Hot and rainy, hot and rainy—you’d think we were in the tropics. Between that and being done with work, I’ve had plenty of motivation to find ways to stay cool. When it’s too hot to simmer by the pool, I recommend a Tropical Weather Tea Time! I really really like the Temecula Olive Oil Company. They have a tasting room in Old Town San Diego and two years in a row I’ve brought home garlic olive oil. Yuuuuum. I used it and their California balsamic in the Tropical Quinoa Salad below, and the dessert recipe comes from their website.