Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Is anyone following the Bachelorette this season? It is pretty crazy but P-Mac and I (Teresa) have been to both Iceland and Portugal which are 2 of the places the cast has visited this season! More on Portugal and Port wine later. Now would be a great time to visit Iceland because the economic downturn in that country has shifted the currency exchange rate to favor US tourists. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case when we visited but the memories were priceless.
Iceland is actually a relatively green country whereas Greenland is a very icy country. Iceland offers lots of adventure and incredible geological attractions. Perhaps one day we will make it back in the wintertime (bundle up) to see nature's spectacular multicolored display Northern Lights.
We visited geysers
rode in a 4x4 on a glacier
and saw the meeting point of the tectonic plates of Eurasia and North America.
The capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik, has a crazy nightlife. Icelandic revelers travel into the capital for the nightlife and bars get packed after midnight and the party continues until 5am! Beer was prohibited in Iceland until 1989 so maybe the country is just making up for lost time.
Of course we found an ice bar in Iceland and sampled a cocktail made with a local vodka called Reyka Vodka. Reyka is a hand crafted spirit made at Iceland's only vodka distillery. It is made with water drawn from a 4,000 year old lava field and is filtered through lava rock from local volcanic fields, which gives it a clean flavor. It makes an excellent cocktail! Since our trip, we've seen Reyka Vodka stocked in liquor stores and restaurants. Pick some up and enjoy! The Bachelorette did just before she let the tattoo boy go (you can tell by the distinctive label on the neck).
Monday, July 5, 2010
LAKE NORMAN - 19601 Liverpool Pkwy. - Cornelius, NC 28031
STEELE CREEK - 2414 Sandy Porter Rd. - Charlotte, NC 28273
Per the website, the hours for all 3 locations are "11 AM to Midnight or Whenever". The Vinogals love that!!
Speaking of love, if you love beer, you will be in "Hawg Heaven" here. There are over 200 beers on Mac's Beer Menu - Pilsners, Ales, Pales, IPAs, Organics, Ciders, Lagers, High Octane ("Made to Sip") ...and the list goes on. Since it was America's Big Day and we were feeling patriotic, we decided a round of Sam Adams Lite was in order!
We hope you all enjoyed your celebration of America's birthday this year as much as the Vinogals did! There is nothing like a summer evening at a picnic table, great BBQ, cold beer and live music to make one grateful to live in this great country. Thanks Mac's!