How To: Go To a Sushi Restaurant

Sushi Rolls

Going out for sushi is super trendy! And you don’t want to be left out, you guys. If you don’t like fish or have never tried it before, sushi can be a little intimidating. But no worries! The girls at Awkward Vodka have come to the rescue. Here are the basics you should know about the fishy food and some tips & tricks for fooling people into thinking you’re a sushi lover.

1. Tempura: Means fried! If you like unhealthy, fried goodness, order anything with the word tempura in it.

2. California Roll: Delicious avocado, cucumber and imitation crab. IMITATION! Not real! Eat it.

3. Philly: When they say Philly, they mean cream cheese. Can you say “Yummy”?!? If you love cream cheese, it doesn’t matter if it’s mixed in with salmon or eel, you’ll love it.

4. When in doubt, order the veggie roll. You won’t have to deal with any disgusting fish. Everyone wins.

Side Note: If you like things hot and spicy, order any type of sushi and top it off with the green paste that comes served on the side (it’s called wasabi and it’s a lifesaver). You won’t be able to taste anything besides the horseradishy/hot mustard spice so you’re safe. And an added bonus – if you do this while battling a cold, like most of us are this time of year, your sinuses and tear ducts will most definitely be clear by the time you finish just three wasabi-loaded pieces.

There you have it folks, fake it ’til you make it! You don’t even have to use chopsticks. People will think you’re a pro.

Valentine’s Day Internet Roundup

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you have nothing to do during work while anxiously awaiting your fun plans for the night, check out our favorite VDay Internet finds:

BOOZY VALENTINE’S DAY CANDY HEARTS

Candy with booze? Ok. The Boys Club posted a this fail-proof recipe for boozy conversation hearts. If you try it, let us know what you think!

90s HEARTTHROBS AS VALENTINES

You HAVE to take this quiz from Buzzfeed to find out which 90s dreamboat is your perfect Valentine.

A VALENTINE’S DAY GREETING FROM AARON RODGERS

A Rodge was his natural charming self on Twitter earlier today, making millions of girls swoon across the Midwest: “Happy made up holiday day tweeps! Ladies you deserve more than one day a year to feel extra loved and special, as it is, have a great day!”

THE SEVEN TYPES OF PEOPLE WHO GO OUT ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Thanks to The Happy Place you can find out which one you are.

AWKWARD VALENTINE’S DAY PHOTOS

This one needs no explanation, but here is a taste of what you’ll see when you click on the link:

Awkward Valentine Photo

A Girlfriend’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

If you’re in a relationship, there are a lot of things to keep in mind about a Valentine’s Day. So here are my 10 rules for a successful Valentine’s Day for the girl in a relationship.Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 5.35.52 AM

1. You will post photos of flowers on Instagram, and people will hate you. If you want to avoid being judged, don’t post a photo of flowers. People will just assume you got flowers like they did for the hundreds of years before Instagram and Facebook existed.

2. DO NOT set up your girlfriends on dates for Valentine’s Day! Are you serious? Talk about pressure.

3. Shave your legs, girlfriend. I know it’s the winter, but c’mon.

4. Send cards to your friends! Remember when you did that in elementary school? Everyone loved it then. They’ll love it now.

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 5.37.12 AM5. Wear a cute, Valentine’s Day-themed outfit covered in hearts because – let’s be honest – what girl doesn’t love pink and sparkly?

6. Cheesecake. Make something for your fave guy that you know he loves. Guys love sweets, too!

7. Buy a new dress. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to buy a new dress. Want to be a great girlfriend and best friend? Take your best friend with you and both buy a new, fun dress.

8. Make reservations early.

9. Ignore Rom-Coms. It’ll only get you in a fight with your boyfriend.

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10. Don’t stay up to late. Let’s be honest. It’s only a Thursday…

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

The Single Girl’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

I will never understand why single girls dread Valentine’s Day. I love it. Pink and sparkly are two of the best things in life, and that’s what this day is basically all about. You have an excuse to dress girly, eat candy and drink a lot of booze – boyfriend or not. How can you hate that? So here’s my single girl’s guide to enjoying Valentine’s Day, Ray Ray style.

Wear a cute (or cheesy) outfit. Today you can girl-it-up and no one can make fun of you for it. Seriously, go all out. Wear pink, red, sequins, hearts…all of the above… Really, anything your girly heart desires is fair game on this holiday.

Heart tights

Own the fact you’re single. A shirt like this says it all:

Vodka is my valentine

Two words – Nail Polish. Take the time to do your nails special for the day. It’s a surefire way to wake up happy when your hands look like this:

Pink Nails

Eat an obscene amount of Conversation Hearts. This is the only time of year you can buy the best candy ever made. So enjoy it and have two boxes. Or give them to me. Either way.

Conversation Hearts

Accessorize. What better day than Valentine’s Day to carry this around with you everywhere you go?

Pink Flask

Drink pink champagne. You never need an excuse to pop bottles and for Valentine’s Day you are kind of obligated to do so – so this one is obvious. Grab a fancy glass and let loose.

pink champage

Make heart-shaped food. Valentine’s Day is a perfect reason to make yourself themed food, which will in turn make you happy. Put together a special lunch, breakfast or dinner (or go crazy and do all three) with heart-shaped and red/pink-colored foods. How can you not have fun with a lunch that looks like this!

Heart Shaped Lunch

So if you are one of those single girls still sippin on a big glass of Valentine’s Day haterade, trust me – the holiday doesn’t have to be miserable. Take some of these notes and you will spend the day looking through rose-tinted glasses. Literally. See what I did there? Hahaha…

Mixology Test #2: Skinny Margs

photo1Yes. This post is about tequila and not vodka, but every liquor-drinking lady loves herself some tequila on a crazy Friday night – or low-key Saturday afternoon…

Like we’ve said before, when you drink as much as we do, you have to be careful about your calorie intake. Unfortunately for us, margaritas are one of the worst drinks for you. There are a variety of different types of low-cal margs out there, but who wants to pay $20 for a tiny bottle of low-cal margs when you could just make them yourself? (Not to mention, you’ll have tequila left over for shots!)

We made our skinny margs with tequila, club soda and lime juice…

  • 1 part tequila
  • 2 parts club soda
  • 1/3 part lime juice

This tastes just like a margarita! I was pleasantly surprised, mostly because I know tequila tastes disgusting with my old stand-by Diet Coke – yup, I’ve tried it.

Note: Turns out a whole shot of lime juice is disgusting. Don’t put a whole shot in your drink because you’ll definitely be wasting tequila.

“I LOVE TEQUILA” – Ray Ray

Fashion Confusion: Denim on Denim

It’s back…

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Not Britney & Justin, just the newest fashion trend I can’t pull off: denim on denim. This trend seems to be as controversial as leggings as pants and puffy vests – two more trends I’ve tried and failed.

Walking into Old Navy this weekend – yes, I love Old Navy – there was a whole wall of denim, button down tops. I immediately knew I had to have one…

I’m panicking because there are so many ways I can dress up my denim:

  • Tall boots and skinny jeans?
  • Ankle boots and straight leg jeans?
  • Add a necklace?
  • Add a scarf?
  • Belt it?
  • Statement earrings?

When I wore my D.O.D., I chose to wear skinny jeans, grey boots and a pink scarf. Still not sure how I feel about it. I definitely didn’t look like one of these fabulous ladies…

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So what do you think? Love or hate the look?

Help.

Mixology Test #1: Little Black Dress

photo1What girl could say “no” to a Vodka called Little Back Dress? Well, not us.

Since we had no plans this Saturday, we ventured out to the liquor store, bought some new types of vodka and decided to start a vodka review series (a.k.a. get drunk by ourselves at 5 p.m.).

Any good vodka connoisseur knows that the hardest part of trying all of the delicious, new vodkas out there is finding something equally delicious to mix with it – mixer should be low in calories because you’ll eat those later.

So we mixed the Black Cherry Vanilla Flavored Vodka with Tonic Water, and these were the notes we took on Saturday night:

“NO TONIC WATER – GROSS.
CLUB SODA – BETTER.
DIET COKE – BEST!”

Winning Mixology Combination:

  • 1 part black cherry vanilla vodka
  • 2 parts club soda or diet coke (stay away from Tonic Water, you guys)

*When drinking with club soda, add a frozen cherry or three if you’re feeling fancy – dual purpose: looks fancy, keeps drink cool.

After branching out and trying tonic water and club soda, we had to go back to our old favorite – Diet Coke – because the other ones were pretty bad. Go figure, it ended up being our favorite because, let’s be honest, we’ll never change.

Note: Be sure tonic water & club soda are not shaken up – will spray entire kitchen and you with water/soda if it’s shaken up.

10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Love LeBron

If you have ever met me, you know my obsession with LeBron James is just part of who I am. Yes, I went to his movie “More Than A Game” on opening night. Yes, I have jerseys and t-shirts I wear in his honor. And I may or may not have notebooks and pictures  in my office at work showing my undying support for the athlete…So it’s only normal I want to share his amazingness with the world. Here are the top 10 reasons (as of 2/4/13) why you should also love Lebron.

1. This happened last week:

2. He is awful at karaoke, but still enjoys singing

3. He gets hungover like the best of us

Lebron Tweet

4. His bromance with D-Wade is to die for, and probably Hollywood’s best love story yet

5. He has the coolest friends

Lebron Instagram

6. His style, duh #grownandsexy

Lebron Style

7. He is a great dad

Lebron and Kids

8. He’s a great player

9. He’s got jokes

10. Last but definitely not least, he’s got great moves

And if you don’t agree with this post – as cousin Dave would say, haters gonna hate Haters Gon Hate

xoxo R