Brunch sparkling cocktails – Liberty Cafe

Brunch sparkling cocktails - Liberty Cafe

Cypress: California sparkling wine and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. $8
Mimosa: California sparkling wine and fresh-squeezed orange juice. $8
Liberty Cafe, San Francisco CA

I was appalled by the horrible customer service at Liberty Cafe. They super slow and snarky, as if the patrons were doing them a favor by eating at their establishment. Please! I will definitely not be returning to this lame restaurant!

Mimosas – King’s Highway

Mimosas - King's Highway

Sparkling wine and orange juice. $10 each
King’s Highway, Palm Springs CA

I guess this space used to be a Denny’s or an IHOP, but they’ve turned it into a funky, warm retro restaurant. The staff is super hipster and friendly. A bit on the slow side but hipsters can’t be bother, hehe.

Mimosas - King's Highway

Ahhh, all done!

Cholla Cactus Garden
Cholla Cactus Garden (Cylindropuntia bigelovii, Cactaceae) filled with Teddy Bear chollas, Joshua Tree National Park.

Cocktails – Tsunami

Divisadero cocktail - Tsunami
Divisadero: rye, campari, carpano, fresh orange. $10
Tsunami, San Francisco CA

Wow, I really am becoming a whiskey drinker, lol! I think my favorite of these drinks was the Tsunami Old Fashioned. It tasted great and went down smoothly.

Tsunami old fashioned - Tsunami
Tsunami Old Fashioned: bourbon, aromatic bitters, orange bitters, cane sugar, orange essence. $10

Bulleit manhattan - Tsunami
Bulleit Manhattan: bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters. $10

Cocktails – Starbelly

Mimosa - Starbelly

Mimosa. $9
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

This visit to Starbelly was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The service was horrendous and the food and drinks could not have come any slower. The time elapsed between our appetizer and entree was just stupidly long. While these cocktails tasted fine, the time it took waiting for them completely erased any enjoyment we could have derived from their consumption.

Sangria - Starbelly

Sangria. $8

Cocktails – Huggo’s on the Rocks

Huggo's Ali'i Mai Tai - Huggo's on the Rocks

Huggo’s Ali’i Mai Tai: 10 Cane rum, Lemon Hart 151, pineapple juice, exotic liqueurs with a Gosling’s dark rum float. $11
Huggo’s on the Rocks, Kailua-Kona HI

Vacation is relaxing outside, taking in some rays, and sipping on sweet, girly tropical drinks. Lol! I think we accomplished that in Hawaii. This mai tai was a little on the “too” sweet side, and the margarita was super weak and a bit bland. Oh well, can’t win em all…

Huggo's Famous Back Bar Margarita - Huggo's on the Rocks

Huggo’s Famous Back Bar Margarita: premium tequila, grand marnier, lemon and lime juices with a splash of orange juice. $11

Bird of paradise flowers
Bird of paradise flowers (Strelitzia reginae, Strelitziaceae), KOA airport.

Mimosa – Circa 59

Mimosa - Circa 59
Standard bloody mary. $7
Circa 59, Palm Springs CA

I’ve already expressed my extreme disappointment of this restaurant so I don’t have to say too much more. This restaurant sadly relies heavily on the posh hotel and hip clientele and has placed little to no importance on the actual food or service.

Circa 59 tables
Notice the empty water glasses at the table during this hot, sunny day. We were stranded at our table without a server in sight. After sweating for a while, we were finally able to flag down a manager to get us some water.

Sequin artwork, Riviera Resort
Sequin artwork, Riviera Resort.

Mimosas – Mission Beach Cafe

Mimosas - Mission Beach Cafe

Orange-pomegranate (above) and pomegranate-grapefruit (below). Huge $12 each
Mission Beach Cafe, San Francisco CA

Mmm, these things were definitely huge and gave me quite the buzz after brunch was over. Gotta love Sunday Fundays!

16th Street Bart Station, The Mission
16th Street Bart Station, The Mission. I love the colorful Hispanic style decorations on the fences along the station.

Mimosa – Crave

Mimosa - Crave

Mmm, mimosa time! Mimosas always indicate weekend brunch to me, and I’ll never turn one down. Here’s to the weekend! Two for $5 with brunch entree
Crave, Mount Pleasant SC

15-star "Star Spangled Banner" American flag, Fort Moultrie
15-star “Star Spangled Banner” American flag, Fort Moultrie. They changed the flag from 13 to 15 stars with the addition of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union.