Happy Valenbirthiversary!

1 Aug

(See, not always rainbows and butterflies.  Phil Dumphy is a genius with his all-in-one-liner).

A few weeks ago, the boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary.  We’ve been together for 6 beautiful years, but wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies.  We hit challenges and hurdles along the way.  Needless to say, looking back at everything, I’m happy that he is mine, and I am his.   He’s my best friend, he keeps me grounded when I need it, and lifts me up me when troubles weigh me down.  He’s a great guy.  I know this for a fact because my mommy says so.  Love you Normalicious!

Every year, we go to our usual spot for our anniversary, The Melting Pot.  It’s a chocolate lovers dream.  We always order the set menu but this year we decided we only wanted the cheese and chocolate fondue.  Gotta cut calories somewhere.  (^o -)

(I know I’m starting to look drunk in this picture…this is after we got acquainted with the bartender)

We wanted a more relaxed evening rather than what they normally offer, so we opted to sit at the bar.  Plus, the bar has happy hour until 7pm.  Lucky for us, they have burners at the bar to serve fondue on as well!   We started drinking and were chatty with the bartender and the manager.  (Norm likes to talk a lot when he gets drunk, muahaha).  The manager is from Hawaii.  Having just gotten back from Hawaii a few months ago, we were exuberant to hear this and immediately shared the manager’s longing for his homeland.  To add icing on the cake, the manager was so sweet and printed out a “Happy Anniversary” poster for us and gave us a few drinks on the house.  (-_^)

The bartender, well, he’s a special guy.  He used to tend the bars at two of our favorite watering holes in SF, Bourbon & Branch, and Rickhouse.  Now, if you’re not from SF or you’re just unfamiliar with these places, let me tell you, Bourbon & Branch, and Rickhouse are awesome bars with fantastic libations!  They fashion themselves after the heyday of Prohibition.  The decor, the whiskey, the bitters and the rye are all meticulously chosen to send you back to the speakeasy days, especially at Bourbon & Branch.  They want to maintain that speakeasy feel so you can’t get in unless you know the secret password that changes daily.  And at Rickhouse, the majority of the bartenders have handle-bar mustaches and suspenders.  They also have about 20 different bitters on hand to makes their old-fashioned cocktails.  Don’t believe me?  Go check it out.  And while you’re at it, let me know what you think of these spots in the comments below.  PS, best drink at Rickhouse is the Blue and Red Smash.  I don’t know what’s in it but it’s effin delicious.

Going back to what I was saying earlier, when Mr. Bartender told us he used to work for these fantastic bars and created a special Prohibition-based drink menu at the Melting Pot , we immediately perked up our ears and were eager to wet our palates with his booze.  By this time, the Giant’s game on was over and the crowd at the bar had cleared.  We were the only ones left sitting there getting our drink on.  He was such a skilled bartender and I like to think he enjoyed our company.  He was explaining to us what he was mixing, why he was using such ingredients, and the history and origin of the cocktails.

The moral of the story is, if you’re ever in the area, you gotta hit up these fantastic bars.  If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, try the Melting Pot.  And I’d like to shout-out to the staff at the Melting Pot, especially Brad, the manager, and John, the bartender.  You guys ROCK!  All in all, twas a great night with the hubby.  Cheers, and here’s to another 6 years!

2 Responses to “Happy Valenbirthiversary!”

  1. allan August 2, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    your blog posts should be more like this – it was a fun read~

    • uhohitstams August 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      Thanks Allan! Next time you guys come we should head to these bars!

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