Take a Vacation in Your Kitchen

January 11, 2013

When January hits, things can get dreary. Skies are grey, resolutions are fading, and the chill keeps you bundled up indoors, dreaming of warmer climes and maybe a tropical drink or two. 

While we may not be able to change the weather forecast, we are here to tell you that you can create your own little tropical vacation in your kitchen. Bright flavors evoke memories of sandy beaches, steel drum bands, and suns that set after 5 PM. A few paper-umbrella-worthy cocktails don't hurt, either. Go ahead: put the lime in the coconut. Drink it all up.

Classic Daiquiri by Erika Kotite

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Orange Ginger Mint Sodas from gr8chefmb

Cambodian-Style Spring Rolls from boulangere

Mango Salad with Fennel Frond Pesto from arielleclementine

Citrus Pulled Pork Tacos from Erin Powell

Toasted Coconut Gelato from NicoleCLang


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Meaghan B. January 11, 2013
I definitely agree that you need to enjoy some non-winter fare to get you through the winter doldrums. We had the good luck to spend Christmas 2011 in Hawaii and I made papaya smoothies every morning on our trip. I've been enjoying recreating them in my own kitchen this January to brighten up our month (recipe at:

Marian B. January 15, 2013
Those sound amazing! I love papaya.