Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale

Calling all Boston brides!

The folks at Sam Adams have come up with another great idea…yet again! This Thursday, July 26th all brides and grooms-to-be are invited to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery to celebrate their love of beer (and each other of course).

We all know how important of a role beer plays at a wedding reception, right? I mean, since the medieval times beer has played an essential role in the celebration of marriage, so it only makes sense for Samuel Adams to put their own twist on things with the limited release of their delicious Brewlywed Ale. :)

Just 500 cases of this Belgian-style pale golden ale will be available for purchase this Thursday, July 26th — not only is this perfect for all those engaged couples out there, it is also a perfect present to friends who are celebrating an engagement or who are getting married soon. Handy tip — show up in “wedding wear” (veil or cummerbund anyone?) on Thursday and move to the front of the line!

Other fun things going on — whoever travels the furthest will receive a bottle signed by Jim Koch (not to mention a private tasting with a Samuel Adams brewer), they will also have pairing suggestions for popular wedding menu items, expert advice from TheKnot.com, a toast from Jim Koch, the chance to have Samuel Adams foot the bill for your rehearsal dinner, or if you’re really daring…the chance to get married on the spot at the brewery by a justice of the peace!

Here is the lineup of events:

7:00 a.m.: Line up early!

9:00 a.m.: Doors open, and Brewlywed Ale is officially for sale.

9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.: Wedding menu beer pairing suggestions, wedding advice from TheKnot.com, rehearsal dinner raffle, wedding photo booth, and more.

1:00 p.m.: Last call!

Check out more from Samuel Adams on Facebook and Twitter.

So cute!

So cute!

Sam Adams

Cheers to beer!

Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale

Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale

*Even though this post is sponsored by Samuel Adams, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. :)

PS: If you don’t mind, please take a second to vote for me in the Real Simple essay contest. THANKS EVERYONE!

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Hey, It’s OK…

…to buy two iced coffees in one day (oops!).

…to be proud of yourself after a work out.

…to think to yourself, “I could make that”, when browsing on Pinterest or Etsy.

…to want to escape from it all.

…to put a random dinner together with what’s left in your fridge (you might end up with three crescent rolls and a bowl of kale, but hey — it’s better than nothing.)

…to enjoy a Friday cocktail (or two…or three…)

…to wonder what exactly goes through Lady Gaga’s head, or Nicki Minaj for that matter.

…to be pumped when Showgirls is on TV (it’s so bad, it’s good).

…to wish it were summer break like when you were in high school or college — no plans, limited responsibility, hang with your friends whenever you want. Not too shabby.

…to decide that Friday the 13th is lucky, not scary. (Might buy myself some scratch tickets today…)

And last but not least…

…to vote for me in the Real Simple essay contest! THANKS EVERYONE!

A must visit — Casa B

When you discover something amazing, it’s tempting to do one of three things:

  1. Keep it to yourself — a secret that only a few other people can know about.
  2. If you’re the first among your group of friends to find out about this ‘something amazing’, it’s tempting to be known as the ‘one who discovered ____’ (ya know, show how ‘in the know’ you are).
  3. Or, shout it from the rooftops! Literally tell everyone and anyone about it because it’s so wonderful you just can’t keep it to yourself.

With Casa B — an absolutely amazing Spanish Caribbean tapas restaurant in Somerville (hours and directions here) — I’ve opted for número tres. I have told so many people about this restaurant via word of mouth, it’s about damn time I blogged about it!

Colin and I were first exposed to the genius of Casa B owners, Alberto Cabré (he is from from San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Angelina Jockovich (she is from Barranquilla, Colombia) a couple of years ago. Colin’s work Christmas party was held at Alberto and Angelina’s home (aka their test kitchen) and they served us one delicious dish after the other. We were SO impressed with everything, when they told us their plans to open up their restaurant, we were pumped!

From the moment you walk in the restaurant, you feel as if you’re in another world — a cool, sexy, perfectly lit world. This is a great place to take someone on a date, or a fun choice for a girls night dinner. When everything tastes like it fell straight from heaven, you can’t go wrong with any food or drink choice. Side note — don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions from the staff, they are really friendly!

If I may, my personal favorites from the menu are definitely the Sandwich de Bistec (beef tenderloin, sautéed onions, crispy shallots), Pollo a la Parrilla con Salsa de Aceitunas (grilled chicken, rustic green olive tapenade), and Yuca a la Brava (yucca with spanish paprika sauce). They are all F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.

If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try, this is it. Whether you live near Somerville or not, with the combination of delicious food, amazing drinks, a fun atmosphere and genuinely nice people who own the place, it truly is worth the trip.

Find them on Facebook, or Twitter — and see what everyone else is saying too.

Check out some photos from our visit. :)

The Real Simple Simply Stated Blogger Contest is still on, and the competition is tough! If you have a second, please vote for me — I would REALLY appreciate it! You can vote once every 24 hours. Thanks for all the support!!!

The Real Simple Simply Stated Blogger Contest

I used to be pretty good at a decent amount of activities when I was little. Maybe not even good, but I enjoyed many different activities. I played basketball, lacrosse, softball, tried soccer, swam etc. I was a proud Irish step dancer for years, and was a great student. I even won — ahem, ahem — Student of the Year when I was little.

Dancing away!

Dancing away!

I continued to participate in various clubs and sports in high school — basketball, lacrosse, and yes…even a brief stint with badminton (don’t hate). I was also in the National Honor Society and volunteered here and there.

I was recruited by a few schools to play basketball in college, and gave it some serious thought, but ultimately decided not to play. However, I did still get involved in school through leading retreats, going on service trips to volunteer in the Bronx, Chicago, and Tijuana, etc. Other activities sometimes included drinking games, and dance parties but that’s neither here nor there at the moment.

Volunteering in Tijuana

Volunteering in Tijuana

Once you graduate college and you’re in the real world its sort of tough to find activities to be involved with, or hobbies to really enjoy. Gone are the days of student council meetings, or planning our list of things to work on at the orphanage in Tijuana. Now it’s work, laundry, cleaning, paying bills, planning weddings, trying to find a date that works to have dinner with friends — adult stuff. I guess there are adult basketball leagues, corporate softball teams, or book clubs to join — but I haven’t really felt overly enthusiastic about anything like that. There are definitely different hobbies to take up — like knitting, crafting, cooking, reading, etc. — and I enjoy many of those, but haven’t felt the passion with them.

My hobby that I love so dearly, is writing. I started my blog in search of something to satisfy my ‘lack of extracurricular activities’ need. I love writing. Sometimes I find it hard to express myself in conversation — go figure for a college Communication major (I should be able to communicate properly right? Oops). There’s just something about writing that makes me feel at ease. I’m not anxious or unsure of myself when writing. I am the fully confident person I wish I could always be when speaking. Writing has truly turned into a passion of mine, not just a hobby.

I’m currently one of the nine finalists in Real Simple Magazine’s 2nd Annual Simply Stated Blogger Contest. I am truly honored to be involved in such a great contest hosted by one of my favorite magazines! I wrote a piece about Conan O’Brien while I was bored at work one day (sorry work!) in May, and re-read it over and over to make sure it sounded okay, looked okay, and was about 300 words. After I obsessed about it for a while (that’s how I roll), I emailed it off to Real Simple, and to be honest — sort of forgot about it. Then just the other day, I received an email from the editor saying that I was a finalist! I couldn’t believe it.

Blogger Contest!

Blogger Contest! {Photo courtesy of Real Simple}

When I write, I ultimately aim to make people smile. I hope that whether you’ve read my blog since I’ve started it, or if you’re a new person stopping by, that I have made you smile at some point. I am so happy to be in this contest, and so incredibly touched with all the support and votes I’m receiving! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

If you don’t mind voting for me, I would really appreciate it! I would love to win in order to blog for Real Simple, and let’s be real — the prize money wouldn’t hurt the wedding fund. ;)

Here is the link to vote! You are free to vote once every 24 hours. Thank you for support!

Team Coco For Life!

Conan

Conan! {Photo courtesy of USA Today}

Goat cheese & Roasted red pepper quesadillas, yum!

This past weekend Colin and I headed upstate NY, to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk in Saratoga. We all walked on ‘Team Virginia’ in memory of Colin’s wonderful grandmother. It was a beautiful day, the weather was excellent, it was so nice to see all of Colin’s family, and the walk was a total success!

Here are some photos courtesy of Mrs. T {thank you!}

Group photo!

All your hard work paid off - great job!

Mr. W - the ladies man

My buddy and I

So on our way back to Boston I had some time in the car to read my new Real Simple, I was very excited! Magazine reading is one of my favorite things to do. Anyway, found an amazing recipe and was so pumped to try it. Last night I made goat cheese and roasted red pepper quesadillas – they were amazing (if I do say so myself!)

They were SO easy too. All you have to do is:

  • Spread the goat cheese on a whole wheat tortilla
  • Slice up some roasted red peppers and add them on
  • Chop about 2 or 3 cloves of garlic and sprinkle
  • Chop up a few basil leaves and add (LOVE basil)
  • Sprinkle a little salt, pepper and chili flakes
  • Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side and voila! Delicious, easy, quick dinner!

Ingredients

Thanks Real Simple!