This past weekend marked both the advent of Cinco de Mayo and the day the Sketchbook Project Mobile Library was in NYC at Street Fest! The Sketchbook Mobile Library houses sketchbooks created last year via the Brooklyn Art Library and travels to cities across North America for people to view.
It was of special interest to me and Jamie because we took part in the Sketchbook Project and our sketchbook is included in the tour!
I first heard about the Brooklyn Art Library that houses the permanent collection in the New York Times. I brought Jamie to the library located in Williamsburg last summer during a visit with my friend, Kaori, who used to live in the neighborhood.
We loved the vibe and the creative spirit of the venture. You can go there and buy a sketchbook and fill it and add to the collection. You can also check out other people’s sketchbooks. There are so many wonderful ones. Of course Jamie wanted to do a sketchbook. And me being a softy for anything creative, said yes. I paid the $25 fee to get started and we were given a blank sketchbook to fill. As always, Jamie wanted to do a food theme. Trust me — it wasn’t my idea! We took turns filling up the pages and deciding on what kind of food to highlight. It was a really fun collaboration. Sometimes his idea would inspire me to do something and vice versa:
Then the cuisine turned all-American….
Our sketchbook will be on tour for 2013. Anyone in the world is welcome to participate in the next Sketchbook Project. Sign up here if you want to take part! To see more sketchbooks online, you can view them here. There are so many amazing ones!!
The next day was Cinco de Mayo so….
It was Margarita Time!
I found the best frozen margarita recipe made from whole fruit! What a great idea, right? I love frozen margaritas, but they tend to be overly sweet. This one isn’t and it is FULL of fresh fruit flavor. Next time, I will add twice as much lime and halve the orange amount for a tarter lime flavor. But this one was great. I even made a virgin one for Jamie, which he loved. 🙂
Whole Fruit Margarita (adapted from Better Recipes — here is the original recipe) Mine is for 2 servings and I changed the ratio of fruit
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
2 tablespoons water
1/4 orange, peeled
1/4 lime, peeled
1/4 lemon, peeled
1 1/2 ounces tequila (or more if you like!)
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1. Chill margarita glasses.
2. Run a wedge of lime around rim of glass. Spread salt on a plate. Coat rim of glass with salt by placing upside down on plate. Set aside.
3. Crush ice in blender.
4. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedge. Serve immediately.