Travel Archives – LUSHWORTHY

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably recall seeing a photo of several large mugs of beer during my #LushworthyInNYC visit to New York. Well, during my visit, my friends and I were able to take part in a little Oktoberfest fun at The Beergarden at the Andaz Wall Street. I’m more of a cocktail gal, so unfortunately, I tend to sometimes neglect the wonderful world of beer.

I’m a picky beer drinker, but at the end of the day I do consider myself a beer drinker overall. My friends on the other hand, not so much. You’ll never catch them with a brew in hand. While at The Beergarden at the Andaz Wall Street, we all opted for a mug of Schöfferhofer Grapefruit. And let me tell you…I. Am. In. Love. It was delicious. I had no idea what to expect. It’s heavy on the fruity side, which I enjoyed. Thankfully, it also lacks that grapefruit bitterness that I personally dread. Oh! And believe it or not, my non-beer-drinking friends might actually be on board the brew bandwagon thanks to Schöfferhofer Grapefruit.

Other beers served at The Beergarden include Radeberger Pilsener, Erdinger Weissbier, Bluepoint Oktoberfest, and Lagunitas IPA. All beers can be purchased in regular glasses or large, shareable boots.

We also had the opportunity to sample two different, Sigmund’s pretzels during our visit. One was a cheese pretzel while the other was a standard, salted pretzel. The salted pretzel was heavy on the salty side. No bueno. But the cheese pretzel, like most everything made with cheese, was pretty tasty.

The Beergarden is of course outdoors, and we really lucked out with the weather in New York during our visit. It was perfect for relaxing outside while sipping on a new favorite.

If you’re hoping to visit The Beergarden, take note that it’s open until the end of October, Tuesdays through Fridays.

***A complimentary food and drink tasting was provided by the Andaz Wall Street, but the thoughts in this post are fully my own.

You’ll Also Like: A Lushworthy Review Of Pineapple Willy’s In Panama City Beach

If you live in the Southeast, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a vacation quickie. Last month, the fam and I took a girls-only trip to The Gulf for a few days. We stayed in a condo that was on the beach, and also steps away from Pineapple Willy’s, a popular restaurant/bar in PCB.

Pineapple Willy’s is well-known for their cocktails (both frozen and on the rocks), which are served in refillable souvenir cups. We visited Pineapple Willy’s three times during our visit, and I had the opportunity to try their “Pineapple Willy” signature drink (on the rocks) and a “Rum Runner” (frozen). Made using rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut, the “Pineapple Willy” is basically a pina colada on the rocks. A very tasty cocktail, but entirely too much ice. All that ice ultimately waters down the drink and takes down the potency. No bueno.

Since the “Rum Runner” was frozen, I didn’t have either of those issues. As the good folks here in Atlanta say, I was “lit” about halfway through my drink. Yes bueno. Also, another tasty concoction.

As a self-proclaimed oyster connoisseur, the fried oysters at Pineapple Willy’s were everything for me. The oysters themselves were huge. There was a nice amount of batter on them, but since the oysters were so big, I didn’t find them to be overly-breaded. I do wish they had their own house-made sauces. The cocktail and tartar sauce I received were both pre-packaged (Ken’s to be exact). I also tried the calamari and smoked tuna dip. Both were decent, not sure if I’d order them again though.

Just recently, I took the most amazing trip to Negril, Jamaica with friends. Although I spent most of my time on the beach (I mean, who wouldn’t?), we had the opportunity to sample quite a few authentic meals and Lushworthy cocktails while there. So, in case you plan on taking a trip to Negril, I’ve listed my favorite places for food and/or drinks, below.

The Bar At White Sands: Oddly enough, this was our homebase for drinks since it was located on our hotel grounds, but I honestly have no idea if it had a name and what that name may have been. But that’s beyond the point…Happy Hour specials every single day! And potent, tasty drinks, which are affordable even without the Happy Hour specials. Prior to heading to Negril, my friend and I noticed that the main bartender at our hotel’s bar, Paul had a handful of less than pleasant reviews on TripAdvisor. I have to say that Paul was on point on our end. We weren’t greeted with hugs and cookies every time we visited the bar, but he was attentive and helpful. Also, as far as drinks are concerned, I highly suggest the Dirty Banana, Pina Colada, Rum Punch or a good ol’ Red Stripe.

I’ll give it to you, summer. You’re cute. With your beach-worthy weather, tropical drinks, fancy sunblocks, and other summery niceties. But I’m more of a fall gal, myself (hello boots and leggings!). With that being said, I’m definitely not in the majority. In fact, I’m sure most of the country (especially those in the North) have already found themselves dreading counting down the remaining weeks of summer. If you’ve already found yourself on the verge of a “fall freakout” then it may be time to get away to a place where the heat’s present nearly year round and the cocktails are oh so Lushworthy. I’m talking about South Beach, Miami, ladies and gents.

I had the opportunity to visit Miami earlier this year and during my stay I spent one night at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Although The Ritz-Carlton is smack dab in the middle of all the action on South Beach, it boasts an inviting solitude. The lobby area is dimly-lit, but still warm. A nice change from the sensory overload one can endure on Collins Ave, which the hotel rests on the corner of. And the pool area, my personal favorite, is a welcomed surprise in a city where teeny, tiny rooftop pools seem to be all the rave. The pool itself is pretty large. Large enough to where if you happen to visit at the right time you may even be able to get your Michael Phelps on without swimming directly into a middle-aged, European tourist.

Sangria on the beach! A great way to beat any upcoming fall blues.

Oh, and did I mention the plethora of beachy cocktails available at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach? We’re talking sipping sangria while beachside and later moving to frothy, frozen drinks by the pool once you start getting sand in highly unwelcomed places. While on the beach we ordered the watermelon sangria, which was very refreshing. There were about four servings in the pitcher and while the sangria was tasty I felt like I had to drink it up pretty quickly to keep from sipping on a super-diluted sangria due to all the ice placed in the pitcher.

For me, good food and even better cocktails go together like peas and carrots, Jay Z and Beyonce, Siri and iPhones. Well, you get the picture…So, anytime I come across an establishment that has great food and cocktails I’m always willing to spread the word. During a recent trip to Jacksonville, Florida, I was invited to have dinner at Atlantic Beach restaurant Ocean 60 and it was quite the enjoyable experience.

Described as a “fine dining restaurant,” Ocean 60 features an ever-changing array of seafood dishes and a drink menu filled with martinis, classic cocktails, specialty mojitos, and other Lushworthy delights. I’m sure you foodies out there are eager to hear about the kind of meals Ocean 60 is dishing out, but first, we talk cocktails.

When it comes to going global here in the United States, South Beach may be one of the best places to do just that. The cuisine is always an eclectic array of global tastes and the cocktails can be just as international. Just in time for the warmer months, South Beach’s The Local House Raw Bar & Grill, located in the Sense Beach House, has introduced a new signature cocktail menu that boasts a global theme. Each of the Lushworthy cocktails is created by an international mixologist that hails from Italy, Germany, and even a few bars/restaurants located here in the states.

With the exception of the “Oyster And Vodka Are Up To No Good” ($17), all of the cocktails are available for purchase for $15. And here’s a little Lushworthy tip for ya, all of the signature cocktails are half-off during Happy Hour on Wednesday from 4 to 7 P.M. You can find the full list of The Local House Raw Bar & Grill’s signature cocktails and their ingredients below.

“Down The Rabbit Hole” (Created By Gabriele Selvi) – Scotch, Raspberries, Fresh Mint, Ginger Ale, Sugar

“Beyond Good And Evil” (Created By Gabriele Selvi & Cristina Bini) – Rum, Triple Sec, Jalapeno, Lime, and Passion Fruit

“Oyster And Vodka Are Up To No Good” (Created By Gabriele Selvi) – Vodka, Lillet, Dry Vermouth, Twist of Lemon, Two Oyster