Wednesday, December 30, 2015

20 Minutes

In an English class in high school in Vancouver, Washington, the class would have a five or so minute period to free write every day. I would use it as a journal of what I did over the weekend, what my boyfriend and I were going thru and the like. It was a time to express yourself without being judged, caring about punctuation or your handwriting. It was just for you. Little did I know that I was supposed to turn it in after awhile. I was so embarrassed and hoped my male teacher didn't actually read every line. But he did. And made comments!

I was approached today by a popular job posting site about possibly writing a blog post about my first job and challenges I had to overcome. In a brief summary I submitted for my consideration, it brought me back to these free write sessions because it was a busy day and I was in denile that they would actually want me to write for them so prose was sent in. Regardless of what I wrote, it was the truth. And like my English teacher, the recipient will read it and possibly provide me comments. We shall see!

It's the end of 2015 and I thought I'd post something! So I thought I'd free write for 20 minutes and this is what is coming thru my thumbs on the screen of my iPhone5. I chose 20 minutes versus five because that is the same amount of time I am requiring myself to read every day for. I picked up "Whisk(e)y Distilled" by Heather Greene on Sunday because I need to improve my knowledge of this industry I am in. Plus, this book is written by a woman and I donated my hardcover of "Whiskey Women" as a raffle prize for our first Women Wednesday event at Dirty Water. 

Next will be Ashley Routson's book on craft beer and beer styles.

With just a few minutes left, I am ending this year with a whole of lot of positive changes made in all aspects of life in my opinion. From the blog postings I made this year, I covered quite a bit but there's so much more to tell. I look forward to having that opportunity and what 2016 has in store for me.

Wishing my readers, as Kristian would say, 'the best of everything!'


Friday, December 25, 2015

2015 Beer Log Continues...

I have clearly been slacking on blogging and have recently started drinking more beer because we (DWSF) have Fieldwork Brewing's Coconut Double IPA back on tap. I have already had it three times this week. But before I jump back into it, this is a continuation of this log that I started back in April. Eight months later, this might get a little lengthy. You've been warned. I must refer to my Untappd ('bappletree') app for notes. Again, this is no way a log by a long-time beer lover. Like my Wine Logs, this is to help me and share with anyone that is interested of beers I have tasted to help define what beers I do and do not like. There are SO many to choose from. Plus, every sip is accompanied with memories and often great company. We, DWSF, are a brewery after all. I need to know what I'm talking about. Check out the funny version of our group photo that was NOT sent out as a holiday greeting to our customers and friends. If you know Kristian and I personally, the below is kind of expected. Love my staff.


To begin, this is not in any particular order like the last log.

Fieldwork Brewing's Coconut Double IPA
As mentioned, this was #3 in one week THIS week. I was finally winding down and getting ready for a brief break with Christmas approaching because we had a crazy few weeks with events at DWSF. I worked almost 19 days straight. I had one day off, last Tuesday, and it was fabulous. Still came into the city but it was worth it. So this pic here was when Ms. Laura of InVine came down to give us a greeting card and say hello. I had to sit down with her and chit chat for a second. That woman is a lot of fun. So much energy, big smile and rocks that bold lipstick. Notice the Pumas and jeans. I took a break from the many dresses. Becca from Cover also came down to visit that week and was shocked to see me so 'dressed down.' I'm usually dressing the part as Partner.

But the beer! OMG, this beer is so good. The first time we had it on tap, the staff quickly helped finish off the keg and they stopped making it. It smells like it's something you should have while on the beach of Hawaii. Then again, I'd have absolutely anything while on the beach of Hawaii. Can't go wrong with that destination. When John, our Brewer and with Mujicians Brewing Company, said he bought more, I asked him to put it on last Friday and had Kaptain try it. He doesn't like IPAs but he liked this one. I jokingly said it's like sipping on a bottle of sunscreen. That comment didn't deter him from having a glass of his own later that evening. Good! That is what is so great about being open to trying new things. It may surprise you and you might like it. Looks like I'll be drinking more beer as long as we have this on tap. Sorry, Wine.

Ugly holiday Niners sweater. Just like our season. It HAD to be said!
Bon Marche's Sur Lie
Our neighbor's house made beer. Well one of them. I was having a rough day and John and I had a chat at the bar where I finished off the Fieldwork DIPA that I started with Laura. He said, "Let's go to Bon Marche and try their pilsner." Sure. Sometimes I need to allow myself to leave DW. So we did. I was able to vent, get some advice from a guy's perspective and enjoy a beverage with a view of their brewery. It's unfiltered and John described it as very 'minerally.' Because it was unfiltered, it automatically reminded me of a hef and I'm not a fan of hefs. Nice head, though.

Coors
Wait, what? Every time I have a common, mass-produced beer, I feel guilty and have to tell John. Tara and I never get to drink together so she and I HAD to take a photo of us doing this shameful act of holding what we're drinking and send it to John. Haha, look at Richard behind us. He doesn't even know why we're doing this! With this being our presumed last stop on our Mid-Market DW/Shore.../FRB group holiday bar crawl at The Hot Spot and after multiple shots of tequila, this beer didn't taste like anything. I didn't like the bottle so I asked for a chilled glass for easy chugging to get it over and done with. Couldn't waste it!

NOLA Brewing - Hopitoulas
It was our last day in New Orleans, Louisiana just before we jumped on a plane and I realized I haven't had a single drop of beer over the three days we were there. I love trying everything local when I travel. I have never had any beer made in Louisiana. It's an IPA and 6.5%. I love IPAs while my Cugino drinks C- (Coors Light). I rated it a 3.5 on Untappd so I must've liked it but when you're in NOLA, you eat, drink, sleep, party, eat, drink, sleep and repeat. That is all we did. I had my fill of beignets and even started drinking coffee again since this trip because of Cafe De Monde. We went there twice and I brought a box back to my Pastry Chef to make for the staff. Beer in NOLA? Check!

Mother Earth - Beer Float
Remember #SanFranDiego ? I came up with that and everyone loved it. Things just fall out of my mouth and it just works most of the time. I walked into DWSF and said hello to the rep that was about to meet with John. She was from Mother Earth and they wanted to do a tap takeover during San Diego Beer Week. I was all over it and #SanFranDiego came to mind and we ran with that. They had an idea of doing beer floats and this delicious glass of yumminess was consumed by my fat a$$. What type of beer was used, I am not sure. But do know that DWSF will be doing a lot for SF Beer Week and Mother Earth will be a part of two events. Follow us on Facebook!


Shock Top - Belgian White
A pretty common beer but I've never had it until Red's Java House on The Embarcadero to kick of Vicki's 80's birthday bar crawl and after Rachel and Courtney and I did the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Golden Gate Park. I don't even know what to say about it. It's nothing amazing. 

Unknown
I would love to say what beer I was having but the more memorable part were the tasty chicken and waffles. This was taken at the Public House that my father raves about because of their onion rings. I definitely had the onion rings and I concur with my father. The place has good food. It is located at AT&T Park and we came here before we met up with Vicki for her 80's birthday bar crawl and after the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. I do have to say I love that my Stella & Dot wallet is making it into these shots. Great placement. Go shop for accessories and jewelry HERE. Couldn't resist on that plug.


512 Brewing Company - 512 IPA
When in Rome!...or Austin, drink beer made in Austin. Christina and I just landed and almost missed our connecting flight in Salt Lake City, Utah because we were drinking wine (see the video on my Instagram 'bappletree'). We needed a beer. And thank goodness in our hotel there was Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar. Believe it or not, our Bartender was from Hayward, a drunken guy tried to get a little friendly and a fight broke out 10 feet from us where the bartenders expertly handled the situation without breaking the glass cabinet he used to control the drunkard. I knew I was going to love this town. Everyone says that I would love Austin and I do! In terms of the beer, it was 7% and I rated it a 4.5. I must've liked it. 

Pabst Brewing Company - Lone Star Brewing
On a hot Sunday in Austin, we were on the Dirty 6th again and stepped into an air-conditioned bar that was playing football and had dirt cheap mimosa specials. The windows were open and we sat at a high top checking out the activity during the Pecan Festival, which had NO pecans present anywhere! Well, OK, I found one pie. But that's it! No fried, sugared, deep-fried pecans? No pecan ice cream, pecan crusted nothing? Weird. Anyways, I noticed that some folks were wearing Niner gear. Then they started to multiply. We asked if they were from the Bay. We were in Cowboys territory for goodness sake. Apparently they were Niner Fans in Austin and were going next door to watch the game. I got excited! I already dragged Christina to the University of Texas game the day before and now more football? She was cool with it. And there, we were hosted by some Texas Niner fans and were given our first Lone Star Beer. Basically their Budweiser. Who cares!? Love how it came about tho. Also, found out that Howard knew one of my former bartenders. Small world! Oh, Facebook.


Karbach Brewing Co. - Hopadillo IPA
See, told you I like IPAs. I can't stay away. This is a 6.6% and we had it during the Pecan Festival on the Dirty 6th in Austin. It was hot and this was our second local brew. Not bad. Can't remember much about it other than where we had it. So informative, I know. I do know I was drinking it outside of the tattoo parlor that Christina got her little cute elephant. I was thinking of getting a tattoo I've been wanting to get for awhile, but as I saw it stenciled on me, I didn't like it. Oh wells. But her's is adorable!



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"121 First Dates" Book Launch Party - January 14, 2016

Remember the Kickstarter video that was shot at Dirty Water for Wendy Newman's '121 First Dates' book? If not, see it HERE.  See behind the scene photos and read more about the shoot HERE.

Her book launch party with prizes, apps and fun will take place on Thursday, January 14th from 6-8 PM at Dirty Water. Get a glass of Faire La Fete bubbly from France for $10 a glass. Join us!



Dirty Water Restaurant & Bar
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-792-5108

Monday, December 21, 2015

2-0-1-6

It has been quite a year with a lot to reflect on. Now that the craziness of holiday parties are done for the month at DW, I have a second to breathe and think about, but more importantly write down, my goals for 2016. I just updated my post for 2015's goals. I could have done better but that's where 2016 comes into play: a time to make up or do it better this time around. So let me take a stab at this list....

1) Travel internationally
Since 2012, I have been able to make this happen. Nikki B. has inspired me to do this with her travels to Central & South America to improve her Spanish. I want to go back to Europe. I miss Italy. I want to stay on the Amalfi Coast and look out at the ocean from my balcony every morning. I want to drink wine again in Tuscany. I want to shop in Milan. I want to be in love in Verona. 
Bordeaux would be my second choice. 

UPDATE 11/26/16 - I went back to Italy in October 2016. I did shop in Milan and I had wine in Florence.

2) Hike once a month
Loving exploring my own backyard, taking in some fresh air, getting some exercise and catching up with good friends with gorgeous views, nature and a beer afterwards.

UPDATE 11/26/16 - Eek. I hiked three times this year in Pacifica, Bodega Bay and Tilden Park in Berkeley for a good cause with GirlVentures!

3) Continue with the fitness challenges
I'm finding it keeps me motivated and I want my body to look a certain way and feel confident. 


UPDATE 11/26/16 - Did four - #250KChallenge, #MyNextLevel, #MyFitSquad and will start #30DaysofFit on December 1st. Thanks, Bodybuilding.com!

4) Find a balance and adjust as necessary
I have been working my tail off. I have put  all of my eggs into one basket and this year I had a scare that I physically couldn't control. I bury myself in work not only because I'm obsessive of not failing but it covers up thinking about and feeling what I'm lacking. So, when an opportunity presents itself to me that makes me happy, damn right I'm going to make it work.
UPDATE 11/26/16  - Dating blows. The only one I actually liked moved away due to his job. And the rest were not for me. I am looking forward to tomorrow's date. We'll see how that goes.


5) Family
Lolo passed almost three years ago. I remember his face as I walked into hospital room when he recognized me that last evening. Eyes wide and eyebrows up. I remember having to step out of the room to not let him see me cry. I remember positing my bed consisting of two hospital chairs next to his so I can hold his hand thru the night. He'd squeeze it every so often. I remember the grimace he made before he took his last breath. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him or go anywhere without his wedding ring on me somehow. Now, Lola has had a successful surgery and is in a rehab facility. I visited Christy's dad in a facility early last year before he passed. It all just seems too soon.

I need to see my family. I haven't seen Brent in 6 months. I haven't seen Emma I about the same. It's been longer periods of time in between of seeing my Little Loves, Nate & Arya. 

DW will be open for 6 months as of December 26th.  It's time to get back to making time for my family. One day, I'd still want one of my own. I wonder if I'll have that opportunity. For now, that snoring Boston Terrier at my feet is what I come home to.


UPDATE 11/26/16 - I still haven't seen Emma and that makes me sad. I am trying to schedule a date with her mom so I can see her. Brent will be moving to North Carolina next year. He's actually sleeping over tonight. And I see Arya and Nate the most. I met Alexander this year and have only seen him once. The same goes for Thea. Auntie of the Year? Need to improve there.
6) Specialty
I know a little about a lot of things but I wouldn't say I'm an expert in anything. I'm good at Event Planning. I love advertising and marketing and social media. I have a new love for fitness. It's easy to make new friends but I feel I'm lacking in being confident in any one topic for discussions. I don't have a strong opinion on politics or current events and sometimes I'm so exhausted with work that I don't want to debate on something I'm not passionate about. 

I have been presented with another opportunity but it requires me to focus on something I should already know an immense amount about, a specialty, and it's not events focused. I should but how do I find the time? I don't want it as much as I want something else but I might just move in that direction until things are put in motion. Sounds a bit half ass, doesn't it? Regardless, it will be beneficial to me either way. Will it be my specialty? If not, I should find one.


UPDATE 11/26/16 - I signed up to be a Certified Event Planner through an online training program. I didn't start it. I did finish Whisk(e)y Distilled and started The Beer Wench's book. Lately I have been reading a lot of articles while at the gym on my phone and tweeting them with my thoughts.
7) Money
I have been reading my Charles Schwab investing publications, being motivated by Entrepreneur magazine articles and am wanting to know how to make my money work for me. I have a Financial Advisor that I trust and want to grow my assets. I have been enjoying not stressing about my personal finances but I want to do something and be a part of something bigger than what I have. Figuring out what that is, I don't know. I should catch up on retirement and savings and I would love property in San Francisco. Notice how this is last on my list. I recently said that I hate money. Which is true. In my experience, it brings out the worst in people. I want to do something with my money that makes people better. Perhaps it's exploring being part of a non-profit. With DW's Women Wednesdays, we always tie in a local non-profit. Maybe I already started down this road somehow. Let's see how this financial goal of mine ends up in 2016.

UPDATE 11/26/16 - No other thoughts have gone into forming a non-profit but I am getting exposed to more of them. I will be helping a friend with his next business that is food and beverage related. And from my last trip to Maui, I have set a goal by 40 to have property there. It's in the works.

At 1:24 am, I think this is a decent list. To 2016!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Women Wednesday: New Year, New You, New Friends Networking Event - 1/6/2016




The new year is the best time to evaluate the year before and a fresh start. Please join us for an evening dedicated to you saying goodbye to 2015 and welcoming 2016 with a well-deserved cocktail and to make new friends by networking with like-minded women. As with every Women Wednesday event, prizes can be won and proceeds will go to a local non-profit. Your visit will benefit GirlVentures, a San Francisco organization empowering Bay Area girls to develop and express their strengths through outdoor adventures. 



Come dressed in your business casual attire and meet women like Dirty Water's Tara Herrick, Wine Director and Sommelier, who was featured in Zagat's '30 Under 30.' She has accomplished so much at 25-year-old. Also meet women who are Personal Trainers, dancers, teachers, yoga instructors, a Notary Public, a Stella & Dot Stylist and much more.

Who do you want to meet?
What do you do?
What are your goals for 2016?
Let us know in the comments section!

The evening's featured cocktail will be created by an entrepreneur and our Bartender, Chandra Swenson, who is in the process of launching a product partnered with San Francisco's own Seven Stills called In-Flight Cocktail. Please come and try her concoction. A dollar for each one sold will go to GirlVentures.

We invite you to you take it a step further and write a note card of encouragement or congratulations to GirlVentures participants.

Please stay tuned for more details. We hope you can make it!


RSVP here on Facebook

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Women Wednesday: Santa's Helpers - December 2, 2015

Women Wednesday: Calling all Santa's Helpers!
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Arrive in style and work it in your red, festive attire with an unwrapped toy in hand to donate to Toys for Tots. Be sure to thank the US Marines for their services while they are here collecting your gifts for less fortunate children in our community.

WIN two tickets to a showing of "A Christmas Story" courtesy of SHN. 
Earn entries by 
1) Ordering Frea for the Holidays cocktail (2 entries)
2) Posting pic on Twitter of the toy brought to donate & use hashtag#WomenWednesday @DirtyWaterSF (2 entries)
3) Checking-in to Dirty Water on Facebook and post a pic during the event (2 entries)
Follow us on Twitter (@dirtywatersf) for additional entries.

Thank you for attending the last two Women Wednesdays. These events are growing in popularity and we are so proud to be able to give back to our community with your help. 
We reserve two of our lounge spaces for the event on a first-come-first-served basis. If room is not available there, we are more than happy than happy to seat you in our dining room and the remaining semi-private lounge space may be reserved through our events team at events@dirtywatersf.com or contacting Bernadette or Christina at 415-792-5126. Dining reservations may be made thru Yelp or calling 415-792-5101.

We look forward to having you here and dressing up for the holidays. Please stay tuned for January's Women Wednesday on January 6th. BUT first, our New Year's Eve party! See my other post.

Dirty Water 
1355 Market Street #180
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-792-5101
www.dirtywatersf.com
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Whiskey & Women Wednesday, 10/7


Breast cancer has effected a few wonderful women in my life and I want it to stop. 

I am happy to announce that Dirty Water's first Women Wednesdays will go to benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. On October 7th, 5-7 pm, DW's talented bartender, Maritza, will be creating a whiskey-based cocktail for the evening. For every cocktail of hers that is sold and a whiskey flight, $1 will go towards breast cancer research. Our Pastry Chef, Michelle Cabrera, will be doing a special dessert pairing as well. Pay with Cover and get $5 off your bill that evening.

We invite ladies to join us, wear some pink, network and support this cause. Raffle prizes are being gathered but tickets will be 1 for $3, 2 for $5. Raised funds will also go towards breast cancer research. 

PRIZE LIST:
Two tickets to the Whiskies of the World event in San Francisco on the SF Belle, a Hornblower yacht on March 26, 2015 ($240 value)
Two (2) $50.00 Cover credits to Dirty Water
Nuubia Artisan Chocolates box
Haircut by Justina Downs of Blesk Salon & Spa in Albany, CA ($95 value)
An assortment of beauty products by Younique ($150 value)
T-Shirts provided by Monkey Shoulder and Hudson Whiskey
A 3-months supply of Kettle Chips, an SF company.

If you would like to donate a cool raffle prize, we will list your prize & company name on all communications via social media and highlight your contribution. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks for your time!



Shirt by Monkey Shoulder




UPDATE 11/1/15
Thank you to everyone that went to our First Women Wednesday on October 7th, Whiskey & Women! The Mrs. Jones Cocktail was sold all month long and $1 of each one that was sold went to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Our raffle prizes also raised fund. Dirty Water participated in their first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Golden Gate Park last week. We raised a total of $831! Every penny counts. 











NEXT Women Wednesday: Women Winemaker Wednesday -November 4th at 5 PM at Dirty Water 

1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Support Local Designers

Shop small! Buy local!

You have to give small business owners credit for taking the risk and putting in long hours all the while keeping a day job so they can launch their own business, be their own boss and make a dream come true. Trust me, I'm STILL in it.

Before DW, it was more on the smaller scale with minimal investment. I started as an Independent Event Planner & Coordinator back in 2007, became a Notary Public thanks to my former employer who took care of all of the fees since 2008, I attempted to be a Wellness International Network rep in 2010 but that was NOT a small investment, and then I started as a Stella & Dot Stylist in 2011. DW has been the biggest and most important investment I have made because I invested in myself in a big way. It was my way out of being in a position with no room for growth. I was not learning anything. I was not being challenged. And I wasn't passionate about the work. Since December 2013, I have spent countless hours and dollars on opening this restaurant and bar. With so much invested, failure is not acceptable to me.

I am happy to see Sherry Koyama, Owner and Founder of Harumi K, doing well. Sherry is a long-time friend of my sister, Melyssa Green, Owner of On-Point Machining. Who would have thought that we would be helping out with each other's businesses over a decade later? Besides the fact that her line is one-of-a-kind, I am all for supporting someone that has been nothing but kind to me, but more importantly, has always been there for my sister. There are some people in the world that you do not want to do business with. Sherry does not fall into that category. Business is built on relationships. This relationship goes waaaay back.

Sherry had a Studio Sale today out of her home in Oakland, CA. This is the second time I have been to one of her events and Melyssa and I went to the Make It Reign fashion show last year. It was a lot of fun and there were so many great pieces. Check out my post from that evening HERE. I believe one of my photos were used in an online pub. Sharing is caring! I still love that green cape she made. One day. Sherry will be going to Japan shortly and will be coming back with new fabric. Stay tuned for her Fall line.


Jeaja Design Studio and Margarette Laizure was there as well and boy, did I do a bit of damage. I took about eight different pieces with me to try on. I was encouraged to come out of the smaller, darker room with a mirror and move into the well-lit living room to show the designers how it looked on me. It definitely does help to get feedback. SOLD! I purchased two black skirts, one by Harumi K, the other by Margarette. I bought a green and black top that is versatile depending on how you tie the pieces in the front or back, and a blue and grey draping sleeveless striped top from Jeaja. Jeaja was also at the Make It Reign fashion show and started the Oakland Fashion Network with Sherry. Afterwards, I went to White House Black Market.  Yes, I know they're not small or local. But I love their store and they gave me $10 for my birthday. I shopped the sale rack, thank you! I usually spend $300 every time I go in that store. I left spending under $40. Shocker. It counts that I spent more supporting designers, right?


Please stay tuned for pics of me wearing my new, locally designed and made fashion pieces. I don't know exactly what I am going to pair them with but I will find out soon! You know I have a ton of S&D jewelry to choose from. Accessorizing will not be an issue.

Do you have any pieces by Harumi K, Jeaja or Margarette?
Which local designers do you support?
Are you a local designer? Comment below with your link. Let's take a look!

***Update***

This is how to chose to wear Harumi K's skirt. My good friend, Nikki B., came to have brunch with me. I paired the skirt with a draping top from Express I have had for years, my BCBG pumps and jewelry by Stella & Dot of course. The rose gold Pave Spear Necklace ($59), earrings ($49) and Pave Triangle Cuff ($34) went well with the shapes on the skirt.








This song always makes me think of fashion ever since Taylor Swift sang this at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.

Seven Stills



Join us at Dirty Water for a Seven Stills tasting tomorrow, Sunday, 9/13 from 1-5pm. Come by for football, custom cocktails and complimentary tastings of whiskeys made right here in San Francisco in the Bayview district. I am excited to see what our talented bartenders come up with. Brunch is served until 3 pm.

Be sure to follow Dirty Water on SnapChat to see what's happening LIVE. Follow us and view our Story. 'DirtyWaterSF'

***UPDATE***
Here are some great photos from the event. Be sure to LIKE our Facebook page to see all of our upcoming events!




I think she likes it

Friday, September 11, 2015

Best Restaurant, Hot Spot & Vibrant Bar Scene Award

Thank you, OpenTable​ diners! Dirty Water has been selected as one of the Best Restaurants in the Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness area with a Vibrant Bar Scene and is an SF / Bay Area Hot Spot. It has been our pleasure to serve you. We look forward to meeting new diners and OpenTable users. 
Dirty Water 
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.792.5101

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday, Boston & Austin!

#throwbackthursday #tbt to a night in the city with Christina and friends. Love this picture of us. Can't wait for Austin. 15 days!

Clift Hotel, San Francisco - April 2014

You may recall that almost a year ago on my birthday, my divorce was finalized after almost two years. Christina was going thru a breakup and we both had reasons to get the hell out of town. So over happy hour at Bijou in Hayward, Ca, we booked a 36-hour trip to Boston the following weekend.

Our flight got in on Saturday morning at 6 am and had a late afternoon flight the next day. We had a 10 am tour scheduled at Samuel Adams Brewery. And there we met our Canadians.


Brian basically invited us to join his party of other men there for business at Doyle's, as recommended by our shuttle driver. "Doyle's!" comes with a double fist pump.

The Canadians were very cool and we ended up hanging out with them all day. We went to Beerworks near the ballpark and even went on a tour with them. 


We ended up meeting up with them that evening and went to a bar and the club at The W. It was a fun night that included me getting a piggyback ride all around downtown on the search for food because my feet hurt. Let's just leave it at that.

The next day, Christina and I checked out the Freedom Trail and the Cheers bar while the boys tailgated for the Patriots game. We wished we had done that instead of sit so long at the airport because our flight was delayed and it was a hassle getting home.


Soooo... it is that time again. We booked our flights to Austin yesterday. Christina is just out of a different relationship and I, on that front, have nothing major to report.  We are going for my birthday weekend and to replace a Costa Rica she was supposed to be on. Kind of works out perfectly.

I am excited to hang with this girl. We are going to go a University of Texas game. My dog is named Bevo, after the UT mascot. And we are staying downtown, close to 6th Street, its nightlife and live music. It'll be whiskey, country music, BBQ, football and cowboys. I am definitely ok with that. Follow  #WhiskeyMakesUs on Twitter. 

Next year, we want to go to New Orleans.