart about it is a shot of tequila and a lime which will really get your adrenaline pumpin!
For The Chicken: Personally, you can prepare this recipe with either wings or breasts, but it really doesn’t matter. I prefer my wings grilled, and the smell of meat on the grill when the sun goes down is absolutely fantastic. But if you don’t have a grill then baking the chicken in the oven always works too.
Season your meat with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (Kosher salt or Sea Salt is much healthier than table salt)
- 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup
- (sometimes called agave nectar)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (Usually found in the Spanish foods aisle of the grocery store)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Directions: Prepare the meat: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Season the meat with salt and pepper and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until just brown and crisp, about 45 minutes.Make the sauce: Combine the lime zest and juice, tequila, agave syrup, cumin, adobo sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 tablespoon pepper in a bowl. Pour over the warm chicken and let marinate at least 30 minutes.
Number #2: D’asti Moscato
You are probably very familiar with this particular form of wine as it’ has become quite popular over the last decade. Moscato is a sweet desert wine that typically doesn’t age like your familar whites and reds but it is a young beverage that women especially can’t seem to get enough of. And despite it’s popularity it seems difficult to find various brands. Most people stick with Sutter Home, Barefoot, & Berringer which I like to call the “Trifecta Of Budget Wines”. They’re not bad to have if you are on a budget simply because you can down multiple bottles as if it was juice for a cheap buzz. But everynow and again gentlemen you have to as the old saying goes, step your game up. Why? this is quality and refinery we’re talking about! The best part is for Moscato the range for a really nice, exquisite brand ranges from $10-$30 at your local wine store. My personal favorite is the 2007 Cerrato d’Asti Moscato Santo Stefano. This specific sweet, white wine, is the dessert wine par excellence. It has more or less intense straw-yellow depending on the vintage, and an intensely fruity, aromatic and very persistent nose, while its sweet flavor is perfectly balanced with its low alcoholic content Finding d’Asti e.g. (the province of northern Italy) on the bottle is the key to buying a delicious bottle of Moscato & if your lady has an acquired taste for this wine why not treat her palette and yours to something new.
Number #1: Vegas Culinary Hotspots
It never fails during Summer if your unsure of what to do or where to go to have an experience in Sin City. With so much time on your hands why not stay in your favorite hotel, get the hookup at the best clubs & create your own Hangover experience. Unfortunately you can’t see all of Vegas in one weekend trip, but that’s alright, if that’s not your aim and you want to balance your tourist zeal with your zest for the nightlife here’s just a couple of suggestions if you want to go to a restaurant you’ve never been to.
If you have a taste for seafood, and you don’t mind paying good money for exceptional food I advise hitting up Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House. This restaurant not only offers the atmosphere & flavors of New Orleans but the service is impeccable. Dress Code is business casual & highly recommend a reservation as the volume of customers is quite high. The bar is definitely the place to be, the drinks that are created will have you “in your zone” so to speak & if again if you have a taste for Cajun seafood then you won’t be disappointed. Another top-notch restaurant for those of you who may go to Vegas and desire to have a romantic night on the town this place may be just what you’re looking for; Michael Mina’s Bellagio Restuarant. If you so choose to direct your taste buds here you’ll enjoy a dazzling walk through the Bellagio’s botanical gardens leading into the restaurant with a mood and sensual dining experience fit for two. This place offers cutting-edge cuisine & an impressive diaspora of food to choose from. It’s a challenge to choose an entree’ when your choices consist of braised pork short rib, Anson Mills polenta, Maine lobster potpie, and other tempting dishes, but it’s a must-try nonetheless. And don’t forget if you know your wines, their extensive wine list will have just what your palette is desiring.
Until Next Time….
Written by: J. Thompson