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Sparkling Water Bottles

This Wine & Dine Wednesday has a bit of a Ted’s Tip vibe to it. I have had this in the line-up since we had our Watson Kennedy family staff party out at WestWard awhile back. Today is the day. Homemade water bottles is the subject. Often, actually make that always, the sparkling water bottles you find at the grocery store have a tremendous amount of lettering and logos all over them. For a ‘every little detail counts’ type of guy I am, sometimes seeing all that lettering gets in the way visually of what you have going on your dining table. In this case, those stunner dahlias wanted all the attention for this appetizer table. That is where your homemade water bottles comes in. Find screw top bottles you like, then soak off the labels and they become your water bottles at the table. We were drinking a white wine for awhile that had a snazzy red screw top. It would be perfect for out on the island so we don’t have to lug more glass bottles down to the house. They would become our sparking water vessels. Upside also, you save a ton of dough buying big plastic bottles of sparking water over buying smaller glass bottles. Just pour the water from the big plastic bottles into the glass bottles. Or some of you might have those devices that whip up plain water and makes it fizzy, which is fab too. Some might think this is a silly post, but those of you ‘sparking water with your meal’ fans will totally get where I am coming from. Please know I am smiling as I type that–we are major bubbly water fans in our house. Agua mineral con gas, as they say. I hope your Wednesday is grand… T



 

 

Lemon Cucumbers

20140827-064537.jpg This time of year brings lemon cucumbers. If you have never tried one, and you are a cucumber fan, you must. Of the heirloom variety, these lemon looking cucumber don’t really taste of lemon, they just taste more intensely cucumber-y. The size of a tennis ball, they are packed with flavor. Eat them how you would a regular cucumber–as is, in salads, drinks. My favorite way is just with a generous slice in sparkling water. No need to muddle it or anything, the intense flavor flavoring the water beautifully. Incredibly refreshing.

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