Portobello’s Tapas and Cocktail Party

 

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Have you ever had a tequila cocktail with LEMON flaked sea salt? I don’t usually like salt on my margaritas, or anywhere near my cocktails, thankyouverymuch, but the Corsair I tried at Portobello’s Tapas and Cocktail party last week was exquisite.

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123 Organic Tequila Blanco, Luxardo Maraschino, Grand Marnier, Lemon, Lime & Orange Juices, Lemon Flake Salt

 

This dinner, officially called “A Tapas Party, featuring Novo Fogo Organic Cachaca, 123 Organic Tequila, and Piscologia Pisco” served small bites made by Chef Aaron Adams and cocktails concocted and served by Iron Bartender 2011 winner Lauren Fitsgerald.

I didn’t get pictures of each the food items, but I did get about 8 pictures of the flowers on the tables.

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The above cocktail on the right is the Bienvenidos with Piscologia Pisco, Peychaud’s Bitters, Clear Creek Pear Brandy, Palo Negro Blanc de Blancs.

It was a little too sweet for me, but let’s get real: anything served in a champagne flute is still a winner in my book.

 

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The appetizer. We weren’t provided with a menu, so I can’t begin to tell you all that this incorporated. I do remember there was a rhubarb glaze, a mushroom involved, and cashew cream somewhere.

 

The  next drink was one of my favorites. The Leo Rising with Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça, Navarro Vineyards Chardonnay Verjus, Ginger & Mint.

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Ginger and Mint, yes please!

 

Oh, here comes my other favorite cocktail, the Hibisco Punch with Piscologia Pisco, Pineapple Gomme Syrup, Hibiscus & Lime.

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It was served with a piece of caramelized pineapple, to boot. This is me swooning.

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These sturdy little empanadas were served as the main course. I don’t remember what was in them, but I do remember enjoying the heck out of mine.

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Last drink of the night. There was a contest to see what the winning name was. I think the winner was the Lady Maramalade, though I personally liked the entry Nuevo Fashioned.

Novo Fogo Gold Cachaca, Orange Marmalade, Rooibos Tea & Xocolatl Mole Bitters.

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This one was good, though when pared with the rich chocolate zucchini mini cupcake for dessert, tasted sort of watered down. I love the idea of using marmalade in a drink though—Ms Fitsgerald certainly contains multitudes of genius in her cocktail concocting brain..

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This is the unblurriest photo I got of the mini cupcake. It was so good, I helped myself to seconds. And thirds.

 

If I’m not mistaken, this is first in a series of events that Portobello plans to put on. At about $27 a pop (not including gratuity), it was a lovely way to spend an evening and try new-to-me snacks and cocktails.

 

And I want to include these two pictures below because they were taken the same day as the Portobello event, and I kept scrolling past them to find the best cocktail photos while writing this post.

I visited House of Vintage, and tried on some pretty snazzy sunglasses.

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I ended up with another, smaller and less orange (unfortunately) pair. Which, in conjunction with my other two purchases, made me realize I had bought a perfect day-at-the-beach.

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I'm a travelin' vegan gal, event planner & writer who loves eating, drinking, hiking, biking, reading, writing, loving, scheming, learning, laughing, champagne-ing and gerunds.