Mermaid Magic

Beyond the Sea

Photo Courtesy of Adriana Laura Photography

An under the sea, mermaid-inspired theme does not need to be all glittery tails and red hair. Something elegant like this driftwood and pears display, along with fishnets in the background, give a sweet vibe without being over the top or cutesy.

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All Clammed Up

Photo Courtesy of Marvin Gapultos

Clams, with their seashell aesthetic, are the perfect dish.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

4 medium garlic cloves, minced (about 4 teaspoons)

1/4 pound fresh Mexican chorizo sausage

1/2 cup silver tequila

1 dried Chile de Arbol

2 pounds fresh Manila clams, scrubbed and cleaned

1 tablespoon lime juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Crusty bread, or tortilla chips, for serving

Lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over moderately high heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until it just begins to brown, about 1 minute. Stir in the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook until the sausage is browned and heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a plate and set aside.
  2. Pour the tequila into the pan, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Drop the chile pepper into the pan and continue to cook until the tequila is reduced by half, 1 to 3 minutes. Arrange the clams in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan and continue to cook until all of the clams have opened, 5 to 7 minutes total.
  3. Using tongs, transfer the opened clams to a large shallow serving dish or bowl. Stir the lime juice into the pan and return the cooked sausage to the pan, simmer for 2 to 3 more minutes. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper as needed. Keep in mind that the sausage, as well as the liquor given up by the clams, are both salty, so not much additional salt may be needed.
  4. Spoon the sauce over the clams and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges on the side, and with crusty bread or tortilla chips for dipping into the sauce.

Mermaid Water

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If you’re looking for mermaids, start by serving mermaid water.

MERMAID WATER
2 oz (60 ml) Spiced Rum
1 oz (30 ml) Coconut Rum
6 oz (180 ml) Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz (15 ml) Lime Juice
Top off with Pineapple Juice
Splash Blue curaçao
Garnish with Lime Wheels
PREPARATION
1. Build a glass using ice and lime slices.
2. Pour in spiced rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, and blue curaçao.
3. Garnish with a lime slice.

Augmented Reality

Photo Courtesy of Ikea

Visualizing what something may look like in a space is easier with augmented reality. Thanks to games like Pokemon Go, adding furniture (or even mermaids) to a space to get an authentic impression of what it may look like is now possible.

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