I first wanted to start off by saying a quick thanks to everyone who stopped over at La Petite Critique in Paris and left a comment and/or became a follower. Our little nine-year-old food critic was super excited to see everyone's enthusiasm surrounding her blog, so thank you!
I'm finally back from my crazy few weeks, although, my traveling was cut short. Mr. Stranded and I were supposed to head out to New York this weekend to celebrate my wonderful mother-in-law's 65th birthday. Well...Hurricane Irene is keeping us in Cleveland. We had planned a fantastic weekend filled with festivities that unfortunately, will just have to wait. But we still wish my mother-in-law a Happy Birthday and wonderful year ahead!
All this hurricane talk got Mr. Stranded and me reminiscing on our first honeymoon. Yes, we had two, Bermuda and South Africa, but I won't bore you with details now. Anyway...while we were in Bermuda, there was talk of a hurricane about to hit. We noticed that no one seemed particularly concerned. Yes, people were taking measures to cover their windows, etc, but the locals seemed rather calm and....cheerful.
We were chatting with a bar tender who told us she loved hurricanes. The entire island would shut down for a few days and locals would throw "hurricane parties" where friends would gather in each other's homes for the duration of the hurricane to drink and play games. Actually, it sounded like a lot of fun to me! But not enough fun that we didn't get the heck out of there before the hurricane hit.
So it got me thinking - If I were going to throw a hurricane party, what drinks would I serve? And then I remembered seeing this drink, The Eye of the Hurricane, in Cocktails and Punches by Linda Doeser.
Kind of fitting, huh? Plus, I'm a sucker for anything with passion fruit.
But in all seriousness, for those of you along the Eastern seaboard, I hope the hurricane blows back East and you all stay safe.