Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Warm Up to Autumn with a Hot Buttered Rum from Trader Vic's!



My love affair with Tiki Culture began when I visited the Trader Vic's in Atlanta, GA many years ago. The restaurant is an oasis in the otherwise unassuming Hilton Atlanta; once you step inside Trader Vic's doors, you are swept away to a lush, mid-century Polynesian paradise!  

"Trader" Vic Bergeron is credited with inventing the Mai Tai, and the modern day restaurants he founded serve over 70 signature cocktails, many in their own distinctive glassware.  As a former bartender (and present connoisseur of all things cocktail), I adore Trader Vic's keen attention to detail and use of fine quality spirits and ingredients to craft their mixological masterpieces!

One such drink is Trader Vic's Famous Hot Buttered Rum, "a soothing, warming drink perfect for cold weather and after dinner."  Hot Buttered Rum dates back to Colonial New England,  tied to the rum and spice production of the Caribbean Islands.  Over time, Hot Buttered Rum gained popularity as a holiday libation and an apr├Ęs-ski staple.  Many people associate Tiki Culture with the endless summer of the South Pacific.  But there is no reason that the fun can't continue into the autumn and winter!  

Now, you can bring a taste of Tiki home for the holidays with 



It is so easy to use Trader Vic's Famous Hot Buttered Rum Batter to create a perfect drink every time.  
First, preheat a mug with hot water.  I used a thick-walled ceramic Tiki mug from my collection.  When you are ready to begin, empty the mug and add 2 teaspoons of batter, a well-balanced mix of brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and spices.  

Next, fill the mug with hot water.  I used my Keurig machine to dispense 8 oz. of hot water.  Then add 1 1/2 oz. of rum and stir well.  I used 1 oz. of Meyers's Dark Rum and 1/2 oz. of Bacardi Superior.


A note on spirits:  dark rum is preferable in the Hot Buttered Rum because it is aged longer and has a complexity and depth that adds to the rich flavors of the drink.   A dark spiced rum like The Kraken would also work well.  I realize that people are more likely to have white, gold, or spiced rum in their personal booze cache and can attest that those rums will work nicely, too.  As stated on the Hot Buttered Rum Batter package, you may also wish to try adding bourbon or brandy.

I finish my Hot Buttered Rum with freshly-grated nutmeg.  If you have never used or tried freshly-ground or grated nutmeg, I highly recommend it.  This Cole & Mason Nutmeg Mill is inexpensive and indispensable in my kitchen!  


The finished product: SCRUMPTIOUS.  The batter is a well-balanced mix of sweet, creamy, and spicy.  If you like a certain coffee chain's autumn 'Spice' collection of warm drinks, you would love the Trader Vic's Hot Buttered Rum.  There is nothing like curling up in front of the fire in the evening with a Hot Buttered Rum and a good book.  I also like to serve them during our holiday parties and after caroling at Christmas time.  

Get a jump on your holiday gift giving and order a 4-Pack of Hot Buttered Rum Batter.  You could bundle one tub of batter with whimsical mugs and a pint of rum for the perfect holiday hostess gift!



Trader Vic's also has a Tom & Jerry and Hot Buttered Rum Mixed Pack, whereby you receive 4 tubs of their Famous Hot Buttered Rum Batter and 4 jars of their Famous Tom & Jerry Batter for $40.  


Warm Up to Autumn with Trader Vic's!


Disclosure Statement: I was provided with complimentary samples for review purposes.  This review is based solely on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product(s) listed above.  No monetary compensation was received for this review.






Thursday, September 5, 2013

eShakti Fall 2013 Collection

eShakti.com is proud to introduce its new FALL 2013 collection, a completely unique assortment of apparel and separates for the modern day fashionista. As a retro-modern brand, eShakti continues to embrace the past this season by rounding up key pieces to get the looks of decades past in the most modern ways: soft and curvy 40's fashion, fabulous 50's fit-and-flare, 60's clean shapes, 70's plaids and 80's knits.

With fabrics including gabardine and menswear plaids, and colors ranging from gray and moss green to eggplant and cobalt, eShakti's new Fall collection includes chic silhouettes and moody hues that welcome cooler months. 

Offering classic trends for a modern, new look, the eShakti Fall Collection is sure to inspire! 






 eShakti's Fall lines have been launched with a 20% OFF - Introductory Offer...an incredible deal!  









Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Winner, Winner!

Blog Giveaways are an incredibly interesting phenomenon.  I discovered them last fall through Jenn Choi's amazing Toys Are Tools toy and game review blog.  So I entered.  And I WON.  And won AGAIN.

I am currently in the midst of an unbelievable streak of luck; I have won over 150+ contests (skill-based *and* random draw) since October 2013.  I discovered the amazing world of Rafflecopter and Giveaway Blogs and have been a contest hobbyist since then.




My strategy is three-fold and simple: 




        1. Just Enter!  Don't let the number of existing entries or the method of entry intimidate you.  Enter and enter as often as the rules allow.  I personally spend about an hour entering giveaways per day, 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 in the evening.  The old adage is true, "You can't win if you don't enter." Even though the new saying around my house is, "Thousands will enter...Adrianne will win." 


        2. Think Like a Winner!   Even though I have a long-standing reputation as a sardonically irreverent cynic,  I put forth every iota of positive energy in my being into each contest entry.  For really big contests, I like to meditate on the following: 
I can win this because I am worthy to win this.  Positivity IS my luck. 


        3.  Share the Wealth!  I often enter contests with other recipients in mind.  I won many of my daughter's Christmas gifts this past November/December.  Paying it forward is half the fun of winning, and it keeps the goodwill and positivity out there in the Universe.




Friends and family tell me that I must be lucky, that they "never win anything."  And my response is simple: It's not just luck  You must enter to win!  So in hopes to entice those who have reservations to enter (and hopefully win) some giveaways, I am going to share this lovely picture and message from Dusty S., who recently won the fantastic Bellas Qtique Etsy Shop Giveaway on my blog!



From Dusty S.  "Thank you so much for this opportunity. I used my $25 credit to Bella's Qtique to get a kindermat, kindermat cover and matching pillow for my 2 year old. We received our mat today and he just loves it! Thank you again."


Thank YOU for entering and sharing your experience with me and my readers, Dusty.  I love the Kindermat Set you chose and the super-cute dalmatian print!  If my readers need a back-to-school nap mat, check out Bellas Qtique Etsy Shop: Mary Pat does wonderful work!



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bellas QTique Etsy Shop - Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

Last Christmas, my daughter received this funky and fashionable Vintage Flower Top from Bellas Qtique as a present from a dear family friend.  She found it at the Overton Square Indie Style Market in Memphis, Tennessee.


As soon as we laid eyes on it, we fell in love with the bright, bold coordinating prints and the chic styling.  The top- which can easily be worn as a dress- is incredibly well-designed and expertly sewed.  There is ruching and elastic on either side at the hem with button accents there and along the empire waistband...and ruffles galore!  We packed it for our January family trip to Puerto Rico, and my daughter wore it to a very trendy fusion restaurant in Old San Juan, Marmalade.



My daughter received countless compliments on her dress as well as her good behavior during the three hour tasting menu at Marmalade!

I am happy to introduce Joanie Loves Tchotchkes readers to Bellas Qtique!  


Bellas Qtique is an Eads, Tennessee-based Etsy Store that specializes in handmade children's clothing, jewelry, and accessories crafted by a mother-daughter team.  The garment sizes range from 12 mo. to size 8, and custom orders are welcome.  Each expertly-made, boutique quality item is affordably priced.

Summer is here!  Wouldn't your Little Miss Firecracker look adorable in this

Spark up the 4th with this Patriotic Plaid Shirt $20 for your handsome little Yankee Doodle!

Deck your daughter out in the Circle of Daisies Skirt $25!

And no summer picnic would be complete without a watermelon-- or this Sweet Summer Dress $35, found on Bellas Qtique Facebook page:
What an eye-catching combo of colors and patterns!
Fabric Detail
For fun, we've styled the Vintage Flower Top $32 with coordinating sunglasses from Gymboree and Miss Trish by Target sandals:




GIVEAWAY TIME!!


Mary Pat at Bellas Qtique is generously offering a $25 Etsy gift certificate to her shop for one lucky Joanie Loves Tchotchkes reader!  

This contest closes on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.

Fill out the Giveaway Tools form below to be entered to win.  Please note the mandatory entries!







This review is based solely on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product(s) listed above. No monetary compensation was received for this review.






Saturday, June 15, 2013

First Giveaway! $20 Talking Friends Gift Card *CLOSED*

We love Talking Ginger and her friends, Talking Tom & Talking Angela!  Based on the popular Talking Tom app, these adorable toys talk, sing, and interact with each other and your app-enabled phone or tablet!
For my very first blog giveaway, I am offering $20 to the Talking Friends Shop where you can choose from so many items!









Good luck!



Thursday, June 13, 2013

$40 off for New eShakti.com Customers!

Use my coupon code ADRI2DRS to get $40 off when you purchase with eShakti for the first time! OR CLICK HERE!