Lambie, Don’t follow the flock –

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All you friends say you have to meet a guy for “Fancy Drinks” on a first date.

Wimpy Coffee Dates are for Baby Boomers. Baaa

The Hip, Cool, Smart, Kids meet for Designer Cocktails involving crushed lavender, bitters, and a potpourri of now hip -soon to be “dated” trendy liquids.

Wanna throw back a hot drink called  Nitro Gimlet? Your grandparents sipped Gimlets – They’re baaaack!  A new liquor emporium lists extensive selection of Boilermakers ( yawn) 
chamomile bourbon, chili arbol, banana liqueur, and oloroso sherry. Yum-banana liqueur – better on pancakes!

Wanna be French Quarter-ish: Try a San Francisco Hurricane with Two kinds of light/ dark rum, Galliano, citrus, passion fruit, bitters. I thought Galliano died with Mateus and Annie GreenSprings Wine.

Hey, Apple Boy of my eye – Why not try All About Eve Concotion of walnut-washed bourbon, Foro amaro, cocchi di Torino, and bitters. Buckle Up,Binkie,  it is going to be a bumpy ride when you have zero idea what those ingredients are. Whats with all the Bitters?
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Worst named Cocktail du Jour: Swizzle My Nizzle As expected? Fresh passionfruit, with a dollop of blanco tequila, modicum of vanilla, a squeeze of lime, and a blast of firewater bitters. Yum? Dum?

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You decide…it may be an oversight meet for drinks-with-bitters,etc

and  to miss the initial classic coffee date and the “getting to know you” hour.

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Oversight

Christmas and what to buy him?

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Every year, it is the same old thing: the Classic Christmas Conundrum.

Mr Right, my beau du jour, is a bon vivant, man around town, who attends myriad social events, parties, sporting events (season ticket holder extraordinaire) all year long. The very big bonus – I get to Go-With.    

(I gracefully bow out of boxing and wrestling.)

Mr Sort of Saville Row has been single for a very long time -and thrives on shopping at all the finest stores. He wouldn’t think of a stroll through “Merely Macys.” He has a very smart, very professional, Personal Shopper at Norsdtrom at Valley Fair.

He loves the famous men’s store in Sausalito, Gene Hiller. Men in the know, flock to this emporium of sartorial delights – for the finest suits, stunning leather jackets, the most exquisite dress shirts in a calvacade of gorgeous colors. 

However, I recently learned his real shopping Achilles heel.

 The Online Shopping Mecca: Daly’s 1895

They carry the finest assortment of All Things Men – from pocket squares to beautiful leather belts, handsome luggage and carry-ons, messenger bags…cufflinks, leather bracelets…

(Dear Santa, girls like bracelets and messenger bags and pretty pocket squares, too!)

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My Christmas Shopping just got easier for my bespoke bon vivant!

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Drinking 101: How to order a cocktail?

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Missy and Tiffany, 22, just graduated from The Big School in Palo Alto. They studied so hard, that they partied very little.

Now, it was time for them to learn about happy hour, cocktails and mixology. Before exploring the numerous hot spots they read about on Yelp,  the did what most nerds do to learn about “things.” The went online and got drunk on information.

Tiffany thought Drinking Well and not throwing up in public was important.

Missy wanted to learn to like Scotch and wanted to know exactly what to order in a dive bar. Her cousin told her not to order a Cosmopolitan in a skanky, dive bar. She learned Rum/Coke, Gin/Tonic, Vodka/Orange were all very cool to order. The two girls spent hours scouring Supercall.com

Somewhere, Missy had heard about a Palo Alto hot spot called Rosewood. the girl decided to dress up and go play where the big kids were. They would merely copy the other girls.

The two, petite, recent college graduates spent hours on Pinterest looking at cocktail dresses and traipsed through H&M and Forever 21. They both bought dresses, went on YouTube for make up tips and they were ready.

Read the fine print

The girls entered the bar and saw swarms of women floating around flirting. There were many men – lots looked like engineers from their classes. They “bellied up to the bar,” as instructed online. They both ordered white wine, to be safe. Liquor might be quicker, but they were still a little unsure.

The floorshow– was women in two’s and three’s drinking with one man, going on to another, people leaving the bar and returning was like watching The Animal Channel. It no time, the girls realized they were in Cougar Town.

They were out of their comfort zone – but stayed to watch.

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See:  Please Don’t Feed the Cougars

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Spend a little time with me…

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He said he was “Very busy with work.” So, James Cook – the big time playboy and sailor, claimed he really wanted to see me and would try to work me into his schedule. Next!

The Next! guy, Earl, was all over me like a cheap suit. Classic: Too much, too soon,  too fast. He loved to gamble and – by all accounts – he was not playing with a full deck.

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Not one to give up…I kept looking for Mr Right.  And one day, there he was!   I walked into the famed Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop in Santana Row and there –  ordering and  holding court – was the cutest, funniest man I’d seen…forever. The staff behind the counter was laughing hysterically while – his name was George – told them that classic Earl of Sandwich joke that everyone knows.

And, that was the beginning of a delicious Love Story…

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I left my heart in San Francisco, darn!

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I did a Tony Bennett

I moved from San Francisco – and my old dull and dreary Market Street job. My beau of four months bliss promised to follow me to The Valley – the land of milk and honey and apple-bumble-cisco-tinder…

While my new job is getting better and better every day – my commute is a breeze. And I have a handful of cool new friends who want to explore Aptos, Pescadero, and make a quick run to Gilroy – not for garlic- the Outlets! 

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My friend, X and My Beau took the train to visit me last month. I was thrilled. In no time,  I noticed the chemistry the two of them had developed in my short absence. A certain patois. Shared jokes. She touched him way too many times and I felt like pushing her away and saying, “He’s mine!”

What do you do when your soon to be best lover starts seeing your soon to be ex best buddy?
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Complicated

Anna Logg speaks out

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Dating 2016 and Mixed Signals

Need a compass,  GPS, and a Map to traverse the complicated highways of Dating 2016?

Join the Club!  Anna Logg, a Silly Valley Socialite and bon vivant is ready to throw in the towel.

She wrote to say: “Whats wrong with men today? Man buns? Kilts? There are as many men in my nail salon as women. I walk into “Let’s Face it,” My spa,  -and there are five metro-sexuals in the waiting room all reading Men’s Fitness and  Men’s Health. (Leading articles: “Best way to clean your bum” and “Best Vites for a Perky Penis”)

I want a guy, just the guy, who married dear old mom. 

I want a fast talking, fast walking, Warrior.

I may have to move.

Love,  Anna

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My 2016 Best Of San Jose List

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New in Town – but, I know what I like. It took a village to find me the perfect loft in the best neighborhood, to move in and get settled.seasons-846051__180

Best Neighborhood:  The Rose Garden District

Best College Campus: The Gardens – Santa Clara University

Best Move Manager/Personal Assistant: Kerry On – Your Personal Assistant

Best Moving Co. San Francisco to San Jose:  Cunningham Movers

Best Real Estate Agent:  Catherine Gortner

Best Furniture Store/San Francisco:  HD Buttercup

Best Neighborhood Hardware: Organizing  Etc. Store: OSH

Best Neighborhood Brewery:  Mission Creek Beer Above Whole Foods

Best Moscow MulesThe Counter –  Santana Row

Best Chinese Take Out: China Inn on The Alameda

Best Pretty Good Breakfast Joint: Bill’s on The Alameda

Best Rav’s and Sauce: La Villa in Willow Glen

Best Butcher Shop: – Corralitos Market

Best Boutique: Bella Rosa in Los Gatos

Best Bocce Party Place:  Campo di Bocce  in Los Gatos

Best Men’s Haircuts:  Jackson Place Salon – San Srancisco

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Best Pancakes in San Jose? You tell me

Drop me a line~~~~~~~~~~~laurel.grove.sj@gmail.com