Sunday, July 16, 2017

Drink with Me: Early July

Welcome to Drink with me! New series on my blog to document the best drinks I've had this past week (half week, month, four days.. whatever). I always have my camera on me and love to try new drinks (usually frozen) where ever I go. 

Frozen Mojito
You can't get an fresher than a frozen mojito. Ice, mint, lime? It's a no brainer. Enjoyed this off-the-menu drink from The Beachcomber Bar & Grill at The Don Cesar. After drinking this I was ready to book a cruise.

Tahitian Torch 
Katy drinking at Disney? Yeah no real surprise there. But the ByeJoe Dragon Fire Spirit in this drink, definitely a surprise. Such an interesting wonderful taste found at Trader Sams Grog Grotto

The Great Flamingo and The Saint 
The greatest place in existence, VanBarry's. Prickly pear, grapefruit, and mason jars. Nuff' said. 

Mango Dolphin Drool
This is Mad Beach Brewing's take on a mango APA. They knocked it out of the ballpark. I also tried the non mango version, mango won. 
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sundays are for Frosé

My weekend came to an end in the most ideal way possible: outdoor seating, mac & cheese, and frosé. I headed over to Vanbarry's Public House this afternoon. I heard about this place first from word of mouth awhile ago, but when I saw on social media that they had frosé I knew I needed to go there asap. 
The way it works here is they'll have flavors of the week (or until they run out). It seems that they will always have strawberry as seen on the bottom and then a specialty flavor. This time around it was kiwi. I decided to go for both. It was very good! I feel with frosé restaurants think they can make any slushy drink pink and call it frosé. But this truly tasted like rosé. It also was not too sweet, which is always a concern of mine when it comes to slushy drinks.We sat outside on their patio and it stayed icy the whole time, which is pretty impressed for Orlando in July. Also this was only $6.50, gotta love a place that has their drinks at happy hour prices 24/7. 

The drink menu was way too impressive to get just one. They had a whole list of mason jar cocktails. I decided to go with the Lavender Lemonade and my sister went with Life's a Peach. Our waitress was the bomb and make sure my drink was not too sweet and went light on the lavender infused simple syrup. It was so refreshing and definitely something I would order again! Life's a Peach was very good too, definitely on the sweeter side, but had real peaches in the bottom of the glass. Any drink with real fruit has me sold. Both of these we're $6.50 as well. 

My mother decided to go with a "Sipper." She described it as bourbon, mixed with bourbon, infused with bourbon, topped off with bourbon, with whisky soaked cherries. 

Pizza or Mac & Cheese? You tell me. This is probably one of the best Mac & Cheese I've ever had. It was a white cheese with a solid layer of cheese just melted on top. It's a 99.8% chance I will order this every time I come from here on out. Next time I'm definitely going to have to add bacon. For under $5 this was another impressive item. 

To end the visit our bomb waitress brought us out some koozies since it was our first visit. It's like they knew how to win over my heart every step of the way. 

As I was eating here today I already made plans to go again tomorrow. I can't wait to try something else, they had a grapefruit orange mason jar drink I definitely had my eye on. I also made sure to let everyone working there that I would love to see grapefruit frosé. So fingers crossed there! 

Next day update: I did return 

The Saint: Vodka, nectarine vodka, fresh grapefruit & orange juice, topped with club soda

The Sir Collins Cuke: gin, agave nectar, fresh lime, cucumber, topped with club soda

The Great Flamingo: vodka, desert pear syrup, and lemonade
Saturday, July 1, 2017

What to do in Knoxville when Allegiant cancels your flight and you’re stranded for 26 hours

When it comes to Allegiant there is one guarantee is: your plane will not leave on time. I’ve been delayed 30 minutes, four hours, and then this trip 26 hours. At this point we had already checked out of our apartment, returned off the rental car, and gotten to the check in desk to drop off our luggage. So there was no turning back but to enjoy another day. We were set up with three rooms at the Hilton, because why not, and decided Knoxville was going to be the destination. Mainly before it was only 30 minutes away and Nashville was three hours.

The second we got downtown Balter Beerworks caught our eye. Outside seating and beer? There is nothing better. I decided to try their Maypop: an american pale. lightly hoppy with a big citrus and floral nose. It was very good, the best beer I had all day. For lunch we all order a club sandwich and cheese soup. Yes, a giant bowl of cheese. It was glorious. They had a bunch of flyer of all the breweries town. You’d be surprised. There is a lot! This is when we decided we’re going on a beer tour. We starting plotting our map if where to go next.

Next stop was Merchant of Beers. This was literally what it sounds like a place that has taps of a bunch of places’ beers! They also made their own craft sodas and cocktails. I decided after going there that I would love to be a mixologist (if that’s real). This is when we found out it’s their start of beer week and that’s why there was flyers everywhere.

We had a midday snack break at Rita’s Italian Ice. And they took my favorite thing and made it a dessert. Flights. Italian Ice Flights. Which is great because I can never decide on a flavor and I only want a little of each! This time I went with Blue Raspberry, Cotton Candy, Florida Orange, and Mango!

The last stop on our beer tour was a Schultz Brau Brewing. Literally this place looked like a German castle, but with a la-z-boy lounge area, outside patio with a stage, and a whole bunch of board games. Our game of the week was Clue since out rental in Gatlinburg had it. I could definitely dig a place like this opening in Orlando.

We ended our night at Downtown Bar & Grill. This was great place to grab good. For Happy Hour I got a Moscow Mule and then we split two half pizza and potato skins. Yes, the dream carb meal.

At this point our day had ended and it was time for each of us to return to our own hotel rooms (because why not make Allegiant pay for more) and get some sleep before hopefully finally making it home.  (Yes we did make it, and yes we did have Bloody Marys at the airport after making it through security)