I Am Groot 

A while back I went to the movies and I saw the coolest popcorn bucket ever. There on display was Groot staring at me, calling my name, “I am Groot”…which translated to “Nabila, buy me”. I normally never buy food at movie theaters; we all know how obscenely expensive it is. With the price of what you pay, you can easily buy 2 more movie tickets. BUT…how can I say no to Groot, amirite? So I bought a $11 bucket of popcorn just for Groot.
I immediately knew I wanted to turn popcorn bucket Groot into a potted planter Groot. It’s just so perfect, ya know? How could I not? So, I went to my Abuelita’s garden and looked for a plant that would be perfect for Groot. I wanted it to appear as if Groot had hair coming out of it’s head. Unfortunately, Abuelita didn’t have a plant like the one I envisioned in her garden, so I ran to Home Depot and the plant that I found couldn’t have been more perfect!

I actually don’t remember what this plant is called, I just know that it blooms during the day and becomes a hermit at night. According to my Abuelita, they’re nicknamed “Buenos Dias” or “Sonrisa de Gaitan”. According to my mum, they should be called “Mata Despelucada” (translates to: Messy Hair Plant). You know, it kinda looks like me when I wake up…
If anyone knows the name of this plant, let me know please! 🙂

 

*Pictures taken at Abuelita’s Garden

 

Coopers’ Craft Summer Sippers Blogger Event

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A couple of Saturdays ago I got to attend a South Florida Bloggers event for Coopers’ Craft Bourbon at House Kitchen & Bar in Coral Gables. I had a real blast trying out different cocktails and hanging out with fellow bloggers!

IMG_3876Of all the cocktails I tried, my favorite one was the Coopers’ Cup. First of all, it came in a real cute tin cup..which we got to keep! The drink itself was smooth and it didn’t make my throat burn like crazy. I really liked the combination of bourbon + ginger beer.

In case you’re dying to know how to create this drink, here’s the recipe!
(All recipes are courtesy of Henry from ABC Bartending)

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Coopers’ Craft
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • top with ginger beer (roughly 6 parts)
  • Served over crushed ice in tin cup, garnished with mint sprig

Instructions:
Combine Coopers’ Craft Bourbon with lime juice. Add ginger beer and serve over ice in tin cup. Garnish with mint Sprig.
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Here’s Henry (from ABC Bartending) making the Coopers’ Cup!
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I loved the Coopers’ Cup so much, that I took a million pictures of it!
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I’m just really obsessed with these tin cups & mint sprig….

The next cocktail we tried was the Kentucky Luxedo. IMG_3828
The recipe for this one:
Ingredients:

  • 1 part Coopers’ Craft
  • 1/4 part Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Muddled Sugar Cube

Instructions:
Combine Coopers’ and Maraschino Liqueur into a mixing glass and stir with a bar spoon. Muddle sugar and bitters at the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Add ice and strain into a mixing glass into glass with sugar and bitter mixture. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

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The last cocktail was the After Barrel. We actually learnt how to make this one ourselves!
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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Cooper’s Craft Bourbon
  • 5 Blueberries
  • 4 Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/2 oz. Peach liquor
  • Orange Bitters

Instructions:
Place blueberries and strawberries in a shaker. Pour Peach liquor over the berries. Muddle the strawberries, blueberries and peach liquor to release the juices. Add Cooper’s Craft Bourbon and orange bitters for a nice tang. Add ice cubes and shake. Pour and enjoy!
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This was probably the most pretty looking one!

We also got to try very delicious foods from House Kitchen & Bar:
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Everything was so yummy! I definitely recommend this place. It was my first time trying their food and I was extremely satisfied. My favorite was probably the Margarita pizza (ofcourse!).

Here are some more pictures of the event. I loved the whole set up.
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So, I met the cutest doggie! His name is Hamilton Barkley and he wears cutie bowties. :3

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What I wore:
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Photo by Vintage Unicorn

Dinosaur Blouse: Forever21
Pink skater skirt: Forever21

*disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.