|How cute is that bottle?!?|
All in all, I am pretty damn happy, regardless of my financial straits. I'm living in the best city in the world, I'm hopelessly in love, my dog is the cutest, most lovable shih-tzu in the universe, I eat fantastic food and sometimes I am lucky enough and recognized enough to get free stuff. Now I don't mean the usual "schwag" like free pens or tote bags (though I get that stuff, too), I mean some really incredible stuff...
For example, I was recently contacted by a cordial representative from Belvedere Vodka. They are sponsoring a national "Grub Crawl" along with Bon Appétit Magazine which has arrived in New Orleans. Not only do I get to attend a launch-event luncheon at Restaurant August, a place I could never afford otherwise, I also get two free tickets to one day of the crawl (I chose Saturday) and I was sent a free sample of Belvedere's new Lemon Tea vodka! It's like I hit the freaking lottery!
Last night, John and I decided to crack open the (super-cute) mini-bottle of vodka a try. It's funny, a few days ago I was talking to my friend Ryan about receiving the free Belvedere sampler and after raving about it, he told me that he loved that particular brand because it always tasted so fresh, that it's almost minty sensation made him feel like he just brushed his teeth. Laughing at the time, I couldn't imagine any alcohol making me feel minty fresh, but after taking a few straight sips of Belvedere Lemon Tea over ice, I realized he was right! Unlike many other lemon flavored vodkas I've tried, Belvedere didn't feel syrupy or sickly sweet. It was extremely clean with just a hint of lemon and, as we discovered later, perfect over freshly brewed iced tea.
I may be living on the edge of poverty, but I am enjoying every minute!