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October 24th, 2008

Last night's social outings

Gosh we were busy last night. Right after work I met sudbla downtown for a "gala award ceremony"... a local supporting arts organization (40 North 88 West) had their annual awards ceremony. This is a pretty swank event with catered food and free alcohol, but we got on the guest list courtesy of the company developing the building where our new home will be. It was a fairly short event, just some schmoozing and then the award presentations themselves. We sat with the sales executive we've been dealing with and made pleasant conversation.

From there we walked down the street to a local restaurant and bar where North Shore Distillery was hosting a food and cocktail pairing dinner featuring their spirits. The drinks were made by the GM of the restaurant who knows his alcohols VERY well, and each course had a short talk by the master distiller discussing the pairing and, of course, pitching the gin, vodka, or aquavit in use.

Gin was on Susanna's list of banned alcohols since it was a possible migraine trigger. But since the master distiller was right there giving a talk about their products, Susanna had a long talk with her about how gin is made (at least at this distillery) and decided to give it a try. And no migraine reaction! She got to enjoy gin, aquavit, vodka, and absinthe, and felt just fine afterwards, if a bit tipsy.

So while the food was lovely and the drink pairings were wonderful, the big success of the evening was getting to reduce Susanna's list of things to avoid a little.

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