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  • MY BARTESIAN JOURNEY…

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    Over the past 8 years I have had the pleasure of working on some amazingly cool and fun projects. I have worked with incredible brands, celebrities and in many different places all over the world…As many people tell me… I have a pretty cool gig…

    This past spring I received a call from an unlikely source. A couple of engineers from the University of Waterloo wanted to talk to me.

    Ummm…do they know that I don’t do MATH?

    Turns out this odd voicemail has turned into one of the funnest (it’s a word)…Most creative projects I have every had the opportunity to work on.

    Co- Founders Bryan and Jason were a world away in China with an idea, an ugly prototype and the dream of creating a single serve cocktail machine… There was only one problem…

    They had no idea how to create a delicious cocktail…

    I don’t do Math and they didn’t do Cocktails…

    After many 4 am texting, email and skype sessions…At this time we had never actually met and they were a ‘day away’ in China with sketchy internet so it made for some fun brainstorming sessions…..Along with the lovely Nadia our flavor development guru…we have created something FABOOSH and unique.

    Combining the world of technology (the ‘Math’ doers) with the world of Mixology we created Bartesian… The Ultimate Cocktail Machine…

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    Bartesian is a single serve cocktail machine that makes a fresh, FABOOSH tasting cocktail every time…

     

    For the record..I did A LOT of MATH…

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    Nadia and myself worked in the Lab for weeks, measuring, mixing, tasting, tweaking, perfecting the flavor profiles for these cocktails…

    It was a tough job but somebody had to do it. Let’s just say that we were very popular with her co-workers …It was not hard to find tasting volunteers…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the end…We created 6 FABOOSH Bartesian cocktails…all of which I am proud to put my name on and would serve to any of my guests. If you know anything about me or what I do…If they tasted like ASS..I would have no part of it.

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    It was really important that each cocktail tasted fresh and “REAL” every time. We used all fresh juices, the capsules are NOT powder. We sourced all natural flavors and premium bitters. Don’t believe me? Come on over and we can do a blind taste test…We may have to do it several times to make sure we get it right and it’s always more accurate with Disco music playing in the background…

     

    Just ask Amy one of our many taste testers…

     

    If you want to know more about this FABOOSH new project I am a part of..feel free to email me or comment below. Check out Bartesian on Kickstarter !!  You will find all the information there along with some more really cool videos and how to become a backer…

    HUGE CONGRATS to the amazing Bartesian Team… Everyone , math doers and cocktail doers alike are so very excited and proud of everyone for all their hard work..

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  • THE SOCIAL HOST

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: beer, christmas, cocktail deeva, cocktaildeeva, cocktails, coffee, dinner party, drink, drinking and driving, entertaining, family, gin, girls nite out, Holiday, home, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, mocktails, Party, rum, signature cocktails, social media, Tips, Toronto, trends, vodka, what not to do, wine

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    This past summer my neighbor was over served at a local pub, went home, fell down the stairs and died. It was a horrible, senseless and preventable tragedy that tore a family apart.

    So when RIDE Checks asked me to be a part of their campaign this year…Just like not dhttp://www.cocktaildeeva.com/wp-admin/post-new.phprinking and driving…it was a NO BRAINER.

    Over serving at restaurants and bars happens all too often. Bar owners, servers and bartenders all want to make the customer happy. Let’s face it, telling someone they have had too much to drink is uncomfortable at best. Also let’s not forget the money making aspect of this.

    In 1972 the Supreme Court of Canada decided there was a “special relationship” between a bar and it’s patrons because: as stated on Canada Safety Council.org

    “The bar “invites” the patron to use its premises to buy and drink alcohol. There is a duty or responsibility on the bar to ensure that there is no “foreseeable” harm that occurs to the patron because of what the bar does (serving alcohol to a patron when he is visibly intoxicated and then ejecting him) and what it fails to do (take preventative steps – offer a ride or call a taxi or police).”
    Establishments now have a “Duty of Care” for it’s patrons.

    So what happens when you invite people into your home to consume alcohol? Do you as, the host, have a ‘duty of care’? Does your home or office party fall under the ‘special relationship law’?

    What exactly is a ‘socialhost?”

    A definition could include anyone who: as per Canada Safety Council.org
    1. is not selling or supplying alcohol for profit;
    2. is not an employer, or any position in which he or she has a unique relationship with his or her guests; and
    is serving alcohol or condoning the service/consumption of alcohol on premises over which he or she has control.

    Then there is the whole B.Y.O.B issue. Are you liable if people bring their own booze?
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    Unfortunately there is no exact answer. This whole area is as grey as it gets. However there have been many people successfully sued and found liable as a ‘social host’.

    The real question is, how can you protect yourself this holiday season and really have your guests “Party Safe”?

    Here are my tips for being a responsible Social Host…

    As the host, don’t over serve yourself. Limit your alcohol consumption throughout the party in order to pay closer attention to your guests.

    Avoid a self serve bar. I am all for hiring a bartender for the evening who has alcohol training.

    Have MANY non-alcoholic selections. Create a signature Mocktail Punch for the evening.

    Say hi and bye! This one is SO important. Greet all your guests to get a feel for if they have already been drinking. Say bye to EVERY single person that leaves your home to gauge how they are acting and see if maybe they need a alternate ride home.

    Have a spare bed or a couch.

    Only TIME will sober someone up. Not coffee or a slice of pizza or cold shower. It’s all about how much alcohol is in the blood stream.

    One last thing to remember…If you have a guest that you feel is intoxicated and they refuse to take a taxi and insist on driving. You MUST call the police. It may seem dramatic but it is your ‘Duty of Care’ to do so. Imagine how dramatic an accident would be.

    For more great Party Safe ideas and to learn more about RIDE Checks check out their website www.ridechecks.com 

    You can also find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter…

    For more information on who, how and when you are liable as a ‘Social Host’ be sure to check out www.canadasafetycouncil.org/traffic-safety/social-host-liability

     

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS and #PartySafe
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  • BE OUR GUEST!!

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Bed and Breakfast, beer, cocktail deeva, cocktails, coffee, contest, D.I.Y, decorate, dinner party, DIY, drink, entertaining, fabulous, girls nite out, giveaway, hamilton beach, home, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, mocktails, Party, restaurant, restaurants, social media, Tips, Uncategorized, win, wine

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    As some of you may know I have recently started a new adventure in my life…Because I wasn’t busy enough…I decided to buy a Bed and Breakfast!

    Not just any bed and breakfast, mine has a bit of a twist to it…naturally…

    Olde Bridge Place is NOT a traditional B&B…Here’s how it works..

    There are 2 suites that are situated in a 130 year old converted garage at the base of the Kissing Bridge. They have full kitchens, living area, large bedrooms and gorgeous bathrooms. The larger of the 2 suites, The Kissing Bridge suite even has it’s own private patio over looking the river and the bridge.

    I stock your room with FABOOSH local ingredients , fresh breads, pastries, eggs, bacon, fruit, juice, tea, coffee etc…and you make your own breakfast at your leisure..At NO TIME do I ever cook for you…

    You have your own private entrance, you get your own key and you come and go freely. At NO time are you in my home…However you can join me for cocktails on the porch…

    It’s a B&B only better…because you get your privacy and there is no awkward ..”I’m in someones house” stuff…

    The B&B is located in the middle of the St Jacobs, Elmira, Elora triangle in the heart of Mennonite country..So many great things to see and do..

    My new B&B is called, Olde Bridge Place and is located beside the historic Kissing Bridge in West Montrose on the banks of The Grand River. The last covered bridge in Ontario..

    It’s Peerrrrty….

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    So..to celebrate my new adventure I am giving away a 2 night stay in the Kissing Bridge Suite at Olde Bridge Place…

    BUT WAIT…that’s not all…you are about to get SPOILED!

    I am also going to celebrate all the FAB local business I have the pleasure of working with…(shop local)

    Here is what you can win…

    2 Nights stay at Olde Bridge Place in the Kissing Bridge Suite – $370

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    Cocktail reception on the porch sponsored by Innocente Brewing and Rosewood Estates Wines(Priceless Really) $250

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    Vintage milk painted side table from My Vintage Nest - $125

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    Gift Certificate to the FABOOSH Herrle’s Country Farm Market in St Agatha – $50

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    Gift Certificate from the drool worthy Lancaster Smokehouse in Kitchener – $50

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    10 X 6oz Brady’s Meats famous certified Angus beef baseball steaks – $70

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    Hamilton Beach Java Blend coffee brewer/blender – $70

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    AND…..

    Mini photo shoot up to 1.5hrs , 10  images included + printing rights 1 -11X14 print  from CL Buchanan Photo - $600 !!!!!

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    TOTAL VALUE -

    $1585 .00 ……….

    AMAZING !!!!

     

     

    HUGE thanks to all the FABOOSH local business that joined me in this AMAZING weekend escape…We LUV our region and want you to join us and see for yourself why it is just a wonderful place to be…CHEERS

    Here is how to Enter…GOOD LUCK and we can’t wait for you to BE OUR GUEST!!
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    Please show your support to all our fab sponsors of this contest by being SOCIAL with them..Like, Pin and share with your friends…CHEERS