It’s about 80 degrees outside.  Wind is blowing at 25+ mph.  Windows open.  Perfect weather to light up the grill!  And to mix up a fauxllini.

What’s a fauxllini, you ask?!?  Pureed peaches and seltzer, of course!  Over ice.  Perfectly refreshing.  What I didn’t know was where the Bellini got its name…

This drink was created 1943 at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy in honor of the painter Geovani Bellini. Giuseppi Cipriani was the inventor. The original recipe was made with fresh pureed white peaches with a bit of raspberry or cherry juice to give the drink a pink glow.

How ’bout that.

Yesterday – sans Bellinis – we ended up turning on the air conditioning.  I don’t care what the calendar says – when the thermometer inside says 89°, the date is immaterial.  All the real Bellinis in the world wouldn’t have made it any cooler.  (Okay, maybe I wouldn’t have cared what the temperature was, but it wouldn’t have made it cooler!)  But I digress…

I had a hankerin’ for a burger on the barbie all day long.  And I got me one.

Charred to perfection with mayo, mustard, catsup, pickles, onions, tomatoes, avocado, and cheese.  On a whole wheat bun, of course.  With fries.

It was a mess to eat.  Even cutting it in half didn’t help.  Everything was just sliding everywhere.  I used half-a-dozen napkins.  The perfect burger.

It’s supposed to rain like hell tonight and then be a mere 40 degrees cooler tomorrow.

Practically casserole weather!  I think I’ll make salads, anyway.

Gotta love it.