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Jalapeño & Cucumber Margaritas

It’s spring o’clock! Spring means a lot of joyous things, on of them being margaritas! Many places in North America are still experiencing snow and chilly weather so as an effort to heat things up, I am sharing my Jalapeño & Cucumber Marg recipe. Enjoy! 

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Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time before first sip: 1 hr 5 mins.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup tequila, or more to taste

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur

  • 1/4 cup agave nectar 

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved and seeded (leave half the seeds for extra spice)

  • 4 basil leaves 
  • 4 thin slices cucumber, or more to taste

  • lime wedges

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, or as needed

  • ice, as needed

  • 4 slices cucumber

  • Optional: 4 strawberries 

Directions

  1. Stir tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, agave nectar, and basil together in a pitcher with a lid
  2. Add jalapeño pepper, thin cucumber slices, and strawberries (optional).
  3. Lightly muddle.
  4. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  5. Run a wedge of lime along the rim of each of four pint glasses. Spread kosher salt onto a flat plate; press glass rims into salt to coat. Fill glass with ice and pour margarita over the ice. Garnish with cucumber slice.

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Cheers! 

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Remotely Fun

alanagolob:

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Since my company relocated to Las Vegas nearly two years ago, I’ve been working remotely from my home. Since I’ve started working for the company I have traveled frequently for work and learned how to work from pretty much anywhere. Airport floors, crowded restaurants, sports stadiums, you…

My colleague slash friend, @alanagolob, shares a little about her work-from-home experience and her first Remotely Fun coffee shop review from Scottsdale, AZ. I can’t wait to try Sip Coffee & Beer House next time I’m in Arizona! 

Remotely Fun

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Working remotely has it’s advantages & it’s challenges. For me, it’s important to get out of the house occasionally and experience a change of scenery so I can focus. Over the next few weeks I will visit a selection of North County, San Diego coffee shops and review them here on my Tumblr page. My friend/coworker alanagolob will do the same in Scottsdale, Az.

Today, I worked remotely from Cafe Ipe in Leucadia for a few hours. 

Here are the highlights: 

  • Coffee: Delicious. I ordered a large cafe au lait and it was hot, strong, and yummy. I sat inside and the delicious aroma of freshly ground coffee filled the room the whole time I was there meaning I kept my coffee buzz going long after my cafe au lait was gone.
  • Food: Didn’t eat but their selection of sandwiches and salads looked delicious, fresh, and healthy. 
  • Computer friendly? Yes. There is a long bar along the roaster that you can set up your computer. Power outlets are scarce so come charged up. 
  • Space: Lots of seating outside. A few tables and the bar mentioned above inside. The decor is minimal with surf inspired art featuring local artists. 
  • Wifi: free + speedy wifi 
  • Notes: Dog friendly, music on weekends. 

The verdict: This place rocks and was a great escape from my home office for a few hours. The coffee is wonderful, staff friendly (enough), and wasn’t too crowded. Big bonus: they don’t make smoothies so the annoying sound of a blender wasn’t a distraction. 

  • Location: Cafe Ipe is located one block north of the intersection of Leucadia Blvd and Coast Highway 101. They are just down the hill from one of San Diego’s best surf breaks, Beacons. And they are neighbors with the surf shop, Surfy Surfy.
  • Address: 970 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, Ca 92024

More photos of Cafe Ipe:

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Photo above from Cafe Ipe’s Instagram 

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Every person is a new door to a different world.

I’ve been enjoying the book “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman lately. As I dive deeper into the book and learn about the different ways each individual person expresses love, it has made me realize how special and unique each and every person is. Each person you get to know truly is an opportunity to explore a whole new world. And exploring goes hand in hand with learning.

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