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Leave it to the beignets and chicory root coffee crowd to aptly create a cocktail for our wildest time of year - hurricane season. A season so extreme, Julius Caesar left it out of calendars entirely, and a drink so strong the memories of flashy plastic beads are smoggy dreamscapes at best.

Why is it that being surrounded by the instability of water gives us a sense of laid-back ease and richness of life? We all seem to seek out living in those Jimmy Buffet songs; we crave leaving our island to go to some other magical land with warm salted seas come winter, we dream of sailboa…

Consider the possibilities of a creamy crab dip piled high on a grilled hot dog, and garnished with lots of crisp onion, pickles, maybe some salty crumbled bacon, and crunchy crushed potato chips.

The dog days of summer — sticky humidity, the scent of coconut sunscreen slathered across scorched beach goers, and the lingering air of charcoal grills. Those days where there’s no reprieve from the heat and no afternoon thunderstorm to cool things off makes summer tick by in the best of wa…