June 29, 2016

HERRADURA TASTING EVENT

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Monday, Jessica Camerata of My Style Vita and I hung out at Iberian Pig with local bartenders and ladies from Greenhouse Agency to learn about and taste Herradura Tequila.  We had a 5-course meal each paired with Herradura. Each so flavorful! It felt extra special since the chef himself came out and explained the dish. Here’s some behind the scenes ~

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Fun facts I learned about the tequila and the brand ~

There are 136 type of agave plants but only blue agave makes tequila.

Unless specified as 100% agave the tequila will likely be 51% agave and 49% leading to that hangover college students are all too familiar with.

Herradura prides themselves as being 100% agave.

Top reasons to choose Herradura over other tequilas:

  • their history of being one of the first distilleries and heritage
  • they slow roast their agave leading to a complex and full bodied product
  • age longer than industry standards
  • uses natural fermentation and use only sugars that are naturally occurring in the plant
  • distill at a lower proof thus adding less water preventing dilution

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Tequila 101

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We had a bunch of yummy drinks but my taste buds fell in love with a unique blend of Herradura Silver, their very own agave nectar, muddled cilantro and orange. Jessica and I both thought the cilantro was such an obvious pairing we never thought of!

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After learning about the brand, tequila in general and enjoying our dinner the cocktail connoisseurs each had a station with ingredients and tools to come up with their own concoction.  They had 10 minutes to plan, execute and name their drink. Then they presented it to Jessica, myself as well as two other judges. We rated each drink based on creativity/presentation/taste and then selected a winner. The winning team used pickle juice they ran downstairs to track down and jalapenos ~ such a cool flavor combination!

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We were gifted our very own, personalized bottle of Herradura! As big fans of tequila, Jessica and I died a little when we saw our blog logo printed on the back!

Thanks to Rachel and the rest of the team for the amazing night! Can’t wait to collaborate in the future!

Next up, see what I wore to the event ~

June 23, 2016

WEEKEND RECAP

If you’re like me, you consider Thursday to be the unofficial start of the weekend. Which means today is technically the beginning of a new weekend (!!!) but I want to backtrack to last Friday-Monday because they were real good!

Friday and Saturday, Dustin was off with his dad and brothers doing Father’s Day weekend manly stuff so I took the alone time to get in some KJO hangs. We started off meeting at her place for wine and snacks then went over to the High Museum for jazz and art.

But before going in, got in some pics (duhh).

Aren’t my dates the prettiest?! Aleesha and Kristie Jo’s style is always on point.

My dress, an all time favorite, is from Free People. It’s so comfy and flattering.

We popped into the atrium for a little jazz then made our way around the museum to see the permanent art as well as new exhibits.

One of the most enjoyable things currently in the museum, for me, is the furniture.  Seeing designs and decor from centuries past is so cool! Lots of it would fit right in with my current pieces ;)

One of the new exhibits is ‘The Rise of Sneaker Culture.’  Really rad seeing the evolution of the first “sneaker” (which is really a fancy, more comfortable boot) to the first Chuck Taylor (my personal favorite) to what’s in style today. So many odd designs, we loved it!

After the museum we went to Establishment in Midtown for drinks and more food. We had terrible service, almost leaving 2 different times and I ended up having to complain to the manager which I hate doing and only do so when it’s absolutely necessary.  The one thing we ate, the crab cake, was really good so I’m hoping to give the place a second chance.  They’ve been open for only three months so maybe they are still working out kinks..

So the restaurant/bar was a bummer but we made up for it with the funnest Uber ride back to KJO’s place singing and laughing with the driver, too silly!  We ended up slumber partying and hanging out the entire following day. Did a lot of sitting on the porch (above) watching chipmunks and every species of bird in Atlanta frolic around the backyard forest.

We made a bomb breakfast, gave ourselves mani/pedis, ate a cheese and vege spread for lunch, watched Trainwreck, day drank + danced and ordered Thai takeout- pretty dang good Saturday if I do say so myself!!!

Dustin picked me up on his way back from the mountains and on Sunday we spent the morning and early afternoon doing things around the house and giving Flynn all the affection his little heart desires.

For a late lunch we met up with Sara Longsworth and her hubs at our favorite, La Fonda (read: margaritas!)  Then headed to Park Tavern for Sunset Sessions, a free concert series.  On the way to the venue, I spotted this bug and couldn’t resist a pic.

Originally we went to see our friend’s band, Sydney Eloise & The Palms but upon arriving realized another friend’s band was playing, Book of Colors. Yay for awesome local music AND WEEKENDS!

But wait! Fun didn’t stop on Sunday! Since we had missed Silversun Pickups at Hangout we decided it was worth it to drive to Chattanooga to see them at Track 29. IT WAS SO WORTH IT. The drive was under 2 hours each way, the venue was intimate and in a really cool part of town.  Beforehand we grabbed a bite and drinks at STIR.

Holy moly, if you visit Chattanooga, do yourself a favor and hit up STIR. We started off with a dozen raw oysters (bomb) then shared a seared tuna salad (above, heavenly) and a side of asparagus (even these tasted unique!). What a meal! Not to mention the delicious cocktails that had uncommon ingredients. So so good.

Silversun put on a great show and seeing Chattanooga for a few hours was a great way to start the week! We want to plan a visit and stay in the above train hotel. Yes, that is two trains that used to be in service but now are converted into a HOTEL!

Hope you’re cruising through your Thursday!

June 3, 2016

PRACTICAL MAGIC


Remember the dreamy apartment from this post? Had the pleasure of revisiting last week for a themed dinner the talented KJO hosted, Practical Magic.

There were skulls and smudge sticks, taper candles, black lipstick and magical sunbeams peaking through the trees.  I got to know new ladies over red wine and a grilled dinner. A fantastic night in the (spell) books!

Just look at the details that went into the evening, so wish I would have brought a real camera, but thankful to have at least captured with my Iphone~

After two weekends in a row out of town, we are looking forward to sticking around ATL. Going to start packing up the house and hang with some friends. Low key is just what we need!

Happy almost weekend!