Friday night we walked to our neighborhood liquor store, Grape Expectations, for their 14th anniversary celebration. We love the selection there, and how friendly, knowledgeable, and personable the staff is. We support them as much as we can. And we really supported them Friday as we left with bombers, six packs, and bottles of wine! Oopsies. Since it was their anniversary, they had bubbly and cupcakes to share, too! Yum :o)
<Just take the damn picture already so I can eat my cupcake!>
Back at home we cracked open one of our new bombers. It was delicious! We bought two with the intent of sharing the second with friends, but we are keeping it for ourselves instead (shhh!).
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels. Yea, I'm not sharing.
Saturday morning we went to brunch with our friend, Christine. We went to Oblio's, our favorite place in Denver! Andy and I always go to their location just a few blocks from our house, but they just opened up a new location in Cap Hill and serve brunch as opposed to just dinner. The owner was there during brunch and he sat with us for a bit. There's been so much work put into this new place! I love seeing the pride he has for his restaurant, and am so happy to see it get new business. Needless to say, we will be back!
Beautiful bloody bar. Too bad I don't like bloody Marys.
After-brunch beers at Vine Street Pub & Brewery, of course!
Andy and I went out to a fancy dinner Saturday night. Andy's boss has him take me out every year for Christmas since we aren't able to be back in Milwaukee for the annual company Christmas party. Isn't that so thoughtful?? I always feel so special :o) This year we got all dressed up and walked to Tables, a nice restaurant in our neighborhood. It is such a treat to not dwell over if we can afford to get an appetizer or if we can get anything other than rail whiskey in our drinks. After dinner we went across the street to Neighbors, our neighborhood wine bar. The owner was working the bar and we spent hours talking to him. We stayed in the bar chatting and drinking good wine well past their posted close time! It was a really special night. Thanks, Bill :o)
Sunday morning, not so special. We slept in...a little ;o) When I finally pulled myself out of bed, I was delighted at what a beautiful day it was! We hopped on our bikes for an afternoon ride around the neighborhood. We stopped in Spinelli's Market to buy some cheese for a beer and cheese party we're going to this upcoming weekend. Andy and I needed help choosing cheeses to pair with the beers we bought at Grape on Friday. We got some good ones - I can't wait to try them!