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Time to Celebrate!

20 Aug

There are two very important reasons to celebrate this week! First and foremost, it is Cdog and Paul’s 6th Anniversary! And without that anniversary, we wouldn’t be celebrating Monkey’s 2nd birthday!

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Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to the Gentile Family! We love you!

Here is a cake for Camille:

Camille loves hot dogs!

Camille loves hot dogs!

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Drinking Events This Weekend in Boston

4 Jun

So I saw that The Boston Calendar for the next week has a lot of fun booze-related events and had to share. We will be attending the Bit Fest event tomorrow night!

Image from Bit Fest

Image from Bit Fest

June 4 & 5 – Bit Fest – Night Shift Brewing

June 4, July 16, August 13, September 3 Beer Tastings Aboard Roseway

June 5 – CLINK. Summer Wine Dinner Series in The Yard

June 6 – Summer Boston Sea Party with Social Boston Sports

June 6 – Boston Pirate Bar Crawl

June 8 – Craft Beer for a Cause 

June 9 – Squats & Sangria: Free bootcamp in Seaport

June 11 – Historic Beer in a Historic Place

*Thanks to Boston Calendar for all these great events!

Boston Events for May

1 May

First, where the heck did April go? Second, happy May! Third, what are you up to this month? Need some ideas? Eventbrite provided a listical of all the fun things to do in and around Boston this may.

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Some of the items that caught my eye:

May 13 7-9:30: Beer School and it’s FREE! By Slumbrew and Craft Beer Celler BEERSCHOOL, held at American Fresh Assembly Row

May 14 5:30 – 8:30 PM: First Literacy 26th Spelling Bee (I may not be going, but I love a good spelling bee. Fact: my favorite word is onomatopoeia)

May 16 1 – 7 PM: HarpoonFest

May 22 – 24: Boston Calling Music Festival 

May 23: Kteb and Stud Muffin’s Anniversary!

May 26 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Beer and Cheese with Night Shift Brewing

May 27 5 PM – 10 PM: Original Gravity Concert at Aeornaut Brewing Company

May 29 – May 30: American Craft Beer Fest

 

Biermischgetränke – German for “beer-based mixed drinks”

18 Mar

Impressed? You shouldn’t be. Wikipedia is a wealth of information…

I’d like to discuss a drink that I’ve had good and bad experiences with. Shandies. Shandies are more popular in western Europe than other parts of the world, but they’ve been making quite a fuss in the US over the past few years. When I first was told that a beer was mixed with lemonade, two things went through my head – gross and yum! I know very conflicting thoughts. Therefore, I had to try one. The first shandy I tried was a Narragansett Del’s Shandy. I’m going to tell you right now, I did not hate it. It was not gross. It was delightfully refreshing. Since then, I’ve tasted a few others and have not had the same experience. They’ve either been way too sweet or just didn’t mix well.

Shandy Do To You!

That was until I tried Traveler Beer Company’s Lemon Shandy, based out of Burlington, VT (so sort of local). It is a really good balance between the two. Traveler Beer Company has taken the European shandy and elevated it with natural ingredients and new flavors, brewing with real fruit, rather than mixing. It tastes fresh and it is refreshing. I can see it being my shandy of choice come the summer. If you are interested in trying it for yourself, check out where it is sold near you. And, the mascot, if you will, is a mustache!

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While perusing the Traveler Beer Company’s website, I came across a page promoting their Craft Brew Races & Costume Contest. Beer + costumes + running = yes please! Follow them on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Thanks to Stuntman PR and Traveler’s for sending me a few samples of this deliciousness.

 

 

 

Keeping Austin Weird!

13 Mar

In October, I visited Austin for the first time. (Thanks to Matt and Ciri for getting married.) I loved it! It was just weird enough not to completely weird me out. I loved the food. I loved the heat. I loved the humidity.

The food. All we did while we were there was eat. Well, and celebrated a Holy Matrimony, but we still did a lot of eating… and dancing. This lovely plate of goodness below is from Juan in a Million. Once again, I love puns. This plate is simple – eggs, cheese, onion and bacon. Wrap it up in a tortilla and you have yourself a brepast burrito. And they give you two tortillas, but ask if you’d like more. Loved it! And finished it!

Don Juan – Eggs. Cheese. Bacon. Onion. Eat.

When we arrived the first day, we had a nice lunch with an old friend (friend for a long time, friend isn’t old) at Elizabeth Street Cafe – where Vietnamese cafe meets French bakery. We started with a french loaf of bread and a few different jams, and JAM it was good! I had the Kaffir Lime Fried Chicken Bahn Mi. It was fantastic. I thought the lime would be too much, but it was just enough, just a little hint. Stud Muffin had a big ole bowl of Pho. He ate it all and slurped it to the end! The wedding was held at the Pecan Grove, which is owned by Salt Lick BBQ, so we had some fantastic Texas BBQ for dinner. I ate so much that I had to dance it off. (pictures at end) I am so glad we got to experience Austin with such an awesome crew. We will definitely be back.

Give me them ribs. (Lisa Woods Photography)

Give me them ribs. (Lisa Woods Photography)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An event that I have always wanted to attend is SXSW! It always seems like such an overwhelming experience, but so fun as well! One day, I will attend. Suaza Tequila sent over a few recipes for some SXSW-themed cocktails. I thought they sounded pretty good and wanted to share.

Keep Austin WeirdKeep Austin Weird

¾ part tamarind concentrate
2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 ¼ parts freshly squeezed lime juice
½ part simple syrup
½ part freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
ice
1 stick cinnamon ( for garnish)
For the rim

1 tsp sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp cayenne
½  tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
Preparation: Mix sugar, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon in a small bowl, then pour onto a saucer. Pour 2 tablespoons lime juice onto a second saucer. Turn serving glass (martini glass or old fashioned) in lime juice to coat the outer rim. Then spin glass in cayenne mixture, rotating slowly to coat.

Add tamarind concentrate, tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, lemon juice, and Cointreau to mixing glass. Fill with ice and shake well, about 30 seconds. Strain into serving glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick if desired.

*We used tamarind concentrate, which comes as a thick liquid in a plastic jar. If you can only find tamarind blocks, don’t worry. Submerge an inch or so of the block in a few tablespoons of hot water for fifteen minutes. Mash to loosen, and discard any seeds or undissolved solids.

The AustiniteThe Austinite

1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ parts orange liqueur
2 parts Passion Fruit Jam
2 parts Club Soda
½ part Agave
1 part lime juice
Lime wedge(for garnish)
Chili-salt to rim
Preparation: In a shaker filled with ice combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice and prepared with a chili-salt rim. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Southwest Sunset Margarita

2 parts Sauza® Blue Reposado TequilaSouthwest Sunset Margarita
2 parts orange juice
2 dashes grenadine
Lemon wedge for garnish
Preparation: In a glass filled with ice, stir together orange juice and tequila. Pour the two dashes of grenadine down the side so that it settles to the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Enjoy!

And if you don’t have all the fixings for these drinks, just pour some tequila in a glass and drink!

 

 

Single Ladies Dance Off with the Groom.  (Lisa Woods Photography)

Single Ladies Dance Off with the Groom. (Lisa Woods Photography)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe Michael Jackson?

Maybe Michael Jackson? (Lisa Woods Photography)

Friday Food Roundup

13 Mar

Photo credit: Chiclfila

  • Apparently today is National Ginger Ale Day. I can’t find much more about it, but Gosling’s Rum is taking advantage of it. 

For other food-related events happening in Boston this weekend, check out the calendar.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Beertails! A tasty treat for all!

20 Aug

Do you like beer? Do you like cocktails? Well, then you’ll love Beertails. That’s right, that’s a thing now and these recipes sound pretty darn good. Labor Day is right around the corner (I hate that I just had to type that), and these might be some tasty treats for your end of summer bash!

Bohemia Limeaid

Ingredients

·         1 ½oz Herradura Silver

·         ¼  oz triple sec

·         1 oz fresh lime juice

·         ½  oz agave syrup

·         1 oz Bohemia

Directions

1.       Mix all ingredients together and stir without ice.

2.       Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wheel.

Spiked Hawaiian

Ingredients

·         1 oz Morita chili infused tequila (To Infuse  the Reposado tequila take a cup of Morita chilies add to a measuring jug, pour 1 liter of Reposado tequila over the  chilies and leave for 90 mins.

·         ½  oz celery juice (blend celery stems to create a pulp)

·         ¾  oz  pineapple juice

Directions

1.       Combine tequila, celery juice and pineapple in a cocktail shaker with cubed ice.

2.       Shake hard and strain into a high ball glass.

3.       Top with Indio beer and stir to combine. Garnish with a pineapple flag dipped in crushed red chilies.

 Mojito Tecate Light

Ingredients

·         6 Mint leaves

·         4 tbls. Sugar Syrup

·         2 tbls. Lemon Juice

·         2 tbls White Rum (optional)

·         12 oz. cold Tecate Light

Instructions

1.       Crush the mint leaves and in a tall glass, add the sugar syrup; the lemon juice; the white rum and cold Tecate Light. Shake and enjoy!

Do you have a favorite beertail? Do share in the comments.

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