Saturday, January 11, 2014

Southern Comforts

Big Boss Aces & Ates + Apple Ale Shine
Much like the rest of the US, Raleigh weather has been gross. Cold. Rain. Grey skies. Blech.

It has not been as cold here as other locations in the country, and our temperatures didn't drop down below 9º, but hey, for the South, it's cold!

On the way home from work yesterday, as I was driving through slow "rush hour" traffic on wet roads, I decided that I needed a warm, cozy evening. I am so glad that we live in a place where it is easy to indulge in the comfort of Southern food and stay close to home.

I knew exactly what I wanted to beat the end-of-the week, rainy wintertime blues - a warm bowl of shrimp and cheddar grits at Relish Cafe. Aaron was easy to convince. As soon as I mentioned Relish, he was in.

With dinner I decided to try an Apple Ale Shine cocktail. If you are unfamiliar with the moonshine cocktail trend, here is the description from the menu:
A new line of Moonshines distilled right here in North Carolina. These spirits are handmade with real fruit–no artificial flavors, color additives or extracts are added. The “shines” are handcrafted in small batches and triple-distilled to create ultra-smooth, superior quality spirits. Try one of our creations or have on the rocks–served in a mason jar!
The Apple Ale was a mix of apple pie‘shine and ginger ale. It tastes like sparkling apple pie with the perfect amount of cinnamon and ginger. If you're in the mood for a comfort food cocktail that will warm your belly and help the stress of the work week slip away, order this. The only way it would have been better is if Relish offered a tasting flight of the other flavors.

Warm, cheesy grits, a glass of moonshine, a slice of chocolate chess pie, and the company of my love left me, as I expected, in a perfectly happy, cozy mood. It was still raining a little when we left the restaurant to go home, but it's didn't bother me.

After dinner we watched Her, a new release written and directed by Spike Jonze starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson about a melancholy writer who develops a relationship with an operating system that's designed to meet his every need.We both really enjoyed the movie and thought it has an insightful message with a beautiful visual feel.

What do you do to keep that cozy feeling in the winter?

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