Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Violet Hour

Last night, Bryan and I met up with our great friend Bridget at a cocktail bar that I've been dying to go back to since I went the first time almost a year ago! Violet Hour is a prohibition era, old fashioned, high end cocktail bar.For those readers in the Twin Cities area, Bradstreet Crafthouse is a similar cocktail bar, but Violet Hour provides more of an intimate atmosphere. We loved our experience last night! Our waiter was very nice and social, providing witty comments about various cocktails and light stories about their work environment. The cocktails were amazing! We each had two, and passed them all around to taste. I personally liked the whiskey and potable bitters drinks.

The other thing that is cool about this bar is that you have to know about it to get in. The door is hidden as a part of a mural painting on the street wall (that I believe changes frequently and randomly). There are no signs. Even when you walk in, you think you're at the wrong place because there are dark heavy curtains that separate the entryway into 3 separate spaces before you actually enter the bar! I was so glad I had been there once before so I knew what to look for!

Please excuse the grainy picture - that's the iPhone 3GS hard at work.... holdin' out for the 5!

Oh, and another great aspect - the House Rules (from their website):

No cell phone use inside lounge.
Proper attire requested.
Please, no baseball hats.
Sorry, no reservations.
If you have a party of four, we'll give you four chairs. If your party is eight, we'll arrange eight chairs for you. No "party add-ons" without prior notification.
No O-Bombs. No Jager-Bombs. No bombs of any kind.
No Budweiser. No light beer. No Grey Goose. No Cosmopolitans.
And finally, please do not bring anyone to The Violet Hour that you wouldn't bring to your mother's house for Sunday dinner.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

House Hunting Round 3

We went back to Cleveland yet again this past weekend! This time we went for a home inspection on the second house we were pursuing. The inspection went well and we have begun to move forward with this house! We totally love the house and it was really fun to start thinking of where we would place furniture and what projects we'll start with first. We are beyond excited! Moving day is at the start of May will be here before we know it! 

Would you like a glimpse of our new kitchen? I love it! We'll get some stools for the breakfast bar :) I really like how the kitchen is open to the dining room because we love hosting!

In other news: Tomorrow is Match Day for all the 4th year medical students! I'm SO happy Bryan is doing urology and matched early (sorry friends). The anticipation of waiting so long would do me in! Bryan and I are excited to go up to this school tomorrow for the official Match celebrations and find out where all of our friends will be going. It's sad that the majority of our friends will be leaving the Chicago area; but on the bright side, we'll have plenty of locations to visit all over the country in the next few years!

If anyone is looking for a festive cocktail for St. Patty's festivities this weekend, check out my Green Cosmo!!