So yeah, it's almost Thursday but I can still talk about last weekend right? The weather reports kept telling us it was going to be a horrible day which was very unfortunate as we had a big Memorial Day BBQ planned.... but somehow, the rain and even the clouds managed to stay away enough for us to have a beautiful gathering!
A few pics to show our setup and rain anticipation (no the brown tarp wasn't actually for decoration... heheh)
Jim and Lyzz brought their daughter Lilly who I haven't seen in about 8 months or so - how adorable is this kid?
I've actually gotten quite a few pages done lately but I can't share them because they will all be in the June issue of Digital Artist Magazine! I'm a guest designer there for a few months :) Pretty cool huh?
Loyal readers. I have a question for you. You may have already guessed what it is by the title of this post, but for those who don't read titles, I will ask it again.
What does BYOB mean to you?
No matter who you are or where you come from, I think it's pretty safe to assume we all agree that the BYO part stands for "Bring Your Own".
But when we get to that last B... well I guess there are a few ways you could interpret it.
There may even be a few other B words you could throw in there but I'm sure they would encompass the same general category as my B words.
So if you walked up to a restaurant and on the door in big bold letters it says "BYOB" you'd be pretty safe to assume you could bring in your bottle of craft beer would you not? Especially if you picked this place to go to precisely because it you'd heard it was BYOB?
Let's back up. Chicago has tons of BYO places due to the close proximity of many eateries and the amount of liquor licenses distributed to that area. We LOVE BYO places. Being the beer enthusiasts that we are, it's easy to imagine that not every restaurant carries the beers that would pair best with what we are ordering. So if we hear that a new restaurant is BYO, it will more than double the odds we are going to try that place. We pack up a six pack of beer and head over (not that we will drink 6 beers with dinner, but to give us some options to choose the best beer to go with our meal).
Adam and I both got out of work early today so we came downtown and decided to have a BYO restaurant night. We would start out by going to our favorite local sushi place and then try out a new BYO dessert restaurant that just opened up.
We grabbed our 6 pack and headed to Coast for some delicious sushi paired with a pilsner and a hoppy rye. We weren't quite ready for dessert yet so we went back to Adam's and relaxed for a few minutes. When we were ready we grabbed two beers that pair exceptionally well with desserts, a Barley Wine (Bell's Third Coast Old Ale), and a Coffee Stout (Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Bourbon Aged Stout) and walked to Cafe Wicked Desserts. We arrived to see a big BYOB sign on the door and yet another on the counter. No explanations of the definition of BYOB. Just "BYOB" in big letters. Holding our beers, we walked to the counter and examined the samples of desserts they had out. After a few minutes, the owner and general manager, Maurice Jones came over to answer our questions and take our orders. While Adam paid, I went and found a seat on some comfy leather chairs and cracked open our beers. I had a few sips of mine and then wondered why Adam hadn't come to sit down yet. I get up and walk around the corner to hear him say to Maurice, "But it says BYOB right on the door".
You see my friends, to Maurice, the B stands for "Wine and wine only".
Adam points to the door and says "Where does it say that?" Maurice replies "The B stands for bottle.". We pointed out that our beers were in bottles (and already open). He tells us, bottle means wine, and proceeds to take out of a drawer behind the counter a laminated card that is roughly 2"x4" in size, containing management's definition of "Bottle". Maurice kept telling us that it was management's decision. However he was the owner and only manager (way to stick up for your decisions buddy!).
Despite the fact that there were only 2 other tables in the restaurant and we had only brought two beers with us and we'd already ordered and paid and already opened our beers AND (and this is what really gets me) HE DIDN'T TELL US WE COULDN'T HAVE THE BEERS UNTIL AFTER WE PAID EVEN THOUGH WE HELD THEM THE ENTIRE TIME WE WERE ORDERING, he wouldn't let us drink the beers in his establishment. Instead, we had to demand our money back (we weren't served yet) and were shown the door. (After he argued with Adam about that for a few minutes that is).
I invite you to visit his website and notice that nowhere does it say anything about being a BYOBOW establishment... you will see instead that on the bottom of the front page in big bold letters that it says
Also, have you seen the Impressions of Motherhood collection at Scrapbook Graphics?
I created this template for it:
And here's a few layouts my team did with my template and the rest of the kit:
Now you can go ahead and buy this kit (a $15 value) for only $9.99 right here.
OR, you can take your chances at winning yourself a copy as the Studio Girls will be giving away the kit all day, check out the schedule:
Click here to see all the freebies you could get by hanging out at Scrapbook Graphics this weekend.
Alright, next up - have you seen the totally new re-designed Songbird Ave site? Or that incredible kit the girls created with all their previous guest designers? Check out this list of designers that came together to create this kit:
Shabby Princess, Dianne Rigdon, Gina Miller, Robin Carlton, Carrie Stephens, Nancie Rowe-Janitz, Amy Wolff, Jenna Desai, Kate Hadfield, Jacque Larson, Michelle Coleman, Shabby Miss Jenn, Susan Bartolini, Kate Teague, Leora Sanford, Meredith Fenwick, Jan Crowley and Janet Phillips