I'm back from the rabbit hole! Man oh man, what a rabbit hole it was, and oh em gee am I glad to be back. I'm still hopelessly behind on my Harry Potter progress as I'm only about 1/3 through book 4...le fret! I'm seriously worried that I won't get through all these books in time to see the movie while it's still in theaters. Not because I'm a slow reader, but because my summer is about to go from crazy to ape $hit, due to the fact that both of my sisters and 3 out my 5 closest friends decided to be born in late summer, and I'll be a bit preoccupied with dinners, mojitos, and awesomeness. Eh..I'm sure I'll find a way to make it work. Speaking of birthdays, I have yet another friend, whom though is not one of the fab five, also happens to be a summer baby, and celebrates his day with a big Brazilian barbecue. Some of you may remember my first experience with churrasco last summer, which was life changing. So as you can imagine, I was all too happy to celebrate with my friend Max David yet again, as well as eat half my body weight in grilled meats.
Of course, common courtesy dictates that you don't show up to an awe inspiring meat fest empty handed. I wanted to bring something special, so I made a Basil-Lime Rum Punch. The recipe is super simple:
2 cups o' lime juice [make sure the limes are fresh and haven't gone bitter like mine did :\ ]
1 cup basil simple syrup [1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, ton of basil leaves, boiled in saucepan until sugar is completely dissolved]
White Rum [lots of it]
Strain the basil leaves, mix liquids together, drink your face off. The end.
That's Alihah, one of my fab five. She and Max David work for the same company, because the world is small, and the DC metro area is smaller.
This time, my sister, Odichi was actually around (she missed it last year because she was in Italy...she gets no sympathy!) and she too had her life changed by churrasco.
And just like last year, there was live music, and it was awesome.
It was a glorious event.
Life is good. Summer is better. Happy Birthday Max David!