Tuesday, August 18, 2015

W is for: Watermelon Mint Mimosas

Anyone who knows me knows my obsession with the bubbly.

I like other wines and cocktails and even the occasional beer too (I mean, I don't discriminate my alcohol), but there's something about a nice glass of champagne that just makes me happy.

I don't normally order mimosas. (As my friend Laura would say: "I'll have a mimosa, but hold the OJ.) My philosophy: if it's good champagne, why ruin it with juice? And furthermore, why dilute my morning buzz with other liquids? (Unless it's a cup of coffee with Bailey's in it.)

However, I will make an exception if it's particularly fresh and delicious, and this one certainly fits the bill for a boozy August brunch.

Because, as my mom captured on a restaurant window recently: "A brunch without mimosas is just a sad, late breakfast."

Monday, August 17, 2015

W is for: Watermelon Skewers with Feta, Mint & Cucumber

Where has this summer gone???

Seriously, I know I say this every August, but this particular summer seemed to fly by faster than most.

Inevitably, my blog posts suffer in times like these. Take these little watermelon skewers for example. I made and photographed them over a week ago, and I'm just now getting around to posting.

I'm choosing to hold onto these summer days as long as humanly possible because I know what comes next... the beautiful colors of fall, and then 6 months of miserable East Coast winter.

These skewers are a perfect way to highlight the fresh flavors of the season and squeeze those last few drops of summer before it's gone.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

W is for: West Hartford Happy Hour

My friend Jeremy and I started this blog post in November of 2014 out of our love for West Hartford happy hours and our desire to share it with the people of central Connecticut.

In reality, I'm not sure how much this appeals to the majority of my blog readers, so perhaps it was a bit selfish on our part. Not that we need an excuse to go to happy hour every week, but this certainly gave us one.

The West Hartford Center happy hour phenomenon really is something. They truly are the cheapest and best happy hour deals I have ever come across. I'm curious how and when it all started. Which restaurant decided it was going to offer great food and drinks at ridiculously low prices, the popularity of it forcing the hand of every other restaurant in the center? This, we may never know. But I can confidently say we do know which ones are the best. You know why I know? Because we tried them all. Every. Single. One. It was our duty in order to bring you this comprehensive list.

Because we started this project 9 months ago, some of the specific food and drink items might be tad outdated, but we stand behind our rankings. For this reason, we plan to revisit some of these spots on "official blog business" and update them where needed. (Because... you know, for the integrity of the blog). Special shout out to these fine establishments of WeHa for providing us a fun project over the last year and to Jeremy's lovely fiancĂ©e Rita for putting up with our semi-weekly excursions.

To help judge value and make us do math when we're tipsy, we set a budget of $40 for two people (tax and tip not included). As for the rating system... it's pretty simple. Scale of 1-5, four categories, bonus points for happy hours that go three hours or are offered on the weekends. They are listed in order of highest total score to lowest. Cheers!!

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