Sarah’s Favorite Things: Part II

Time for another installment of Sarah’s favorite things…

Crock Pots: There are so many delicious things that can be made in a crock pot. Throw chicken in before work with some salsa, tomatoes and peppers, and you have chicken tacos when you get home from work. Or take a pork loin and add some barbecue sauce, and pulled pork sandwiches are ready as soon as you step in the door. Also, how good does your apartment/house smells after having the crock pot going all day!

Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 12.32.17 PMT.V.: TV is so good right now, you guys.

Some of my favorites are Carrie Dairies, Pretty Little Liars, Modern Family, Lying Game, Criminal Minds, Nashville, Revenge, The Mindy Project, Scandal and New Girl.

That doesn’t even include the shows I want to start from episode 1: Parenthood, Parks & Rec, Girls, Homeland and Mad Men.

Someone get me a life. Fast.

Brunch: There’s really nothing better than brunch. Here’s a list of my top 4 brunch spots in Uptown Minneapolis –

  • Uptown Diner: If you don’t care about missing out on Bloody Marys or Screw Drivers, this is definitely the place to be. My favorites include the Caprese Benedict or Gyro Omelet.
  • Lyndale Tap House: Free mimosa with any breakfast!
  • Gigi’s Cafe: The outdoor seating is the perfect atmosphere for summer brunch. Try the iced tea with quiche or a breakfast sandwich.
  • Bar Abeline: I feel like I can’t even really call it one of my favorites because I’ve only gone twice, but they have $3 bottomless mimosas from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.!

Websites like #myfriendsaremarried, #howdoiputthisgently, #whatshouldwecallme: If you haven’t heard of these before, you’ve been living under a rock. Check them out.

ZZ Ward: I love her. Her music is amazing, and I can’t stop listening to it.

Vodka: That’s right. I still love Vodka. Try this recipe we shared last week.

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.