an open letter

[insert your name here]

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Dear You,

As our relationship has progressed you have noticed one motif about my life: go big, or go home. You’re right, I don’t take things lightly and I don’t do them small. If I am going to do something, I commit. With all that being said, my birthday is never a different story. Every few years, the Super Bowl will try to overshadow my special day but I never allow it to do so.

This year, my birthday was wonderful because of you. Celebrating this 24th year is something I will ever forget. Being surrounded by loved ones, receiving phone calls and even the simple smiles truly made the day something special.

Over the years we’ve shared many stories, laughter, drinks and celebrations, but this one was different. This particular birthday celebration encompassed many wonderful aspects of my life. The celebrations this year allowed me to join in all of the tom foolery and showering of love that a birthday should have.

For you, I am grateful. Without you, my birthday would not have been the same. Thank you for the memories we made this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing what my 24th year has in store. I am lucky to have you along for the journey. Once again, thank you. I am so touched and thankful to be blessed by such awesome family and friends!

All My Love,

Kendal Ann

 

 

living lavish lives

champagneIn the past two months, I’ve been asked the same looming question multiple times. This is a question that is very complex and hard to answer. Let me pose it to you, if you could have one drink for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Please note when this question is being asked it only is being limited to alcoholic beverages. My drinks of choice are between my beloved whiskey, wine and champagne. Between the three, I have no idea which I would choose, but I do know it would be one of them.

As my love for champs grows, I am slowly finding that my friends also have this undying love for the drink. It’s light, bubbly and perfect for any occasion and truly any day. Take a read below and see what Patrick has to say about this taste bud tickling beverage.

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Champs

guest blog presented by: Patrick Kotary
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis week while strolling past the bar at my hotel I heard a magical sound. It was a cork popping free from a bottle of Moët & Chandon. Next to the sound of a golf ball settling into the cup, a champagne bottle popping is one of my favorite sounds. It can conjure up so many memories in an instant, whether it is of the past New Year’s Eve, a new job celebration, or the wedding of a close friend. Even the word can create that feeling of tiny bubbles tickling your nose. When speaking it the almost reflexive response is, “what’s the celebration?”

For most this libation is reserved for just that – special celebrations. I often wonder though, why? Why do we leave champagne out the majority of the year? I think it’s a drink that should be enjoyed at any time. Not only for the obvious reasons: it’s delicious, it’s no longer only for the rich and famous, and mimosas are amazing. I’m speaking of the less obvious – life deserves a celebration no matter what day it is. As the holidays approach many of us are reflecting on what we’re thankful for; this year more than ever I’ve recognized the value of enjoying life and celebrating it as often as possible.

So whether you just got that big promotion or you’ve had a Tuesday that deserves a toast, I say: bring out the champagne!

There is good in everyday, it’s up to you to find it and cheers it.

games & brews

a review of DC’s Board Room

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After a long day or week at work I am often finding myself wanting to unwind with my friends. I want to hear about their weeks, relax, indulge and libations. Mostly, I just am looking to shoot the shit with my crew, as I am sure you are.

My first impression and instant was right with The Board Room. This place looks airy and open. From anywhere in the bar you hear laughing roaring and can tell everyone is having a great time.  As the concept is, you rent board games while you drink—how can you not have a laugh or two among friends?

The selection of board games for rent is wonderful. As for the games you have to pay to rent these. The games cost up to $5.00 rent and you will need to provide your ID as collateral to assure that you return the game. Their selection ranges from Mystery Date to Settlers of Catan to Cards Against Humanity to Sorry, in my book these are all classics.

My one qualm with this place is the seating. It is not well managed and essentially a free-for-all. It’s not uncommon to see with several tables without chairs. Though you should know that  you can reserve space for your larger party and you can reserve space for your smaller party at non-peak times (Peak = Thurs/Fri after 7 pm and Sat after 9 pm). With this option it makes things a lot less stressful.

Bottom line is: Board games + libations + friends = a perfect night. This is a perfect place to go that is out of the ordinary. This place isn’t the typical drink-dance-embarrass oneself routine.

Take a peek at the Board Room’s Drink List
Drafts – Glass/Pitcher

Miller Lite(Milwaukee, WI, 4.17% abv) — $4.50/$14.540
Miller High Life (Milwaukee, WI, 5.0% abv) — $3/$10
Yuengling Lager (Pottsville, PA, 4.4% abv) — $5/$16
Guinness Stout (Dublin, Ireland, 4.2% abv) — $7/ no pitchers
Magic Hat #9 (Burlington, VT, 5.1% abv) — $5.50/$17.50
Stella Artois (Leuven, Belgium, 5% abv) — $6.50/$20.50
DC Brau Public Pale Ale (Washington, DC, 6% abv) — $6/$19
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager (Roseland, VA, 4.9% abv) — $6/$19`
Racer 5 IPA (Healdsburg, CA, 7% abv) — $7/$22
Shiner Bock (Shiner, TX, 4.4% abv) — $5.50/$17.50
Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA (Milton, DE, 6% abv) – $6.50/$20.50
Sierra Celebration (Chico, CA, 6.8% abv) — $6.60/$20.5
Sam Adams Boston Lager(Boston, MA, 4.9% abv) — $5/$15
312 Goose Island Wheat (Chicago, IL, 5.3% abv) — $5.50/$17.50
Strongbow Cider (Hereford, UK, 5% abv) — $6.50/$20.50
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA (Paso Robles, CA, 7.5% abv) — $7/$22
Abita Turbodog Brown Ale (Abita Springs, LA, 5.6% abv) — $5.50/$17.50
Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA (Charlottesville, VA, 6.5% abv) — $6/$19
Ommegang Witte (Cooperstown, NY, 7.7% abv) — $6.50/$20.50
Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher Scotch Ale (Roseland, VA, 7.8% abv) $6/$19
Firestone Walker’s Reserve Porter (Paso Robles, CA, 5.9% abv) — $7/$22

Bottles/Cans

National Bohemian (Baltimore, MD, 4.28%abv) — $3 (12 oz can)
Miller Lite (Milwaukee, WI, 4.2% abv) — $4.50 (12 oz bottle)
Bud Light (St Louis, MO, 4.2% abv) — $4.50 (12 oz bottle)
Budweiser (St Louis, MO, 5.0% abv) — $4.5o (12 oz bottle)
Tecate (Mexico, 4.5% abv) — $5 (12 oz can)
Red Hook Longhammer IPA (Portsmouth, NH, 6.2% abv) — $5 (12 oz can)
Fat Tire (Ft Collins, CO, 5.2% abv) — $6 (12 oz can)
Heineken (Holland, 5% abv) — $6 (16 oz can)
Brunehaut Belgian Blonde (Gluten Free) (Brunehaut, Belgium, 6.5% abv) $8.50 (11.2 oz bottle)
St Martin Belgian Tripel (Brunehaut, Belgium, 9%abv) –$21 (25.4 oz bottle)

Handcrafted Cocktails

The Icebreaker $8
House crafted Hibiscus soda, Stolichnaya, a splash of St. Germaine and a lime
The Clyde $8
Stolichnaya Orange Vodka, Cointreau, Hand-squeezed orange to order, club soda and a lime
The Bionic Woman $8
Ciroc Coconut, caffeinated mango water, and a lime
The Board Room Manhattan $11
Bulleit Rye, Noilly-Pratt sweet vermouth, Regan’s orange bitters and a maraschino
Dark ‘n Stormy $8
Goslings ginger beer, goslings black seal rum, and a lime. Make it a Light n’ Stormy with diet ginger beer
Adult Cherry Cola $8
House crafted old-fashioned cola, Stolichnaya Wild Cherry and a lime

Whites

Domaine De Gournier Viognier (France) House, No Oak, Session Wine — $5.50/glass
Zonin Prosecco (Italy) Bubbly — $7/glass
Hess Chardonnay Silver Label (Napa) Tropical — $7/glass
Crossings Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) Crisp — $9/glass
Ruffino Pinot Grigio (Italy) Clean & Citrusy — $7/glass
Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay (Sonoma) Apple-y — $45/bottle
Piper Sonoma (Sonoma) Crisp & Bright — $36/bottle
Veuve Cliquot (France) Fancy & Special Occasion Bubbles — $110/bottle

Reds

Le Clos (France) House — $5.50/glass
Montes Merlot (Chile) Merloty! — $7/glass
Kenwood Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Sonoma) Jammy — $11/glass
Kaiken Malbec Reserve (Argentina) Warm &Plummy –$9/glass
Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa) Meium body & Black Currant — $12/glass
Diseno Mendoza Malbec (Argentina) Complex & Fruity — $7/glass
Girard Artistry Red Blend (Napa) –$60/bottle
Laetitia Pinot Noir (California) Rich, Red & Crisp — $45/bottle

atmosphere?

each whiskey is different, but even the sips?

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The fascinating thing about whiskey is that no batch is going to be like another. The recipe will stay the same, but the taste wont. The article below talks about how the same whiskey, in the same glass can even change. The taste can change with environment and with atmosphere. I would argue that is true about anything. Your senses heighten when you are enjoying let’s say a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade and fresh pineapple outside on the beach under an umbrella. You take those same things; drink and food, but this time put yourself inside of a cottage while it is snowing, you will have a different taste. You will feel different about the situation. Sure eating the pineapple and drinking the lemonade during winter will only remind you of the bright sunny days. Really this all sounds like a win- win, eh? Check out this NPR article, it’s a classic.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/10/13/233112981/when-sipping-whiskey-atmosphere-is-everything