February 14th 2012

I, like most human beings, am not a fan of Valentines Day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bitter and sad about it, I just have never had a romantic Valentines Day and therefore I see it as just another day. Maybe that sounds sad, but I really don’t mind. This year I bet you can guess where I spent my Tuesday February 14th… Tony’s Darts Away.

My good friends Lindsey, Michelle and her husband Tom joined me for an awesome night of tasty food, great beer, and Apples 2 Apples. Tony’s had a special Valentine’s Day menu which featured cupcake/beer pairings and beer floats. I began with my usual vegan apple sage dog (with vegan aioli, cheddar cheese, and frizzled onions- try it and you’ll love it), and Michelle ordered us the special truffle oil tater tots which came with a garlic based sauce. Unbelievable. I really hope this becomes a staple for their menu, and it gives their sweet potatoes a run for their money.

Despite it being the craziest night of the year to go out to a restaurant, we got a table without waiting too long and snagged the Apples 2 Apples box (which is their most popular game). We played for a while, and Michelle swept up. She could read us all like a book. Around 9:30p, it was time for something off their special Valentines Day dessert menu. Lindsey and I decided to split a “S’more” beer float. They used a dark stout with a scoop of chocolate gelato, which made it a smokey chocolate flavor. Michelle and Tom split the cupcake/beer paring of a coconut cupcake and the IPA beer they picked to go with it (the name escapes me). This combo was so tasty, we all had to try it. If you took a bite of the cupcake and had the flavor of coconut in your mouth, then took a sip of the IPA, it tasted like Malibu rum. We couldn’t believe how much it effected the flavor of the beer.

It makes me wonder if there are other flavor pairings that can really alter/enhance the flavor of the beer. Well I loved this menu and I hope it comes back for more than just February 14th. Hope you all had a lovely night last night. I know I’m a tad out of order in posts because I haven’t caught you up on last weekend yet, but it’s coming! Up next, Magic Castle!

Hollywood Hills Girls Night/ Blackout

On Saturday night, after a day of rock climbing, my good friend Lindsey invited me and several other friends over for a
girls night at a home she was house sitting. Wine, pizza, Apples 2 Apples, and good friends make up for a perfect night so of course I was in.

Even the girly dogs were enjoying our girls night. How cute is she!

This photo is me acting out the Apples 2 Apples card, aka taking bizarre photos of hands. Well, in this case I was documenting a nice nail polish job… but I was still bizarre.

In the middle of our merriment, the power (and lights) went out to the sound of us all gasping. It had the true making of a horror film. 6 girls, house sitting in a giant home in the hills, when the power goes out and murder strikes! Okay, well no one got murdered. In fact, this house was the best place to lose power because the homeowner had so many candles and a fire pit outside, which we had already lit.

It was so eerie and cool. With the moon out and the views looking down into Beachwood Canyon and into Hollywoodland, it was so special. Beachwood Canyon was the only section without power, and we could see all the neighbors lighting candles creating a little glow around the neighborhood.

It felt like we should of had a talk with the unliving, although we didn’t. Movie night had to end (for obvious reasons), but our night didn’t as we chatted and drank wine which made for a fantastic night with mood (candle) lighting.

We toasted marshmallows and talked through the night.

The views out on the patio were unbelievable. And the night was a success. I stayed over at the house… so next up is my adventurous Sunday in Hollywood.