for anthony bourdain.

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Tony,

Inside of practically every household I’ve been to in my adulthood, I’ve noticed at least one well-loved, tattered, dog-eared copy of one of your books - each copy having been shared and devoured by multiple people.

Your books take me a very long time to read and I adore it. Your prose is so wildly descriptive, transporting me right alongside you in those life experiences you’ve captured on the pages. I hear your voice and your distinct cadence narrating the stories to me. I read each page multiple times in order to fully dissect each word choice and let them envelop me within your brilliant world of memories.

Your dark & mysterious yet humorous & genuine persona has fascinated, intrigued and inspired so many people across almost every living age generation. We love you because the genius that is your transcendent dialogue fills up all of our senses so vividly and connects us directly to your adventures. We feel like you have brought us along for the journey, whether in your books or on television, and that feeling of comfort & friendship with you is priceless.

You encourage us to not only step outside but exist outside of our comfort zones.

You inspire us to travel and discover the perfect imperfection of every vibrant culture of the world, finding familiarity among the “unfamiliar."

You were seemingly unafraid, as we all should be. This is our one life, and you truly lived.

Connecting and gathering over food is the core of humanity and one of the many things we all truly have in common. You embodied the beauty of that sentiment and affected the world deeply in this way. Your time here was incredibly impactful and the world needed and will forever need the ideals you’ve shared with us.

There are many times I've looked to you for an idea or expertise when planning travel, and I have executed travel plans because of you. When pure inspiration becomes physical action taken by others, you know you’ve tugged at not only the heartstrings, but at the life force and vitality of so many. You will be with us during all our future travels & adventures in enjoying food, the balance of which you were king.  You've inspired me in so many ways and I will forever admire you.

Rest easy.


Tony did the leg work for us; he explored the parts unknown so that we can all feel inspired and confident taking on world travel with a sense of knowing, ease and excitement for the unexpected. We owe it to Tony to continue striving to see & experience everything, shake away the mundane and find beauty in even the nasty bits of life. 

I’ve never been so instantly devastated by a “celebrity” passing, fighting back tears all day long today - but I also feel a real human connection to Anthony; many of us feel this way without having met him, and that is special. I am deeply saddened as I thought we'd be able to depend on him existing much, much longer in the periphery of our lives, being completely badass, real & inspiring. And selflessly sharing much of it with the mainstream culture along the way. There is something about his incredible soul that we all aspire to embody.

There’s a little piece of Anthony left behind in all of us.

We need more humans like Tony.

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xo

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grapefruit & guava kombucha margaritas.

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very delicious margarita action comin atchaaaaaaa.

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i'm a major lover of a paloma (grapefruit + tequila) and a major lover of kombucha.

put 'em together and what've you got?

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a super tasty & refreshing adult beverage!

bibbity bobbity boo.

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if kombucha isn't your thang, guava juice would be a great substitute. they have guava concentrates in the freezer section usually. the guava & the grapefruit really jive here with the tequila and it's like, calgon, take me awayyyyy to-a-tropical-beach sorta vibe.

"it's paradise."

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i freaking love kombucha, though. i used the classic GT's guava goddess kombucha for this recipe. i like all the pulp & body that comes in GT's. some kombuchas are more...liquidy...if that makes any sense. ha. 

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i am also supremely stoked on this gawwwwwjuss set of margarita glasses and matching pitcher that my bestie and her boo got me for my birthday. i love em so much, guys!!

the blue is so pretty. i had to pour out the drank and get a photo of how amazing the blue/green part of the glass is. very lagoon-y!

they're from world market, if you're curious!

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i'm thirsty.

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that blue tho! 

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Grapefruit & Guava Kombucha Margaritas

Makes 1 Margarita; Recipe Easily Multiplied

Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1  1/2 fl. oz. (one shot glass) tequila blanco (clear!)
  • 1  1/2 (one shot glass) fl. oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 6 oz. guava kombucha
  • 1-2 tsp. agave nectar
  • ice
  • grapefruit rounds
  • lime wedge (optional)

Instructions-

In a margarita glass with salted rim, stir the fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, and 1 tsp. agave nectar. Add ice. Pour the guava kombucha over the ice and stir. Add additional agave for sweetness, if desired. Garnish with grapefruit rounds and/or lime wedges. Using a cocktail shaker would be great, too!

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palm springs.

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i am lucky to have grandparents who live in a beautiful, relaxing and warm climate that's just a quick plane ride away.

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i am also lucky to have my grandparents.

they are truly THE cutest. they are 91 and still so in love with each other. they start to miss one another when they are in separate rooms. they are so good to one another and can also be sassy with a sense of humor. i love watching them together. this june is their 70th wedding anniversary. omgomgomg. i love them so much. 

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pete and i just went down there for 5 days to visit my g-parents, spend some quality time in the sunshine, and also see our friendzies for the weekend. 

^ mt. rainier always so majestic from the plane. 

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the grapefruit trees at my grandparents' place were brimming with these monster grapefruits! we plucked em off each afternoon for the next morning's breakfast. they smell incredible right off the tree. and they're HUGE and so juicy.

my granny used to have grapefruit halves set out in the morning when my family would be down there visiting - and she'd always pre-cut around the little wedges so it was easy to eat. what a sweet dear. it's the most pleasant time there in the morning. sitting out on the front patio with fresh grapefruit & coffee, the view of the desert mountains, palm trees, birds chirping, and the smell of all the warm flowers. all the feels. 

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it was super hot. about 105 degrees each afternoon. none of the elders even wanna go outside in these temps, so we had the pools all to ourselves the entire time. 

desert beauties.

^ early birds at arrive. avo toast and mimosas by the pool, don't mind if i do!

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pool boyz & margaritas. so fun to lounge around with marisa & foster on a saturday morn.

we had a fun & funny cinco de mayo!!!! so happy to have this arrangement with our pals who live in LA now and they've been driving over to the desert the last couple times we've been in palm springs. love ya maris & fos!

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^ grapefruit pluckin' time.

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^ this one goes out to my girl A.Jo.

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^ night moves. 

we did an early morning hike at tahquitz canyon that was pretty quick and fun. there was a pretty little waterfall oasis at the end. 

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always a glorious chill time spent in the desert. when you're laying poolside staring up at palm trees with a HOT breeze over your bod, its quiet, the birds are chirping and you can smell the desert flowers, you've hit peak relaxation. 

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be back, p.s.!

 

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