new things.

In the spirit of the new year, I'm going to share some discoveries (new things), or things that I recently discovered I like, hence new to me.

First, the Gilmore Girls. Yes, it's a show that's over. And before it was over it was on for years. But, I only recently discovered how much I like it. Just a few episodes while catsitting and I'm hooked! I'm currently finishing season two. As an aside, it's so nice watching tv shows without the commercials. I almost never watch tv (on my actual television), and now that I can watch shows without commercials, I may never watch tv (on my actual television) again. Okay. Back to the show. I love the witty dialog, and all the cultural references. I like how they treat the relationships between people. But, of course, I have my issues with it, too. Like, how it wasn't explained why Lorelie decided not to marry Max (even though it would have been ridiculous if she had). And how she and Luke obviously like each other, and yet, are in complete denial about it. And don't get me started on Rory choosing Jess over Dean. Come on! Jess is just like Tristan-a jerk! Plus, he has no ambition, and he couldn't work hard to save his life. He's a loser. *ahem* end rant. You can see how involved I am.

Second: absinthe. I can't specifically say which brand, though. I was at the Fireside Lounge (another discovery- that place is looking good now) and since the infamous green fairy is legal now, my friend and I decided to try some! I was surprised at how much I liked it. We had the traditional way, (or so the menu said) which was very smooth. I don't like licorice that much, but the taste wasn't overpowering at all- it was complex and blended with so many other things that the licorice didn't jump out and hit you in the face like a jack-in-the-box. I definitely want to go try the St. George Spirits version, although I can't see myself buying it, at $75 a bottle. Ouch.

Third, I really should mention the Fireside. From the outside, it looks like a dive bar. Considering Alameda's bar selection, this is an easy assumption. However, inside it's clean and modern with soothing colors, nice furniture and a loft-like feel. Total surprise. I'm going to say it's the nicest bar on the West end.

Fourth: since I'm on the topic of bars, I'll go with The Hobnob. I've been there many times in the past months and I like it every time. It's friendly, hip but casual, and you can find solid food and drinks there. I've tried (and love) the truffle fries. I've also had artichokes with aioli, and some breakfast items. My memory is a little faulty with the breakfast, but I remember liking whatever my friend and I had. Oh! Also for brunch, they have make-your-own Bloody Mary's. Who doesn't like that?? Plus, that's just the cake of the place... there's frosting, too. You may ask, "what more could there be"? So, readers, I will tell you.

They have games. A bookshelf overflowing with games. Maybe it doesn't sound that interesting to everyone, but I guarantee that anyone can find a game that they enjoy. It was at this hallowed ground that my brother, sister-in-law, and I rediscovered Clue. Yes. Clue. When you were a kid, it was fun, but it's just as interesting as an adult. There's much more strategy that comes into play. And it's much faster. In any case, The Hobnob also has the (always fun) Apples to Apples, and cards, and many other games. I think it's worth checking out.

That's it, for now. Some discoveries. New things. New things for a new year. Let's hope it's a good one, without any fear. : )

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