Working in the travel industry, I have an opportunity and obligation to see the world. Though most of my travels last only a day or two at a time, I manage to swig an espresso (or three) and get on with the party. Follow me as I shamelessly devour the foods of the land, (over)indulge in the local beer and wine, and discover new cities with old friends.
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Pawn shop / cocktail lounge. I heard about this place recently and my main incentive for going was the rumor that they serve complimentary pink champagne in the ladies room. The rumor is true. Well…When the champagne lady shows up. I was tempted to throw one of the lonely bottles from the unattended ice bucket into my purse and run like a bat out of hell. But I’m a classy lady. I don’t steal!
We arrived too early to get the full effect of this place.We were the only ones there, and it seemed like the staff was still setting up. Sitting at the bar we each enjoyed a cocktail. My drink, the Dark Chocolate Velvet, was a mixture of Guinness and prosecco. You are thinking it’s a terrible combination, right? It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. Tastes like the two delicious flavors probably shouldn’t be sharing a flute. But I like the idea of it and for a one-time cocktail I don’t regret it! Earl the Pearl was a much better choice. Belvedere vodka, earl grey tea, lemon, and mint syrup. Yummy!
We ordered the grilled cheese, smoked bacon, tomato soup dumplings. The portion was small but perfect for sharing. The flavor was on point and I could’ve eaten much more! Whether it's the vintage skull purse I saw in the pawn shop or the bathroom champagne that gets me there, I do plan on going to back to Beauty & Essex.