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Prickly Pear

I think I might have to write a whole post dedicated to Chef Mike Isabella, but until then, let’s just talk about margaritas. I don’t like them, or I didn’t like them. I’ve just never liked tequila or lime. That was before Bandolero. Maybe my taste buds have grown up, but i’m happy to give Mike the credit for it. I love their prickly pear frozen margarita – ok, maybe a little because it’s the perfect pink color!

And who knew what prickly pear actually looked like? Not only do I adore this summer drink (who wants to go back with me?) but I’m totally inspired by the colors in this fun looking plant. Sweet, playful, delicious – let the summer of margarita drinking begin!

prickly pear margarita bandolero

prickly pear pink green{prickly pearmargarita, dressing room, JCrew ad, oil painting}

Time to Make the Doughnuts

When I was in high school, my dad used to wake me up every morning at 6am by opening my bedroom door and softly singing “Nik, time to make the doughnuts.”

I think about that almost every morning and smile. And then I want to find the closest doughnut. It’s a bit of an obsession. I get really excited when I see them on a menu and lucky for me, DC has some great doughnuts! Some of my recent faves…

DC doughnuts Graffiato Mike Isabella zeppole Birch and Barley Virtue Feed and Grain

Clockwise: 1. pork belley jelly doughnut from mike isabella at cochon 555 2. Coffee zeppole with mascarpone cream at Graffiato 3. carrot cake doughnuts at virtue feed and grain 4. Doughnut trio at Birch and Barley (lemon poppyseed, toffee-bacon, bittersweet chocolate)


And well, my dad was right, it’s time for me to make doughnuts. It’s a baking project I’ve put off for some time, but now I think I’m ready. While I decide which kind I’ll finally make, here are some of my favorites that I’ve pinned to my Breakfast & Brunch board to get me inspired!

cinnamon sugar doughnutsBite size cinnamon and sugar doughnuts from the British Larder

Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts Martha StewartVanilla cream filled doughnuts from Martha Stewart

doughnutsMini Baked Doughnuts from Kirbie’s Cravings

nutella doughnutsNutella-filled doughnuts from Sips and Spoonfuls

Hungry yet? Which of these would you make first?