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Beer Etiquette

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BeerAfter wrapping up a fantastic and spontaneous get away on Hilton Head Island this past weekend, I was inspired by my friend Brett, to share a few new nuggets that I acquired while I was there. The acquired taste of beer has not been something that I was given, but I’m very aware that is a want and desire of so many others, so… let’s focus on beer this week. As you probably already know, today  is  the nationally observed holiday, Memorial Day, and many of us are engaging in a very common past time, BBQ’s! With BBQ’s comes another famous past time, which is consuming beer.

Did you know that there are over 15,000 breweries in the world, over 56,000 types of beers, and that in the US, Vermont has the most breweries per capita of any state in the US.*

Clearly, one thing is for certain; people surely love their beer. But,  with so many people consuming beer, it makes me wonder, how many are consuming beer the “right” way.  Since I acquired some new beer knowledge over the weekend, it is indeed my duty to share this new knowledge with you. So, here we go. Today, as you indulge in your Samuel Adams, Magic Hat, Bells Two Hearted Ale, Guinness or another one of our local faves, keep these things in mind:

  1. Treat your beer like wine. The acids in the beer have to release, so when you first open it, be sure to “let it breathe” or release the acids.
  2. If your bartender or host/hostess gives you a coaster, be sure to use the coaster. While drinking beer can surely seem like a casual type of activity, the surface in which your beer is resting on can be affected by “perspiring bottles” or liquids.
  3. If you are pouring your beer into a glass out of the bottle, pour it at an angle to reduce the “head” or the amount of foam.
  4. Expand your horizons. Do you always order the same beer? With over 56,000 beers in the world, there must surely be another that will tempt your taste buds. During your next beer outing, try something new.
  5. The appropriate tip for a beer is $1 per beer. If you’re running a tab, give the standard 15-20%. Consider that bartenders live off  of their tips. If you get served, be prepared to compensate for this service.

National Beer Day is April 7th, so when this day rolls around next year, you’ll be good to go with the tips above.

Happy Memorial Day and enjoy your nice cold ones!

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*The Beer Drifter


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Scarlet’s NFL Draft Picks

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NFL DRAFT

Photo Credit: turnonthejets.com

You can almost smell it in the air! The first sign of the return of the NFL season is only a few days away. On Thursday, May 8th, the first round of the NFL Draft begins. Are you planning to make an evening of it? Well, Scarlet has to throw in her draft pick choices! We’re not talking about the player choices… we’ll leave that up to you! Let’s talk about the draft party pick choices. As you prepare to have people over, or even engage in conversation about who you think will go to which team, consider these few things:

  • Having People Over? : Where will your guests sit? The NFL draft is a lengthy process. Think through where people will sit. Now, this doesn’t have to be a fancy affair where you rent out fancy chivari chairs and such. Some bean bags and folding chairs will likely do.
  • Engaging In Debate: Debates are fine. I mean, who doesn’t get rowled up about a great player coming to their home team?! But, don’t let your passion for the game result in ruining a friendship or two. Debate…in moderation please.
  • Food. Drink. BYOB. : If you’re inviting a few folks over, plan to at least have a few snacks for them to nibble on. Don’t feel indebted to laying out a four course meal, but remember that for many, the draft starts during peak dinner time. You might even consider having guests bring a dish or beverage to keep the party going.
  • Are You An Internet Thug?: Avoid being that human that uses the internet to post, say, share and communicate things that you know you wouldn’t say in real life. Some friendly back and forth banter and maybe even some good old fashioned smack talk is OK, but when you seek to cross the offensive line or make personal jabs about someone, you’ve probably gone too far.
  • Bring Something: If you are lucky enough to be invited over to an NFL Draft Party, bring something…anything. There are always the safe go to’s for this kind of shin dig like: wine, beer, chips, pretzels, dip, salsa, etc! If you know the host(s) well, do go out on a limb and bring something that you know they’d like. Whatever you do, just don’t go empty handed.

Enjoy your draft party experiences this week!

I’ll see you again soon!

– Scarlet


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ASK SCARLET – WEDDINGS

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ASK SCARLET – Bars & Adult Beverages

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Wait On Me!: How Are You Treating Your Server?

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20140304-160352.jpgI love going out to restaurants! I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I’m a “foodie”, but going to a restaurant is just awesome. It’s all about the experience! From the moment I step to the host stand to the second I’m escorted to my table, to the selection of cocktails and appetizers, to the selection of the main course and desserts, and other accompaniments, I am excited! It’s not just the food and the environment that I’m smitten by, but also the people. Now while some good ole fashioned people watching is always a treat, that’s not the people who I’m referring to. I’m referring to the restaurant staff, especially the waiter or waitress, who we’ll refer to as our server for this blog entry.

Your servers and the interaction that you have with them can be the ultimate deciding factor between a fantastic dining experience and a bad one. But, should we as the customer be held in any way accountable for our dining experience. Well, of course we are! Every one of our actions and interactions have an impact on the outcome of that situation. While we heavily rely on our servers to positively impact our dining experience, there are certain expectations that we should have of ourselves when eating out. Scarlet challenges you to embrace these tips during your next dining experience:

  • Address your server properly: While our servers are there to enhance our dining experience, they are not our slaves. “Aye”, “Yo”, “You”, “Baby”, “Sweetie Pie”, “Shawty”, “Handsome”, “Good Lookin'”, are not proper greetings. You can call them by the name on their name tag or “sir” or “ma’am” are also alternative options.
  • Pay attention: We understand that you may not be ready to order immediately when your server first approaches your table, but do acknowledge them when they stop by. We briefly polled servers to find out what their etiquette pet peeve is while serving and the highest reported area was being ignored.
  • Tell them when they’re great: We often hear the stories of when someone gets bad service at a restaurant, but what about when someone gives great service! If your server is awesome and makes your dining experience a night to remember, tell them or leave them a note. (like the one pictured above.

While the food is often the main attraction at a dining outing, the people are what truly make it special! Enjoy your next dining experience and remember to treat your server with respect and dignity.


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ASK SCARLET – COOKING & ENTERTAINING

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ASK SCARLET: “My co-workers food allergies conflict with my food preferences…”

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ASK SCARLET: My coworker has a seafood allergy. She says she can’t even smell it. Anything from fresh fish to seafood. It’s annoying. I already go out of my way to remember to not bring fish to work. But it’s annoying because that is my preferred meat of choice. We are having lunch meals catered. To cut costs, they are ordering individual meals from Beans and Cornbread. Menu was originally fried chicken, meat loaf, perch or veggie option. I opted for fish as well as a few other colleagues. We received an email later saying fish is no longer available and replaced with pork chops because of this colleagues allergy. Am I being I sensitive? What’s proper etiquette? I’m irritated. So I can never eat fish at work cause 1 person can’t smell it? Lol! – Irritated Co-Worker

SCARLET SAYS: It’s always tough when one of our colleagues is affected by something that others aren’t. In summary, the nice thing to do is to avoid fish in the office, which you’ve been doing. If the tables were turned, it would be expected that she would do the same for you. But, since you both share space, the onus cannot just be on everyone except for the person directly affected. I recall a time encountering a woman who wore a mask in the office when it was popcorn day, since she was allergic. While a mask could be perceived as “over the top”, something should be done on both ends to ensure that she is comfortable in the office, but that everyone else is comfortable as well. If it’s a one-sided situation, I’d certainly think something was fishy about it… (couldn’t resist) – Scarlet

Happy Lunching!


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ASK SCARLET: “I really like this woman, but she just can’t be on time, for anything…”

ASK SCARLET:  Scarlet, I’ve been dating this woman for about 3 months. We have had a lot of fun and we’ve experienced some really amazing things together, but we’ve also missed a lot of things because of lateness, on her part.  I totally understand lateness every now and then and maybe by 15-20 minutes, but I mean hours late, several times.  I really like this woman, but it seems that she just can’t be on time, for anything. A couple of times we missed events that cost lots of money and couldn’t be recouped. I’m a little concerned that this lateness is gonna be an ongoing trend, but I’m also concerned about rocking the boat too much, too early. Any recommendations on how to handle this? – James

SCARLET SAYS: Well James, it’s good that you are enjoying dating this woman. Dating is an exciting (and hopefully ongoing part) of any relationship. It’s good to be aware of timing and not rock the boat too early, but if you don’t address things that might be bothering you, they’ll likely do one thing – continue to happen. Talk to her about it.  Nobody likes to hear bad news,  so how you communicate not-so-good news is important.  Pick a time or day to chat when your mood isn’t affected by a recent “time” situation.  Choose your words wisely and think through what you are going to say before you say it. Most people tend to want to just “speak from the heart” or ” just say what comes to your mind at the moment, but what that usually results in is saying, “well, what I meant to say was….”. Most importantly, be genuine. Don’t be afraid to say what you do like about them during this conversation to lighten the mood, but do get your point across and communicate what you intended to! Happy Dating! – SCARLET


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