We walked in to Brittania Arms (444 Alvarado St, Monterey) and headed to the bar to see what sort of deals they had that night. The bartender asked me to look at the chalkboard above the bar. Sure enough, there were the deals! We all went for the $3 Tangerine Wheat. I really liked it, but I'm a sucker for adding flavors to reduce the beer flavor.
I tried to convince these two guys to join WAKA, but they gave me such a severe cold shoulder! I wonder if maybe I had a middle part that was distracting them? Shoot.
After about 30 minutes of being at The Brit, Kyle pointed out the fact that there was a live band. What the? How did I miss that? I was even TRYING to be extra observant for blogging's sake. Double shoot.
Instead of heading to Crown & Anchor, as planned, we headed back to the boonies and went to sleep! Overall I would say that downtown/Alvarado street looks REALLY fun. I can't wait to go back!
After dinner at home, Kyle and I met up with my future kickball teammates at the Mucky Duck (479 Alvarado St, Monterey). As we stepped inside, my eyes were drawn to the fireplace (#1) on the left. Attention: this starts the fireplace trend. We keep walking down the hall and pass by a few tables and a bar and… fireplace #2 (pictured). Tyler mentioned that they were all outside, so we continued past the bathrooms to where the action was.
Picture this: you walk outside to a misty night… but then you see a big white tent with twirling club lights, a fog machine, a good DJ, a happening dance floor, an outdoor bar, and a huge fire pit (#3)! All of this at a place called "The Mucky Duck"?? You betcha.
The inside decor makes the place look like an old English man's mountain cabin. Jolly ho! But the outside… that's a whole different story! We all chatted, exchanged WAKA necklaces, and warmed up near the fire. I tried to convince Kyle to dance with me, and when he declined due to something-or-other, I did what all ex-wannabe-dancers would do… danced by myself! Mere seconds after this began, I was told to leave!
Of course it wasn't because of my expressive dance moves! What are you thinking?! It was because the schedule indicated that it was time to promote kickball at The Brit!
Last Monday, for Max's birthday, I made Martha Stewart's streusel cupcakes. Streusel refers to a crumbly topping found on German cakes/pastries. I made them in miniature form…. they turned out so cute. They tasted like bite-size coffee cakes!! MMM
I woke up today before my alarm went off, which means that I can justify going online and posting a quick note. Friday's I have an earlier work schedule 6:30 - 3:30. I'm hoping that it will make it easier to get places on the weekend.
I really need a quiet coffee pot to put in my office. I don't need anything big or fancy, just something quiet! Tyler and I saw this joint coffee maker/espresso maker on craigslist that was being sold for only $20 - it was already sold though by the time she replied to me.
If you have a coffee maker to donate, or can suggest a quiet one, please give me a call :)
Looking for something to do this weekend? You can OBVIOUSLY join the Pub Crawl (see older post) tonight and/or check out Blog Monterey for this weekend's events. Really though, how FUN does this sound:
Fungophiles, rejoice! Wild mushroom expert Phil Carpenter and Marina mayor Bruce Delgado take wannabe mushroom-hunters on an expedition across the Fort Ord Public Lands, finding edible wild mushrooms wherever they lie (hopefully not beneath the tire of a mountain biker). 9am-12:30pm, free, meet at the Fort Ord Thrift Shop parking lot on Lightfighter Drive. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Miss you!
So the guys are going back out but I'm not quite ready to get back into the snow storm! We drove up on Friday, stopping in Roseville. We slept in Cristin's living room and got on the road the next morning at about 7. One word: TRAFFIC!!!!!
We finally made it to Alpine around lunchtime, ate in their lodge, and then hit the slopes! Today was the first time I was able to experience fresh powder in a loooong time. I honestly can't even remember the last time the snow was that good. Needless to say, I was quite a bit more comfortable being reckless because there was 1. a soft landing and 2. I have health insurance! Wahoo! Danger! Okay, not really.
The ride to our hotel took us three hours, but it should have only been thirty minutes. Dumb!
- After a day of skiing, a person is realllly hungry.
- An unusually long drive to the hotel will make an already tired person VERY irritable.
- According to Aaron, Kit's brother:
Angry + Hungry = Hangry
- Me = Hangry.
Alright, that may not have any qualities of a mathematical proof. Whatevs. After checking in at the charming CalNeva, we walked over to Crystal Bay Casino's yummy bistro. Kyle and I split the nachos and primavera pasta dish. The other guys got chicken sandwiches and burgers. I was impressed by all the food. It might be because of the "hangriness," but I thought this place was a little bit of a gem. They are eco-friendly, with utensils made of potatoes, and plates and cups made from sugar.
We made it back to CalNeva and changed into our swimsuits. The indoor spa was effin H O T. We're talking at least 106. I felt like a lobster!
I apologize for the rambling, but right now I'm in the back of the truck... we are driving back to the bay area and I'm kinda bored.
Today has been a lot better on the traffic front though! Ski conditions were great. I still think Saturday was a bit better, but I won't complain. Future trips are in the works so if anyone is interested, let me know!!
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Lots of positive things to say: 16 draft beers, 2 stage areas, a balcony area, etc etc.... This place looks like it could be pretty fun for a Friday/Saturday night because it is soooooo big! It also offers great views of Cannery Row.
8:45 pm - 9:00 pm: Head back to Alvarado St
9:00 pm - 9:45 pm: Lallapalooza
9:45 pm - 10:30 pm: Mucky Duck
10:30 pm - 11:15 pm: Britannia Arms
11:15 pm - 12:00 am: Crown & Anchor
That same night (I think) Manu and I had a lengthy convo about so many different things. It's so interesting to hear his perspective on how
Americans act. (FYI - Manu is French, he has about 6 months left on his work visa.)
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