Thursday, December 14, 2017

Our World is Changing Today for the Next Five Weeks or So

Sanity Too
   This morning Marta are moving off of "Sanity Too", our boat that we have called home for the past 12 years.  For the next five weeks or so while she gets the damage she incurred during Irma repaired we will be living on "Lil Sanity" our "camper"  This is going to be very interesting, we are having to seriously down size our lives while we are aboard the camper.

     I'm really glad to be able to finally make the front of the line at the boatyard and she will finally be repaired.   Although she has operated like a champ all during the three and a half months since the storm.  The visit to the boatyard will ring her back to her beautiful self again. 

Lil Sanity
     It is going to be worth the inconvenience of living on the smaller boat to be able to board her again and see all her rails back on and the external damage repaired and fresh gelcoat where she has been scarred.   Once she gets back in the slip she will get her new outside vinyl windows and screens that were torn off by the storm and she will be complete and whole again.

     Wish us luck, if we don't "kill" each other in the confined spaces our life will be whole again when she returns and we can move back aboard.

Trader Vic's 115th Birthday Cocktail

     This month Trader Vic’s in Emeryville, CA celebrates its founder Vic Bergeron on his 115th birthday, December 10, with a very rare and special Rum Old Fashioned cocktail, Vic’s favorite! The cocktail is made with 50-year-old Appleton Estate Rum and served in a limited edition glass created just for the occasion. Each of the keepsake glasses is numbered along with a letter of authenticity to make it that more special.   The cocktail is currently only available at the Emeryville, California location for a mere $1210.00.

Victor Bergeron
    December 10, 2017 marks the 115th anniversary of the birth of Victor Jules Bergeron, the creator of the Trader Vic’s chain of restaurants that originate in San Leandro, California.  This entrepreneurial restaurateur who is indelibly linked to Polynesian-themed rum drinks, including the Samoan Fog Cutter, the Tiki Puka Puka, and the Zombie. But Trader Vic’s most original and internationally celebrated libation is the Mai Tai, even though he had some help in naming it.

     Victor Bergeron in November 17, 1934, using $500 in borrowed money, opened a small bar and restaurant across from his parents' grocery store at San Pablo Avenue and 65th Street in the Golden Gate District in Oakland, California.  He named it Hinky Dink's, as its popularity spread, the menu and decor developed an increasingly tropical flair, Soon the name was changed to Trader Vic's.  By 1940 the first franchised Trader Vic's opened in Seattle, Washington.    In 1950, Bergeron opened a Trader Vic's location in Hawaii and in 1951 in San Francisco.
Emeryville, California Headquarters

    The legend of the Mai Tai and of Trader Vic had its beginning in 1934, when, during a trip to Havana, where he discovered rum, or more importantly, rum cocktails.   Upon his return to the rollicking saloon he owned in Oakland, California called Hinky Dink’s he started making daiquiris, mojitos, and Planters Punch, but often with a little extra rum-tweaking.