A Taste of Café Sua Da

Vietnam

Vietnamese Coffee

After a long day exploring the colourful and dizzying streets of Saigon, visitors regain their cool with a tall glass of iced Café Sua Da (cah-fay soo dah). Made with rich and creamy condensed milk, which doesn’t spoil in the tropical heat, this sweet and refreshing brew is a Vietnamese classic. Use a strong French roast, or coffee and chicory blend like Café Du Monde, to get the authentic bold and slightly bitter flavour.

 

INGREDIENTS:

2-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (Longevity brand is authentic)

2 tbsp medium coarse ground French roast coffee or Café du Monde

1 cup boiling water

1 large glass of ice for serving

Special Equipment:

Vietnamese coffee press (ca phe phin) or French press

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place condensed milk in bottom of glass. Place coffee into base of Vietnamese coffee press and screw lid on tightly. Position the press on top of the glass containing condensed milk.

Pour boiling water into press and let coffee drip for about 5 minutes. (Alternately, brew coffee using a French Press and pour over condensed milk.)

Stir coffee and condensed milk together. Pour into tall glass filled with ice and drink with a straw.

 

Serve with: A fresh cream puff or mochi (soft rice cake).

Lemon Ginger

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Mint Julep’s are yummy and we just love Gail Simmon’s–host of Top Chef–twist on the classic Southern drink. Check out her recipe for Lemon Ginger Tulep.

LEMON GINGER ‘TULEP’
Makes one serving

3 tbsp ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
6 to 8 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 cup Lemon Pure Leaf Iced Tea
Cold club soda
Candied ginger, for garnish
Ice

In an old fashioned glass, muddle ginger simple syrup with mint leaves. Add ice and Lemon Pure Leaf Iced Tea; stir well. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a slice of candied ginger and a sprig of mint.

GINGER SIMPLE SYRUP
Makes 1 1/2 cups

1/2 cup fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water

In a saucepan, combine the ginger, sugar, and water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove the pan from the heat and then set aside to cool. Strain the syrup and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week.

To make a cocktail: Add 1.5 ounces overproof Kentucky bourbon before adding the tea.

Developed by: Gail Simmons, judge on BRAVO’s ‘Top Chef’ and Food & Wine magazine contributor.

Get Ready for Cinco de Mayo

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Hola Dabblers! Our margarita favorita is guaranteed to get the fiesta started.

Kimberley’s Blueberry Basil Margarita

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
1 heaping teaspoon superfine sugar (optional)
1 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) Cointreau or other triple sec orange liqueur
1/4 cup (2 ounces) Reposado or preferred tequila
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 sprig fresh basil

To prepare:

1. Gently muddle fresh blueberries into chilled glass and set aside.

2. In a cocktail shaker, stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar partially dissolves. Add Cointreau, tequila, and 1 cup ice cubes. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into chilled glass over blueberries. Fill glass with chipped ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.

3. Salt rim optional: Spread salt on small plate. Rub lime wedge halfway around rim and dip moistened side of glass into salt.

Entertain Me: Snowshoe Party

Snowshoeing is nearly as easy as walking, but oh, so much more fun say our conga-line trekkers. Follow their lead and celebrate winter with a snowshoe party. Grab your toque and earmuffs, then gather adventurous friends.

With a roaring fire and warm friends on hand there’s no need to fear the cold. To build a fire: Gather tinder such as dry needles, plants and grasses and place at bottom of fire pit. Add dry kindling such as small twigs and sticks. Finally, stack logs in the shape of a teepee. This way they’ll fall into the fire as it burns. With a solid arrangement in place light the fire. Always have a bucket of water (or snow) nearby. 

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Pre-party warm-ups
Fire up your guests’ anticipation with a pre-party loot bag. Plaid covered, fake fur earmuffs are a practical enticement.

Snowshoeing
A fast-growing sport, snowshoeing burns about 600 calories an hour, it’s easy to learn and relatively inexpensive.

Dinner by fire
The fire is roaring and dinner is served. Wrap salmon steaks, potatoes and green beans in heavy foil and cook over open flames.

Snowshoe Salmon

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lemon, juiced (keep skins)
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 6oz salmon, skinless
  • 1 sprig dill
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium heat and add onion and garlic. Once melted, add lemon juice and remove pan from heat.
  2. Cover salmon in oil and season with salt and pepper. Lay salmon on a piece of tin foil with lemon skins. Cut the sprig of dill in half and place half on each piece of salmon. Pour butter sauce over salmon, then wrap with tin foil.
  3. Place foil-wrapped salmon on a grill and place over open fire to cook, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Note: If an in-kitchen cooking experience is preferred, preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Snowshoe Hot Toddy

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • 4 oz hot chocolate
  • 1 can whipped cream
  • Sprinkles (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a thermos, add creme de cacao, raspberry liqueur and hot chocolate. Shake well, pour into a glass and top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles for a festive touch.

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Entertain Me: Pajama Party

Sweet Dreams Spritzer

1 oz Vodka
½oz Raspberry Liqueur
½oz Pomegranate Liqueur
2 oz white grape juice
4 oz Yellowglen Pink

Combine vodka, liqueurs and white grape juice with ice and shake well.

Strain into an 8 oz martini glass and top with Yellowglen Pink.

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Fave chick flicks

Need a Laugh: Bride Wars
Good Cry: The Notebook
Evil Boss: The Devil Wears Prada
Long Distance Love: The Holiday
Love Conquers All: My Best Friend’s Wedding

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Pre-show

Set the scene for a night of “no makeup” with an invitation assuring guests this is a “girl’s only”event. Be sure to add BYOP (bring your own pillow) to the invite. If budget allows, send a pre-party loot bag with cute slippers.

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Main Event

Let emotions guide the movie choice. Need a good cry? Steel Magnolias and Ghost are classics that never fail to stir up tears and, more recently, The Notebook. If it’s true romance you are craving, The Holiday is sure to leave the girls sighing. In Serendipity, two people find true romance when they least expect it.

Grab the popcorn, dim the lights and click PLAY.

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Sleep Tight

If you have a bed for every guest, great. Otherwise, consider a blow up mattress or even a padded camping surface to provide additional sleeping quarters. Sweet dreams.

Sweet Dreams Spritzer

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Recipe by Dee Brun

Tonight, the girls are staying in. Watch chick flicks, wear face masks and catch up on gossip…oh, and have a Sweet Dream Spritzer too!

Ingredients

* 1 oz Vodka
* 1/2 oz Raspberry Liqueur
* 1/2 oz Pomegranate Liqueur
* 2 oz white grape juice
* 4 oz Yellowglen Pink

Directions

Combine vodka, liqueurs and white grape juice with ice and shake well.
Strain into an 8 oz martini glass and top with Yellowglen Pink.

Enjoy!

Read more about Dabble’s Pajama Party, check out: Pajama Party, Issue 4 Sept/Oct 2011.

Aqua Fresca

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Recipe provided by Suzanne Rheinstein. Read more on Suzanne in Industry Profile, Issue 3 Jul/Aug 2011.

Ingredients

1 part pineapple juice (can be substituted with any juice, i.e. pomegranate)
3 parts sparkling water
Clementine slices
Fresh mint from the garden

Directions

Combine pineapple juice and sparkling water in a large pitcher. Stir and pour into glasses. Garnish each glass with a slice of clementine and fresh mint from your garden.

Dabble’tinis

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Meet the signature drink of our Dabble launch party, created by Cocktail Deeva, Dee Brun. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 oz Skyy Vodka
2 oz White Grape Juice
Dash of orange bitters
1 ounce soda water
Fresh rosemary

Preparation

Muddle rosemary with vodka. Pour into shaker with all ingredients except soda. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, top with soda and garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary.

To see photos from the Launch Party, visit: Dabble Launch Party, Issue 2 May/Jun 2011

Big Blind Bellini

Big Blind Belini

Recipe by Dee Brun

Ingredients:

2 oz Hpnotiq*
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz Champagne or sparkling wine
1 cup crushed ice

Preparation

Mix Hpnotiq, pineapple juice and ice in blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with Champagne or sparkling wine.

*Hpnotiq is a blend of vodka, cognac and tropical fruit juices.

Entertain Me: Poker Party

“Anytime you throw a party the stakes are high,” says Dabble’s Cocktail Deeva, Dee Brun, “so leave nothing to chance.” Follow these easy house rules to ensure your poker night is a winner.

House Rule #1: Casino colours are a sure bet
Capture a Rat Pack Vegas vibe with casino colours black, white, and red. Inviting guests to dress the part builds pre-party excitement.

House Rule #2: High stakes setting
Create an authentic play surface by wrapping velvet or felt around a standard table. Tack fabric edges beneath tabletop.

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House Rule #3: You Got to Know when to Feed ‘em
Trason Fernandes looks ready to satisfy that bad boy hunger with a pulled pork slider, served on a bed of potato chips.

House Rule #4: All in
Keep invitations on theme. Make your own or order from Tiny Prints.
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House Rule #5: Pick your Poison
A manly scotch for him and a tall, sexy martini glass for her. The Big Blind Bellini is a standout in casino neon blue.

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House Rule #6: Cheat Sheet
Frame a list of winning poker hands, so novice guests feel comfortable with game rules.

House Rule #7: Poker Playlist
Rock the house with Deeva’s Poker Night playlist:
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
Good News – Matt Dusk
Fever – Michael Buble
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers

House Rule #8: Coasters
Use mismatched playing cards as coasters.