Showing posts with label Beer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beer. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

pre-wedding pre-gaming

it's sort of hard for even us to believe this, but prior to the night before our wedding, some of my family had never met hung's family.  we figured that instead of having a super awkward situation where they had to introduce themselves when they walked into city hall, we organized a casual outing at zeppelin hall beer garden in jersey city the night before.  it was the perfect setting for everyone (including kids til 9:30pm!) to eat what they wanted, when they wanted, grab beers when they wanted, stay as late or leave as early as they wanted… and it really is a great place for our group of 15.

the night before THAT though, we snagged a night with just my mom's side of the family, and hung whipped up a quick ratatouille with seasoned rice and steak.  it was nice to spend some time with them before the craziness started.

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after everyone started arriving thursday afternoon, we started to feel the "rush".  flowers were being delivered to the house, people filled our living room.

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but the night at zeppelin hall was so fun.  we think our families are so different from each other, until we put them together with food and beer, and the conversations and laughter didn't stop until we left.  maybe they aren't so different after all!  see more after the jump.

Friday, February 21, 2014

crimora mine retreat, weekend in virginia

hey friends! it's almost the weekend! no better way to celebrate than finding out more fun ways to entertain yourself right? right.  speaking of, here's a fun weekend we had in virginia now nearly two weeks ago.

hung and i drove over 6 hours to celebrate a friend's 30th birthday in middle of nowhere virginia at a place called crimora mine retreat.  it was a huge, beautiful cabin, set on over 100 acres with a lake, a hot tub (need i say more?).  the twelve of us ate a lot, drank a lot, and spent a whole day playing our own "olympic" games themed entirely around the birthday boy (we've got some creative friends on our hands, folks). for each main meal we all sat down together at the huge dining table, and teams took turns cooking the food.  our team was team "new america" (originally team USA, but hung decided his food was more like "new american" restaurant food).  mr p prepped everything at home, searing beef shank for wine-braised beef shank in the crock pot and making creamy lemon sauce for lemon pasta.  team greece, team italy, and team honduras also stepped up their game for their meals.

mr p and i made it to the house LATE thursday night, and friday afternoon most of us took off to visit a few wineries in the area (gosh that area is PACKED with wineries! it would be dangerous if i lived there!!) and a local brewery.

first stop was blenheim vineyards, where we learned that the owner is dave matthews, who also designed all the labels for the current list of wines. although i think my favorite wine of the day was from blenheim, i didn't want to overdo it buying wines, so i regretfully said no to buying any wine there (sad face).

next stop was trump winery, where we DID buy wine! bottles that, though delicious, were almost double the price (oops!)  we will save those for a special occasion or something ;)  we bought their cru wine, which is made from chardonnay juice and chardonnay brandy and has been aged in bourbon barrels!

a pit stop at starr hill brewery, and we were out, ready to eat food from team new america!  a special opening ceremony was held with glow sticks around the fire, shenanigans happened, and the night was over.

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saturday started off with team greece cooking breakfast, followed by olympic games including a t-rex relay, whitney houston lyric challenge, and a siamese-turtleneck, popsicle-stick-and-one-direction-duck-tape, bridge-building challenge.  team italy followed through with the last meal together, and we were off to closing ceremonies in fancy-fied togas.

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i can only wish my 30th birthday will be that fun (three years from now! bahaha).  mucho thanks to the organizers for letting us two from new jersey into your awesome virginia group for the weekend!

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and... of course... happy birthday to the birthday boy :)

cheers.
jenn

p.s. wanna know the best part about this place? there was room for everyone to sleep, and for the entire weekend it was only $100/person to rent!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

busting records

we LOVE when friends come to visit...

what we love more is when we have record numbers of friends coming at the same time!

the latter was the case last weekend. our apartment is pretty tiny, as you know (house tour here!) so finding sleeping space for FIVE extra people was a bit of a challenge, but totally doable.  as long as people have a pillow, blanket, and air mattress, they are good to go in our books!



we spent the day training across manhattan and into brooklyn to our favorite thai restaurant, sage on graham ave in williamsburg, before ending the night at zeppelin hall beer garden just a few blocks from our house.

the next day was surprisingly rainy and cold, which made everyone stay in their comfy clothes all day. we went to the diner, watched movies, made japanese curry in the crock pot, and i tried my hands at pumpkin brownies! yep, the kind that only use brownie mix and a 15oz. can of canned pumpkin and follow the baking instructions from the box. they turned out... good... but different.... definitely better cold outta the fridge than hot from the oven (weird, i know, but just try it)


they are definitely more fudgey than regular brownies, but if you are the type of person who like half-baked brownies, you'll probably like these!

how was your weekend!? i know it's already wednesday, but sometimes life just gets in the way!!

cheers!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

beer, brought to you by whitehouse.gov

yes, you read that right. 

 
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the white house is making beer.
and has officially released their recipe!

download the pdf of the recipe here

so, for all of you home-brewers out there, go get brewing! 
(then call me over for a drink ....or 5)

i was recently reminded of this fun fact from thekitchn.com, but first heard about this from the baker and the brewer (head over there now for a bit more info on their new endeavor and more fun facts about the white house and alcohol activities of past presidents... or, if you need a good idea for a sweet treat, check out their blonde brownies or their guilt-free cheesecake tarts!)

wouldn't it be fun if local breweries started selling beer using this recipe??

good work, mr president!  i hope to try your honey porter and honey ale soon!

cheers!

Monday, July 9, 2012

best of both worlds

mr p and i have been on the go... NON... STOP.

for two people who truly enjoy sitting at home watching movies, playing video games, playing on the computer, and all other non-active activities, being busy all the time is getting tiring!!

i guess that's what happens when we have so many friends and family away from us...

last weekend was supposed to be our "free" weekend between going to DC and virginia, but when mr p's best friend says "come visit me, mike and dana are having a pool party" we couldn't pass it up!

luckily we are practically telepathic and decided that a date night in on friday and kick(butt)boxing must happen before going.



we headed out saturday afternoon for philly, and by the time we got in the pool, lemme tell you... we... were... READY! it was 105 degrees outside.  on days like that you feel like a bum if you are cooped up inside, but just sit in misery outside... unless you have a POOL!!


(pit stop at the local beer-wine-liquor megastore)


a pool with beer pong rafts, too? even better!

thanks, mike and dana for hosting :D

mr p has TOLD me he plays this game, but i didn't realize how INTENSE it was until then...

after a long night in the pool... we caught some Z's, woke up to play some fruit ninja on the xbox kinect (so awesome!), grabbed dim sum in philly's chinatown, discovered the awesomeness of five below, planned our future home in west elm, had our first shake shack experience IN PHILLY (wtf were we thinking?? why haven't we been to the one in NYC yet!?!?) and explored the beautiful city (since it was only in the 90's and not over 100)














so... it was the best of both worlds:
date night in.
HARDCORE workout saturday morning.
visit to the beer store
saw AWESOME friends
who hosted an AWESOME pool party
ate dim sum
and many many more.

truly the best of both worlds :D

next up: virginia!!
hopefully the weekend will be even more relaxing with plans for a day at the beach in the works :D 

now... if i could only get through this monday! the thought of having tapas for ladies night tonight is making me lose my focus...

cheers!