As cliche as this is going to sound, Anthony Bourdain (RIP) became probably my favorite food author right after I read Kitchen Confidential. I mean, what a fucking book! I couldn’t put it down! And to date, there have been few books (food-related or not) I have read that have sat with me that vividly, where I can still remember details from them to this day. Although I didn’t know him personally, I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing, two years ago now this year. I hope to pick up Anthony Bourdain: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (The Last Interview Series) to read soon.
#17, invent your own cocktail, is still a favorite of mine; I love coming up with different flavor combinations. Sangrias and punches were my go-to’s for a while, but these days I’m more about keeping even simpler: a cold gin and tonic. I like to switch them up with infused gins or by adding elderflower liqueur, cucumber, grapefruit, or herbs (lavender especially.) They always seem to taste better when they’re extra cold, with extra ice and a good variety of tonic water.
In fact, I would pick the gin & tonic now for #51, find your signature drink, while in 2015 I think I would’ve selected sangria, for sure.
Cook dinner at home at least three nights a week for a month, #19, seemed impossible when I discovered this list in 2015, right in the middle of completing my MBA, which had me running around like a crazy person many nights during the week while also at that time looking for a new job, fresh off a lay-off in December 2014 (and now I’m back with that same company… time really does fly!) But now? Piece of cake. Especially now, given our current situation, but even before that. Dave and I love cooking dinner at home, especially grilling.