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Muddling: I think I’m missing something

8 Aug

Mostly the equipment, I think.

I recently downloaded the Martha Stewart Cocktails app for my iPad and even more recently got to try out my first recipe. Barbecue bound and intent on winning the hearts of my dude-friend’s sister and brother-in-law, I (with the help of said dude-friend) decided on a bourbon drink with muddled peaches, blackberries and mint.

Sounds awesome, right? Well I’m not going to say it was unawesome, because if you like bourbon it was fantastic. But I like peaches and blackberries and mint and there wasn’t a lot of fruit flavor going on in those drinks.

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I think the problem was in my muddling technique, which is weird because I watched a video about it in the Martha app so you can understand how I’d be baffled by my non expertise. I’ve come to the conclusion that you really need one of those wooden pestle things. Remember that Bacardi mojito commercial where the bartender is muddling the mint with the wooden pestle thing and all people uncontrollably dance around to the rhythm of his mashing? Yeah – that wooden thing he’s got there. I need that.

I’m not trying to say that these drinks didn’t make us dance around a little, Bacardi mojito style, but I am saying of you want to make muddling happen do yourself a favor and equip yourself properly.

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16 Dec

So I just finished grad school (certified Master of Public Relations, right here) and, of course, the first thing I do is nerdishly run to my computer to start up my blog again. That’s right – the blog I had to start for school, the school that I officially no longer attend.

But you know what? I got my grade for this little gem today, and I’m pretty proud to say that I got a 94. So at least one person who matters finds it readable. So fueled by a good review and grad school withdrawal that I wasn’t expecting, I’m pleased to present to you The Money Bite: What You’ve Missed.

On the official last day of class last Thursday, we made a little trip to the Regal Beagle in Coolidge Corner. As a celebration of a semester not quite finished, Ilena, Maria and I did some early afternoon boozing and a little lunch. Due to all the project completing and studying and paper writing that’s been going on in my life for the past three weeks, this is the first meal that I can actually remember and, to be honest, that’s mostly just because I took pictures that I sent as a photo essay to Shaun who, sadly, couldn’t make the party.

Regal Beagle menu. Cute, huh?

So, we sit down at the Beagle and immediately make friends with the bartender, Alex. Super sweet and I’d venture to say almost saintly for putting up with us for two hours. He suggested the Girl Next Door (Absolut Ruby Red, orange liqueur, fresh squeezed grapefruit & sparkling wine) and we graciously accepted quite a few of them. It’s been a long semester and while this particular party might have been a little premature, it was certainly welcome and deserved. Alex served ’em up and we knocked ’em down and they were pretty amazing.

Two Girls Next Door

Lunch was kind of a hodgepodge of emotions – food wise and conversation wise (is drunk an emotion?). Maria and her man-friend, Andrew, got the empanadas for an appetizer and they were in love. I have to say that they smelled pretty good but I was saving room for more Girls Next Door to go with my forthcoming sandwich (more on that disappointment later). According to Maria, the empanadas were perfectly crispy and the filling was perfectly rich and yum. I think Ilena had one too, but she loves everything so I’m not sure her opinion counts that much.

By the time appetizers were done, I was done with two cocktails so I’m kind of hazarding a guess as to what everyone ate. As I remember however, Ilena had the Regal Burger which she said was delish and cooked to perfection, Maria had … Ok, I have no idea what Maria and Andrew had, but I know they were satisfied. I, on the other hand , had a sandwich that doesn’t appear on their online menu – something about pork. From the title, I was expecting like a pulled pork type thing. Nope. Ham sandwich with weird veggies on it. The bread was really good, but the rest was boring, not super tasty and an overall let down for such an awesome place. The big redeeming factor from my lunch was the sweet potato “fries.” They’re totally different than any fry I’ve ever had – kind of like mashed up sweet potato deep fried in a bread batter. Pretty fantastic.

Weird ham sandwich, delicious sweet potato fries

Despite the bummer my sandwich turned out to be, I’m still totally going back there. We had a ton of fun, the people were super nice, and the food was excellent with one exception – I’d say that’s a pretty solid A-.

That Thursday really just opened the flood gates of a weekend of being happy to be mostly done with school. I think the picture below pretty accurately sums up my weekend in that you can’t really tell what’s going on except for the fact that it looks inappropriate and you can tell that I’m probably in a bar. So that was Friday.

Me with Maria's scarf stuffed into my sweater. We enjoyed a few High Life's that night - it's the champagne of beers.

On Saturday, Maria and I headed to Cambridge to a party at Ilena’s apartment. We celebrated both Ilena’s and Maria’s birthday (as evidenced below in the “16 Candles” reenactment photo) because we weren’t able to party on either of their actual birthdays. Maria and I also headed to Lir to celebrate my friend Joe’s birthday. Also a blast.

Happy Birthday, Maria and Ilena!

We're gonna go ahead and forgive the misspelling of Ilena's name.

Here’s my problem with Lir tho – they close at 1. Seriously? Moderately disappointing/annoying. Mostly because it’s cold outside now and we had to walk to a different bar (albeit it was next door, but still). Anyway, the awesomeness of that evening came shining through in my famous Awesome Hat. I don’t know what else to call it. Everyone loves it, everyone tries it on. Below is kind of a poor quality pic of my friend Murph trying it on and his wonderful girlfriend Caitlin being wonderful.

Murph and Caitlin. Classic.

So yeah, those are the things that I remember from the past few weeks. And now that this blog is my full time job, check in often.