We're so excited that it is finally May! With long days, hot nights, and alfresco dining, the warmer months are our favorite time of year. The weather here in San Francisco has been gorgeous for the past couple of days, and we are ready to get our grill on while sipping refreshing cocktails. Here are five items we can't live without this month.
Woven Picnic Basket
While there are plenty of fancy picnic baskets out there, we're purists and think a classic old-school basket is perfect for packing a meal to go. This woven basket  ($50) is made from Appalachian ash and it's extra tall, meaning it can accommodate a bottle (or two!) of wine.
Calivirgin Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Although we don't cook with premium olive oil on a regular basis, it's nice to have a good quality bottle around for drizzling — especially during salad season. Calivirgin's unfiltered, estate-grown extra virgin olive oil  ($28) is rich, aromatic, and delicious. It's produced by a family in California, so in purchasing a bottle, you'll also be promoting a small business.
A molcajete  ($50) is more than just an oversized mortar and pestle, it's carved from volcanic rock, making it one of the world's oldest kitchen tools! Use it to crush spices or serve guacamole. It retains heat and can also double as a serving dish for food items you want to keep warm.
We love celebrating Mother's Day  by gifting mom something she'll use over and over again. This shatter-resistant, 94-ounce pitcher  ($20) is ideal for outdoor entertaining. It's virtually unbreakable but looks like glass; it's wonderful for serving pretty drinks like homemade lemonade or sangria.
Lourdes Castro's just-released cookbook, Latin Grilling  ($22), is going to be our Summer barbecuing bible. From spicy meats to cooling cocktails, it's chock-full of scrumptious-sounding recipes and mouth-watering photos.