Cocktails & Drinks

Anything ‘spirits’ from wine to cocktails.

Free Drink Parties and the FDP

Post-ACL this year, I had to fly from Austin to Richmond. I arrived early to the airport, boarded the plane and found my assigned seat. I sat next to a young lady who was recovering from ACL. She was from Philly and worked for a drug marketing company. I asked her how her time in Austin was.

“I love this city!” she exclaimed.

She chatted about how friendly everyone was and how the music scene is great.

FDP-ing it up!

But the one thing that stood out in her mind was, “Y’all serve free drinks in Austin!”

My new friend had spent ACL eve on a plane. Her and her girlfriends landed and wanted to take on the town. They started their trek up 6th Street. Before they knew it, they were coerced into a bar that was running a promotion. She went on and on about how stuff like this doesn’t happen in Philly. But drinks were flying. Soon after, they left the first bar to take a taxi home. They had met their limit at their first stop.

I guess the promotional company got what they wanted—she had a glass full of stories revolving around her drink and she got a few free drinks from the occasion.

My friends and I have a term for these kinds of gatherings. Previously, we called them “Free Drink Parties,” but the phrase quickly got tiresome. Therefore, we whittled it down to a three letter acronym. In fact, you can now find it in the Urban Dictionary.

abbreviation for 
Free Drink Party; a gathering in which free beverages are served, often alcoholic in nature.

All I have to say is, we at OhSpooning love Austin!  We love what it stands for: great friends, wonderful music and the best food you can eat!

From time to time, we will be at an FDP and we’d love to meet you face to face!

So don’t be a stranger.  We are going to make our digital friends become analog!  :]


Pinot Noir and more

After doing some research, Robert found out that Manchengo is wonderful compliment to Pinot Noir.

Antonio and I went to a wine tasting yesterday consisting only of pinot noir. Our friend Robert is holding wine tastings for $15 per person so he can learn more about wines. We had some from the French region (which I seemed to be the only one to like), a very interesting one from Chile and a few from the states.

Fresh Berries

He had a variety of cheeses, fruit, crackers and some chocolate wafers. He also decided to pick up some rotisserie chicken, since he realized he scheduled the wine tasting around dinner time for most people—5:30 p.m.

Everyone (excluding me) loved the J from J Vineyards and Winery, a vineyard in California. It seemed very pepperry to me, although everyone else said it was the most fruity.

Our arsenal of Pinot Noir for the evening

While there were two that I tried that I wouldn’t mind having again, I don’t believe pinot noir seem to be my favorite type of wine. I will have to go to his next wine tasting now just to see if it’s something that suits me better. I think in all we had eight heads, which I think is a perfect number for a wine tasting—anything more than that and it’s really just a party. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I love a good party. I just realize I shouldn’t call it a wine tasting since I don’t focus on the wine at all and usually end up drinking too much to tell the difference between one or the other.