Toro sangria – Toro Salao

Project 365: Day 112

Wow, it’s been a long day! We’re finally in Dublin, but we spent most of the day waiting in London Heathrow Airport. That’s a damn large airport! Once we cleared customs, we probably spent 20 minutes walking to Terminal 1. They do things differently at that airport. Gates aren’t announced until about 30 minutes prior to boarding so you have to just wait there and keep checking the screens until your flight information is updated. I guess it makes sense to do it that way to accommodate for gate changes, but it just seems weird not knowing the gate number beforehand so you can at least be in the general vicinity. Once we finally got our gate number, we had to book it to get to what seemed like another terminal. We even had to go through another set of security!

Anyway, we’re just chilling in the room right now and drinking cocktails with vodka I had brought from the States. We’re gonna head out for dinner soon, then have drinks at Pantibar afterward since it’s somewhat nearby. Ryan and David arrived earlier today so they’ve had a little time to look around before we got in. It’s raining a little bit outside, but we’re not gonna let that put a damper on our spirits!

Toro sangria Toro Salao

Red wine with Bacardi rum, brandy, orange liquor, lemon-lime juice, orange juice and mixed fruits. Media jarra (small pitcher) $24
Toro Salao, Old San Juan, PUERTO RICO

This sangria was very tasty! It had a deep, rich flavor and was the perfect beverage for our last morning in San Juan!

Old San Juan Cemetery
Looking towards the Cementerio de San Juan (Old San Juan Cemetery) and the Castillo San Felipe del Morro (Morro Castle).

Cocktails – Dragonfly

Dragonfire martini Dragonfly
Dragonfire martini – Absolut vodka with fresh lemon-lime juice and jalapeno. $12

Red lotus martini Dragonfly
Red lotus martini – Absolut raspberry and pama with fresh lemon-lime and cranberry. $12
Dragonfly, Old San Juan, PUERTO RICO

These cocktails were a little expensive but pretty tasty. I was pleasantly surprised at how spicy the Dragonfire martini was – definitely chest-warming.

City Hall, Old San Juan
City Hall, Old San Juan

Jalapeno calamari – Wang’s in the Desert

Project 365: Day 86

Omg, this is my last day of work before all my trips in April when I’ll only be back in the office for 2 days! Work was on the slow side today. I’m gonna hit the gym after work then get my hair cut before my work trip. I’ve got to remember to buy more deodorant on my way home, hehe.

Jalapeno calamari Wang's in the Desert

Calamari steak medallions seasoned with garlic, jalapenos, scallions, lemon juice, salt and pepper. $9
Wang’s in the Desert, Palm Springs CA

The thick squid medallions were squishy and had a funky texture – not a fan. I also thought these were gonna be hot and spicy, but they had almost no heat. Very disappointing.

Legendary cocktails – Hubbard Grille

“Hubbard Grille was proud to host our ‘Become Legendary’ cocktail-naming contest in which patrons submitted cocktail names. Fans voted & celebrity judges deliberated, listed below are the nine newly named cocktails, try one and enjoy! All cocktails are $10.” – Hubbard menu

But on Sundays, the cocktails are only $5. Heck yeah! I liked that the cocktails were tried were very different and all of them tasty. Sundays at Hubbard are the way to go!
Hubbard Grille, Columbus OH

Little Miss Rosemary Hubbard Grille

Little Miss Rosemary – named by Ron Hosenfeld. Watershed vodka, rosemary syrup, lemon juice, lemonade; served in a chilled martini glass, garnished with a sprig of rosemary.

Cider House Rules Hubbard Grille

Cider House Rules – named by Allen Cochran. Absolut Citron vodka, apple cider, Pama liqueur, cinnamon sugar rim; served in a short rocks glass.

Rumdog Millionaire Hubbard Grille

Rumdog Millionaire – named by Holly Beach. The Kraken black spiced rum, basil, honey, 7-up; served in a short rocks glass.

The Housecat Hubbard Grille

The Housecat – named by Samantha Giesige. Fireball cinnamon whiskey, apple cider, OYO whiskey, amber maple syrup; served in a short rocks glass garnished with an apple slice.

Hubbard Grille beer

We sat at one of the tables next to the bar that has a couple beer spouts attached. Unfortunately, they were experiencing a glitch in their system to the spouts were working that day, but it’s a great idea. Apparently your table is charged by the amount of beer that you pour.

Cocktails – Fish & Farm

I enjoyed these cocktails at Fish & Farm but I don’t think they were worth $12 a pop. You can get delicious, more intricate cocktails and other places for less money. And you’ll get larger pours!
Fish & Farm, San Francisco

The Scofflaw cocktail Fish & Farm

The Scofflaw. Classic Prohibition Era cocktail. Templeton rye, dry vermouth, house-made grenadine, fresh squeezed lemon juice, Reagan’s orange bitters, orange peel garnish. $12

Basil Blush cocktail Fish & Farm

Basil Blush. Hangar One vodka, fresh lime juice, agave nectar with a fist full of basil and freshly Watkins cinnamon shaken and served up. $12

Taylor Street Margarita cocktail Fish & Farm

Taylor Street Margarita. Herradura Blanco tequila, cointreau, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar shaken hard and served on the rocks. $12

Pama Manhattan cocktail Fish & Farm

Pama Manhattan. Woodford Reserve bourbon, Pama pomegranate liquor, chilled and served up, garnished with a brandied cherry. $12

Cocktails – Betelnut Restaurant

This was a random choice for a Christmas eve dinner, but I’m not traditional in many ways, lol! The food was hit or miss, but the drinks were very good overall. I loved the creativity!
Betelnut Restaurant, San Francisco

Mai tai cocktail Betelnut Restaurant

Betelnut’s famous mai tai. Myers’s rum, orgeat and the “cabin sink”. $9.25
Sweet and delicious! Makes me wanna be poolside.

Mao-jito cocktail Betelnut Restaurant

Mao-jito. Betelnut’s take on the classic mojito. $9
A little too sour for my taste.

Phuket gimlet cocktail Betelnut Restaurant

Phuket gimlet. Hendrick’s gin with lemongrass and thai basil. $8.50
The lemongrass and thai basil combo makes this drink very refreshing.

Burma sour cocktail Betelnut Restaurant

Burma sour. The classic sour made with Bulleit bourbon, fresh orange and lemon juice. $8.75
All you need is a warm beach and a beautiful sunset!

The Laphroaig Project cocktail – Rickhouse

The Laphroaig Project Rickhouse

Green and yellow chartreuse, Luxardo maraschino, Laphroaig Quarter Cask whiskey, fresh lemon juice and peach bitters. $10
Rickhouse, San Francisco

“A tropical and light cocktail featuring a peaty single-malt? Balderdash, you say? We insist that you reserve judgment before you arrive to such hasty conclusions, good sir. Lest you tragically deny yourself that rare and elusive pleasure that is both delightfully intellectual and wickedly visceral. Godspeed!”

Rickhouse uses large ice cubes – love that! This drink was absolutely delicious and true to it’s menu description, tropical and light. Noms! I had some preconceived notions about Rickhouse before I went. I figured that since it was a nicer bar in the middle of the Financial District, that it would be full of douche-y guys drinking early to avoid their lame corporate jobs. Not true! The place is tastefully decorated inside and the bartender was super friendly and inviting. The guys sitting at the bar were chill and at least didn’t give off much of a douche-y vibe. I’d go back and try more of their intricate cocktails. The bartenders must be good to execute such involved recipes.

The Laphroaig Project Rickhouse

Did I mention I love large ice cubes?! Hehe.

The Laphroaig Project Rickhouse

All gone!!!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2011

Yummy "dim" dinner – Range

We had an absolutely wonderful dinner at Range on Valencia Street in the Mission. The restaurant is dimly lit so I wasn’t able to take any good food pics, but I thought I’d post these anyway for posterity, hehe. We also had the creamed nettles with a poached farm egg for an appetizer, but that pic didn’t come out at all.  Enjoy!
Range, San Francisco

Pink Panther cocktail Range

Pink Panther cocktail – Tito’s vodka, pomegranate, tawny port, black pepper, lemon.
Yummy yummy cocktail and I loved the soft pink color!

Smoking Gun cocktail Range

Smoking Gun cocktail – Bulleit bourbon, maraschino, Dolin sweet vermouth, scotch rinse.
I didn’t like this cocktail as much.  I think the scotch rinse was too much for me.

Pan roasted bavette steak Range

Pan roasted bavette steak with horseradish, barley, brussels sprouts, shiitake mushrooms and baby turnips. $28
Yum!  I’m not a huge horseradish fan, but these were mild and tasted great with the perfectly cooked steak.  The brussels sprouts were yummy and the baby turnips were so frickin’ cute!

Coffee rubbed pork shoulder Range

Coffee rubbed pork shoulder with creamy hominy and braised greens. $25
Omg!  I’m hungry just recalling this dish!  The pork was so tender and juicy and the coffee rub gave it a great flavor.  The sauce was to die for and tasted SO good with the hominy and greens.  A definite winner dish!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2014

Apple Jack cocktail – Farmerbrown

Apple Jack cocktail Farmerbrown

Bourbon, brown sugar, apple orange bitters and fresh lemon, garnished with apple slice.  $7 for happy hour
Farmerbrown, San Francisco

This was appliciously tasty and refreshing!  I’m not a huge bourbon fan, but this drink had lots of other flavors to smooth out the effect on my amateur palate.  I love that they serve their drinks in mason jars.  And it’s $2 off house cocktails during happy hour, yay!

Bloody Mary – The Slanted Door

Bloody Mary The Slanted Door

I’m not a big Bloody Mary fan, but this one was absolutely beautiful!  I love the purple cauliflower made the entire cocktail.  It was unexpected and pretty.  The drink had a nice kick, but it took forever to reach out table.  I think we had eaten a course or two before it finally arrived – not cool!  $10
The Slanted Door, San Francisco