Normally, when visiting Carmel, I stay with family or friends. However, when presented with the opportunity to travel home for a girls-only weekend… I felt like a hotel stay was exactly what I needed! It just so happened, that I was traveling home to Carmel, the very same weekend that the beautiful Hotel Carmichael had it’s grand opening! They invited me to stay at the hotel and I jumped at the opportunity!
As I stepped through the doors of the hotel, I felt like I had stepped through a time portal that took me to a fabulous New York City hotel in the 1920’s. The lobby was classic, yet chic, lit with elegant chandeliers lining the halls and a grand piano filling the space with beautiful music. I knew I was in for a treat. As I entered the room to the hotel, I was met with the sound of Sinatra filling the room from the bluetooth speaker. It completely set the tone for a wonderful stay at this classically gorgeous hotel.
I was so excited to see a gift compiled with things from the surrounding shops. Hotel Charmichael is located right in the middle of downtown Carmel. In the center of incredible restaurants, surrounded by the cutest boutiques, and right across the street from the Palladium. It’s right off the Monon trail. On Saturday morning, Carmel has a farmer’s market right out front of the hotel.
One of my favoriote parts of the weekend was getting to stroll through the market drinking the most delicious coffee. Truly the perfect location to be able to experience Carmel at it’s finest.
My first night at the hotel, I was invited to bring my girlfriends along for the grand opening of their restaurant, Vivante. The food was absolutely incredible. After living in France, I am quite the francophile.. and have a slight obsession with french food. The talented chef nailed all of the wonderful flavors of France with the delightful menu. My friends and I had the best evening complete with delicious wine, and LOTS of laughs. Isn’t that the point of a girls weekend?? A permasmile!
My stay was relaxing, comfortable (for real the most comfy hotel pillows I have ever experienced), and I was treated with kindness everywhere I went. I highly recommend you check out Hotel Carmichael, even if you aren’t staying there, pop over for a delicious cocktail in their beautiful lobby bar and enjoy the sounds from the grand piano!
I don’t mean to brag, but I’m known far and wide (among my friends) for being THE best frozen drink maker in all the land. With cinco de mayo rapidly approaching, I figured that I would finally share how I make my frozen margaritas!
This is a no frills, NOT diet-friendly recipe, but it will please the taste buds, and have you feeling like dancing for sure!! 😜
(makes about 4)
1 can of frozen minute made Lime concentrate (most important ingredient)
Tequila ( I use Espolon silver)
A beer of choice (Honestly, I usually use Coors or Miller light).
Pour the entire can of frozen Limeade into the blender. Then fill that can about an inch from the top with Tequila. Pour that tequila right on in that blender. Fill blender with ice. Then pour beer over the mixture until about an inch below the ice. Now put the lid on and hit liquify on that blender. You want to blend for at least one minute in order to not get ice chunks into the mixture. Nobody wants to deal with ice chunks, am I right? We need that nice smooth consistency. Now pour it into your glass and enjoy 🙂
**If your margarita is a little to watery.. add a few more cubes of ice onto the top and re-blend. Each blender is a little different, so sometimes you have to finagle the ice/beer ratio 😂.
It’s the freakin’ weekend (although it may just feel like a Tuesday… #quarantinelife), so you know what that means… time for a quarantini!!! This weeks cocktail of choice : The Paloma.
I saw a friend of mine enjoying one of these on Instagram last week, and I’ve been dying for one ever since! I’ve mentioned before that I love a tart drink, and nothing says tart like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice is like a little piece of heaven with its soury- sweetness, and makes the perfect cocktail for a warm Quarantine evening ;-).
Tequila (I use Espolon).
1/4 cup of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice (about 1/2 of a lime)
Topo Chico (or club soda)
First pour a little salt on a plate. Then add a little lime juice on the rim of your glass, and dip the rim of the glass in the salt. Pour desired amount of tequila in glass. Add 1/4 cup grapefruit juice, juice from half of a lime, then fill the cup with ice. Now top off with Topo chico, give it a little stirry stir.. and you are ready to enjoy!!
Seeing that every day feels a little like Groundhog’s Day… I have spiced things up a bit by making this little “Quarantini”. Full disclosure; It’s not a martini.. it’s really just a cocktail, but I just like saying “Quarantini” 😂.
Topo Chico (could substitute with club soda..but Topo Chico is better)
Hot Steve **optional** (for me Steve is essential.. he’s a spicy little rim salt that I crave 😉)
First, get some Hot Steve (or salt) all up on that rim! To make this perfect Quarantini, pour the desired amount of tequila in your Goblet (I’m not judging the amount). You must use a fancy cup/ or Goblet because in quarantine life, we all deserve to be just a little extra! Now, bust out your lime squeezer and squeeze every last drop of juice into the goblet. Now add a splash of cointreau. More than a splash will sweeten up your cocktail. For some, this is desired. For me, I like a tart drink, so just a splash is perfect! Fill your goblet with ice, now top it off with delicious Topo Chico, and you have yourself a “Quarantini”! Enjoy
** Warning** This Quarantini could cause you to stay up wayyy too late watching re-runs of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and making random amazon purchases. Please drink responsibly