What to Eat, Drink, Wear and Do This Summer

Friday, 20 May 2016 | Tags: , , ,

For many Canadians, myself included, this coming long weekend marks the beginning of summer. The time to open the cottage, dust off the barbecue, plant those flower pots and unpack those Levi’s cut-offs.

Growing up in Ontario we called it the May 2-4 and we’d go out and get a 2-4 of beer (they came in cases of 24 back then) and scurry up to whomever’s family cottage could withstand a group of rowdy and irresponsible teenagers. Ah, the good old days.

Of course, this is also the time to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday along with the reigning monarch Elizabeth, even though she was born in April (when she turned 90!)

As I’ve been doing a little pre-summer shopping and menu contemplating for upcoming backyard parties, here is my list of ideas, inspiration and trends to incorporate as you see fit over the next few months.

What to eat:

Bacon on the grill is your next great appetizer. Put thick slices of smokey bacon on metal skewers accordion style and grill over indirect heat. Then drizzle with a sweet glaze. Check out a recipe in this month’s Bon Appetit magazine. Who doesn’t love bacon? These will disappear fast.

What to drink:

My favourite bartenders tell me this summer is all about rum and tiki drinks. That, as well as “session cocktails” which are lower in alcohol but not a mocktail. This is an excellent way to keep the party going but not turn into a full on rager before the main course (which can happen with tiki drinks). Many session cocktails are liqueur or vermouth based and mixed with soda or sparkling wine. Think Aperol Spritz.

What to wear:

One thing’s for sure, cut-offs are back. You can buy your favourite jeans in a cut-off version or of course they seem to be easy make yourself with an old pair. (But somehow I can never get the length right.) I just bought the pair above from Redone – a brand that refabricates vintage Levi’s. I’m obsessed with them; not too tight or loose.  Short.  But not too short.

What to read:

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld, is a modern day interpretation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set in Cincinnati, Ohio. Perfect reading on the dock.

What to Watch:

Nothing! Go outside! (Ok full disclosure: I’m saving up Game of Thrones episodes so I can binge watch when the sun goes down.)

Enjoy the long weekend everyone. Be careful behind the wheel, don’t drink and drive and let’s  all raise a glass to Her Majesty The Queen.

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  • BrainofMorbius

    Great article. Canadians have some unique holidays – never heard of the May 2-4. Maybe that’s because I’ve always been the geeky type that doesn’t get invited to the cabin where the hot blonde in cutoff jeans is hanging out with her friends. =) Oh well. I know how to open a beer bottle on my own, so all is not lost.