Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Yesterday afternoon there was an
So in the meantime, I'm under evacuation.
With road closures and evacuation notices, the rest of the family and my puppy are in New Iberia while I've been somewhat stuck in Lafayette.
I'm cranky. I'm tired. And I'm not sure if my makeshift Target outfit is a dress or a beach cover-up.
That being said,
I have amazing friends.
BIG BIG BIG
to MTher & SKing
for giving me a place to stay and taking care of me.
Go here if you want to find out more about the explosion.
Yesterday, I caught you guys up on Day 1 of the Brewmasters International Beer Festival that SKing and I attended last September.
Today, I'm bringing you Day Two - also known as VIP Day.
If you guys don't remember, I entered a Twitter Contest for VIP Tickets to the Brewlicious Beer & Food Tasting event.
My contest entry
Wellllllll... I won!
SKing and I loaded up the Audi once again and headed back down to Galveston.
We first met up with @JoshInHouston for our VIP Passes and some free Nikita Swag!
We headed into the Moody Gardens Ballroom, a little nervous and shy -until we saw the Applewood Bacon Wrapped Quail with a Pomegranate Glaze made by the chefs at Bernardo's. We. Love. All. Things. Quail. We washed it down with a sampling of New Belgium Mother Ship Wit, an organic wheat beer.
Next was Hofbrau Dunkel paired with Baby Short Ribs, Polenta, and Micro Greens by the folks at South Shore Harbor Resort
Comfort food done bougie in all the right ways!
Nikita Table Cards & a Beer App?!
What photos are missing here? The gorgeous guy pushing Harpoon Cider Beer.
As we have a special place in our hearts for cider beer (our friendship truly began over pints of Wood Chuck Amber) we saw the Harpoon Hottie and thought it was a match made in heaven. Once we made our way over to the booth, we learned a few important lessons. Mainly, all cider beers were not created equal and the booth with the hottest rep usually has the worst beer. I believe our review was along the lines of "dirty dish water." Yech!
Green Eyed Susan Macaroons - a Houston company that hand-makes gluten / preservative free macaroons.
We'll cam-whore in a crowded room, no worries.
There were seminars throughout the day, hilarious booth workers, and of course our beloved Woodchuck paired with eclairs and other sweets from Moody Gardens.
We circled around a bit before we found this booth, but finally we found the Citrus Pork Belly Lollipop on a Sugar Cane Stick from Voice Restaurant & Lounge. I read about it online beforehand and couldn't wait to try it. This was hands-down our favorite dish. It was paired with St. Arnold's Elissa IPA which is made right in Houston.
We also got to try some sliders and empanadas!
We also spotted Abita's SOS: Save Our Shore as we made a few new friends.
All in all, it was the perfect laid back follow up to Brewmasters International Beer Festival Day 1. SKing and I not only enjoyed all the yummy beer and food pairings, but thanks to my contest winning entry, we also got to enjoy VIP treatment that included larger tasting glasses, a special VIP seating area, and early entry.
With September drawing closer, you can bet we're already making plans to attend this year's festival.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Since SKing and LMac spent the weekend relaxing away in Galveston, TX , I thought one of my first catch up (read: I have 10 months of happenings to fill you in on) posts should be about SKing & I's trip to the First Annual Brewmasters International Beer Festival in Galveston back in September.
For some added company, we had Nate and Ninja meet us at Moody Gardens for the event. Once the boys arrived, we walked through the event doors and were given a sampling mug and a punch card.
The room was filled wall to wall with sampling booths - arranged by brewing company. Each brewing company brought a few of their favorite beers for us to sample, which was a little overwhelming at first since there were literally HUNDREDS of beers. Eventually, we just started asking the brewery representatives to serve us up a sample of their favorite.
The entire day was a blur - both in the sense that it flew by and we drank quite a bit. hahah
That being said, I'll leave you guys with photos from the day....
Post Brewmasters, we had dinner at Gaidos - yeah I'm really not sure how it's pronounced - where I somehow lost a contact in the sink.
Since I wear circle lenses it was a total "Hello Hot Mess" moment...
Notice my contact-less wonky eye. *Le Sigh*
Anyhooooo - Tune in tomorrow for Day 2 of Brewmasters International Beer Festival
Monday, June 13, 2011
That's right folks, this weekend marked the two year anniversary of my first post.
Taking a little time off from blogging recently hasn't made this two year mark any less special - because we've been keeping Dixie Lust going strong in spirit over here.
I started this blog as a way to show not only y'all but myself as well all that the South has to offer. No more "I'm bored", "There's nothing to do around here....", or "I wish I lived in a cooler city." The possibilities are endless - some of them just need to be re-discovered.
And we're here to do just that.
In the spirit of renewed dedication to blogging, MTher, LyLa and I got together Saturday to work on a few new video features for Dixie Lust. Before we called it a night, we made a little wish and had some cake.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Being reminded of gorgeous Louisiana sunsets
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
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