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Shopping, Wine and Beer.. Oh my!

Oh what a day it was! First of all, it was a beautiful day. One of the nicest we’ve had yet this “Spring” if that’s what you want to call it! Brad and I actually had the SAME day off together, now that never happens since we both work crazy retail hours. He left it up to me to decide what we were going to do for the day and I’m not bragging or anything but I think we had one great day!

We live a little North of Albany, NY. About 45 minutes further North is a place called Lake George. If you live in the NY,VT,MA,CT area you may have heard of it. It’s a VERY popular place in the summer to visit; many camping grounds, cute little shops, not to mention a HUGE beautiful lake! Did I mention shopping?

There are a set of outlets up there that kick butt. They are open all year round but I never thinking of taking the drive. Even my BFF lives about 15 minutes from there in the next town over, go figure! Anyhow, we decided to start there. Our few of our fav places to go are J.Crew, GAP and Banana Republic. I LOVE the BR outlet. I feel so at ease shopping there (yes I can wear their tops!) and it’s different vibe than the real store….. and they have the best deals. Between Brad and I we purchased 3 t-shirts for him and 2 nicer shirts for work for me all for about $35!! Seriously! His shirts were $2-3 each and my 2 nice tops for work were only $10 each! yay! After wondering in and out of some of the other outlets, we were on to our next stop.

Our next stop was really our my real reason for wanting to go up there (though trust me clothes were an added bonus!), the Adirondack Winery and Tasting Room. I somehow came across this winery randomly online one day. What a great find! It’s a cute shop right in the heart of town. They carry a large variety of wine. This they can do since they don’t have actual vineyards; they purchase their grapes. We did a wine tasting, $5 each and each of us got to chose 7 wines each to taste. Each received a menu with their wines listed, it’s rating, any rewards won etc. and that’s where we marked our orders.

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These cute tasting glasses came home with us for free!

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Then we purchased a plate of Sage Cheddar cheese to help cleanse our pallet in between tasting, well and who can resist cheese!

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I can’t wait to go back. I think our favorite wine there was a Stawsling. Exactly what it sounded, a mix of Riesling and strawberries. Then we picked up a few more items to take home,

*Grumble Grumble* now we were hungry, it was lunch time. I knew that there were 2 breweries  I’d like to check out in the area. After some FB’ing and Tweeting for suggestions, we decided on Davidson Brothers. This seemed to be an older brewery, very small in side but cute.

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I had one light beer, a Wheat Ale. Mmm beer, look at that list!

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We completed our visit with lunch (finally) and a yummy turkey burger topped with tomato and spinach. Everything was good, but I wish we had time to do a full sampler of beeeer!

As you can see we had a fun filled and belly filled  day. 2 Thumbs upThumbs up up !

HaPpy BiRtHdAy …… to me!

Surprise, it’s my birthday! Ok, maybe not that big of a surprise, since I told you last night that today is my birthday Smile

I had to work today, but that was ok because the hubby had to work also (oh the joys of having a retail job again!). I showed up to work to fine a birthday bag on the counter for me! yay! My awesome boss and co-worker left me the cutest bunny as a gift. See we have one on the counter and I’ve adored it since I started to work there. My co-worker just went through some treatments for breast cancer (and is cancer free now, yay!). When she found out the good news, our boss bought her this beautiful bunny which now sits on our counter. So much to my surprise, they gave me her sister for my birthday. Love it.

After work our plans were to spend the night with our good friends Jake and Lou (short for Mary Lou). They are our closest friends and you’ll hear about them a lot I’m sure! Brad (my hubby) and Jake grew up together and are best friends. Go figure they married 2 girls who could be long lost sisters we have so much in common! February is a big month for celebrations for us. First, Lou’s birthday is on the 23rd, our anniversary is the 24th and my birthday is the 26th. What better reasons to get together for some drinks, games and good conversation.

Lou and I started our own birthday tradition a few years back that we would exchange a bottle of wine for our birthday’s; something new we never had before. This year we gave her a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Normally we are all big Riesling fans, but decided to mix it up. Forgive me, I forget the name of the wine, I believe it was called “Mo”. The bottle’s description mentioned an almond taste and that sealed the deal. Lou loves almond flavor (amaretto is her favorite liquor eva!)

They gave me this bottle of chocolate wine…….mmmmm

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They know I love Chocolate Lab, another chocolate wine we discovered 2 years ago at a wine fest in Watkins Glen, NY (all NY wineries!). The difference between the 2 is that this Cocoa di Vine, is creamy.  We didn’t have a chance to try it just yet, but looks like it would be a special wine to have with (or for) dessert. I can’t wait for the first sip! The Chocolate Lab on the other hand is a red wine with a chocolate after taste. Another wine perfect for after dinner.

We spent the rest of the night chatting and catching up (Jake and I both just got new job recently) over wine (duh), crackers, hummus and veggies. We attempted to play our favorite card game, Skip Bo, but by then all had a bit too much to drink to concentrate ,oops. Even thought it was my birthday, I let Brad have the fun and I drove home this time (he always is DD hehe). It was as usual a great night spend with great friends!