Weekend isn't always a word in my vocabulary. I don't clock out at 4:52 on Friday and forget about work until my morning joe on Monday. It's ever present and often requires promos and samplings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This weekend- I had samplings both Friday and Saturday- but they were within miles of my house so it made it a lot easier. It's a little defeating to drive an hour away to sell three cases of beer.
I've done it too many times.
I was teaming up with my friend Megan from Ommegang for that one. I went to Dibrunos and got a couple cheeses to pair. "Comte" -french cow- that I thought would go well with the Royal Weiss, and an aged "Mahon" -Spanish Cow- that I remembered working with the Phoenix, or even the Rt 113 in the past. I brought my boombox, and bonded with Tara- who was manning the store- over Jmy Beer Heaven itunes mix. We didn't sell a ton of beer, but we had a ton of fun. Megs then came over with a bottle of Hennepin and Saison Vos- and we ordered $95 worth of Sushi with our gal Wendy. That's how we do "staying in."
|So Am I|
Grilled Octopus (and sausage) in a red wine reduction,
Gnocchi with crab and mint, in a tomato cream sauce
We then walked it off, then I was off to my sampling at Global Beer in Northern Liberties. I sold at least 10 cases.I was even able to get one gent with his case of Spaten as he was on the way to the register.
As soon as I had recovered from our MONSU indulge- we were at 943 in the Italian Market. It's Argentinian/Italian. Lance and I were waiting for it to open for months.
|Sampling at Global Beer|
I'm still not eating meat- so I stayed with yet more octopus- and the housemade papardelle dish.
|Fresh Pasta at 943|
We stayed in and watched You, Me and Dupree. Lance won't stop talking about this movie (although he fell asleep) Matt Dillon is a disgrace. Him and Keanu should have some beers and toast to the fact that they ever got people to watch their movies (outside of Outsiders and Point Break -I'm sure many of you will think the Matrix).
|Home-Cooked Rise and Shine|
I ran a bunch of errands. Record timing. Hit Staples, IKEA, and BJ's Wholesale with Wendy- in an hour and 45 minutes.
|Tres Colores at Marra's|
I am sure it was better than her Tuna fish sandwich.
We took the two pieces with proscuitto out of the box- because we knew she wouldn't eat them. So I'm walking down 8th st with two pieces of unboxed pizza in my hand. And there is the lovely Charlotte Camels standing outside Bibou. I said to Lance"Oh God- this is going to be embarrassing." She was joined by Michael-a long time bartender of the BARDS and I would later find out that writer and wine connoisseur David McDuff was also inside the restaurant at the time. We chatted a bit. I tried to make light of the pizza in my hand. Then promised we would be in for dinner soon.
That is- if we're invited back;)