Ales for Anglers

This weekend we attended the Ales for Anglers. It was a beer and music festival in Boca Raton. Huck and Karl were entered into the homebrew competition. They spent many weeks brewing the required 20 gallons of beer for the event. Well, they actually brewed 40 gallons of beer. Four 10 gallon batches. Our house was overflowing with beer the days leading up to the event.

The night before the event, I made signs for each of the beers. Zink Brewing Company {Karl’s homebrew name} made Sunburn Imperial Red and Sinkhole Russian Imperial Stout. Hucklebuck Brewing Company {Huck’s name} made Whitecap Wheat and Operation IPA-1A. I corrected the sign before we left. And don’t worry, the boys wrote the descriptions! 

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Our car was loaded down with supplies.

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Karl and Huck went all out of this event, too. They bought banners, signs, stickers. Actually, all the homebrews at the event went all out. Everyone had names and banners for their beers.

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I helped set up the kegs… I’ve been working out!

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I can’t tell you how many times I had to explain to people they could not buy any of the beer at the event commercially. I think that says a lot when people ask where they can find more of your stuff though!  Ales for Anglers  (7)

Creative tap handles. I handed out beer the whole time. I love Huck’s IPA and didn’t sample much else.

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The women that put up with their homes being taken over by beer and countless Sunday devoted to brewing… Karl and Huck are lucky!!

Greg was at the event, too. He was representing 26° Brewing Company {I had to Google how to add the degree symbol! Holy Hell! It took 6 key strokes!}



Greg tapped out before we did, and came over to get his Vitamin C fix!

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In the end, Huck and Karl came in 2nd! They were pretty disappointed, too. They were really hoping for first, and worked so hard for it. I felt bad for all three of them.

Right before they announced the winner, it started sprinkling and you could see lightening in the distance. Once they announced the winner, we decided to head out. 

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I thought we’d go home with at least 10 gallons of beer, but managed to tap all four kegs! The IPA was the first to go.

We ended the night with the traditional, post beer competition, pizza before calling it a night.

They actually had to cancel the rest of the event before the headliner started performing.



These people were hard core! My ass wouldn’t be standing out there! I have a slight fear of lighting. Actually, I don’t consider it a fear. I’m just not stupid enough to stand outside “watching the lighting!”

Huck also made a great video for the event, too. {Click here or on the picture below to watch the video}

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Such a fun day with some of our best friends!


Wynwood Brewing and Wynwood Art District

After our South Beach tour with Miami Culinary Tours, we headed over to Wynwood Art District to check out Wynwood Brewing Company {My goal is to see how many times I can say Wynwood in one post!}

Wynwood is a very interesting area. At first it appears to be an abandoned, rough, part of Miami covered in graffiti, but what looks like rundown building are actually full of restaurants, art galleries, and a brewery.

It actually passed Wynwood Brewing Company twice before we realized what it was.

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Huck noticed the banner hanging on the wall. I was to busy looking at all the artwork on the walls. Every wall through Wynwood is covered in artwork.

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The walls of Wynwood even had a beer theme. Wynwood Brewing Company (7)Wynwood Brewing Company (8)

Once inside we sat at the bar, enjoyed a flight, and watched the guys brew beer.

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I tried the La Rubia, Pop’s Porter, Beat The Meat, and Wynwood IPA. I really enjoyed the La Rubia. I’ve noticed I do not care for wheat and blonde styles as much, but this one was really good.

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Even the inside of the brewery was full of artwork.

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Once we finished our beers, we walked around.

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We walked in a couple art stores and passed countless art galleries during our walk. It’s such a neat area. You think a building is abandoned, but behind the gate, there would be a bar garden.


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I really wanted to stop at this coffee shop and see if they had Cafe Cubano. We decided against it, though. I wanted to sleep that night!

I want to go back and explore more of the city and take the Wynwood Miami Culinary Tour.

After leaving Wynwood, we stopped at a craft beer bar in Fort Lauderdale. Huck read about Riverside Market in a craft beer magazine and wanted to check it out.

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Riverside is like an old gas station, with over 550 craft beers. You’re allowed to pick out whatever beer you like and take it to your table. When you’re ready to go, you take your empties to the cashier and check out. They operate on the honor system.

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I picked a Gluten Free beer just to try it, and I had about three sips! It was GROSS! I imagine if I couldn’t have gluten, I’d be excited to drink it though.

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Huck was in Heaven!

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We ordered a BBQ Chicken Pizza while Huck enjoyed his beer. It was really good, too! It was such a fun day. It’s easy to forget there is still so much we haven’t seen or done in Florida, and it doesn’t require airfare or a hotel.

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Well, that was our day! And it only took two weeks to finish! I’ve been REALLY slacking on my blog lately. It’s just SO HARD to find motivation to blog when I sit at a computer all day. The last thing I want to do when I get home is work on the computer more.


Baked Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Monday was a bad day. Dane Cook does a skit about crying and that was me yesterday. It got worse after I got off work and went for a bike ride. I was tempted to just go home and crawl in bed but thought some exercise would make me feel better… HA!

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Huck had us go down a new trail that I’m sure is called The Sand Trap. Imagine riding your bike on a frozen lake. That’s about what it was like. I was getting so frustrated and combined with everything that happened earlier in the day, it was bad! At one point, Huck stopped on the trail, near a log, to wait on me. I went to go around the log, my pedal hit the log, and I almost fell… AGAIN! {Last week, I fell into a bush and scratched my legs up and bruised my ankle pretty bad}

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I knew he was about to tell me what I did wrong and at that moment I didn’t want to hear it. I just wanted him to go away! I acted like a total girl, too. I screamed at him to just go away. I didn’t want to hear it! Just leave! I may have scream out loud a few times, too. Luckily, it was just the two of us out in the woods because I made a total ass of myself.

He told me he wanted to make sure I was OK, and he didn’t stop to make me mad. Of course, I felt like a bigger ass after that, but I just wanted to be pissed off alone. He finally took the hint and carried on. Once I made it out of the sand trap from hell, I did laps on the paved portion of the park waiting on him to finish and allow myself time to cool off.

Once I got home, I went straight to the kitchen. I don’t know why, but cooking makes me feel a million times better as long as I don’t burn anything!

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Chopping is therapeutic for me! An hour later, I had this amazing meal and felt like a new woman.

Surprisingly, I never cried. We just didn’t talk about my meltdown on the trails or my bad day at work. And Huck told me like 10 times how great dinner was {he was trying to make me feel better and I love him for it!!}

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It was already dark outside by the time I took dinner out of the oven, so I didn’t plan to photograph our meal. Huck insisted and had everything ready before I could say no. Another way I know he was trying to make me feel better.

The pictures are not that great, but this meal was really worth posting. I was being so hard on myself yesterday, but I did admit, I can cook some yummy food. Cooking is the one thing that is 100% mine.

So the moral of the story, don’t ride your bike on a day when you feel shitty about yourself, I can be a crazy person sometimes, and I have the world’s greatest husband!! He has to be the greatest to deal with my meltdown and try to make me feel better instead of being mean or yelling at me like some husbands would. But that’s why I married him!

Now, I’m off for more kitchen therapy! I’m sure I’ll be spending a lot of time in there between now and Friday!

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Apple Ginger Pork Tostadas with Pineapple Slaw

I’m really excited to share this recipe with you guys. This recipe actually starts with a Cider, Angry Orchard Cider to be exact. This isn’t something I usually drink or cook with. I found one in our refrigerator a while back. I’m not even sure where it came from, but I’ve been brainstorming recipe ideas for weeks now. I’d like to add Angry Orchard has one of the coolest tap handles.

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The Ginger was throwing me off, but I figured, I’ve give it a try, and I’m glad I did. The Apple and Ginger flavor were perfect with the Pineapple Slaw.

Growing up, I hated cabbage and that included slaw! I’m not sure what changed but recently, I’ve started liking it. It’s crazy how your taste buds change. I still HATE sauerkraut, though. The addition of Pineapple really made this dish. It added a nice sweetness to the spicy BBQ sauce I used.

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I’m also in love with my slow cooker. I can prep everything before work, and when I get home the house smells amazing and dinners finished! The best part, it’s a one pot meal! Win Win!

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Any BBQ sauce will work for this recipe, but I recommend trying something with a little heat. The slaw helps cool the spicy but adds an extra layer of flavor.

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You can also make these ahead and assemble when ready to eat. Honestly, it’s the prefect meal. It’s a full meal on a crispy tostada.

Weekend Recap

Friday night, we had dinner with our friends Brent and Leaha, in Lake Worth at Havana Hideout.

We started with a massive plate of nachos, and I had the What Guy Ate {the restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.} My dish came with a  Half Cuban Sandwich, Fish Taco, and Pianono, and Huck ordered a Tamale. Everything was really good.

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After dinner, we went to a bonfire on the beach. This is my new favorite thing to do, now! Unfortunately, it was the last one until September.

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Saturday, we were sitting around the house. I went out to walk the dogs and told Huck to get ready. We were leaving. I was way to nice outside to be suck inside. We started the day at Guacamole in Jupiter Farms.

We started with the best tortillas chips EVER! The were thick and crispy. Man they were good!

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Huck ordered Steak, Chicken, and Shrimp Fajitas

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and I ordered Tamales and Chicken Tacos.

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We ate this for 2 more meals, too. They didn’t mess around with portions.

After dropping our leftovers off, we headed to TBC to grab a growler.

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With a growler of Gnarly Barley in hand, we made our way to the beach.

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Saturday, we went to the beach, went swimming at our neighborhood pool, and grilled outside. We acted like real Floridians.

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Beer Bread BLT

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OMG!! I have a recipe to share! With halfway decent pictures! I know; I couldn’t believe it either. I’ve been in kind of a beer recipe funk lately. I honestly couldn’t think of anything to make. Everything I thought about, I’d already made. I was tempted to go through old post and re-photograph some of my recipes. I’m that desperate for content, and some of those recipes are amazing but will never get the time they deserve because of crappy pictures!

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All that changed yesterday afternoon at work. I was staring at my computer and BAM! A recipe came to mind, then another one. I thought of 5 ways to include beer recipes into our little ‘challenge’ we have going on right now.

We’re really bad about going to Publix and buying stuff for dinner when we already have a freeze/refrigerator/pantry full of stuff. When I opened the freeze last week and a pack of chicken thighs landed on my toes, I decided to start Operation Clean Out The Freezer. I made a list of all the meat we currently had and took inventory of everything in the pantry and fridge that needed to be used. Some of the items in the freezer are starting to get freezer burn and need to be used ASAP! All the more reason to not buy more, right?

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From my inventory list {Yes, I’m really that dorky. I created an inventory list! An actually list!}, I came up with a list of 16 meals we could make using the meat in the freezer, items in the fridge, and stuff in the pantry. Actually, I came up with 14, but I’ve added two meals for lunch {Tuna Casserole and these BLT sandwiches}. We’re not buying anything new until everything we currently have is gone, so no random trip to Publix to buy stuff for tacos. I actually feel like this little challenge has made me more creative in the kitchen the past two weeks. That could explain me coming up with beer recipes.

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Now, back to this delicious BLTs. Our friend gave us a bag of fresh tomatoes from their neighbor’s garden on Sunday. Holly said something about BLT sandwiches, and I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. We had a pack of bacon that needed to be used up, too. The only problem, I didn’t have any loaf bread. I did have a whole bag of self-rising flour in my pantry, though! And an endless supply of craft beer.

At first, I was worried the Beer Bread would fall apart, and a few pieces did, but after toasting each piece in a pan, everything held together fine. And nothing beats warm, fresh, bread right out of the oven!

I skipped the iceberg lettuce on this one. I think it’s so boring, so I decided to try some baby spinach to switch things up. Plus I’m sure I helped increase my Calcium, Vitamin K, etc. for the day.

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I used Shiner Bohemian Black Lager for the bread. It had the perfect amount of flavor without being overpowering.

It took every ounce of willpower I have not of make another one {I needed some of photos!} l couldn’t wait to finish snapping these pictures, so I could devour this sandwich, by the way. I felt like Ginny with a strip of bacon in his face, “can I eat it now? NOW? GIVE ME BACON AND BEER BREAD!!” People that know Ginny know exactly what I mean by that.

Now, hopefully I’m back in the beer recipe making saddle again. The fact that it’s darker a little later helps with pictures, too. I’m not promising anything, though!

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Lake Okeechobee Bike Ride

It’s time for my weekly recap since it seems like all I can manage to blog about lately.

Friday, we spent Valentines Day at home making sushi and homemade Udon soup. After dinner, we watched Las Vegas. If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend it! So funny. Cheesy but funny!

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Saturday, we drove ALL the way out to Lake Okeechobee to meet up with some friends for a fun bike ride along the lake. Every six months, a group of people meet at a park north of Indiantown, and ride, along the lake, to a hole in the wall bait shop/bar to drink beer and hangout.

Huck, Karl, and myself left Jupiter around 9AM and made the hour drive north west. It’s crazy how different the West side of 95 is from our area. Really, it’s like a different world over there. We passed countless horse, cow, and sugarcane farms. It’s very pretty, but I’d never live way out there!!

We met our group of about 10 people and headed North around the lake. It is HUGE by the way. Honestly, it looks like the ocean.

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As we were riding, we started passing people with race numbers on their shirts. Someone in our group asked what they were doing. There’s a race every year that goes around the whole lake. 118 MILES! And these people had been running for over 24 hours. I can’t even fathom that. I actually spend way too much time reading blog post about runners past experiences with the race. I thought maybe they’d stop and sleep or something over night. NOPE! They run all day and night. Last years winner finished in 26 hours. Is that humanly possible?

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After reading all that, our simple 8 mile ride seemed like a warm up for these people. We headed East through a trailer park before arriving at our destination. It was much nicer than I imagined a bar, which served $1 beers, in a trainer park could be.

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We stayed for about 2 hours, before making our way back to the cars. I did not go prepared to ride 18+ miles. My tiny mountain bike seat is not made for long rides sitting down.

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We made great time on the way back {a pain in your butt will do that}. Once we arrived at the car, we enjoyed our Publix subs and “Crack” {Karl brought some Salt and Pepper chips and we devoured, almost, the whole bag}.

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From there, everyone headed to Vine and Barley in Palm City. This is my new favorite bar. Besides the impressive craft beer menu, they have a wine bar. You load money onto a card {I did $10} and purchase the wine of your choice. Prices are different for each wine, and you can pick between a 1.5, 3, and 6 ounces pour. I tried 6 different wines 1.5oz samples with my $10. 3 reds and 3 whites.

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I know NOTHING about wine, and this was the prefect way to try a few different styles and brands without spending $6+ for one glass and not liking it. I really wish we had a place like this in Jupiter!

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Sunday, we ran a few errands and cleaned up the house. It was nice having a whole day at home. I feel like we’ve been so GO GO GO lately. I actually spent most of the day watching the Olympic couples short dance and the USA vs. Russia hockey game. I’m not a big hockey fan, but that game was intense.

And that was my recap… I’m impressed I finished it before the week was over.  


Jupiter Beer Fest Weekend

I’m a little behind on some stuff. So, I’m going back, way back, to Beer Fest Weekend. If you remember last year’s Beer Fest was a LONG weekend. This year was no different, but I was more prepared for the festivities.


The weekend started on Thursday folding T-Shirts. It ended with beers at TBC. I needed to prep my liver after all.


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Friday, I got off work early and went home to get ready for Field of Beers. This is hands down my favorite food/beer event. Food made with beer + beer pairing = Heaven for me! My favorite food was, of course, the Cider Donuts. Second was the Scottish Egg. It was a hardboiled egg, covered in sausage, breaded, and fried. Honestly, it tasted like an egg wrapped in stuffing. Yum!

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Huck has some great video of me talking about how much I love the donuts. I was waiting for him to finish the video before doing this post, but he hasn’t finished it yet. He has lots of videos to go through.

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The Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha was really good. I wasn’t sure about it at first, though. I’ve tried a Maple Bacon Porter before and it was like drinking pure maple syrup… Blah!! None of the favors, in this beer, were too overpowering.

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I left only feeling slightly miserable and fairly sober. Over the course of the night, I had 4 donuts total, thinking I could get more on Saturday. They were not available at the beer festival : (. If I had known, I would have consumed a lot more! Next year, it’s on!

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Saturday, started with me frantically trying to find baskets for the Barley Dolls. I put it off all week, and had to go to 3 different stores to find a plain wicker basket that wasn’t $10+ each. I finally found some at the Dollar Store.

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I arrived at Roger Dean Stadium sporting my new Barley Doll shirt.

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A few weeks ago, the organizer of Beer Fest, asked if the Barley Dolls would be interested in helping with the event. I agreed and asked a few ladies to help out. Our task, throw hops along the “parade” route behind the bagpipe players. When I opened the bag of hops, to fill the baskets, everyone started questioning what we were throwing. Dianna posted a picture with a hashtag saying “Hops not Hash”.

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Once it was time, two groups of 4 bagpipe players, 2 drummers, and 3 Barley Dolls walked around the stadium, starting in the outfield. Each group followed the road around the stadium. We passed the lines of people, one for people who already had tickets and one for people waiting to buy tickets before our groups met at the main gate. Once our group was inside, the gates opened and the Beer Festival officially started. We all laughed as we looked at each other covered in Hops.

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Huck was nice enough to hold everyone stuff during the parade.

I ordered cards to hand out, and everyone spent the day drinking beer and promoting the BD’s. Honestly, I think more guys asked us about our group than girls. The girls that help were awesome! Thank you ladies, again!!

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I actually did an interview for the yearly video as part of the Barley Dolls. It’s never a good idea to agree to be interviewed while drinking, by the way. Guy dressed like a monk: “What’s your favorite part of Beer Fest?” Me: “The Beer?” Really, how else could you answer that?

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After the festival was over, we had dinner, and went home to let the dogs out before heading to TBC. We both sat on the couch and fell asleep around 9:30 and never made it. I’m not even sad about it either. Apparently, some people stayed up until 4AM. NO THANKS!


Sunday, we woke up nice and refreshed. We headed to the beach around noon where we mingled, ate more good food, drank more good beer, and enjoyed the sunny warm day. After the beach, we made our way to Square Grouper where I called it a night around 8PM. I had a ride home and jumped on it. I went home, cleaned up some, and was in bed by 11PM, “Who am I??” Huck rode the bus back, and arrived home around 1AM. When he woke me up to let me know he was home, I was happy to already be in bed. I told my coworkers I’d be in late Monday, my job is pretty laid back about stuff like that, but ended up getting up early and making it to the gym, “Again, What’s happen to me??” This damn 9-5 job has me all messed up!

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As always, it was a great weekend. As soon as Huck’s finishes the video, I’ll have it uploaded for you guys.


Funky Buddha and Lucero

As part of Huck’s Christmas present, I bought him tickets to see one of his favorite bands play in Fort Lauderdale. Lucero is a pop, alternative, country band. Their songs are not on the radio, so you’ve probably never heard them before. Unless you watch The Walking Dead. Apparently, one of their songs was on the show.

We saw them a few years ago in Atlanta, and I wasn’t a fan. I like rock music but their stuff is raspy country rock. If that makes any sense. Since then, I started warming up to them and actually liking their music (My Best Girl is my favorite)

So, last night, after I got off work, we made the hour long drive south to Oakland Park. The Culture club was only a few miles from Funky Buddha, so made the most of the trip down south and stopped in for dinner and drinks.

{Some of the pictures below are from our first trip there a few months ago. I posted them so you could see what the place looks like, since I forgot to share them before.}

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When we arrived, they let us know they were tapping a German Chocolate Cake Brown Ale. I didn’t have to look at the menu after that. German Chocolate was all I needed to know.

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We also ordered some food from Caleta. Every night, Funky Buddha has a food truck available. Caleta wasn’t a food truck, though. It was more like a catered event where you could purchase food.

Caleta specialized in Peruvian food. Huck ordered the Seco de Carne & Tacu Tacu {Cilantro Beef Stew with a Bean Cake}. I ordered the Aguadito de Pollo {Chicken, Potato, Rice, and Pea Soup} I found a recipe for the soup today and really want to make it at home!

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The pictures suck, I know, but both dishes were great. And warm soup was perfect for a cold night. The German Chocolate Cake Beer was the perfect dessert!

After we finished our beers, we went to the Culture Room. The place is really small, but you’re guaranteed to have a great place to watch the concert.

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Unless this A Hole stands in front of you.

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They put on a great show! I really enjoyed the concert. I was disappointed they didn’t play My Best Girl, though!

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We made it home by 1AM. Our old house was 45 minutes to an hour away from downtown Atlanta, but didn’t seem as far as Fort Lauderdale does. Maybe I’m just not use to making that long drive anyone?

Merry Christmas Huck ;) I hope you had fun!  

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