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.

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. 

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

Monday, December 21, 2015


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,!

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!

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