Hooray for Dre Day

Friday night some of us were feeling like a good ol' fashion dance party.  As we all know, dance parties are synonymous with the Power & Light District.  Get out of the way barely 21 year olds, your twerking is so passé.  We are into Retro Surf...Retro Dance...Retro Cool...obviously that equates to Shark Bar

Shark Bar is the home of the endless summer and brings the endless party.  From Nude Beach Tea's and Bikini Cooler to Shark Bar’s signature beach pail punch, you pick your libation to unwind and hit the beach.  Friday and Saturday nights the beach heats up with the greatest retro dance music this side of the North Shore. There was literally no better way to celebrate Dre Day! 

Celebrating Dre Day

Celebrating Dre Day

The birthday girl and a few other brave souls stayed out until nearly 2 am, proving they've still got it! No members of Unfiltered Adventure were awake at 2 am. 

Party Animals!

Party Animals!

Hey Ladies!

Hey Ladies!

Saturday offered so many options we decided to divide and conquer to maximize our adventures!  

Stephanie headed to Atchison, Kansas to check out the Amelia Erhert Festival, an air show, margaritas and live music. Oh and she put her house on the market and sold it in a matter of hours. 

Stephanie headed to Atchison, Kansas to check out the Amelia Erhert Festival, an air show, margaritas and live music. Oh and she put her house on the market and sold it in a matter of hours. 

Kristi went on her annual family trip to Bennett Spring State Park, can you say Trout Country!?!

Kristi went on her annual family trip to Bennett Spring State Park, can you say Trout Country!?!

Leslie and Andrea tried some new dranks, had a Moscow Mule and feasted on deliciously grilled  medium rare filet mignon like a couple of Queens. 

Leslie and Andrea tried some new dranks, had a Moscow Mule and feasted on deliciously grilled  medium rare filet mignon like a couple of Queens. 

You may recall Friendship Brunch was hosted at Summit Grill earlier this year. It was so delicious Dre decided to grab 21 of her favorite friends and round out her birthday weekend with bottomless mimosas and satisfying comfort food.

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Bottomless mimosas indeed.  The Summit Grill wait staff is extremely optimistic, no glass was ever half empty.

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I highly recommend the Jalepeno Cheddar Grits in a Jar. Allow me to elaborate, the grits were topped with thick-cut Nueske's bacon, Fritz's sausage and soft poached eggs.  Thank you Summit Grill. 

#DresSquad 

#DresSquad 

No poison injections this week, just good clean fun!

Cheers,  

Andrea  

Birthday Shananagins

What could possibly be better than celebrating your birthday? How about celebrating three birthdays! Friday night Unfiltered Adventure successfully kidnapped our friend Mariah in order to celebrate her special day. We enjoyed dinner and cocktails at Jax located on the Plaza. The seafood was fantastic!

The birthday girl shooting her first oyster!  

The birthday girl shooting her first oyster!  

We endulged on crab legs, shrimp, hush puppies & oysters.  The strawberry lemonade cocktails were a crowd favorite. The hush puppies were insane, I still can't believe how delicious they were. 

What a great night out with these ladies. 

Models  

Models  

After dinner Steph loaded her air compressor into my car & we called it a night.  (The air compressor proves to be integral later in the weekend). 

Saturdays are best when they begin with brunch. Since Leslie was calling the shots for her birthday she got to select the location. After reading several brunch menus she decided on one of our favorite spots for happy hours, we needed to confirm their brunch offerings are held to the same standard as everything else. We checked out Louie's Wine Dive on 119th Street. They had us at $12 mimosa carafes. 

Grapefruit and Orange Juice mimosas

Grapefruit and Orange Juice mimosas

The food was excellent, we will definitely be back. I had the breakfast tacos with skillet potatoes. Considering how many tacos I have consumed in my lifetime I'm considered an expert on this matter. You should go get the breakfast tacos. The owner even gave Leslie a bottle of champagne for her birthday. We will literally be back for everyone's birthday from this day forward.  Seriously though, I'm not kidding. 

Hey girls heyyyyy  

Hey girls heyyyyy  

Next stop...pool party!  Cue Pitbull radio. 

Cannonball!  

Cannonball!  

Leslie sure knows how to have some fun in the sun. Thank goodness for that air compressor!  (I told you the air compressor was intregal, do you see how giant and incredible those rafts are?!?) 

Yay!  

Yay!  

There was still one more birthday to complete this celebration packed weekend. Sullivan turned one year old and invited his fur friends over for a puppy pool party. There were doggie bags, gifts & a lot of furs in the pool!  

Ain't no party like a puppy party  

Ain't no party like a puppy party  

So much celebrating! Great friends and family made all of the birthday parties special. The birthday trifecta was exhausting but worth every minute!  

Cheers,  

Andrea

Unfiltered Birthday #2

It's birthday quarter over here at Unfiltered Adventure. Yes, I know there are 4 of us, but we have birthday quarter, one month off to celebrate another friends birthday and then another birthday. Cheers to lots of celebrating.

Back to birthday #2. We kidnapped the birthday girl, Kristi, for some hand crafted cocktails at Manifesto before a delicious meal at the Rieger.  Kristi's cocktail had fruity pebbles on top, but tasted nothing like the cereal. Andrea's root beer float was the bomb!! Thank you Shatto!!  And you cannot go to Manifesto without trying the Beautiful Red Bell!!

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After 2 cocktails at Manifesto, you must eat! Especially if you have the stirred cocktails, ahem, Stephanie. Luckily the Rieger is right upstairs-aka, within stumbling distance! They have an ever changing menu that is very innovative, so we all tried something different.  

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Who doesn't love a good sweet potato centerpiece?? #usewhatyouhave   Andrea got the special and it was the best. Pea purée made the dish! Clearly we are total foodies. Aka-we love ALL the food!!!

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Christopher Elbow chocolates with a candle in a votive/shot glass wins for creativity!! I wonder what she wished for?? More chocolate? Or more wine?? Or was it for more celebrating?? Or all of the above....  Obviously all of the above!!

Saturday was a gorgeous day, so we put on our faded days shades (all the cool kids are wearing them) and headed to drink some wine!

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It was Amigoni's one year anniverary party, so we hit the urban winery up for wine tasting and food trucks!! Well, some of us ate...all of us drank!!  The tasting was great and we liked several of the wines. The Sauvignon Blanc was a crowd favorite and perfect for a hot day!! They also have been for those who don't like wine. 

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We clearly all had a terrible time!! 

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How can you not smile? There's so much wine!! 

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You knows it is probably time to head home when drinking out of the bottle leads to....

Time out and lost sunglasses! 

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You know what cures a wine hangover, rum soaked bread casserole from Chrissy Tiegen's Cravings cookbook. Because as Chrissy says, rum is for breakfast! Thank you Steph for the delicious breakfast...with champs because we are fancy!!  

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Another great celebration!! Cheers!