Socializing with Online Games

When I was a little girl I used to love to play board games with my brother. Monopoly, Life and Clue were my absolute favorites. Fast forward to the 1980’s when I was in college… arcade games such as Pac Man and Frogger were all the rage. I spent many a night drinking beers and using up all my quarters in those machines at my college campus pub.

For the past few years I have been playing Canasta with a group of fabulous women. Canasta is a card game of the rummy family and is usually played in groups of four players using 2 sets of cards. There is a lot of strategy and rules to the game and it definitely keeps my mind active and involved. 

Since we are social distancing, my friends and I have been utilizing an app called CANASTA JUNCTION. We set up a ZOOM meeting and gather together in the privacy of our individual homes, select teams and then create our game on the app. Thank goodness for ZOOM I get to see my friends to talk,  laugh  and catch up on life. Obviously it’s not the same as going over to each others homes but for now it is keeping us all sane. CANASTA JUNCTION is a $10 app and it is well worth the investment. If you cant get your friends to play with you, play with strangers or play against the computer.

I have also been playing Mahjong on www.realmahjongg.com They offer a free trial period and then a monthly subscription. This is not an app; you need an internet connection. It’s a great way to play with friends (you need 4 to play), or play with other like minded gamers. You can also play against the computer. Mahjong is a tile based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty.  It is a game of skill, chance and strategy.  FUN FACT: The first Mahjong sets sold in the US were by Abercrombie and Fitch in the 1920’s. The game became very popular amongst Jewish women in the 1930’s. The game is so popular now….my own millennial daughter plays the game now with men and women of all ages and backgrounds. 

Make yourself a cup of coffee, get your iPad or laptop and start socializing. I long for the day we can play and schmooze in person but until then….thank goodness for online togetherness. 

Stay safe and have fun.

Jane xo 

Being a Bartender

According to http://www.careerexplorer.com, “A bartender is someone who mixes and serves drinks to customers, either directly from patrons at the bar, or through waiters and waitresses who place drink orders for dining room customers. They must know a wide range of drink recipes and be able to mix drinks accurately, quickly, and without waste.”

I like to think of myself as a frustrated bartender. I think of making a cocktail as a science experiment. Its so much fun to combine flavors and essences to create a special refreshment. In this time of social distancing, I am not going to restaurants and I miss the social aspect of meeting a friend for a cocktail. Cocktail hour now consists of neighbors complying with the 6 feet rule, hanging out in beach chairs on their front lawns, enjoying a 5pm glass of wine or cocktail.

Here are two of my favorite cocktails:

The Clara Bow From Lynette Marrero’s Masterclass, “Teach Mixology”

Ingredients:

  • .5 oz Grenadine
  • .5 oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • 5 to 6 mint leaves, plus a mint sprig for garnish
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz bourbon

How to:

Margarita From The PDT Cocktail Book

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Tequila
  • .75 oz Cointreau
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • .25 oz agave syrup

How to:

Shake with ice and strain into chilled rock glass filled with ice or a chilled coupe (optional salt rim). Garnish with a lime wheel. Refer to the links above for the shaker, strainer and glass that I like.

I highly recommend checking out the mixology class on www.masterclass.com It was very informative. I learned about different bar accessories and using bitters, herbs and spices to be creative when making a cocktail.

As for the PDT cocktail book, written by Jim Meehan, this is a must have for the amateur, at home, bartender. Meehan takes you behind the scenes of the famed NYC speakeasy. Once this social distancing/stay at home situation is over I hope to sit at the bar and have a libation….stay safe!

Jane xo

The Class by Taryn Toomey

As a result of not going to my gym, I have been able to investigate some digital options that I can do while social distancing from the world. 

My daughter suggested The Class by Taryn Toomey. She had attended a few of the classes at their studio at 22 Park Place in Manhattan. Currently there is a 14-day free trial. 

The Class is a full body movement and body weight workout. With the guidance of the instructors and the amazing music you leave a session feeling empowered and toned. Do you sweat? Does your heart race? YES, and YES.  But for me, I love that you also take the time to breathe and recover. 

Have fun by moving…and enjoy the class: https://theclass.com/

Jane xo