Smuggler’s Cove and #45 in the #SummerOfDrinking!

A few weeks ago, 7×7 magazine released their 50 Cocktails to Try Before You Die list. Immediately, it seemed like a challenge that my Bay Area friends and I needed to attack.

On Tuesday night, Akemi and I ventured over to Smuggler’s Cove in Hayes Valley for a pre-dinner drink. It was my first experience at the pirate-themed bar and I enjoyed the decor almost as much as the beverages. We headed downstairs which has a fantastic water feature (I need those multicolored lights at home!). It’s quite dark inside, but that just adds to the ambiance.

We both ordered #45 on the list – Smuggler’s Rum Barrel – without the souvenir glass. Our bartender was a little preoccupied talking to some regulars, but mixed up the drinks wonderfully! I’m not a huge fan of rum, but the other flavors mask it quite well (or enhance it if you like rum). The garnishes are also divine and I may demand flowers in all my future drinks now.

I’m a lightweight, and it showed with this beverage. By the time I finished, I was feelin’ it and getting back up the stairs was a bit of an issue. Luckily, we were headed off to a delicious dinner and by the time I got on the bus to go home, I was back to normal again. I will definitely be headed back to Smuggler’s Cove to sample what else they have to offer!

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Cougar Town, All I can say is “Imaginary hat”

This has been a jam-packed weekend and it all started on Friday night, when I attended the San Francisco Cougar Town cocktail party.

After Cougar Town got left off the ABC mid-season schedule, creator Bill Lawrence decided to take publicity matters into his own hands (as far as I can tell). He decided to throw viewing parties in various cities around the country, in part to reward loyal fans with new episodes and celebrity contact and in part to just continue to keep the show’s name out there. Bill paid the bar tab, provided the cast and three episodes for our entertainment at Pete’s Tavern in San Francisco.

I demanded the thumbs up!

I met up with a friend and her friends at the bar’s downstairs meeting room. We were lucky to share a table with some super fans who had just gotten back from LA’s party on the Culver City set. Busy Philipps was our cast guest, but as we had all been following on Twitter, her flight had been delayed and delayed and delayed due to the terrible weather we were having. Blake McCormick, a writer for Cougar Town courageously led the party for most of the night with good humor and requisite adorkableness. Apparently, the writer at the party usually just introduces the cast member who then hosts the party. But with Busy being delayed, he had to host us for close to three hours. There were trivia questions to win t-shirts (I was the only one who didn’t win one at our table) and of course, games of Penny Can.

Blake showed us the “sizzle reel,” which had a few spoilers in it and then we got to watch full episodes. We watched the season premiere, which was fantastic, and reminded just how much I miss this show. It ended with an “aww!” and definitely got me excited for the premiere on Valentine’s Day. We also watched the fifth episode, before we gave Blake a break and hit the bar again. Bill Lawrence was nice enough to double (and I think, double again) the bar tab to make up for Busy’s plane delay-ness.

Busy finally came in about 10p and we watched a third episode (apparently, most of the parties only wanted to watch two – so weird!). Busy did some live commentary for us and then answered questions afterward. She dished on the Golden Globes and all the shows she’s worked on before now. Then she gave away “shit from my purse” for correct answers to trivia questions. She was so apologetic and sweet about being late, even though it was totally not her fault. Around 11p, the party “ended” and everyone got up to take pictures with Busy. It took about an hour for my little group to get to the front of the line, since Busy was being very sweet, chatting with everyone and taking multiple photos, if one didn’t come out perfectly. She also signed my planner (the only paper I had with me), which was super sweet.

It was such a great idea and I’m so thankful to Bill and Christa for paying for the whole thing, as well as Blake and Busy for giving their time to hang out with us. If I wasn’t pumped before, I’m totally psyched for the season three premiere of Cougar Town on February 14th at 8:30p on ABC. Watch it!

Links: End of August Edition

It’s been a crazy week at work, so I’m taking full advantage of today as a day that I don’t have to do anything, be anywhere or get anything in particular done. I may or may not still be in my pajamas. So, it seemed like a perfect chance to deal with the backlog of links I have and get on the right track for the rest of the year.

  • If you haven’t already headed back to school, See Jane Work has some good Back-to-School Organizing tips.
  • If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I’m definitely not a do-it-yourself kind of girl, but this DIY Vanilla Extract seems like something even I could do.
  • Sadly, I have not visited any of SF’s Best Cocktail Bars according to Pop Sugar SF, but I think I feel a challenge coming on!
  • If I wasn’t hungry before, these French Dip Sandwiches would definitely have me salivating!
  • And you can’t have dinner without a little dessert, so check out Cupcakes are for Girls.
  • Of course, a meal of those two things will probably not help you in your quest to learn how to do the splits, but you can’t have everything.
  • Now, when I think of Wilmington, NC, I think of Dawson’s Creek and the one summer day I spent stalking filming locations, but these 8 Fun Things to Do in Wilmington, NC may inspire to go back for some Creek-less fun.
  • I usually don’t use any email sign off, except at work (and then, only sometimes), but these are making me re-think that choice.
  • I’m not one to following “Outfit of the Day” blogs, but I love when Anthroholic does her Fitting Room Reviews. Already saving up for the Interspersed Ponte Dress and Noon and Night Dress!
  • It’s so funny that the Times came out with 36 Hours in Portland this week because I was totally thinking about going up there for Labor Day weekend.
  • It was so sad to read that Sweet Valley High doesn’t hold up, but at the same time, I think it was a given. A lot of things that romanticize high school (like Saved By The Bell) don’t hold up once you’ve been there, done that.
  • And speaking of Saved By The Bell, if you are one of the six people on the planet that haven’t played the YouTube game, get on it!
  • As you know, A League of Their Own is one of my favorite all-time movies. If I had money, I would totally buy the Victorian home, which is currently for sale. But only so I could help Helen look for her new red hat!
  • I was a little disappointed that the Five Gross Things I Ate in our Nation’s Capital included a rest stop on the Jersey turnpike and a trip to Leesburg (which they WISH was “just outside D.C.”), since there are PLENTY of gross delicacies to enjoy in DC. Guess I’ll have to do my part next time I’m in town!
  • I’m 79% Facebook Pure. What’s your purity?
  • I’m only sad that this list is fake. I want to eat at the Burger, She Wrote truck SO MUCH!
  • It’s hard to believe that during the six days I was in France back in 1995, I visited two of the Five Greatest Cathedrals in France. Can’t wait to go back to see the other three!
  • This Voyage of the Mimi update makes me SO SAD! I feel like Ben Affleck should step in and do something, even if he wants everyone to forget he was in that lame series of videos for junior high science classes in the early 90s. I remember, Ben, I remember.