I’m still recovering from all the traveling I did last month and it’s been a struggle to get back into a routine. These last few weeks have been very exciting and I expect that the summer is going to bring some additional surprises.

It’s Friday and hopefully that means a weekend of relaxation for all of you.  To celebrate the end of the work week, I’m sharing some of my favorite things from the last five days:

First, I need to brag about my photograph being used on the Bon Appetit website (click on “Tacos and Asian”)

As well as this very lovely interview that was conducted by Heidi over at Foodie Crush.

And I need to direct everyone to my brand new photography portfolio website.  I’m really happy with how it turned out.

These chocolate chip cookies have been on my mind all week.

Dying to add bourbon to this perfect summer beverage

Just got a massive amount of dried cherries and walnuts, which I now need to turn into these muffins.

I’m reading this book (RIP Ray Bradbury)

I can almost taste this cake just by looking at the gorgeous photographs.

This album has been my weeklong obsession.

Have a great weekend everyone!  Cheers!

  • June 8, 2012 - 12:20 am

    Pat - The Chinese sausage and fried rice taco looks quite tasty and gives me all sorts of ideas for followups.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 12:50 am

    Stephanie - There is something so wrong and yet can be right with the Taco + Asian..ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 1:57 am

    Liren - Brian, you have been so busy, you deserve a bit of R&R! But look at the rewards – LOVE your photography portfolio – it looks fantastic. Happy to see many of my favorite shots from you there :) Hope you get a chance to relax this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 2:00 am

    naomi - You know when I finally make it to Boston, I will show-up with a pan of brownies for you and your husband, a bottle of bourbon for all of us, and a good CD to play while we talk about food, photography and everything else in between.

    I love these posts of yours-such a great peek into you outside of just your love for food.

    Cheers, Brian! Have a great weekend.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 8:16 am

    Gail - That’s the most gorgeous photo of a glass of bourbon I’ve ever seen. I want to sip it now, and it’s only 8:15 in the morning!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 8:17 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Hey Brian, Bourbon is one of my favorites for cooking and sipping. I think I may crash your party with Naomi!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 8:25 am

    merry jennifer - This is a pretty awesome list. And your photography website? Holy wow. Beautiful is an understatement.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 8:39 am

    Carolyn - What a great way to wind up the week, Brian. You know I love your portfolio site!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Jen @ Savory Simple - Congratulations on your photo being used! Very exciting!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 11:00 am

    Jess - I just started getting into bourbon again and have been looking for interesting cocktails to make with it. Thanks for that and the music share – I’m listening to it right now.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    Vijitha - The Chinese sausage and fried rice taco looks delicious and your portfolio looks super neat. Good luck Brian. I am sure you are going to be flooded with tons of opportunities in the days to come.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    Prerna@IndianSimmer - I just wanna lift that glass of bourbon(?) and gulp it all up! Lovely shot B and congratulations on all your achivements! You have a very long way to go.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 7:12 pm

    foodwanderings - Great links and post Baby Boi. Congrats on all the great happenings and news. Love the new launched photography site!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2012 - 12:25 pm

    sippitysup - Bourbon makes me smile, as does you new website. GREGReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    Chef Dennis - Brian
    congratulations on all the success you’ve been having with your photography, you really have found your niche. It’s been a pleasure watching you develop your style and how committed you’ve become to excellence!

    I raise a bourbon Arnold Palmer in your honor my friend!

  • June 9, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - You go, Brian! You’ve worked so hard and this is all well deserved:) That photo is so cool. Makes me thirsty;)Fun links you shared here. xxReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2012 - 10:22 am

    Cookin' Canuck - Congratulations on having your photo featured on the BA website. Fantastic! That banana chocolate chip cake has been on my mind all week long, too. I think it’s time I made it.ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2012 - 11:21 pm

    Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings - Congrats on the new photography site! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2012 - 9:51 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - congrats! Can’t wait to meet you one day soon!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2012 - 9:51 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - congrats! Can’t wait to meet you one day soon! Love some of these things tooReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2012 - 11:00 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I loves me some blog, especially when it’s been posted on!

    Me encanta las pelotas de Bourbon.ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    Monet - Smile. I love seeing all these links! Now I know what to do with the next hour of my time. Thanks for sharing, sweet friend!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - Congratulations on the Bon Appetit photos–I didn’t know! Great round up of tidbits. Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. xoReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Alicia - Congratulations on the Bon Appetit photos and your new website. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Jeanne @ CookSister! - Oh I LOVE bourbon – and that photo. Just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2012 - 8:18 am

    Joanne - I’ve heard so many good things about Area Four pizza and I only regret that I left MIT before they opened! Guess I’ll have to come back and visit. Your photos are stunning, as usual!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 8:30 am

    Sarah from 20something cupcakes - Sending this to my NYC friends who are now living in Boston that I told you about! xxSASReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Carolyn - Your pictures are wonderful and it looks like a fantastic place to get pizza!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 8:37 am

    Carolyn - Great article, by the way. I popped on over to take a peak!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 8:50 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - wow! I want to come to Boston ASAP! Great shotsReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 8:58 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - That pizza looks amazing Brian! Next time I head your way, I know where I’m going to eat. :)ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 9:17 am

    Maria - Looks like a great spot! I’ve never been to Boston. That needs to change~!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch - Oh my! This makes me want to hop on a plane for Boston just to visit! I’ll definitely keep this on my must-visit list for when we are in Boston again.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 9:54 am

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - I’ve never had a pizza as gorgeous and perfect as that one. I’ll have to remember this and stop by there sometime in the future.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 10:50 am

    Monet - Honey! This looks beyond delicious. I’m a pizza snob too, and I’m drooling (at breakfast!) Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a beautiful and happy Monday!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 11:20 am

    Stephanie - Yes! I’ve yet to find a regular pizza shop to order pizza from here in Utah! Yay for Jersey Pride!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Jeanette - Beautiful pics – passing this along to my sister-in-law who lives up in the Boston area.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - I’ve only been to Area Four once, for lunch, but didn’t get to try the pizza. I’ve heard so many great things, including your review! I’m definitely making plans to get back there soon :)ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - oh everything looks so delicious, sure wish I were going to have it all for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    Lauren | Sweet Splendor - This looks like such a great restaurant! I haven’t been to Boston in years but this looks like its well worth the trip!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    Elizabeth - Oh you KNOW how I feel about A4. I was just at the bakery this morning. So good.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - When will I ever get to Boston? I could live there just for the amazing food! Area 4 looks incredible. I’m with you on the pizzas. There pizza looks delicious and so do the salads:)Lovely photos, B. xxReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen - I’ve been dying to try the pizza at Area Four. Your pictures are amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    The Pink Leopard - That pizza looks RIDICKALAUS – Yummmm-o.
    I love the stamped logs too.

  • June 4, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Thiiiiiiiis is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    El - Looks like great pizza. I have to get over there.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    Taylor Mathis - Great Pictures! If I am ever up in Boston, I will have to make a trip!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2012 - 11:30 am

    Naomi - Okay, when can I come and be your assistant? :). Love pics, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2012 - 11:35 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I loves me some areas, especially when it’s number 4.

    Usted debe haber sido advertido en contra de permitir las horas doradas pasar. Sí, pero algunos de ellos son de oro sólo porque los dejamos pasar. -James M. Barrie, novelista y dramaturgo (1860-1937)ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2012 - 11:43 am

    XS8 - Area Four also has a fantastic almond croissant, you could probably write an entire post just on the almond filling.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    Michael @ BlueberryChuckle - Wowzas! Looks like I need to head south to Boston – haven’t been in quite some time, but I’m definitely up for a foodie weekend!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2012 - 8:45 am

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - Oh my gosh, yum! Gorgeous images, but that tight pizza image? Amazing! It looks amazing, and I’d love to visit that spot someday. I love all of the action in your photos, as always Brian. xoReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2012 - 9:14 am

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet - Your photos are exceptional, Brian! Everything looks and sounds delicious.ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - I am now craving some pizza… And a trip to Boston. I absolutely must look up Area Four the next time I make it up that way. Loved your photos!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 8:04 am

    Cara - I don’t think Area Four existed when I lived in Cambridge. What a bummer! Those pizzas look to-die-for.ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 9:39 am

    Mike - Area Four it’s great, I was there last week and I loved it!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 10:54 pm

    Toni @ Boulder Locavore - Brian this completely evokes the ‘picture worth a 1000 words’ clause. NO words are needed to accompany these photos. I love their wood stamped with their name. The cabbage (?) salad looks incredible. Thanks for the ‘ride along’. A benchmark for any in your area for future dining.ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Chef Dennis - Brian
    what a great photo essay on Area 4, you really did an outstanding job capturing those delicious dishes!

    I know I can always count on living vicariously though your beautiful imagery!

    Thanks for taking me to lunch with you!

  • June 11, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - wonderful photos and write up!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Jeanne @ CookSister! - OMG Matt Damon works in the kitchen??? (pic 5) ;o)ReplyCancel

This has been a wild ride, by which I mean this last month.  My butt has been on the road (or, more often, in the air) a lot over these past three weeks.  Italy was first on my itinerary, followed by a jaunt to Louisville, KY, where I got to visit, along with a group of bloggers, the GE Monogram Experience Center, a rather exciting and surreal couple of days (I now have my eye on the induction stove… I want one terribly. A boy can dream, right?). The last of my trips were more personal.  I  was able to spend some time with my grandmother in Miami and then celebrated my mom’s parents’ 60th wedding anniversary in New Jersey.

In all, I have stepped foot in three different countries, seven US states and have taken exactly ten flights.  Despite the obvious exhaustion that one is bound to feel when they’ve had a jam-packed month like this, I have to say that I’m sublimely happy.  This is it… this is life.  It’s short and it’s sweet and I’m planning on enjoying all it has to offer.

It’s hard to believe that June is almost here.  I have to admit that I’m stoked. This is a month of celebration:  Eric’s birthday, our wedding anniversary, his father’s birthday, his brother/sister-in-law’s anniversary….  But I have trouble processing the fact that we are half way done with the year.  Can someone please tell me where the time has gone?

Warm weather has been with us for quite a while now, but I’m ready to fully embrace it.  This rhubarb and strawberry concoction from Green Kitchen Stories is the perfect thirst-quencher for a hot, summer day.  And, if I may make a boozy suggestion, top this off with some prosecco and you’ll end up with the most lovely cocktail.

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  • May 28, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Oh boy, this would be perfect right now! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Stephanie - Love how you added the mint!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Barbara | Creative Culinary - I’m a creature of habit; I was thinking vodka and/or prosecco just from the title!

    I used to have a rhubarb plant in my garden, courtesy of the people I bought my home from. I spent years killing that sucker; they are tough plants…and now they seem all the rage! I’m not a fan but that’s OK…nothing wrong with a strawberry/strawberry lemonade, right? Looks lovely and making me thirsty.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    Ken┃hungry rabbit - Refreshing and I agree with Barb, add alcohol, stir and it’s summer perfection.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    Naomi - I need I to have one! By one-I mean a larger pitcher alm to myself!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - Perfect for every long and sunny summer day ahead of us :)ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    Jeanette - Love the vibrant color of this cool drink – I’ve never seen rhubarb in a drink before, but I would love to try it.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    Russell at Chasing Delicious - This has got to be the best limeade recipe ever. All I need is rhubarb and I can try it! Quick question. Can I substitute the water with rum? ; )ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - so fabulous Brian! I hope you had a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    MikeVFMK - My kind of beverage, Brian! Just fabulous and perfect for these hot nights. Love this.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 9:49 pm

    sam henderson - Nothing says summer like rhubarb! This looks perfect!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    Marc @ NoRecipes - Where did you find that rhubarb, it’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - I would’ve never imagined a sweet limeade like this. The color is beautiful and I love pairing rhubarb with strawberries. Perfect to chill with on a hot summer day with a slice of strawberry pie;)ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 6:53 am

    Joanne - You really have been quite the jetsetter lately but it’s true…more than anything it means you’ve been LIVING. Which I love to hear. This limeade sounds absurdly refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Aimee @ Simple Bites - Beautiful! My kind of summer drink.

    And I’m with you – HOW is it June already. Glad it’s a fun month for you. =)ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Ronald Hilbink - Brian:

    The listed ingredients guarantee a no-fail drink. I look forward to enjoying this during these coming summer days.

    Thank you, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Jess - You’ve definitely had an amazing summer thus far. Can’t wait to try this recipe with Prosecco – great idea!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some rhubarb, especially when it’s not raw and poisonous.

    Química de los Alimentos es un tema fascinante, y me gustaría ver un poco más de eso incluido en su blog.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Jamie - I have to agree with Barb that a splash of Prosecco would really complement this wonderful summery drink! Right? And whew you make my head spin with all the travels and make me feel like I need to do even more than I do!! And I love a month filled with reasons to celebrate!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Vijitha - A keeper recipe for the coming summer season!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Amy @ FragrantVanillaCake - This sounds wonderful! I love that you have used honey to sweeten it, and lime juice instead of the usual lemon. I would love a large glass of this!AReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    Cookin' Canuck - What a whirlwind month you’ve had! I truly have no idea where the first half of the year went. But I do know something else for certain…I will be making this lemonade this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Cookin' Canuck - Oops…I meant limeade. I do actually read your posts! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 10:23 pm

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - Love the bright color! Looks so refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 8:33 am

    amelia from ztastylife - Brian: hope you enjoyed travels to my country (Italy). This looks like the perfect vitamin-packed revitalizer after all your travels!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 9:14 am

    brandi - this sounds (and looks) so refreshing.

    our june sounds just as crazy as yours: tons of family birthdays and anniversaries, which means lots of time on the road. fun, but exhaustingReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Mmmmm, strawberry, rhubarb, ginger, HEAVEN! Brian, this is a brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Healthy Living Val - Now this is a drink that makes you want to plan a party just to serve! Strawberry and rhubarb are a classic beginning-of-summer combination.ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 12:32 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Wow, I feel tired just reading about all the flights you’ve taken. Now that’s a drink to relax and unwind with!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 3:40 am

    Katz - OK – I’m so thirsty now – it’s the middle of the night and I’m NOT going to the grocery store now. Maybe I can hold out until about 6AM? This looks soooo delicious!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Trevor Sis Boom - Just another fabulous thing to do with rhubarb. I will buy twice as much as I usually do so I can make this. Yum.ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Sues - I absolutely love strawberry lemonade, but have never thought to add rhubarb to it. Best idea!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 10:53 am

    sippitysup - Rhubarb, Strawberry and Lime (oh my). Enjoy June at home! GREGReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    Winnie - You have been a busy boy! I love this drink, Bri!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2012 - 9:53 am

    Jen @ Savory Simple - This sounds so refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    The Rhubarb Challenge | - […] blog.  I haven’t tried it yet but plan on it.  The strawberry rhubarb lemonade looks tasty! Check it out. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. This entry was posted in emotion food. Bookmark the […]ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 4:50 am

    Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand - Beautiful and refreshing combination. Nice to have it with Prosecco in the evening – during the day I may replace it with Perrier!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    ATasteOfMadness - What a great idea for a drink! When it gets warmer here, I will try this out! I’ve never bought rhubarbs before, I’m kind of excited!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Restaurant supply gal - Nothing sounds better than this for a summer time cocktail.ReplyCancel

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