Mid-winter skin can be dry and pale, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it! We’ve raved about this belle-ringer before, but thought you might need a little reminder…’cause it’s the total bomb-diggity!
Available at Nordstrom, Neimans , Saks, and (of course), Chanel…Soleil Tan de Chanel gives us just the right glow to combat the pale-skin doldrums and just the right amount of moisture to keep the flakiness at bay!
OurTALKGreenville cocktailin’ excursion this monthtook usto the most perfect little neighborhood spotinthe Hazelwood area of Haywood County, North Carolina…”theGateway to theSmokies”. Ashley Owens, owner ofBourbon Barrel Beef & Ale,graciously welcomed us to her delightful establishment with cocktails ready forsippin’ and nibbles ready fornibblin’. “Blown away” would bea very mild way to describe ourexperience!
Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon…
No surprise here…with bourbonin the name,there’s pretty much a guarantee you’ll find some interesting brown liquor drinks on the menu! While the fine stuff isso often enjoyed neat, Ashley isn’t afraid to toss a shot of Basil Hayden orBulleitintoa killer cocktail. In fact, all three of our featured libations have ahealthy doseof the brown stuff. That’s right up our alley!
The BB Bloody Mary
The first in this trifecta of bourbon concoctions is a real taste thrill…a Bloody Mary made withBasil Hayden!Spiced up a bit with a touch of Absolut pepper vodkaand garnished with bacon, pickled okra and olives,this bloody is a belle’s surecure for a crazy Saturday night…or a good start to any easy Sunday morning. #nobetterbloody
The Classic Old Fashioned…
A classic is never a bad idea,and this one is genius in its simplicity.BulleitBourbon is the anchor in this strong, consistent, reliable comfort-in-a-cup. Need something you can count on? The old-fashioned is your answer. Justsayin’#bourbonistheanswer
photo by Brindley Faile, Haywood County TDA
The Blackberry Bourbon Smash…
If you haveahankerin’ for abeautifulbeverage inside and out, thesmash is the coveted elixir in this threesome. Knob Creek bourbon is the star of the showhere;however,the fresh muddled blackberries, orange zest, sparkling water anda garnish of fresh mint and blackberry certainly earn their spots for best supporting ingredients. #smashitlikebourbon
Though we have gone heavy on the bourbon here, we can safely say that even a non-bourbon drinker will be delighted with the other options available on the cocktail menu. In fact, Ashley has gone to great lengths to call attention to her other specialties with “Margarita Monday”, “TiniTuesday”, “Wine Down Wednesday” and the ale-focused “ThrowdownThursday”. Cheers!
About those nibbles…
All this drinking can get your appetite up,and we were more than delighted to try some of the local fare. Amazing is anunderstatement- elegantly plated, delightfully portioned and only the freshest ingredients make the dishes worthy of any gourmet’s palate. The fried oysters were heaven and the French onion soup wasmagnifique. Not to be outdone, the firecracker shrimp and fried green tomatoes were positively scrumptious,and we are still dreaming about the roasted pepper, artichoke and feta dipas we headed back down the mountain!
We were quite charmed by this little neighborhood as well as the greater Waynesville/Haywood County area! Nestled in the mountains with the Blue Ridge Parkwayweaving through, there is an abundance of mountain-inspiredactivities to keep the whole family busy. Andat onlyan hour-and-a-half from downtown Greenville, it’sjust a hop and a skip. Well worth the visitin our opinion! Take a peek at what the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has in store for you! #haynow
Happy 2019, belles!! We must admit, the holidays were a blur, and now we find ourselves in mid-late January! How does this happen?? We’ve realized it’s time to get serious about settling into 2019. First up…get rid of 2018, 2017, 2016…2006…you get it, right!?
Read this from Life Hack to get yourself in the right frame of mind. Then get busy!
We love this list from HGTV on what you can toss now:
Spare contact lens cases
Broken costume jewelry
Wrinkled wrapping paper and crushed bows
Latex paint (if it’s more than a year old)
A bread machine
VHS workout tapes
Manuals for appliances and electronics (they’re all available online)
We took a little Asian adventure for our TALKGreenville cocktailin’outingthismonth –Otto Izakayaon Main Street in Greenville – andwe learned a thing or two! First,we now know what an “izakaya” is. It’s an informal restaurant/bar-type establishment found all across Asia, so the term totally fits this fun little sushi/Asian-fare place! Second, we learned a new purpose for pickle juice (more on that later). And third, we discovered thatKatelin, thebar manager,and her trusty sidekick, Aaron,really have this cocktailin’thing figured out!
Katelin and Aaron love itwhen people scoot upto the barand ask about the sake selection –especially when they have it stuck in their head that they don’t even like sake! Otto Izakaya boasts quite an extensive sake list, and as they say,there is something to suit all tastes. And stay tuned…sake tasting dinners are in the works, so follow@otto_izakaya2 on Instagram for the skinny on the plans!
We have beenmotivated by the margarita of late, and much like white jeans,it can now be a year-round indulgence! (so we indulge…and so should you. Just sayin). This lychee version hits very high marks with a Souza cucumber chili tequila, Cointreau, lychee syrup, fresh lime and a splash of sour, topped with a salted rim.Strong but not over-powering,thisisa great cocktail for anytime.
Nail in Hibiki’s Coffin…
A simple drink can bejust the rightthe answer to a long day and this one made with Hibiki Japanese whiskey, Drambuie, and bitters blooms on thetastebudsand makes the drudgeriesof the daydisappear. Therobustwhiskey is softenedby the bitters, and the citrus livens it upa bit…makingthis the ideal drink for the manly man, the girly man, the girly girl or manly girl…so go for it!
Photo by Nathan Gray Hot Huck Fizz…
44°NorthHuckleberry vodka, Parma pomegranate liqueur, fresh lime juice, jalapeño simple syrup, a splash of cranberry and a floater of sparkling wine create a festive and fancybeverage. Who doesn’t get perked up with some bubbles? This is any easyway to while away the evening and is a guaranteed pleasure to sip.
The“Dickle & a Pickle”and itsshotto friends…
Some clever names like the “Dickle & a Pickle” and the “Tickelback”really caught our attention in the“shotto” section of the menu.(this is when we learnedthat little lesson about picklejuice)Basically, these two clever creationsare shots with a pickle juice chaser…and the result is mind-blowing! So much so thatwe took the combination home and have been introducing it to all our nearest and dearest!The Dickle & aPickle features George Dickel whiskey while the Ticklebackfeatures Hornitos Plata tequila…and the sting of both is obliterated by the pickle juice. Why have we not known this little trick all along??
Photo by Nathan Gray
Witha menu featuringthe usual sushi-bar favesalong with some surprises (hello, Banh Mi Sliders and Izakaya Fries),Otto Izakaya hasthe fix for just but any cravingof the Asian persuasion. And no worries if the craving hits a little on the late side. They keep the kitchen hoppin’ until 12:30 am (with full menu) and the doors open until 2!Now that’s what we callaimin’ to please–day and night! Go now – and later – and later.
Otto Izakaya . 802 S Main Street . Greenville . 864-568-5880
We are still at the cocktailin’! Here’s our latest contribution to TALKGreenville …
There’s a new kid in town…andshe brought some boom magic with her!Tacozziniis the newhappenin’spot in the heart of theAugusta Road areathat by all accounts is both“awesome andunexpected”…owner AmyRinkowski’sdefinition of “boom magic”.It’s the perfect spot to duck in after some holiday party-hoppin’ for arelaxing end to a hectic day (or maybe you need a mid-day pick-me-up…a respite from all theshoppin’…justsayin’). WhileAmy has had her hands in the restaurant biz for quite a while,this is the first “baby” of her very own…with a menu created in her very imaginative head where tacos and pizza sit side-by-side, andhand-craftedcocktails get their own unique spin.We like where she’sgoin’with this!
And speaking of those hand-crafted, inventive cocktails, these folks are adamant abouta full 2 ounce pour with the spiritsandcarefully–measuredingredients toensure a consistent product every time! We just love precision incocktailin’!
All of the handcrafted cocktails here aresimply divine. Theyuseonlythe highest quality ingredients,insuring that you can get a simply-done,tasty beverage without all the fluff that masksanyinferior product. With the holidays upon us,it’s vastly important to look out for ourhealth and theBuchiHibiscus Tea will save you from all the excess of holiday partying. Made withBuchipeach and gingerkombucha(which all by itself is a taste thrill…justsayin’),Tito’s vodka and a hint of hibiscus,this is the perfect answer for all those into health and well-being. You just can’t go wrong with thisone!
Amy and her husband married in Belize,and on the marriage license he is identified asa bachelor while Amy is documented as spinster (defined as an older woman well past the suitable age for marriage–which by the way is a hoot,as there is nothing old or unsuitableabout this firecracker of a gal!) She decided to pay homage to this quite hystericalBelizianmemory with this bit of R&Rin aglass. Rum Haven coconut rum(which is made with coconut water)is blended with fresh pineapple juice, a hint of bitters and a dash of simple syrup creating the ideal cocktail to melt the stress away.
photo by Nathan Gray
The Mango Habanero Margarita
We haven’t tasted a margarita this good in a long time…maybe ever!The flavors are subtle – muddled mango, just a hint of habanero, plenty of lime andLunazultequila (whichisvery good– 100% blue agave –but you can get “top shelf”if you prefer). Even those with tendertastebudswill appreciate the nuances of this well-balanced,muydeliciosacocktail!
tacos-n-pizza…a marriage made in foodie heaven
These aren’t the pizzas you get in Italy or the tacos you get in Mexico…trust us! These are mind-blowin’, foodie versions that kick the old classics out of the water! With a focus on flavor and freshness, every bite is afeastin’ fiesta (orfestainitaliano). And, just to one-up your basic pizza once again, Amy found the very best cauliflower crust as a nod to her gluten-free guests, but – to her surprise – it’s flying out the door faster than the regularcrust. We are hard-core fans!
photo by Nathan Gray
Open forlunch and dinnerevery single day…yes, even Sunday and Monday…Amy mightget tired of seeing us! It’s just too easy to belly up to the bar to enjoyour favorite beveragealongside our current obsession,the Greek Street pizza, or perhaps something off the “not-so-secret secret-menu” (you MUST ask!) and call it a day.
A resident of the neighborhood herself, Amy wanted a casual, kick-back kind of place where locals could gather, visit, watch a game, and grab a bite & a beveragewithout an ounce of pretense. Mission accomplished! #boommagic
Tacozzini.1818 Augusta Street, Suite120.Greenville.