Friday, March 30, 2012

Tiki Drink : Atlantic Breeze

Since my recent dining experience at Trader Vic's I have been rather obsessed with anything and everything Tiki. So I thought for this Friday I would make a tropical adult beverage.  Where better to find the perfect cocktail recipe than in Shag's Tiki Cocktail book.

After flipping around I quickly decided on the Atlanic Breeze, since I needed to juice this beautiful pineapple I picked up at the farmers market last weekend. 

 Here we go!


The hardest part was to juice the pineapple....since I have no idea how to begin I sort of MacGuyver'd it. 
The finished product!

VERDICT: Oh so good. I will have another....oh wait I already do! I don't think I will be using this glass too much unless it has been a particularly bad day.  I had to double the recipe to fill this baby up.  An automatic make mine a double so to speak.

To show you the scale of this glass....geezzz

Note to LONG straws and cocktail umbrellas.
Note to everyone else.....if you try to make this at home don't be sad if you can't "float" the grenadine....Mine sunk like a stone!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Happy Friday!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

I HEART Ray LaMontagne

Okay, I admit it I'm a music pusher.....but this guy is a GENIUS!  Every time I hear one of his songs, I can almost feel it running through my veins....a warm buzz under my skin.  Combine that feeling with lyrics that are soul touching and sweet.  :::Sigh::::

While trying to find the right videos for this I read a comment about him that made me smile......"He is the white Otis Redding Re-incarnated"

My FAV part:
Well, I looked my demons in the eyes
laid bare my chest, said "Do your best, destroy me.
You see, I've been to hell and back so many times,
I must admit you kind of bore me."

Now an awesome cover.....Gnarls Barkley's  Crazy

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Table of Death

Do you have that one piece of furniture that you can't part with, but doesn't seem to have a home or fit anywhere? For me that is the "Table of Death".  It got it's name because I really though that it would be the death of me it took so long to finish.  I found a bunch of picture I took of the process tonight and thought I would share.

In the beginning....

One day in the home of our dreams there will be the perfect place for it.  For now it is crammed on its side in the corner of the sun room on a towel. :::Sigh:::


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Best Weekend Ever.....

The weekend before last was “The Best Weekend Ever”……at least that is what it would be called if I had a reality TV show!  The beauty of it was that half of it wasn’t planned, it just happened. 
DESTINATION:  Atlanta for an Andrew Bird concert.
Once we got to the hotel, we realized that there was a lower level Trader Vic’s dining room.  Sweet!  Since we didn’t have reservation we walked down and they were able to fit us in.  The place was unbelievable in all its tiki glory. 

The food was yummy, but the drinks….they were delicious!  Mr. Honey and I shared a tiki punch bowl for two and for our second drink, he had a planters punch (so good) and I a Pimm’s cup (which I think is now my new favorite drink).    After dinner we hoofed it to the Tabernacle for the show. (Word to the wise, the drinks are strong so…. food + beverages + walking a mile with hills, not the smartest combo, but we survived.)  ::::Sigh:::::  Andrew Bird, need I say more.  The show was AMAZING!
Since it was only a weekend trip, we were heading home the next day.  But before we left, we wanted to have brunch at a place called “The Porter".

   “The Porter” is the best beer bar in Atlanta, which coincidentally also makes a phenomenal brunch.  They have the BEST biscuits I have ever tasted; seriously when we left we got a batch of road biscuits, which is like a road beer but legal.  As we were walking to the car, Mr. Honey pointed out this sign:

FREE MuteMath show!!!  Waaaa!?!…..they are easily in my top ten band list. I couldn’t believe my eyes, at this point I was jumping up and down with excitement!  I checked the time, 11:30, ok we easily had time to hit the local antique store and come back.  So full speed ahead to Kudzu Antiques for a quick walk through!  Now if you are ever in Atlanta you have to visit this place.  There was so much eye candy; it was hard to get in and out quickly.  I did snap a few pictures…I’m in lust with this Heywood Wakefield bar set…

Back to little five points for the free show at Criminal Records!

I made it back with about twenty minutes to spare.  I purchased their new album in a vinyl (for me) and CD (for my best friend, who was green with jealousy).  This is truly the best way to see one of your favorite bands; I think there were probably 50 people there.  The mini show was a promotion for their concert that night at the Tabernacle (wish I had known, I would have gone for back to back shows).  It was AMAZING!  Here is video of the whole thing; there is a cover of Alicia Keys “Falling” which is spectacular.

 After the show I got to meet them, have my picture taken with them and my albums signed.  YESSSS!  They were so nice…and I sounded like a complete idiot….being all nervous and stuff.  Totally Geeked out. 

Ugh so awesome!  Can I have another weekend like that?  How about next week karma....

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thrift Share

I don't know about the rest of you, but I felt like a "Winner" this week at the thrifts.  It was just one cool thing after another...must be good karma coming back to me from going with Mr Honey to the beer release madness two weekends ago.  If that is the case then my luck is going to run out fast, especially since last weekend was AMAZING as well (Post on that soon to come!).  

Anyways lets get some thrift share on.....

Yes! Cathrineholm! I was in shock when I saw this thing on the shelf.  It was like the whole moment was in slow mo as reached for it. MINE! mine! mine!  AND 2 bucks.  Waaaaaaa.  The other items are Rosenthal custard cups, again another brand that I rarely see in the wild.  I actually passed by three of them at first and then picked up another set in a different section of the store.  As soon as I saw the mark on the bottom I took off to pick the first set up.  Luckily, they were waiting for me.

I'm really lovin' this clock even though it doesn't fit in the house anywhere.  Oneish, Twoish, Threeish....this is my kind of time.  Most people that know me will tell you that I'm always 5-10 minutes late.(Drives Honey crazy, he is a 20 minutes early kinda person....he also believes that you should get up on the first alarm ring.  Ummm no....that is what snooze is for!  Like 5 times)

Dansk, dansk, and more dansk.  I always pick it up when I see it.  A great cutting board, and four green candles holders.  Yes please. 

Ok so I'm alone in this house about the bull, since Mr. Honey had some interesting facial expressions upon seeing this...there was no need to ask his opinion.  I personally think it is super awesome, plus just the size of it is impressive.  Unfortunately this is heading to the shop, there just isn't a place in the house for him.  Sadness.

Oh so tiki....very Witco-ish.  Any ideas how to get all the wax off???

My first piece of Iittala glass found at the thrifts!  I was so excited when I saw this and it still has the sticker on it.  The organic shape really seems similar to the shape on this Poppytrail planter I found the same day.

This is such a neat Mod light!  The only information I was able to find out about it was that is was made in the 80s.  I'm so intrigued by it I had to add the extra pics.  Isn't that the tiniest bulb!  Seems like it would make a great night light.

 Oh yes! The sheet music to the theme from "Shaft's Big Score"  I cracked the things you can find....

I hope everyone had a great haul!


Friday, March 16, 2012

The 400 mile 4 pack of beer

This past weekend was a testament to how much I love my honey.   I didn’t know what I was getting into when we had this conversation:
“Can we go to Tampa for Hunahpu day?”  - Mr. Honey
“Sure, what is Hunahpu Day?”  -Me
“There is a beer made by Cigar City Brewing called Hunahpu which is only release once a year in limited quantities, hence Hunahpu Day.   There is a limit of 3 bottles a person and if you come I can buy 6” – Mr. Honey
“Okay” -Me
I should have clued in to the madness when the limit was drop from 3 bottles a person to 2 bottles, a week or so before the event.  The brewery opened at 11am, but of course like a much anticipated estate sale you come early.  Mr. Honey wanted to get there by 7am, which put us leaving the house at 3:30am.  We packed the car the night before with our folding camping chairs and a cooler full of local beer (supposedly you also trade beer at these things).  I thought he was a little weird to bring the cooler, but once we got there I saw that lots of people had them.  Since I slept in the car, I was refreshed for a day of waiting...lots of waiting....

Our place in line at 7am

 At 7am there were about 45 people in front of us, which shocked me a little but that’s cool.  We set up our chairs and settled in, Honey starts talking beer (yes beer is another language) with the guys in front of us and they traded some, about 9am someone comes around with arm bands.  One showing you’re 21 and another that allows you to purchase your 2 bottles of Hunahpu which they will start selling at 3:30PM. (That’s right 3:30 in the afternoon.  OUCH).  
My two armbands! 
By this time the line behind us is insanely long, one of the guys next to us walked down to film it and it took him over 5 minutes to get to the end of the line.  It just kept going and going.  I truly had NO idea there was going to be that many people but I was super glad we left early; I heard later they ran out of arm bands roughly half way through the line so some people left Hunahpu-less. 
Behind us!

Thankfully CCB (Cigar City Brewing) had planned well for the crowds.  There was a music stage, food vendor trucks, and LOTS of beer on tap at various stations.  The only downer was that the lines for beer were super long, so some of the special beers were gone before you got up to front.  Since I’m not a big beer drinker, me and Mr. Honey split up to double team the lines.
Here is a list of the beers on tap…although I know there were a few special specials that weren’t on the list….

There is one beer on here by CCB I wish I had tried called "Those Candies your Granny Loves"...what an awesome name for a beer!!!....the name alone makes me think it tastes like Werthers Originals. 

Anyways.....after a long hot day (I have the sunburn to prove it), a 400 mile round trip, and only an eight and a half hour wait with roughly 5000 other people, we walked away with our Eighty dollar 4 pack of beer. 

The End.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Museum of the American Cocktail - New Orleans

YES!  There is actually a Museum of the American Cocktail...ok so it is in a mall, but there is still some cool stuff there.  I have wanted to share these photos for awhile now, and JUST managed to get them off our dying laptop this week.  So Enjoy!


Right at the entrance there is this one display with nothing but tiki mugs!

Mr. Honey taking a sip....of sorts

I want this one!  To drink from someones head...that is the life!
Makes me think of Indian Jones for some reason.
Some of these recipes looked delish!
BOOZE IT UP!   It cracks me up that is is "A-Pass-out game" 

I want to learn 'round the bar games and bets from Ed no.

I really want this cocktail book....but it is like $300-500 bucks.  Sadness.

This is a blimp....AND a cocktail shaker.  Waaaa

There is my Bar Aid!

and my Pink Elephants!

I love these pamphlets.  I need to know how to give a Vodka Party.
These things are important!

There were LOTS of items from prohibition times

I'm sure that was a popular title.  Ha

The "Extracts"

So awesome, good ole hidden book compartment.
Apt Title "Spring Poems  The Four Swallows"

Pure Medicinal Whiskey....I don't know about you, but my whiskey is all medicinal

O' delicious Absinthe

One on the left I believe is an Oscar Wilde quote.
I'm betting on the wallpaper!

Absinthe Spoons.  So pretty

Wish I read French....

Have a great weekend!


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