Monday, December 10, 2012
Quick Weekend Away...
Three hour drive and we are in Alameda at the Naval Air Station of decades ago. This is Hangar 1.
Here we met up with our dear friends Brad and Amy and her parents who flew in from Minnesota. We are going to tour St. George's Distillery (click this link for their site). It is their 30 year anniversary. It is a small boutique distillery that makes several varieties of alcohol. The most noted is Hangar 1 Vodka.
Here is our guide explaining the copper stills and what the process is. Very interesting.
After the short tour we had a tasting of about seven of their specialties. Of course I didn't get photos of our group tasting...much too busy getting on with the business of learning. They make St. George Spirits Absinthe Verte is made eith fine brandy, star anise, mint, wormwood, lemon balm, hyssop, meadowsweet, basil, fennell, tarragon and stinging nettles. First we tasted it straight from the bottle in its clear greenish tint of herbal freshness. Then the ice cubes were added and just like magic it changed to a milky cloudy different tasting deliciousness. Yes, Absinthe was outlawed since the early 1900's but it is back and ever so interesting...not only the taste but also the lore.
Lunch at Scott's Seafood on the waterfront. The weather was glorious with sunshine and blue skies yet crisp with winter chill. As the sun went down the twinkle lights came on the various boats in the harbor.
The huge Christmas tree in Jack London Square. At night it was all lit up and the whole square was very much in the holiday spirit. As were our happy little group who did some serious pub crawling spreading the holiday cheer everywhere we went.
This is a clever use of old suitcases. In the lobby of our Waterfront hotel and I just couldn't resist taking a photo to pass along for inspiration.
Now back to reality and the ever increasing list of things to do. I am continuing to enjoy the season and not focus on the stress of it all. Of course I have scaled my shopping down to almost none. My decorating is not complete and that is how it will stay...and I am okay with that this year. As for wrapping and mailing...this is one that I am struggling with daily. I do what I can and hope I will get more done tomorrow. Silly girl that I am this is how I am going to continue to enjoy this magical and wonderful time of year.
May each of you have the time to enjoy your favorite parts of this season. Most of all...Holiday Bliss!