Thursday, March 1, 2012

29 Photos of February

Here is my collection of 29 photos of February.

Day 1: Your View Today
There is always a puzzle being worked at our house

Day 2: Words
My Sketchbook

Day 3: Hands

Day 4: A Stranger
Seen on a Date to Atlantic Station with my Buddy, Ford

Day 5: 10 AM
Marble Paintings with Ford's class

Day 6: Dinner
Salted Potatoes and Guacamole

Day 7: Button

Day 8: Sun
Shadows at Rush Hour

Day 9: Front Door
Delaney's Doll House

Day 10: Self Portrait

Day 11: Makes You Happy
Twirling Delaney

Day 12: Inside Your Closet

Day 13: Blue

Day 14: Heart
My Valentine from my Aunt, Complete with Awesome Thrift Store Earrings

Day 15: Phone
The Phone in the Kid's Play Kitchen

Day 16: Something New
My Attempt at Visual Journaling (a morning with Mary Freeman)

Day 17: Time
They change the welcome mats at the W Hotel in Chicago depending on the time of day

Day 18: Drink
Tequila Tasting Dinner at No Mas! Cantina

Day 19: Something You Hate to Do
I love folding laundry but I hate putting it away

Day 20: Handwriting

Day 21: A Favorite Photo of You
College Days in a Fire Truck wearing a Thrift Store Jackie O Suit

Day 22: Where You Work
Choosing Paint Colors and Fabric Swatches on My Sofa for a new project

Day 23: Your Shoes
A Weekday Escape to the Movies

Day 24: Inside your Bathroom Cabinet

Day 25: Green
We always laugh that all the girls in my family always show up in the same color combination to every event together...pheromones!

Day 26: Night
As in Oscar Night with Popcorn, Milk Duds and a second photo of our Champagne.

Day 27: Something you Ate
Spaghetti Squash Cream on Toast with Microgreens from Avec in Chicago

Day 28: Money
Where Mine Lives

Day 29: Something You're Listening To
Delaney and Ford's Dance Party

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tasting Tequila

For my birthday, my parents took Brandon and I to a tequila tasting at No Mas! Cantina. The place is eclectic and colorful and most items, furniture, lighting, etc that adorn the restaurant are for sale. They do these tequila tastings on the weekends and you can check out their website for dates and availability.

Brandon and I at the bar waiting for our tasting to begin.

We tasted 7 different tequilas and each one was paired with a different course. We learned so much about tequila which I have never known much about before. We learned the differences between Blanco (unaged) , Reposado (aged 3 months to 1 year), and Anejo (aged 1 to 3 years) tequilas. We learned the difference between mixing tequilas and sipping tequilas and drinking tequilas.

We started with Chips and Salsa and Queso and the No Mas! Classic Margarita which used Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila.

The pairings were delicious. This butternut squash soup was delicious with the second tequila we tried which was Don Julio Blanco, an unaged tequila.

We then enjoyed Mole Chicken Skewers with Don Julio Reposado which was aged 8 months.

The Don Julio Anejo which was aged 18 months was paired with Carne Asada and Blue Cheese Tacos.

We finished with Chocolate Truffles and Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia tequila and Don Julio 70th Anniversary tequila. We all agreed the best tequila of the night was by far the Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia.

They gave us SWAG bags for the road with extra truffles, shot glasses, cocktail stirrers, etc. It was such a fun afternoon and we learned so much. I highly recommend it.