31 Things You Must Eat and Drink Before Summer…Fades

31 things to eat and dirnk before summer fades

Let’s eat and drink 31 summery things before summer fades…
fresh blackberries

basil sprig and basil pesto

31 Things to Eat and Drink Before Summer Fades

  1. watermelon
  2. cherries
  3. black-, blue, rasp-, and strawberries
  4. plums
  5. peaches and nectarines
  6. corn
  7. okra
  8. tomatoes
  9. zucchini
  10. eggplant
  11. green goddess dressing
  12. fresh garden herb pesto
  13. gazpacho
  14. soupe au pistou
  15. naeng-myun
  16. cold soba
  17. summer rolls
  18. backyard BBQ ribs
  19. paht bing soo (shaved ice or sno-cones)
  20. funnel cake + deep fried fair foods
  21. ice cream made in two coffee cans
  22. campfire s’mores (bacon optional)
  23. clambake
  24. lobster roll (mini!)
  25. crab boil
  26. grilled salmon
  27. fish tacos
  28. rosé wine
  29. wine spritzer
  30. home cold brew iced coffee
  31. lemonade from a stand

an end note: I actually intended to make a “99” list, but in the end, only got as far as 78. Even then, I was reaching for foods and drinks that were quintessentially summer. Fresh fava beans? Green garbanzo beans? Strawberries even? I see those more as “Spring” things that just extend past their introductory season. And here in southern California, you could argue almost any food into our endless summer.

Strange, that even with a season that lasts until next February, we still feel the urgency of “the end.”

I edited the original list down to a number that had more of a ring to it than an awkward “78 Things to Eat and Drink…” There are 31 days in August so it works, but this in no way means I accept that summer is over once the earlier of either September or Labor Day hits.

Editing 78 things down to less than half is a wordy bitch’s worst nightmare, but I got there. These are a few of the “things” that didn’t make the cut, but they are in every way still summer to me (even if I don’t plan to actually eat a ballpark hot dog). If I left any off, please fill me in on the comments.

avocado. backyard burger. ballpark hot dogs. campari and soda. ceviche. fava beans. figs. green garbanzo beans. grilled shrimp. ice cream from an old school truck. Korean melon ice bars. margaritas. mojitos. mulberries. picnic potato salad. popsicles. sangria. shelling beans. zucchini blossoms.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie August 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I love this list! And reading it I realized that August is simultaneously my favourite and least favourite month. I can’t believe it’s flashing by so quickly! Thanks for a great post. 


2 TheDelicious August 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Katie: so funny that you mention August being your least fav month… I used to think that too because there are NO HOLIDAYS in august! isn’t that weird? it’s the only month that doesn’t have “get the work day off” holidays!


3 Diane, A Broad August 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

Melon ice bars! I haven’t had one of those since I was a teenager!


4 TheDelicious August 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

i used to take down those pale-yet-neon green popsicles like nobody’s business! but can’t remember the last time I had one… I guess now’s the time (though perhaps this weekend’s project should be recreating Korean Melon Bars at home!)


5 Kankana August 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I feel so glad that I am eating almost all of that except few of those which I never actually heard of but gonna find out.  


6 rooth August 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Apparently we’re supposed to hurry and eat corn before the prices blow through the roof due to the drought :(


7 Sarah J. Gim August 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

i hadn’t heard that about corn! where is there a drought? (i am so disconnected from the rest of the world it’s awful…) though i did notice this past weekend at the farmers market (southern California) that there wasn’t much corn when usually, there are piles of it…


8 Valerie August 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

This post is just what I needed…something that celebrates still-summer! Thank you. Usually I’m one of those people who feel depressed at the beginning of a vacation because they’re (I’m,) already worried about it coming to an end. We all need gentle reminders on how to savor the moment, especially when those moments involve food. ;-) 


9 Sarah J. Gim August 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

valerie: isnt that crazy?! at this rate, we’re all going to start thinking about how winter is eventually going to end and we won’t be able to eat all that warm, comforting braised food, soups, etc… ha


10 Cate August 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I’ve barely had any of these :(  The summer has been flying by… or rather, the days are long but the summer is short. Something like that.  Need to do a snorkeling/cliff jumping/shave ice trip to the North shore before September rolls around.  And a bottle of rose doesn’t sound so bad either… 


11 CarolQ August 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Mulberries!! I’ve only had them in Sorento, Italy but I ate enough for a great big pie! We don’t seem to have the Mulberry tree up here in the northwest. Yum!


12 Sarah J. Gim August 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

carolq: mulberries on this list but i’ve never actually had them! i’ve seen them on menus, and of course, a few times at the local farmers markets here in Los Angeles…  one of these days I will be brave enough to buy some and try…


13 Jessie August 9, 2012 at 5:32 am

Loved reading this.  Great list and photos.  


14 Laura Dembowski August 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I hope to move to California one day soon.  Endless summer is part of my dreams everyday, particularly in January when it’s snowing here in Michigan :(  Love your list.  Blackberries and peaches are my favorite, but I love many other things you included as well.


15 Sarah J. Gim August 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

laura: you WILL move to California one day if you want! i did! (i was born in Detroit and grew up there through middle school!) 


16 Gregory Funk August 10, 2012 at 4:55 am

Sara Dawn, I drink green tea to detoxify. That should be on your list! Thank You though for the list. What a good reminder!!


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