Black Cat Martini

October 30th, 2011

Using black vodka for Halloween is pretty obvious, but finding a pleasant tasting black vodka and creating a drink that tastes good as well as having novelty is more challenging. This cocktail uses the wild berry infused Eristoff Black vodka with dark Kahlua to achieve a tongue staining, squid ink black concoction with a truly unique flavor. The Hungarian herbal liqueur, Zwack, helps cut the sweetness and provide a slight black licorice aftertaste, but the dominant flavor is still cocoa, vanilla, and wild berry.

  • 2 oz Eristoff Black Vodka
  • 2 oz Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Zwack Herbal Liqueur
  • Orange

Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Shake the ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats. Garnish with an orange spiral.


Danielle's Halloween Party

November 5th, 2010

Danielle hosted her annual Halloween party at her place, so Toni, Shayne, Jason, and I stopped in. Great to see everybody again! Afterwards, we took a limo to the Otter.

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Disco Inferno

October 31st, 2010

Crystal and I threw an epic Halloween party at the Manfort. Tons of friends showed up in their disco finery and we had an awesome night.

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Halloween Party

November 2nd, 2009

Danielle's annual Halloween party was themed, "Bringing Sexy Back." Many people made sexy breakfast foods costumes and everyone had a great time with DJ Neil, ice luge shots, and the ball pit reformed as the Venom Room.

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Jessica's Halloween Birthday Party

October 25th, 2009

Todd organized a surprise birthday party for Jessica (who thought it was just a Halloween party). Lots of good snacks and costumes. :) And great to see everyone again!

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Scuba Sid!

October 25th, 2008

Here's a sneak peek of Sid's new costume for Pugoween tomorrow.

I think it's stellar and that Sid is a very good sport. Sid thinks it's a rare form of punishment and thinks he should get extra ham and Frosty Paws for enduring such torture.

UPDATE: Here're the Pug-O-Ween pics. :) clicky

Christopher Walken Mask

November 2nd, 2007






Bah! I'm too late -- I could have been
Christopher Walken!

From brandonbird.com.


And just a reminder: go ahead and have an extra drinky Saturday night -- we get to sleep in an extra hour on Sunday. :) :)

~ turn your clock back tomorrow night ~


Pug-O-Ween

October 28th, 2007

Today after Brunch with Bob was Pug-O-Ween. The folks from Monkey in a Dryer let us into this high secret society of pugs and their owners.

With Bob in tow, we showed up with Sid in his Yoda outfit. You have no idea how many safety pins it took to keep it on him -- even with Mom's custom alterations. Boy was he anxious to be put down and meet the other pooches running around. In all there were about a 100 other pugs there. All in costume and busy saying hello to each other "head to tail".

Sid wasted no time running up to each and every pug he could find. He was so busy meeting new friends, I think he forgot he was tangled up in a Yoda outfit. (Although the ears sure didn't last long.) It was a riot to watch all the pugs chasing and running and eating and sniffing. Definitely a pug free-for-all. Mira had just as much fun chasing the pugs, hugging them and meeting all the fellow owners. There were a few baby pugs that garnered most of her attention.

After a couple hours of the dogs running about, the costume contest began and each pug was paraded around the room for the judges. There sure were a lot of cute outfits! Some people really went all out and tortured dressed their pug(s) in outrageous homemade costumes.

Sid won "Honorable Mention" for his Yoda outfit, (really, it was his adorableness, I'm sure.) Andrea's pugs Ginger and Bentley won first place for their homemade "Fred and Wilma" costumes.

We had so much fun, (especially Sid.) We'll definitely be showing up for more pug events. There are over a hundred pictures from the day so peek at pugs to your hearts content...

Pug-O-Ween Pics