Happy New Year everyone! How are those resolutions and reflections coming along? Hope you all had a good time and made good decisions. In case you’re wondering, coming in to work twenty minutes early the day after New Year’s because you think your boss is back from vacation (she isn’t) is a bad decision.
Good decision: making a strawberry cheesecake with the leftover strawberries from your pavlova. I make cheesecakes every holiday for friends and family. I even used to sell them to my mother’s coworkers to take to their own parties as well. Had some strawberries left over from the pavlova experiment so decided to whip up a cheesecake.
Good decision: Spending the holiday time as an opportunity to have drinks with my family and practice my barcraft. I’ve always wanted to be a bartender, and you can bet that my future restaurant will definitely have a bar program, so this was a fun chance to get to highlight new recipes and techniques and practice making drinks for everyone and just have a good time in general.
Bad decision: But felt oh so good. Flaming B-52s. In case you haven’t had these in your life yet, and you really should though by the way, a B-52 is a shot that is equal parts Kahlua, Irish cream, and Grand Marnier. Slowly pour the three over the end of a bar spoon and it’ll create a beautiful layered effect. A Flaming B-52 has a little bit of Bacardi 151 floated on top and lit on fire. Oh and a B-52 with the Bomb Bay Doors Open is the same only with Bombay Sapphire gin instead of Grand Marnier, and a B-52 with a Mexican Gunner is the same with tequila instead. Hahah. But the standard B-52 tastes like a sweet and sinful coffee drink and the fire of the Bacardi 151 warms it up which makes it perfect for those cold winter nights. Just be sure to extinguish the flame before taking the shot. There are enough fail videos online of people who forgot to do this.
Bad decision: You cannot keep a Filipino away from his mahjong set for too long. Which also means even if you have work the next day, and even if you think your boss is coming in, and even if you know you need your sleep, you’ll be more than willing to play more than a few rounds of mahjong with the family. Hell, it probably means you’ll even help set up the table. And then you’ll get hungry after playing which means going to Burger King at 2am. And then it means you’ll need to watch the latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on DVR while you eat. But it’s all good because you made it to work and you spent the entire last night with your family together.
No matter what it was a great time and I was so happy to be able to spend it with my family and my cousins. We went out to eat, had drinks, went bouldering, played bingo and got lottery scratchers, it was a great way to ring in the New Year. All I need now is some more snow!
Hope you all had a wonderful New Year and look to 2017 with hope and cheer.
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