Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sailors will find any occasion to gather around and drink! The Burning of the Socks is a long tradition in the sailing community - each year on the vernal equinox, it is a tradition to burn socks to ring in the Spring season. The best part about this celebration - you don't even have to know how to sail!

The Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD joins in the tradition of the Burning of the Socks. This event is a 'rite of Spring' and dates back to the 1980s at the Annapolis Yacht Yard. Bob Turner started the tradition after a long winter of working in the boatyard by burning his socks and toasting Spring! There is even an 'Ode to the Sock Burners' - can you say Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum?!

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So while we're tired of winter here at TS HQ, and growing anxious for Spring, we may make an attempt at burning our socks as well! We're just passed the Vernal Equinox, so we'll call it Fashionably Late. So gather up those ripe, foot straight jackets, build a fire and bring on the Skipper Skimmers and Tipsy Toes!

Sit back, have a cocktail, and let those Tipsy Toes breath! Cheers!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Crazy Burger, a hidden gem restaurant in Narragansett, RI was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Ferretti. It's a very fun, artsy, casual atmosphere. No ordinary burger place, Crazy Burger offers extremely unique combinations: Hoof, Fin and Claw burgers, Quesadillas, Pizza and my favorite, the Wassupy Burger - a ground beef burger with horseradish, garlic and Worcestershire sauce, topped with Brie and home-made onion rings, served with wasabi-chipotle mayonnaise.  And the Bangkok slaw is unlike any other coleslaw! The extensive menu features something for everyone - they even have a vegan section of the menu, and the dishes featured on the Food Network are highlighted.

The Whassupy Burger - one of the dishes featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Another great dish is the Chicken Marsala Burger

The Baa-baa Burger is a lamb burger with feta cheese, baked in phyllo dough

Crazy Burger has many varieties of fresh, made-to-order juices, smoothies, and frozen lemonades. You can create your own combo or try a glass of Pear-Ginger-Apple juice, for example. Obviously, the Tipsy Skipper had to find a way to make these creative combinations a bit more 'Tipsy' so we came prepared with a flask and an open mind!

The orange-pineapple juice with rum made a delicious cocktail! Next time, we'll have to be better prepared to try several combinations, but this was a great start! We'll share more ideas in the near future!

The restaurant is very rustic and the lanterns hanging from the ceiling really create a fun atmosphere. A Tipsy Skipper printed lantern would look great hanging from the ceiling!

This picture was taken at the end of the night - Crazy Burger is never this empty - there is always a wait for a table, but it's worth it!  Each table has a Himalayan Salt Rock Candle - supposedly they balance out the negative/positive ions in the air.....a neat touch!

So Crazy Burger is an excellent place for a Tipsy Skipper - welcoming and casual! A great Tipsy find! And any restaurant that is BYOB is terrific in our book!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

It's time to announce the winning Spring/Summer 2011 Tipsy Skipper prints. Thank you to all of you who participated in the Prints Survey! We loved your feedback and comments! So while we've included the top ranking prints, we've also thrown in a surprise or two....

And of course naming the prints is one of the best parts! So where do we get our inspiration? Summer, sailing, vacation, and yes... you guessed it! Cocktail parties!! It's up to you to figure out which of these were inspired by names of cocktails! Use our print names as inspiration to try a new cocktail this weekend!

Spring products will be up on the Tipsy Skipper website in the next couple of weeks. Sign up for our emails to be the first to know when Spring 2011 is available!

Wishing you fair winds and smooth sailing! -TS