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A De-lightful Holiday Wishlist

8 Dec

There is no denying it–the Christmas season is officially upon us.  Time for the awkward family Christmas cards, cheesy holiday music and wonderfully tacky home lighting displays

Who ever said less is more?

What’s my favorite way to get in the holiday spirit?  A nice, long Christmas list! 

MY ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS WISHLIST

1.  Eclectic wine rack: I am currently using a hideous wooden wine rack that looks so old it might have been built it Joseph’s little wood shop in Nazareth.  I don’t need anything super fancy or expensive, but I would a wine rack that is both functional and eye-catching.   

Droplet Wine Rack by Cattelan Italia

  2.  Set of Basic Stemware: I’m more than ready to upgrade my Solo drinking cups and hodgepodge wine glass collection for a full set of stemware.  I want something simplistic with just a little edginess to it.  Most importantly, it has to be cheap enough that I don’t feel bad when I inevitably drop a glass here or there.   

Angled Rim Crackle Stemware, Pier 1 Imports

3. A puppy: Yup, I never thought I’d say it but I have become a secret animal lover recently and I want a puppy.  I’m thinking a small, low-maintenance dog.  I need something I can inappropriately take with me into public places but doesn’t yip incessantly or look like something Paris Hilton totes around.  Realistically, Santa will not be bringing me a cuddly little dog this year but hey– a girl can dream, right? 

Maui, Ashley Tisdale's Pomeranian

   4.  Cocktail Literature: There are a ton of new mixology manuals and drinking-related books that I am dying to get my hands on!  I’m not picky–but big, colorful pictures are a MUST.

Market Fresh Mixology by Bridget Albert

 5. Elegant Sweater Dress– Christmas time means a social calendar chock full of holiday parties but i hate NOTHING more than being cold in a skimpy cocktail dress.  This year I am lusting over a glitzy, embellished sweater dress that is fashionable enough to wear to all the holiday souirees yet doesn’t leave me with goose bumps.

Beaded Sweater Dress, Victoria's Secret

6. Camera/Camcorder: This is by far my most practical gift on the list.  I really really really need something (sorry, I am soo not tech-savvy) that will allow me to take better pictures and videos for my blog and future journalistic endeavors.  I considered the Flip but I would prefer a device that has the ability to take still pictures as well as video.  I will let Santa do some further research…

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

 

8.  And last but not least (but completely unnecessary nonetheless) THE BEERBOT: I saw this article online today and I couldn’t resist.  Hear me out…I don’t drink beer.  But maybe I would if I had a robot to pour me a cold one….

Beerbot Pouring Robot, Asahi

 What’s on your Christmas wishlist this year!?! Happy Holidays!

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Hanukkah Cocktails: 8 Days of drinking!

3 Dec

Smithsonian Mag recently came out with an article on their website listing “The Eight Cocktails of Hannukah“!

Read the article to find more, but here are some of my faves:

He'Brew Beer

Menorah Martini

The Dreidel

Sorry this shtik is so short but I’m a busy goy who can’t spend all day schlepping around like a schmuck!  Ahhh love Yiddish for Dummies!  Shalom!!!

Whip it good? Maybe not…

30 Nov

I thought I would go crazy if I heard one more news story about the Four Lokos drinking craze.  Luckily, my prayers have been answered and a new alcohol trend has media, consumers and health officials in a frenzy.

Could you guess what all the fuss is over?   Alcohol-infused whipped cream!!!

The two major brands found in liquor stores are CREAM and Whipped Lightning.   Both contain between 15-16.5% alcohol–making this whipped topping shockingly 30 proof!!! Don’t start squirting moutfuls of “whipahol” just yet; there is NO nutritional information available anywhere about the products.

Whipped Lightning’s response to questions about nutritional information on their website:

“We’ve never had Whipped Lightning tested to determine how many calories are in a serving. Whipahol is not a food product and is not subject to FDA labeling requirements; it is an alcoholic beverage.”

Sorry, folks…I know ignorance is bliss but bliss usuallly turns out to be extremely fattening and unhealthy….

Here’s my nutritional estimation:

2 tbs of Reddi-Whip – 20 calories

+

.5 oz of 30 proof liqeur – 50 calories

2 tbs of alcohol-infused whipped cream = up to 70 calories!!!


BEER ‘N’ GEAR 5K RECAP

30 Nov

Mews Tavern Beer and Gear 5K Recap: Blogger Brian

Last weekend I volunteered at the Mews Tavern Annual Beer and Gear 5K

 This event was the 11th annual 5k held to raise money for RI Special Olympics.  This 5k is unlike any other because one simple fact: It’s hosted by a bar.

The Mews Tavern along with local brewers (Sam Adams and Newport Storm to name a few) provides free beer and food to all the runners before and after the race.  This unique aspect of the event attracts runners from all over the northeast to the race.  This year over 1500 people ran in the race. For final race results click here

To help raise money for Special Olympics, the Tavern also holds a raffle for various items after the race.  Ticket sheets cost 20 dollars and all of the proceeds went to Special Olympics.  The raffle items were donated by local businesses and included “gear” such as a mountain bike, a snowboard, a winter surfing setup, and various alcohol related promotional items.  Through ticket sales, the tavern was able to raise over $5,000 for the Special Olympics.

I was hoping to win one of these coolers for my apartment....

The 5k was a great event and it helped raise a lot of money for Special Olympics.  The runners’ dedication certainly inspired me to get running again and shed some more of that beer weight.  This event proved to me that YES, you can be healthy and still drink like a man.  Proof: I saw some of the sub 20- minute finishers run straight from the finish line to the kegs.