Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #44 Highball

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here

Ingredients: Whiskey and ginger ale

Drank on: March 10, 2014

Location: Louis Basque Corner, Reno, Nevada.

Notes: Tasted like watered down Whiskey. A friend recommended I try it with ginger beer next time.

Had no idea this place was on the Diner, Drive-Ins, and Drives show. (I will have to go back to check it off my DDD list) And I didn’t miss out much on their special Picon Punch, according to friends.

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Posted in Drinks Galore, Requires Travel

How cool, an Ice Bar in Vegas

I read about an ice bar experience in a Vegas hotel a few years back. I knew whenever I went, I was going to track it down and go check it out. Last year was my first time in Las Vegas and I can say I had a blast. A number of people in a group I was with was interested in going too. The Mandalay Bay was just down the street from our hotel, so on one of the days there, a few of us went to the Minus 5 bar.

There were a few different packages to getting into the bar. Most of us chose the basic one (this includes a parka, gloves, and 2 drinks). If you want more drinks, you can open a tab. We had to put our purses, shoes, and all electronics (they said it was because of the cold) in a locker. When we were all ready, we walked in. First thing I thought of was that it was small. That actually makes sense because everything was ice, the walls, benches, tables, light fixtures, bar, and drinking glasses.

We all got a drink and hung out around a table for a little bit. A photographer came in and we took a couple of photos. Then an alcove in the back corner was open, so we sat down and chatted. One of the guys was from Indiana and took off his parka for a bit, he said the temp was about average at home. Not so for the rest of us, being all from Northern California (oh, and one from Oregon).One of the guys started stacking our cups and another guy decided to knock his into the tower. This made them crash and break. The photographer was back making the rounds and saw this occur. She gave the guy the “look” he shook his head and pointed to others, which made us all point to each other and she caught that moment on camera. It completely summed up the experience. I couldn’t have had a more fun group in there for this memory.I don’t remember what we all talked about, but we laughed so much and I guessed looked like we were having so much fun, that other people came over and joined us for a little bit. We finally decided to leave to get ready for dinner. Chipped in for the photo package and marked this off the list.

Have you been to an ice bar? thoughts? Would you go more then once?

 

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: September 2017

1880 Attend a Presidential debate
1883 Be a cryptographer
1885 Be accountable
1862 Buy a knighthood
1864 Channel Hendrix or Lennon
1871 Daydream about what you would eat for your last meal, and then eat it
1867 Discourage all things that come in gray
1877 Examine the Titanic wreck on the ocean floor
1884 Give credit where credit is due
1861 Have a sandwich, drink, or ice cream flavor named after you
1889 Have chocolate con churros after an all-nighter in Barcelona
1870 Have great-great-grandchildren
1865 Know six things you would do if you were president
1869 Know the three types of rocks
1873 Learn the names of the seven films in which John Wayne dies
1874 Listen to a whole week of Rush Limbaugh
1890 Own a pit bull
1886 Own a spacesuit
1882 Perfect your calligraphy
1888 Perform an exorcism
1878 Pilot the space shuttle
1875 Play Blanche du Bois
1881 Play the didgeridoo or the hammered dulcimer
1872 Solve the mystery of where Jimmy Hoffa was laid to rest
1868 Stay at the Awani Hotel in Yosemite
1866 Thank everyone
1887 Use a divining rod
1879 Visit another planet
1876 Watch Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla or Devil Girls From Mars
1863 Watch the sunrise at Chichen itza

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #35 French 75

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here

Ingredients: lemon juice, gin, Cointreau, Champagne

Drank on: February 14, 2014

Location: Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Nevada

Notes: (I figured since I was there, I might as well get something frenchy from the list) The bartender knew about the drink but didn’t know how to make it.  He had to look it up.   I think he left out the lemon.  Overall it’s a drink I wouldn’t mind getting again.

Posted in Generic Ones

Fake a Tan

I was sure I would never get a spray on tan. But I guess the phrase “never say never” is true.

Recently, I was one of the people in charge of putting together an anniversary brunch for my non-profit club (Active 20-30) and wanted to make sure I looked nice. One of the new ladies joining the club happens to be a makeup artist and does spray tanning. She offered those girls modeling in our traditional fashion show a deal price if we wanted a tan.

I had signed up to be a model and went and tried on a couple of outfits. One of them was a pretty fushia color dress. It was cute but really showed how white I was. I decided then to go ahead and try out the tan and hopefully it would make the dress look better.

I went to her place and she had a mobile tent set up. She explained a little about the spray and the procedure. I got undressed and put on disposable undies and bra wrap, since I chose to keep those covered, but she said some people do without. There was a lotion to put on hands and elbows I think so the spray wouldn’t get so stuck in the cracked skin lines. Then i put on sticky pads on my feet and stepped inside the tent. She came back and started up the spray. It felt like a cool mist going over my body. up and down and all around. and she was done.

I waited about a minute and put back on my clothes. She said to not shower that night and there might be orange coloring that rubs off. that could be washed out. the orange color is tint for the spayer to see where they spray. I showered the next day and was amazed at how natural a tan it looked. She had said the tan could last about a week if I made sure to use lotion.

I went out that night and a few ladies didn’t recognize me at first glance and then ask where I’ve been to have gotten so tan. I wish I could say I was on vacation but they would have knew it wasn’t true as they saw me a few days before. Hard to believe getting a spray tan would bring memories. But it did, made me remember that was how I looked for most of the year when I younger and swam year round.

At the Anniversary Brunch I had lots of ladies asking where I was just on vacation to get such a nice tan. I was a little afraid it wouldn’t look natural but it really did. And I looked so much better wearing that dress!

Wish I got a before and after shot that day, but here are a couple of photos with the one on the left a couple of months before and the one on the right two days after when she said it would be at it’s darkest.

Have you gotten a spray tan? Good reactions or bad?

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #31 Dirty Bird

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here 

Ingredients: vodka, coffee liqueur, cream

(also known as: White Russian)

Drank on: October 29, 2014

Location: Kupros in Sacramento, California

Notes: I asked the bartender if he knew to how to make a Dirty Bird. He said no, so I showed him the ingredients on the list. He then said he could do that. He made the drink and then came back and mentioned it’s the same ingredients of a White Russian. I looked, and sure enough it pretty much is, only difference is that a White Russian specifically mentions using Kahlua instead of just any kind of coffee liqueur.

Oh, well, got them both checked off the list now. I’ve surprised myself in liking Black Russian drinks a lot more then White.

 

Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#1833 Wear flowers in your hair or lapels

I LOVE these simple kind of items to check off.

You can easily accomplish this by picking a flower and putting it in your hair or lapel. I remember making daisy chains as a kid, they only lasted a very short time. You can also just stick one flower behind your ear. But make sure which ear it is (some people will see you as being taken (left) or single (right)).

Here’s a photo of my sis, mom, and I at a luau in Hawaii.

Sometime I ought to wear flowers when I visit San Francisco while listening to that song. Have you done that? Or interesting events, ways you wore flowers?

Posted in Bon Appetite, Drinks Galore

Recipe #2 – Angel Hair Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Edamame “Pesto”

“Everyday Dining with Wine”

Read about this ongoing cookbook challenge here

Ingredients:
angel hair pasta
smoked salmon
frozen edamame
lime
cilantro leaves / basil leaves / garlic cloves / ground white pepper / sea salt
olive oil / toasted sesame oil

Wine recommendations: 

Italian Vermentino – Sella & Mosca Vermentino or Sparkling Wine – Nino Franco Prosecco (Italy), Iron Horse Russian Cuvee Sparkling Wine (California)My Review: 

I had tried to make it a faster recipe by using a package of smoked salmon and it turned out not very good. Didn’t care much for the “pesto” sauce of it either.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: August 2017

1837 Be a groupie
1836 Be extravagant with your praise
1852 Develop a list of graceful excuses for all those occasions you’d like to skip
1841 Down an Imperial pint in London’s Samuel Pepys pub on the Thames
1839 Earn royalties
1843 Finish a Middleton acrostic in less than thirty minutes
1834 Get a free health club membership
1844 Get used to bifocals
1857 Grow your nails long and be a hand model
1842 Grow your own vegetables
1853 Have a best friend who’s really honest when you need it
1851 Have a secret hiding place
1832 Have your home drawn in charcoal and framed
1845 Know the difference between a tee and a hex nut, a Phillips and a slotted screw
1860 Know what you would be willing to do for a million dollars
1855 Let your hair down
1848 Make a wish upon a star
1858 Make soup from scratch
1846 Operate a radial arm saw
1854 Own a handknit sweater
1859 Revisit your first dorm room with your freshman roommate
1831 Send in your Publisher’s Clearing House entry
1847 Shave with Kiehl’s
1835 Spoil kids every once in a while
1850 Start at Lake Tear of the Clouds and go by canoe down the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty
1840 Straighten George Steinbrenner out
1849 Tour Slimbridge with Prince Charles
1856 Wear a milk mustache in a “got milk?” ad, or be featured in an American Express ad
1833 Wear flowers in your hair or lapels
1838 Win with a royal flush

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: July 2017

1814 Arrive at church in a white stretch limousine
1824 Attend a tailgate party
1813 Attend the Governor’s inaugural ball
1829 Be interviewed on a Barbara Walters’ Special
1822 Be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
1803 Be on “Sesame Street”
1817 Be photographed by Annie Leibovitz or Steven Meisel
1807 Be picture on the front page of The New York Times
1811 Create your own fragrance
1808 Cross Ireland by bike
1812 Distinguish the differences between Ionic, Corinthian, and Doric
1828 Do time at a soup kitchen
1820 Execute a flawless triple axel
1802 Get in touch with your inner adult
1830 Give sex advice to Dr. Ruth
1823 Go back to where you came from
1806 Go to Hell, Michigan, or enjoy Intercourse, Pennsylvania
1825 Have an imaginatively stocked picnic hamper
1827 Have your milk delivered by a milkman
1810 Have your suit made to order by a top-notch tailor
1804 Paint your mailbox purple
1821 Persuade your boss that a four-day weekend will result in more productivity
1818 Publish your poem in the New Yorker
1815 Ride with the Amtrak engineer straight through the Rockies
1801 Solve Rubik’s Cube
1816 Stand on your head
1819 Take a month of weekends
1826 Test drive all the new cars
1805 Try working at odd jobs like a weed farmer or a worm picker
1809 Write an op-ed piece for a major metropolitan daily

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: June 2017

1789 Be a host for a foreign exchange student
1781 Be a Roadie
1783 Become a dual citizen
1773 Become an uber-something
1794 Caddy for Tiger Woods
1785 Camp in the Chukot Region of Siberia
1787 Carpool more
1790 Carry on an intellectual conversation with the Dalai Lama
1797 Develop a new game show
1792 Do shots with a Russian diplomat
1776 Do the I Ching
1778 Enjoy the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity
1786 Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice
1780 Go on an open casting call
1779 Have Beluga caviar, Nova Scotia smoked salmon, and Russian vodka for dinner
1796 Host a game show
1798 Invent an environmentally harmless mode of transportation
1774 Learn all the rules of football
1775 Learn to tell time by looking at the skies or paying attention to tides
1777 Live communally
1788 Lobby for more women on US currency
1799 Paint a masterpiece
1800 Put down the toilet seat
1784 Reverse a Supreme Court decision
1795 Sample the prune chili at Yuba City’s annual California Prune Festival
1791 Say “Voulez-vous couchez avec moi?” to Johnny Depp
1771 Solve a Mystery Train Ride
1772 Start an outrageous shoe collection
1793 Trade jokes with Mel Brooks
1782 Walk over hot coals

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: May 2017

1753 Appreciate the larceny in your heart
1757 Astound the doubters
1770 Be a game show contestant
1750 Be a painter’s model
1745 Befriend a shaman, mystic, or priestess
1759 Cook dinner in the fireplace
1743 Cross the international dateline and get to yesterday
1764 Dance in the Mardi Gras parade in Rio
1767 Follow the Oregon Trail in true pioneer fashion
1760 Get your name in a gossip column
1762 Get your teeth whitened
1765 Go to a prize fight in Vegas
1744 Have an advice column
1749 Hit the jackpot
1747 Improve your intuition
1754 Leak a really hot story
1758 Outfox the dealers at an auction
1751 Play in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
1741 Put a scavenger hunt in your will
1742 Quote Derrida, Foucault, or Berra
1769 Reach Nirvana
1755 Ride a camel to the Pyramids
1748 Scat like a pro
1761 See Michelangelo’s David
1763 Shake hands with the President of the United States
1746 Show intimations of immortality
1756 Stake a claim
1768 Sunbathe topless
1752 Swoon over a star
1766 Take a Jello bath

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Bon Appetite, Drinks Galore

Recipe #1 – Plantain Crusted Chicken

“Everyday Dining with Wine”

Read about this ongoing cookbook challenge here

Ingredients:
Plantain chips or unsweetened banana chips
dry mustard / dried thyme / allspice / ground cloves / kosher salt / ground black pepper
egg
hot sauce
all-purpose flour
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
vegetable oil
lime

Wine recommendations: California Central Coast Chardonnay
Lockwood, Morgan, Estancia, Bryon, Calera, Au Bon Climat

Picked up a chardonnay from Edna Valley

My Review:
The crust part got a bit overcooked and the chicken almost wasn’t cooked all the way through. I was able to finish cooking the chicken but worried that the crust wouldn’t taste good. Not a absolute favorite but it was a different tasty way to eat chicken.

Posted in Drinks Galore, Requires Travel

Cocktails, New Orleans Special Edition

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here

Part of the fun of going to New Orleans is to sample their unique foods and drinks. I was able to check 4 drinks off my list and 2 bonus ones. These are all specialty cocktails known for the area and I couldn’t skip trying them

#30 Daiquiri
Ingredients: (from the list)light rum, lime juice, sugar (blended) / (how they made it) blended, different flavored mixes
Drank on: October 2015
Location: the first one was at Melba’s in New Orleans
Notes: you can get “to go” cups and walk around on the street with them. And someplaces have drive-thrus for them.

#38 Gin Fizz “Governor Huey P Long’s Favorite”
Ingredients: (from the list) gin, lemon juice, powdered sugar, water / (how they made it) gin, citrus, cream, egg whites, sugar, orange flower water, shaken until frothy and topped with club soda
Drank on: October 2015
Location: The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans
Notes: (guide book mentioned this was the place to go for a gin fizz and it was very yummy, I had a sip or two from my friend’s drink, the sazerac is on the left, the bubbly in the middle, and the gin fizz on the right)

#49 Hurricane
Ingredients: light rum, dark rum, passionfruit, oj, lime, simple syrup, grenadine
Drank on: October 2015
Location: Pat O’Briens, New Orleans
Notes: (they are known for their hurricanes, and you can purchase their special mix) we drank these while in the piano bar room.

#111 Zombie
Ingredients: lemon juice, dark rum, orange juice, cherry brandy, light rum, grenadine
Drank on: October 2015
Location: one of the bars on Burbon Street, New Orleans
Notes: friend and I dressed as Zombies and I knew I had to have this drink as a zombie. The bartender had to look at the ingredient listed here but he was game to make it. I wasn’t sure how it would taste with all the stuff, but it’s dangerously yummy. This is a drink that will sneak up and smack you or make you into a drunken, dumb zombie.

Bonus:
Pimm’s Cup
Ingredients: British Gin based liquor & lemonade, splash of lemon-lime soda & garnished with a cucumber
Drank on: October 2015
Location: Napoleon House, New Orleans
Notes: (guide book said this was the place to go for it) Nice and refreshing drink

 

The Sazerac “The Official Cocktail of New Orleans”
Ingredients: rye whisky, bitters, sugar, and garnished with a lemon peel
Drank on: October 2015
Location: The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans
Notes: had to try while there