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Drink recipies for New Year’s Eve

21 Dec
Ring in the New Year with specialty cocktails

Have a past of New Year’s Eve lemons? Make lemonade. And spike it.

I used to hate New Year’s Eve. Big fuss. Big build up. Big let down. Who needs that once a year? I told myself there was NO way I’d spend one more countdown in the car in between events or leaving one wack party for another. Then I realized, I wasn’t the only one who hated the often anti-climactic party night. Then I realized, I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. Then I realized, it was time to make lemonaide.

For 2011, a bunch of us “I hate New Year’s Eve-ers” are celebrating together! Close friends, live music and great drinks. Since everyone’s bringing something fun to contribute, I’m excited to bring  one of my new favorite drinks:

Gin Fix

  • 1 oz. Hendrick’s gin
  • 1 oz. elderflower liquer (or St. Germaine)
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • Drop in a few cucumber slices if you like
    **Make your own simple syrup by mixing 1 cup water & 1 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat – once sugar dissolves, let your simple syrup chill in the fridge (makes 1.5 cups) 

    Carte Blanche

  • 1.5 oz. Hendrick’s gin
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 healthy dashes of orange bitters
  • Top off with dry sparkling wine
  •  I learned how to make these drinks at a Hendrick’s Cocktail Class, aaaaah the perks of the job :). Interested in other new recipies? Check out Williams-Sonoma Art of the Cocktail.

    What are your favorite party drinks or specialty cocktails?

    Holiday gifts ideas: Give memories not stuff

    14 Dec

    Say "No" to stuff. Give the gift of experience

    Holidays should be more meaningful than the amount of STUFF we accumulate. Shouldn’t they? When you’re 5 it’s cute to go to bed at 7pm, wake up before sunrise, rip wrapping paper to shreds. After age 15, not so cute. So why is it, we spend so much time scouring the malls, department stores, specialty shops and websites looking for, yet again, more STUFF?

    Don’t get me wrong, I like shiny new toys just as much as the next person. But when I stop and think about my favorite holiday memories, I remember HOW I spent time and not necessarily WHAT I unwrapped. A few years ago I decided that instead of giving stuff, I’d give memories. Mom & Dad: tickets to the Seattle Rep and dinner at the Melting Pot. Little bro: Seahawks tickets and a case of beer. My nephew: tickets to the imax and a fun day (with me) downtown. They wouldn’t necessarily buy these things for themselves, but they loved every minute of it.

    If you’re looking for gift ideas that are new and different, try giving the gift of experience. Concerts. Standup Comedy. Theater. Special Movie Screenings. Food & Wine Tours. Pair any one of those ideas with a gift certificate for dinner and you’ve got yourself a gift that keeps on giving.

    A few ideas to get you started:

    Columbia City Theater | Catch a live jazz show and grab a plate of Southern-style cuisine at the Bourbon Bar (try the Blackened Catfish Po-Boy or Maker’s Mark Burbon pulled pork sandwich, mmmm…..)

    The Big Picture Do movies right, with cocktails, snacks and big comfy chairs (check out the “Movie & Martini package)

    Licoln Square | Get some laughs in at The Parlor Live and have dinner at one of 10 great sit down restaurants

    SavorSeattle tour | Enjoy food, drinks and more on a SavorSeattle tour (they have a Chocolate Indulgence tour, need I say more?)

    The Triple Door | Great shows 3-5 times each week and for dinner I suggest the tasty AND filling Phad Thai (you can order dinner and drinks during the show or grab a quick bite at the Musiquarium Lounge before the show starts – either way this is a win)

    You can even let them pick the show, these venues have gifts certificates!

    Check out GoldStar for other great deals on local shows and events

    ‘Tis a Happy Hour Indeed…

    10 Dec

    Holiday shopping got you overwhelmed?


    Swollen feet? Sore back? Pounding headache? No, I’m not getting ready to tell you about the latest and greatest super drug but rather exactly how you are going to feel after a full day of Christmas shopping and event hopping. For that, I do actually have a cure…Happy Hour! What better way to validate the mounds of money you’re spending by saving a little cash at some of Downtown Seattle’s best eateries.

    When you’re ready to relax, refuel, or whatever, check out the restaurants below that feature weekend Happy Hours:


    • Address: 1010 1st Avenue
    • HH: Daily 2:30pm-6pm & 10pm-Close

    Cutters Bayhouse

    • Address: 2001 Western Avenue
    • HH: Daily 4pm-6pm & 9pm-close

    Gordon Biersch

    • Address: 600 Pine Street, #401
    • HH: Fri 4pm-6:30pm, No Sat, Sun 9pm-close


    • Address: 85 University Street
    • HH: Daily 3pm-6pm & 10pm-1am

    Mistral Kitchen

    • Address: 2020 Westlake Avenue
    • HH: Daily 5pm-6:30pm


    • Address: 1420 5th Avenue
    • HH: Daily 3pm-close


    • Address: 1101 4th Avenue
    • HH: Mon-Sat 4pm-8pm

    Seatown Seabar

    • Address: 2010 Western Avenue
    • HH: Daily 3pm-6pm

    Tap House Grill

    • Address: 1506 6th Avenue
    • HH: Fri 3:30pm-6:30pm & 11pm-close , Sat 11pm-close, Sun 3:30-close

    Taste @ SAM

    • Address: 1300 1st Avenue
    • HH: Tues-Sun, 3pm-6pm

    The Triple Door

    • Address; 216 Union Street
    • HH: Daily 4pm-6pm


    • Address: 96 Union Street
    • HH: Daily 4pm-7pm


    • Address: 2313 1st Avenue
    • HH: Fri & Sat 4pm-8pm, Sun 4pm-12am

    Where are YOUR favorite happy hour spots? Let us know in the comments!

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