Monthly Archives: March 2012

Cocktails Everywhere!

Lads, lads, lads, lads…. I have no words. I love the internet. You know why I love the internet? Because it gives me such beautiful things as:

Hufflepuff shot   The Hufflepuff Shot.  Ravenclaw shot  The Ravenclaw Shot.

Slytherin shot  The Slytherin Shot.      Gryffindor shot  The Gryffindor Shot.

The internet is a beautiful thing… Especially seeing as there’s 16 more cocktails on the site got to do with Harry Potter.

I’ve also been lead to Lord of the Rings cocktails    and shots.  

Not to mention Pokemon shots The Eeveelution of Shots (Pokemon shot set)Ingredients:Eevee:1/4 simple syrup1 oz Bourbon whiskeydash Angostura bittersdash Orange bittersVaporeon:3/4 oz Blue Curacao3/4 oz VodkaJolteon:3/4 oz Limoncello3/4 citrus Vodka1/4 tsp sugar to dissolveFlareon:1 oz Fire Water (Hot Cinnamon Schnapps)1/2 oz Bacardi 151 1 pinch cinnamonEspeon:1 oz Hpnotiq1/2 oz Gin1/8 oz Grenadine Umbreon:1 oz. Kraken Black Spiced Rum1/2 oz Coconut rumLeafeon:1 oz. Midori1/2 oz. Light rum1/3 oz. GinGlaceon:3/4 oz Irish cream3/4 oz Ice 101 peppermint schnapps Directions: All of but two of the shots (Flareon and Glaceon) can be made simply by mixing the ingredients in a shot glass.  For Flareon, layer the Bacardi 151 on top and light on fire.  Sprinkle the pinch of cinnamon over the fire for a cool effect.  For Glaceon, layer the Ice 101 peppermint schnapps on top of the Irish cream.“Because its genetic makeup is irregular, it quickly changes its form due to a variety of causes.” -Pokedex entry for Eevee in Pokemon Black and WhiteDrink created and photographed by Eddie Strickland.    Portal  The Portal Two (Portal 2 cocktails)Ingredients:Blue CuracaoVodkaLemonade CointreauRum Orangina Small tumblersDirections: “This drink is, of course, designed to resemble the two coloured portals from the excellent sci-fi puzzle game. For the blue version, get a small tumbler and pour in 10ml of Blue Curacao, 10ml of vodka and top up with lemonade. For orange you’ll need another tumbler, this time filled with 10ml of Cointreau, 10ml of rum and Orangina. If you fancy, you can jazz the glasses up with coloured sugar rims. Simply pour some sugar into a sandwich bag with the relevant food colouring, shake them up, pour the resulting mix into a dish and dip your tumbler in. “You can mix the portals together if you like,” says James. “It’s a very orangey flavour, which we thought tied in with The Orange Box, the compilation in which the original Portal appeared.”The finest beverage breakthroughs from the Aperture alcohol research labs. Drink them in the name of science. You monster.Drink created by James Dance of Loading for an article in The Guardian. Check out the article for the rest of the drinks and check out Loading for a great gaming bar and cafe.

Resident Evil   G and T Virus (Resident Evil Cocktail)Loading is a gaming cafe and bar located in Cornwall, England.  For Resident Evil’s 15th Anniversary, they teamed up with Capcom and created this wicked G and T Virus cocktail.  Loading’s website describes the drink as “a healthy dose of Plymouth Gin and Tonic with lime and sugar syrup in a high ball glass topped off with our own T virus syringe of Bombay Saphire Gin and Blue Curacao.” Loading- Gaming Cafe and Bar   The Sims  

and a Flaming Homer  

It’s a wonderful place isn’t it?

Of course, it’s also a place where you get things like this… funny facebook fails - Immediately Unfriend

And this… fashion fail - How Does He Speak?   and this twilight tattoo…  oh no he didnt

Sigh.

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Tommy, Paddy and Amurica.

This week, has been the most eventful that I can remember in a long time.  I’ve been coughing up an alien for seven days now, and it’s only beginning to get better, which is wonderful, seeing as it wouldn’t let me sleep beforehand. But enough on that. That was not what was awesome about my week.

I brought Jamie to see Tommy Tiernan for his birthday. For anyone who doesn’t know, Tommy Tiernan is a brilliant Irish comedian, quite controversial and energetic, but hilarious to see all the same. He was doing a “Tour of Limerick” and we went to the last show he had, in the Strand. After that, he went of on a “World Tour of Kerry.” I didn’t think the Strand, a four star hotel, would have the facilities for a world famous comedian, seeing as they’d usually be playing theaters and concert halls. But it was a first come, first serve sort of thing with no set places, and of course, as soon as Jamie found out, he had to arrive an hour before the doors opened to make 100% sure we’d get a front row seat. And sure enough we did. Which had pros and cons.

Pro: We were at the front. Tommy could see us.

Con: We were at the front, Tommy could see us.

As I mentioned previous, I had a rather bad cough, which meant I couldn’t laugh out loud, or else I’d be heaving and spluttering, which is very hard when you’re going to see a comedian. Especially when said comedian calls out people in the audience. But luckily, I avoided that. There were much more attractive chances for him. Especially when he gave the kicker: “Limerick’s just one big halting site, isn’t it?”

But, another plus of arriving early, we got to see him before the show too.

Paddy’s Day. Or St. Patrick’s Day. I didn’t do too much that day. but again, Jamie appears in this story. I went to the Paddy’s Day Parade, really for the sole reason of watching him march with the Reserve Defense Forces.

There he is, third face from the bottom. I dunno what the sight did to me, but the only way to put it was swooning. I was swooning. On the inside, of course.

I heard from him later that they had to march about five miles, including their warm up. Doesn’t sound too bad, until you realize how ridiculously heavy the boots are, and when marching, you stomp, it starts to seem a bit more difficult.  Of course he became all modest and bashful when I told him the effect he had on me, but the effect was still there.

Other than that, all I did Paddy’s Day was have two drinks with my parents. I’m a failure of an Irish person.

I baked a strawberry cake for my mother for Mammy’s Day. 

Based of the “Strawberry Shortcake” demonstrated by Crumb Boss. Theirs always looks better, though.

And my father’s finally gone to Texas today for work, for eight weeks. It’s hitting the high twenties this week too, which is a difference from the tens of Limerick. He left at six in the morning for Shannon Airport, and I don’t think it’s really hit me yet that he’s gone. I’ll probably realize after he doesn’t come home after a few days.

So yeah. Eventful week.

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Disney Everywhere!

I dunno… I thought I’d written stuff before… but I suppose it didn’t go through.

So anyway, I can’t remember half of what I wrote, so it’ll be short and sweet.

I was browsing Youtube and somehow I found myself listening to Part of Your World in The Little Mermaid, so now I’m on a Disney binge. Listening to everything Disney that I like and in Chronological order, here. My own playlist filled with my favz, babez.

I do, however remember posting some pictures… ;

Like a historically accurate Belle, with more princesses here;

 

Or this image of a Twisted Esmeralda, each one of these comes with a background story and there’s more here.

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What the Sun Does to the Irish

Sun is very rare in Ireland. Gonna put that out there right now, just so you know.

Maybe, though, it’s not as rare as we think it is. It appears a few times every year in this country, and even fewer times when it’s also warm out.  But we Irish complain about the lack of sun so constantly, it feels like it appears only once every five years. To us, it’s always any other kind of weather except sunny. So when it does come around, it is worshiped as the Egyptians worshiped Ra.

I walk to college. It takes me about forty minutes or so. Today, I had the sun in my face the whole way, and when I got to college, I realized, there were about 25% more freckles on my face than when I’d left. In forty minutes of sunlight, my freckles increased by a fourth. After an hour inside, they’d reduced again. It’s a plight that stereotypically affects 85-90% of us Irish, but realistically only affects about half. Now, my face isn’t covered it freckles, though I do have more of them all over my body and face than most people I know, but they don’t cover every square inch, and range in colour from just about visible to extremely visible. But some people are worse off, and some are better. Those with very dark freckles, tend to be able to pull it off and they can be rather cute. Those freckles with lighter pigmentation, generally tend to go unnoticed, except to the person with them. A lot of people feel their freckles are very visible to others, and most are quite conscious of them, but the truth is, while thinking back and trying to remember those I know with freckles, I realized there were a few who I’d never noticed them on their skin until I looked back.

What’s this article about again? Oh yeah, the sun.

The sun turns the Irish mad. The majority of people are out in the sun, asking you to join them and relax and bask, yet even the few who still remain inside, are asking you why you are not out, enjoying what we might not have tomorrow. So I will say it again, the sun turns the Irish mad. Take for example a gaggle of UL students during “Charity Week.” A time when students are feared and detested.  A time when they believe they are outside the reach of authority and it’s an excuse to cause absolute mayhem; such as uprooting trees and setting wheelie bins on fire. Now that is not to say all students are like that, but it’s those ones who give us a bad name. But see what the sun has done:

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It has turned those loud and boorish drinkers into quiet, socializing drinkers.

We need more sun in this country…

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What To Do When You Get Home Early?

What to do when you get home early?

Why, bake of course! Todays endevour was Coconut Cream Cake. And was quite yummy, I must say. It turned out good, most of my baking does. Not in an arrogant way, of course. My problems usually come when I get to decoration. I have never been able to successfully make icing and garnish a cake or cupcake or muffin in an attractive way. Although I have had success with biscuits before, for some reason icing seems to elude me. However today I finally managed to get it right. And it came out looking prettier then most of my other cakes ever have. I’m moving on up in the world of baking, I’ll be making Baked Alaska and Chocolate Shuffle before you know it.

I don’t have any pictures transferred yet, so in the mean time, here’s some witty Oz pictures.

I need an Oz tattoo… like, now. XP

Actual baking pictures now,

 

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