Archive | June 2016

Tieton Cider Works Apricot Cider

Tonight I was craving something tart, so I pulled out this Apricot Cider by Tieton Cider Works.  It is a nice mix of sweet and tart, with the apricots really shining through.

Apricot Cider by Tieton Cider Works

Apricot Cider by Tieton Cider Works

A search of the Tieton Cider Works website revealed that they have cocktail recipes that use their ciders.  This one sounds delicious, although it would really pack a punch!

  • 2 oz Oola Vodka
  • 1.5oz Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur
  • 1 oz Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 4 oz Tieton Apricot
  • 1 dash Bitterman’s hopped grapefruit bitters (sub Orange bitters)

Garnish with a sprig of thyme Instructions: Shake the gin, liqueurs, lime juice, and bitters in a chilled cocktails shaker with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top with Tieton Apricot Cider.  Gently stir to combine and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Have you tried any of the Tieton Cider Works ciders?  What did you think?  Happy Sunday Everyone! 

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San Diego 2016 – A Little SUP-ping!

The second day of my San Diego trip began a little later than it might have otherwise, due to our late night of debauchery the previous night. We were all upright in reasonable order, but nobody was feeling particularly bright-eyed or bushy-tailed… We headed over to the hotel restaurant for breakfast, and had a “meh” meal with another round of horrible service. We decided at that point that we weren’t going to do any more hotel meals!

After breakfast, Allysa and Renée settled down for a nap, and Angela and I went over to the pool and hot tub. We relaxed and chatted, and spent some time just snoozing in the sunshine.

In the early afternoon, we lazily wandered down to the beach and found a restaurant for lunch called Sand Bar. They had amazing tacos! Their fish tacos are apparently award winning, but I thought the carne-asado taco was even better! Watch out for the spicy guacamole though, it really packs a kick!  I should have taken photos, but I totally forgot…  Fortunately Renée took one!  She’s my food porn soul sister…

A Carne-Asado taco at Sand Bar

A Carne-Asado taco at Sand Bar

After lunch, we went back to the hotel and Renée and I tried our mad skillz at Stand Up Paddleboarding. It was the first time either of us had ever been, and we got the briefest of lessons before we were set loose in the marina to SUP away. We both started out kneeling; it was much easier to keep your balance that way, but it is very hard on the knees. We both stood up and practiced paddling around – it was harder than I thought it would be to keep my balance!

Me, just starting out.

Me, just starting out.

There were a few tense moments as the wind was blowing me further out into the bay, and I was trying to keep my balance while paddling frantically to get back closer to shore… At one point I did consider just jumping off the board and swimming back in (I’m a strong swimmer), just in case no one was going to effect a rescue! I did manage to paddle back into calmer waters on my own though.

Me! Stand Up Paddleboarding!

Me! Stand Up Paddleboarding!

I had a great time– I was able to look down and see fish, sea slugs and little rays in the water beneath me! And that was just in the very protected waters of the marina.  I loved it! I will definitely do it again, but I don’t think I’m anywhere near ready for ocean SUP-ping. The water will have to be pretty calm… Think small lake on a calm day…

Renée and me, SUPping! Do we look like experts!?

Renée and me, SUP-ping! Do we look like experts!?

Angela and Allysa decided to walk to the grocery store for dinner items and set off for the 2 mile walk. Then Renée and I went and picked them up with the car when walking home with all those groceries seemed impossible.

We had a dinner of cheese, crackers, fruit and wine, and then headed out to take a cruise on the historic steamboat that is operated by the resort. The Bahia Hotel has two historic steamboats – ours was the Bahia Belle and a ride on the boat is free for hotel guests. There is a cash bar, a DJ with a dance floor, and an upper open-air level where guests can see the view, or the city lights after dark. It is a beautiful boat, but we were all still tired from the night before, so we were all duds…

The two Bahia steamboats, by day...

The two Bahia steamboats, by day… We were on the small, blue one.

 

One of the steamboats, at night...

One of the steamboats, at night…

We finished off our evening playing Deer in the Headlights – a card game that was billed as being sort of like UNO. Sound like fun? We thought it would be, but it turns out that it is fun only if you have the memory of a genius elephant… We had to consult the cheat sheet every. single. time. to figure out what cards to discard, who to give them to, etc. It was not a game suited to anybody who has had any alcohol, or is tired, or has the memory of a mere mortal, or is easily distracted… It was maddening! Pretty soon we decided that just drinking the wine without playing the game was better!

But it was still a nice end to a relaxing day.

San Diego 2016: Put Your Dancing Shoes On!

Day 1: April 23, 2016

My friend turned 50 on the day that we got to San Diego. And she wanted to go dancing. So after we finished up at Cabrillo National Monument, we headed to where any self-respecting birthday girl would want to go to start a birthday off right. Happy Hour! We went to happy hour at the hotel, which had good drinks, but the service was terrible! We did much philosophizing, and much laughing, and much getting tipsy. And there was a shot for the birthday girl in there too…

Then we headed back to the room for the briefest of naps, got gussied up and headed out on the town. A recommendation from the hotel led us to a Mexican restaurant called Baja Betty’s in the gay district of San Diego, with good food and a lively atmosphere. Our birthday girl was the center of attention with her sash, her tiara, and later, her balloon hat! Margaritas and shots of tequila may have been consumed…

An Uber ride later and we were at the Hard Rock Hotel, ready to dance the night away. We had been told there would be 80s music, and we were the ones who got everybody out on the dance floor, but the DJ was terrible! Even though almost everyone was requesting 80s music (not just us!) he refused to play any! We had to make do with the bumping rap preferences of the crappy DJ… We still had fun, but it would have been better with good music.

Of course, there’s a bit more that I can’t tell you, because what happens in San Diego stays there too! Don’t worry, it was all very PG – but I promised my friends… 🙂

It was certainly the latest I have been out in a long time, and we fell into bed at close to 2 am, after having been awake for almost all of the previous 24 hours.  I felt like we had certainly made the most of our day!