Technically, summer doesn’t start until June 21st this year, but hey, who’s really watching the calendar when it’s so gorgeous outside?!

The bright blue skies, sunshine and of course, vacation time are making us think nothing less than Pool Party!

Even though we don’t actually have a pool.

Which is totally okay because One Kings Lane has an upcoming event that has tons of bright, colorful stuff that will make your wood deck or concrete patio or even your little 2 foot landing on the fire escape feel like you’re poolside. We love the honey pot shaped dispenser for ice cold water, the tin tub to fill with ice and beers (right now, we’re feeling a little Blue Moon Summer), and the hot pink tray that matches the quintessential summer fruit fizz: watermelon.

We’re sharing a few of our favorites from One Kings Lane’s Pool Party sale event, happening right now, along with our recipe for our favorite summer drink (with out without gin, depending on who your pool party guests are, of course), and a few more recipes from appetizers to desserts to round out a fun, colorfol fresh poolside menu.

Cute Colorful Stuff from One Kings Lane

Fun Summery Foods for a Pool Party

  • Polynesian Pork Kebabs
  • Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad
  • Onion Butternut Squash Kale Goat Cheese Pizza
  • Asian Rainbow Slaw
  • Asian Slimmer Summer Slaw
  • Deconstructed Guacamole Sandwiches
  • Soft Shell Crabs with Spring Greens
  • Strawberry Basil Caprese Salad
  • Grilled Fish Burger with Wasabi and Lemon Sauce
  • Key Lime Pie with Coconut Graham Cracker Crust
  • Corn with Jalapeno Garlic Butter
  • Marinated Zucchini Salad
  • Picnic Tablecloth Bar Cookies
  • Blueberry Lattice Pie
  • How to Make Watermelon Bowl
  • Mint Ginger Slush
  • Basil Strawberry Lime Curd Tart
  • Strawberry Popsicles
  • Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet in Flower Ice Bowls

Watermelon Fizz Recipe


4 cups watermelon, diced
2 limes
1 1/3 cup Ginger Ale
A few chunks of watermelon frozen, for garnish
lime wedges, for garnish
3 oz Gin (optional)


Puree the 4 cups of watermelon in a food processor or blender. Pour through a strainer. You should have about 1 cup of watermelon juice. Fill each cup with ice. Pour about 1/3 – 1/2 cup of watermelon juice over the ice. Into each glass squeeze the juice of one lime. If using Gin add 1 1/2 oz to each glass. Pour in 2/3 cup of Ginger Ale, and stir. Garnish with frozen watermelon, and a lime wedge.

by Sarah J. Gim on June 21, 2020 · 0 comments

by Sarah J. Gim on June 21, 2020 · 0 comments

by Sarah J. Gim on June 21, 2020 · 0 comments

TasteSpotting friends, Elliott and Fred of are leaving the West (best – ha!) coast and settling on the East coast. Their drive (from Los Angeles to Richmond, Virginia) has evolved from an ordinary cross country move into an intensive culinary journey. They have identified chefs, restaurants and food destinations they will visit on this taste adventure from California across Arizona and throughout the American South. The first stop is Chris Bianco’s much lauded Pizzeria Bianco. His pie is purported to be ‘the best pizza you will find in the world outside of Italy.’ We are thrilled to experience this very first “escape” leg of their long drive home and will be ‘with’ Elliott and Fred in Phoenix for a meal of almost everything on Pizzeria Bianco’s menu. If possible, Chef Chris Bianco will be joining them and we have our fingers crossed that they get a tour of the kitchen. Stay tuned, folks, for we are about to embark on a fabulous food adventure!

by Sarah J. Gim on June 21, 2020 · 0 comments



by Sarah J. Gim on June 21, 2020 · 0 comments

When I think about the things I most love eating, a sweet nectarine in early July and and a crisp red apple as the leaves start to change colors immediately come to mind. It doesn’t have to be complicated. I love the simple recipes that highlight what’s in season. Because really, that’s when food tastes its best.

Introducing… TasteSpotting Goes Seasonal, a series on what’s in season, ways to highlight it, and what’s cooking in my kitchen. This week: grapefruit. When winter rolls around, citrus becomes a staple in my kitchen, and these days, grapefruit particularly. Its contrasting sweetness yet slightly bitter taste is refreshing all around. I’ve rounded up 25 starting points to inspire your grapefruit cooking this winter.

by Jessica Chan on June 21, 2020 · 0 comments

omega power salmon bowl
Oh you haven’t heard?

October 8 has been officially designated National Salmon Day!

We’re super excited about the day because salmon is one of Sarah’s Super 16 Foods for 2016, and to support and celebrate, we’re having a little “virtual potluck” here at TasteSpotting. We’re going to be making our favorite salmon recipes over the next few weeks and would love to see what you’ve got, too! On October 7 (the day before the big day), we’ll gather all the recipes from the community and share them on, facebook, instagram and twitter!

How to Participate:

  1. Make your favorite dish that features salmon. It doesn’t have to be a brand new, original recipe of your own, but your interpretation of one!
  2. Snap a pretty, well-lit (natural light is best!) photo of your dish
  3. Submit the photo to

If you don’t have a blog, don’t worry! Just email the recipe, a link to the source if it’s not your own recipe, and your photo to us! We’ll do our best to post it as a feature on our own blog with a credit to you!


by Sarah J. Gim on June 21, 2020 · 0 comments