Happy Giving Tuesday everyone! It’s time to give back as well as to shop all those sweet deals at Target. We recommend checking out CONNetic Dance’s #GivingTuesday deal: $100 for tickets the opening night of the Nutcracker Suite and Spicy (Wadsworth Atheneum, Downtown Hartford, December 12th), plus a piece of an original painting created through dance and expression in collaboration with Open Studios!
Also created in collaboration with Penelope! Check out the full Youtube video of the dance here plus a link to purchase the tickets and painting!
A scene from the “ugly sweater party” for Carolyn’s Nutcracker – a signature dance of the performance
Penelope and I will both be attending the matinee on Sunday, December 14th, which includes a special appearance from SANTA and a dance party. Very exciting stuff.
Other exciting stuff – allow me to introduce my new favorite sports bar in the entire world: Bobby V’s
A terrific place to watch the Giants lose 14-20 to the Redskins. Oy.
Head Chef Jordan Stein is an old friend, and he was kind enough to invite myself and Jenna Kijowski and Jessica Brigham Bishop (of CT Ain’t So Bad) in for a lovely sampling of cocktails and food last football Sunday!
Squad! Check out Jenna’s blog here!
We sampled multiple drinks, including:
Caramel Apple Martini (Caramel Vodka, Sour Apple Pucker & a caramel swirl)
Thin Mint Martini – ooh lala! (3 Olives Vanilla Vodka, Kahlua, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, White Creme de Cocoa, Cool Swan Irish Cream, Creme de Menthe)
Pumpkin Spice Martini – for those of us, like myself, who can’t get enough pumpkin even after Thanksgiving (Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Cool Swan Irish Cream, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, topped with nutmeg and cinnamon)
The Leaf Peeper – my personal favorite! Spicy and refreshing (Pineapple & Mint Infused Tequila, St Germain, Apple Cider & a splash of OJ)
We didn’t finish these drinks, full disclosure guys. Way too many and there were a couple more that we tried that aren’t pictured. In the interests of it being 1:30 pm in the afternoon, small sips of the cocktails were enjoyed by all, and we switched to beer for the food ingestion (plus beer & football, what can I say? I’m a sucker for a classic pairing)
Broad Brook Porter Ale for me – a nice fresh, crisp, dark brew
A super rare Lawson’s “Double or Nothing” for my pals – a delicious blend with notes of buckwheat and maple. Yum!
Ok, on to the foods. Jordan’s philosophy is simple: make scratch bar foods and execute them very well, with people’s dietary restrictions in mind. The Portabella Poutin is a hearty vegetarian dish which I would eat RIGHT NOW if it magically appeared in front of me, and the Nachos are made with rice chips and gluten fee! Side note: get the wings. Just do it. Try a couple of the adventurous toppings – you won’t be sorry.
Portabella Poutin – roasted portabella mushrooms over potato wedges, smothered in a porcini gravy and topped with havarti & muenster cheese
Clams Casino Flatbread – surf & cockle clams, north country bacon, tomato, fresh herbs, mozerella & parmesan cheese blend
Nachos (glamor filter intentional – nachos are glamorous business) Pulled pork, melted cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream
Calamari Sticks – rice flour dusted calamari served with sweet chili & snappy lime dipping sauces
Wings – peach fire, sticky soy, chipotle BBQ, pastrami, chocolate & coffee
In addition to football, or the sport of your choice (I just watch football so you tell me) there is also horse and jai alai betting for those so inclined. A fun way to spend an afternoon indeed! Will be back often. And next time, we can only pray, my G Men will WIN instead of – ugh. Enough on that. Thanks again to Chef Jordan for a delightful showcase of his cuisine. A highly recommended spot!