Monday, August 6, 2007

How do I keep cool? Let me count the ways...

Even in the middle of summer- at the height of the heat, I love living in Palm Springs. I'm not one to lay in the sun all day, but I like the dry heat in the desert. This time of year it's usually somewhere between 105 and 110 degrees with blazing sun. Luckily at night it cools down to 80-90 degrees, which believe it or not is much cooler. Aside from constant air conditioning, the challenge of course is to find a variety of ways to beat the heat. I usually turn to icey beverages or chilled things to eat. I thought it would be a good way to start with week by sharing what works for me...

Well of course it has to start with iced water, preferably with a slice of fresh lemon from the yard. Or for a bit of flavor, fresh brewed iced tea...


And of course, "the pause that refreshes", there is nothing like a Coke, especially in a glass bottle. But an ice cold beer hits the spot!


Now for the snacky things....soft serve ice cream is tops on the list...or for a more grown-up taste, some ridiculous creation from Cold Stone Creamery is even better!

And if I'm trying to be good, I'll hit Jamba Juice for one of their fruit smothies.

And back when I was a kid growing up in Rhode Island, the local summertime treat was Del's frozen lemonade. Oh how I wish we had Del's here in Palm Springs. This is merely an ode to my childhood then, and nothing to do with this post.


Hope you are keeping cool too. Is there anything you like to eat or drink that beats the heat? C'Mon share your secrets. I just know there are a few Southern Belle readers who must have a tip or two..
-Rick Rockhill

23 comments:

etain_lavena said...

Icecream and icetea...yummy:)

bunnygirl said...

I never could get into beer, but the rest looks delish!

One thing about living in Humidville for most of my life is that when I find myself in a place with dry heat, it feels like heaven! Oh, to not have my shirt stuck to my back with sweat!

The lack of condensation on glassware is just weird, though. ;-)

Enjoy your dry heat-- seriously!

karma lennon said...

I stick with the iced water with lemon most of the time. Or sno cones! Pink grapefruit sno cones are great. :)

captain corky said...

Coke really is refreshing, even if it's just psychological.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

why sir, what about a mint julip?

smiles, bee

Lewis said...

Tons of water, even without ice. Diet Coke (which, I know, is actually a dehydrant......), and one of my favorites is cold salads. I love them!
The Coldstone Creamery has one of my favorites....i can't remember the name....but it's cake batter ice cream, chunks of yellow cake, dark cherries, almonds. Man, it's good. And fattening too.

Guilty Secret said...

This post just made me hungry!

Thanks for stopping by my blog ;)

TWISI said...

Southern Belle reporting in sir...

Watermelon

Fruit Juice frozen Ice pops

Crab, Shrimp or Lobster salad.

Eric said...

Back in the day, it would have been ALL About the Blue Bell ice cream...but I'm no longer in the Blue Bell service area. So sad! But I do enjoy a nice lemonade.
Right now, I'm sort of stuck on this brand of organic -ade called Santa Cruz. Raspberry-or-strawberry lemonade, limeade...all very good!

CRUSTYBEEF said...

you're making me too hungry!!
I love that frosty looking mug/glass of beer..too bad it's only 11;41 here..or I'd be on that like bees on honey.
Always,
crusty~

madame x said...

I've been told...the surface of the planet Venus literally looks like what we mortals consider 'Hell'...

This is what Palm Springs feels like in the summer.

'The Palm Springs sirens beckon you through heat wave mirages as the white hot flames lick at your feet through the golf course greens.'

I read that once.... in some cheap detective novel about a murder in 29 Palms.

Steven said...

Now that you've stirred up my thirst and appetite, I have to choose what would be best. Do they still "bottle" Coke?

Sarah said...

I like to mix fresh squeezed lemonade with iced tea. It is the double whammy of refreshment.

Also a fashion summer tip. Keep your head covered. You can realy regulate your body temp with a fantastic hat! Plus you can hide an ice pack under there if needed.

EBEZP said...

Cold Guinness every time or iced coffee if it's not to be alcoholic!

WAT said...

Oh my, all those drinks and cool snakcs look just delectable! I am ready to move to Palm Springs NOW!

NOOOW!

How about you and I keep each other cool, even amidst all that hot heat we'd generate togetha?

;)

leslie said...

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Look at these ice cubes!

Kerry and Rachel said...

The heat there sounds oppressive! And I thought we were having a hot summer here in Colorado.
My favorite is gin and tonic, lots of ice, lots of lime. Of course, water is much more healthy!

Burfica said...

Iced tea, water, otter pops (so good on a hot day, cuz if they melt, you got cold juice in a tube), egg salad, chicken salad, seafood salad, green salad, and cold cereal, all good meal options in the summer in Arizona.

My favorite cold stone thing is, chocolate ice cream with brownie, macadamia nut and sweet cherries mixed in and put in a waffle bowl.

Christie said...

Um, you totally dissed vodka, man. Vodka is always good.

And who thinks Corky should take a drug test?

lime said...

i am all about lemon water for sure. in our house we are also big fans of frozen grapes. they are a nice cool snack on a hot day.

Aunt Jackie said...

I love Ice Cream like mad... unfortunately, it fell in love with my ass and so we had to break up. We occasionally have a 'booty call' though ;)

Jimmi said...

I am on Popsicles right now. I am so addicted to them!

Canadian flake said...

lol I bought the kids a bunch of freezies to keep them cool. I think I am eating more of them than the kids are...lmao.

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