It was my birthday last week on the 28th of February, as I'm sure you know because I talked about it since the 1st...and I may still be talking about it now a full week later. Regardless, I spent my golden birthday in Austin Texas and it was lit. Obv.


I decided to do a food and drink tour because what else would I do to celebrate my life? No really...I'll wait. But I don't want to bore you with words so watch this vlog I created. What the hell else are you going to do for the next 10 minutes of your life? I thought so.




You can see more content as always at @NailTheCocktail on Instagram but in the event you're lazy here it all is:


THE ROOSEVELT ROOM


ZOMBIE

RR Tiki Rum blend, Donn’s mix, Falernum, lime, grenadine, Angostura Bitters, caramelized Absinthe, served in a skull with flamed cinnamon powder


MILK PUNCH

Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, Barsol Mosto Verde Pisco, Evan Williams Bonded Bourbon, Landy VS Cognac, Batavia Arrack, Kubler Absinthe, Peychaud’s bitters, whole milk whey, pineapple, lemon, chai tea, winter spices



LUCKY ROBOT


JAPANESE DEVIL'S TAIL

habanero-infused sake shooters, lychee, pineapple, lime & chipotle sour, served in frozen cucumber cups


SPINACH & TOFU DUMPLINGS

spinach & tofu dumplings cashew cheese, candied cashew, cilantro, red curry oil


TORO+FIG

bigeye tuna, black mission fig, house cured pork lardo, candied cashew, micro arugula, red curry oil


CHIKI TORO

bigeye tuna, cured pork lardo, negi


MANGO & GREEN TEA MOCHI


MIDNIGHT COWBOY


BUROTU

Casa Noble Reposado Tequila, El Silencio Mezcal, yellow chartreuse, drambuie, passion fruit, lime, rhubarb bitters


GOLDEN PATH

Russell's Reserve 6yr rye whiskey, Batavia Arrack, pandan & ginger, coconut palm sugar, raw honey, almond butter, lime, egg white


Basil Hayden's Bourbon, Rujero Singani, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, velvet falernum, orgeat, pineapple, firewater


BARLEY SWINE


KC & THE SUNCHOKE BAND

Cazadores Reposado, Chocolate Cafecito, Sunchoke, Meyer Lemon


THAI ONE ON

Waterloo Yaupon Gin, Lemongrass, Coconut Milk, Copper Canyon, Lime



TERRY BLACK’S BARBEQUE


BEEF RIBS ON THE FIRE PIT

FIRE PIT

BEEF RIB

mac-n-cheese, onions and pickles


BEEF RIB

mac-n-cheese, onions and pickles


TORCHY’S TACOS


BAJA SHRIMP (top) & TRAILER PARK (bottom)

BAJA SHRIMP: FRIED SHRIMP, COOKED CABBAGE SLAW, PICKLED ONIONS & JALAPEÑOS, COTIJA CHEESE, CILANTRO & A LIME WEDGE WITH CHIPOTLE SAUCE ON A CORN TORTILLA.


TRAILER PARK: FRIED CHICKEN, GREEN CHILES, LETTUCE, PICO DE GALLO & CHEDDAR JACK CHEESE WITH POBLANO SAUCE ON A FLOUR TORTILLA. “GET IT TRASHY” – TAKE OFF THE LETTUCE & ADD QUESO (CAL 385).


THE WRANGLER

EGGS, POTATOES, SMOKED BEEF BRISKET & CHEESE WITH TOMATILLO SAUCE ON A FLOUR TORTILLA


LIL' NOOKIES

FRIED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH DUSTED WITH POWDERED SUGAR & TOPPED WITH CHERRIES



Cheers heathens. I love you.


-NTC

I have to admit, I've walked past Precinct Kitchen + Bar many times in my life and always wondered what kind of food they served...was it fancy (I mean it's attached to the Loews hotel)...would I like it? About a week ago (week ago), I decided to finally give it a chance knowing I would be in Back Bay all day running errands, shopping with money I should be saving, you know: the usual. I'll be the first to tell you, I walked in and was stunned by the home-y yet modern yet classy vibe it presented. My friend and I decided to go all out because I knew I wanted to tell you guys about this place and trying only a couple items would be doing us all a disservice...right? Just agree with me.


So let's start off with the interior. S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. Like, you could take your parents here, your significant other, your long term hookup, your girl squad, your business meetings, or anyone for that matter and they will automatically be impressed with your stylish taste. I felt like Olivia Pope at dinner except I was dressed a little something like a wannabe college athlete starving for brunch. Balance.


Take a look at a few of the shots of the interior:






Brunch consisted of two drinks and a ton of food...because the night I had before was...let's just say...wild.


First things first: drinks. We had the Spiked Bellini and the Southern 75. The bellini was really tasty and definitely one of those drinks that you could mess around and find yourself having 5 and wondering 'why is my face so warm'? I enjoyed it. However, the star of the show was the Southern 75. I mean - just look at it below in its glory. It was 100% the best brunch drink I have had in months and I'm not just saying that. I keep it EXTRA real on the blog and don't shy away from telling you if something is worth your money or not. The Southern 75 is worth it plus tax. Definitely get this drink if you go. No questions asked. For a complete list of ingredients check out my Instagram. Shameless plug.





Ah food. Few things in life excite me more than good drinks, men who text back in a timely fashion, makeup, nail art, and brunch food...because the bougie black girl in me THRIVES off of brunch.


The first item of business was this Bucket of Buns. If you have a sweet tooth the dish of 4 buns is heaven sent. I took 3 home and am currently stuffing my face with them as I write this blog post. Thank you Precinct. Thank you.




Boston Common Coffee Pancakes. So Precinct, pull up a chair...we need to talk. You mean to tell me I can have my daily dose of caffeine and flapjacks at the same damn time. Why did we not start this relationship sooner. These pancakes are to die for. They even serve them to you with a small dish of chocolate chips and sweets to pour on top. I'm talking texture. I'm talking sweetness. I'm talking blessings upon blessings. Definitely opt for these if you are a sweet brunch person.




Now speaking of sweet brunch people...I'm a savory brunch person. Give me salt, give me spice, give me life. These Pork Belly Benedicts did just that. The hollandaise sauce is a habanero chili hollandaise. I did not stutter. It's not spicy if you're afraid of heat...can't relate though. But honestly, lets talk about how it comes on a buttery biscuit. English muffin who...don't know her. I'm saving my pork belly comments for last. The pork was crispy, fatty, and downright sinful. Forgive me father for I have sinned...or excuse me daddy, I've been a bad girl. Whatever the saying is. This dish was my favorite item out of everything. Pure perfection.




Because we're in New England I felt obliged to order something with lobster meat. Enter the Maine Lobster Omelette. This one is for all my healthy, figure conscious friends. The egg whites were so fluffy I was temped to walk into the kitchen to see exactly who or what was beating those eggs to perfection. There were big chunks of lobster meat which was a relief because I hate ordering lobster anything and they give you 5 slivers of lobster meat as if that's supposed to satisfy you.




So icing on the cake at brunch was that they had baby goats on the patio. Literally, baby goats. Be still my heart. One of the goats was named JJ and he insisted on standing on tables and not being touched by strangers. Literally my spirit animal. So please bask in this cuteness overload.




Long story short. Go to Precinct Kitchen + Bar. Make sure you dress cute because restaurant is also an instagrammable location and you may get a selfie with the baby goats! Seriously, if you don't take a selfie...did you even brunch?



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I officially turned this weekend into a Ginja party! All I did was drink and experiment with the Ginja9 Sour Cherry Liqueur. To borrow the Frank Red Hot Sauce popular tagline, I PUT THAT SHIT ON EVERYTHING! Of course I started off with something simple, a generous pouring of Ginja9 over ice. I clinked glasses with my friend (no I wasn’t drinking alone) and down it went. We were both pleasantly surprised. I honestly half expected it to taste like my favorite cherry flavored cough syrup that cures all ailments, but it wasn’t at all! The tantalizing aroma of cherries is enough to get your mouth watering (Seriously, I suggest you take a sniff before gulping it down). The scent was followed by strong cherry flavors that perfectly balanced sweet and sour, with a clean finish—no weird aftertastes that you’ll find with some other liqueurs.


Now that I did the responsible thing and tasted the Ginja9, I was ready to experiment. First on the list was a Ginja9 Mojito remix. It was Delicious! Ginja9 has a suggested recipe, but you can pretty much make your Mojito however you like it, and throw some of this sour cherry goodness in for a twist.


It mixed so well with the rum that I invited my good friends vodka, tequila and bourbon to the party. Ginja9 has a Martini recipe on their website that calls for orange juice which I didn’t have so I doubled up on lemon juice instead. It was tart but full of flavor! They also have a bunch of other recipes on their website that are worth trying including a tasty margarita (I would’ve tried all of the recipes had I thought ahead and acquired all the ingredients but alas).

From the left: G9 Margarita, Martini, Mimosa, Bourbon+Ginja9

I know I shouldn’t be mixing my liquors like this but I didn’t choose the NTC life— it chose me. I also made a simple drink with bourbon and Ginja9 over ice and topped off with club soda. I think this was my favorite drink of the night! It was also my last drink so I was more than a little tipsy by this point. You’ll have to make these drinks yourself and make your own judgments.


I bet you thought I was done. Nope! That was only Saturday. Sunday saw Ginja9 Mimosas with brunch and Ginja9 poured over ice cream for dessert. Yes I did that. In the spur of the moment I transformed my basic vanilla ice cream into cherry pie flavored RumChata with just a pour. And if that wasn’t enough I found out that they pair Ginja9 with chocolate cups (Which honestly just left me wondering where TF is my cup?). All in all, the team at Ginja9 really know what they’re doing, which totally makes sense because their recipe dates back to traditions of Galician Monks from the 17th century.


Check out more Ginja9 recipes at http://www.ginja9.com


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