Outdoors are better than indoors.
Day 1: Redemption Rye Whiskey
Day 2: Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky
Day 3: Prichard's Rye Whiskey sample from Flaviar.com
Day 4: Zudiam Rye Whisky, sampling provided by Flaviar.com
Day 5: Sazerac cocktail using RedemptionRye whiskey, Obsello absinthe rinse, Angostura aromatic #bitters and a hint of Scrappys Bitters Lavender. Simple. Delicious. Proper.
Day 6: Cold brewed some imported Oregon CycleTown Coffee Roasters coffee mixed with a pinch of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a spoon of Mexican vanilla. I then hit a sugar cube with a few dashes of Angostura bitters and Scrappys Bitters lavender. Finally, I added two fingers of Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky, and now I'm sitting pretty with my attempt at a Legitimus Cocktail. Good effort.. all I need now is an ice ball.
Day 7: Redemption Rye Whiskey and an iceball.
Day 8: Legitimus cocktail spinoff with friends and games.
Happy birthday, Rachel. I'm doing my best to live it up for the both of us. Cheers, mate! #RRKS
Some tasty Tiki Drinks are to be had at this new establishment in Las Vegas' Chinatown... and maybe a little booty, too!
Upon entering you're blasted with a rush of cold air and a stale scent reminiscent of the Disney theme park ride, Pirates of the Caribbean. You're then greeted with a mighty, 'Yo-Ho!' and funneled into a dock-side, tiki bar. I wouldn't put it past the props department at Disney making note of some missing treasured assets from Jungle Cruise, either. The meticulous attention to detail here was spot on for a Vegas themed bar. The vibe was great, the tunes were surfing, and the drinks were stiff.
Bang for the buck, you're looking at around $11 per drink. A 'whopping' $3 bump from my favorite dirty dive, Frankie's Tiki Room. But, well worth it, since the air pollution won't linger on with you for day or two. Great ambiance and great drinks. I'll make my way there again and take a look at their Tiki mugs ($29) to start adding to my collection.
Pictured below are some tasty cocktails that were had:
Hotel Nacional, Kalani's Sunrise and a Polynesian Haze.
Flew in just in time to watch the sunset over the empire.
Cuban style Breakfast at Tiffany's... instead of a a basic croissant and coffee, we did empanadas and fried plantains. Proper.
Rockefeller Center and some kisses... Kinda love this little lady.
Had a quick bite at Ramen Setagaya just to warm up.
A 'Fool's Rush In' style dessert. Papaya King, the best Hot Dogs in New York!
Neat little board game shop on the way to the Empire State building.
Celebrating and early Valentine's Day at the Empire State Building, 'Sleepless in Seattle' style.
Dinner at Bauhaus and ordered Chairman Bao (Pork Belly), Bird Haus (fried chicken), and some delicious Taro Fries. #FoodPorn!
A couple things reminiscent of Downtown Las Vegas.
A traditional Costa Rican breakfast at home.
Some of the best chicken I've ever had.. Peaches' Hot Chicken is definitely a must have in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Arranged a night's stay in a very cool spot in Bed-Stuy via AirBnB. This place awesome. A coffee shop downstairs, close to the bus stops and walking distance from some great eateries. Not to mention, the home of Notorious B.I.G.!
After a long day of wandering... We might as well enjoy New York's finest delicacy... PIZZA!
Our last stop was Brooklyn Bridge Park. This view has been seen in many movies, we just had to poser for a couple shots despite the snow!
01 - Birthday pregame with these babes.
02 - Dave & Stephanie. [Searsucker - Austin, TX]
03 - Robyn showing up fashionably late. [Searsucker - Austin, TX]
04 - Barb & Robyn. [Searsucker - Austin, TX]
05 - Robyn really didn't want to wear her birthday tiara. [Searsucker - Austin, TX]
06 - The Menu. [Searsucker - Austin, TX]
07 - Brussels. [Searsucker - Austin, TX]
08 - Did you take the picture? [Searsucker - Austin, TX]
09 - Bacon Sundae for the buffday girl. [Searsucker - Austin, TX]
10 - Making faces. [Searsucker - Austin, TX]
11 - Groovin'. [Kung Fu Saloon - Austin, TX]
12 - Street Pose.
13 - I was dying for a grilled cheese and tomato soup. [Soup Peddler - Austin, TX]
14 - Glad that I was able to gift this Austin Tiki Week Mug to the birthday girl before departure. [Pleasant Storage Room - Austin, TX]
15 - ... Baby wanted a meatball sub. [Homeslice - Austin, TX]
16 - This face is undeniable...
01 - Goodbye Vegas [McCarren Airport - Las Vegas, NV]
02 - Life [Mozart's Coffee - Austin, TX]
03 -Sazerac [East Side Showroom - Austin, TX]
04 - Crafted Cocktails - Couple of custom cocktails. The back one is a variation of a Sazerac with a Mezcal base. The closer one was crafted for my lady friend, Robyn, which was a variation of Trinidad Sour. [Half Step - Austin, TX]
05 - Ice Porn [Half Step - Austin, TX]
06 - Three's Company [Taco Deli - Austin, TX]
07 - Detroit 'Zza - Some of the best 'zza I've ever had the pleasure of devouring. Prosciutto, fig and a sweet balsamic glaze. [Via 313 Pizza - Austin, TX]
08 - Mo' Fiya! [Pleasant Storage Room - Austin, TX]
09 - Millionaire Cocktail [Pleasant Storage Room - Austin, TX]
10 - Graffiti & Castles [Graffiti Park - Austin, TX]
11 - Breakfast - Eggs Benedicts in the background. Middle is a giant blueberry pancake. Closer in the bokeh is crab cakes, poached eggs and toast with contrasting sauces to taste... a zesty aioli and a curry peanut. Bomb.com/awesome.htm [Counter Cafe - Austin, TX]
12 - Refresh Yourself [Porter Ale House & Gastro Pub - Austin, TX]
13 - Seared Kobe [Uchi - Austin, TX]
14 - Pork Belly [Uchi - Austin, TX]
15 - Hama Chili [Uchi - Austin, TX]
16 - I left my heart in Austin…
01 - My first AirBnB experience was on point.
02 - Nicole & Burk wandering Austin's downtown 6th Street.
03 - Tending to a few drinks at The Handlebar.
04 - Met up with this babe, Robyn. Not too shabby of a kick-off for my Austin, festivities.
05 - BBQ from The Salt Lick in Dogwood. Not bad.
06 - I flew out for work, and capped the wedding day photography with some whiskey.
07 - Sicilian Pizza at Homeslice.
08 - Sipping on a latte from Tom's Roasting Company.