Saturday, February 27, 2010

Drink of the Week: Chocolate Cake Shooter

As the clock strikes midnight tonight, I will be 21. So to top off the night, at my first night at the bars, I will celebrate with Wazzupolitan's drink of the week: Chocolate Cake.

As I turn 21, I hope you all celebrate by also having a shot of Chocolate Cake.

To celebrate, you will need:
* 1/2 shot vodka
* 1/2 shot Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
Slice and have ready:
* One slice of lemon per shot
Place on a small plate:
* Two tablespoons of sugar per shot

Take one slice of lemon, dip the entire thing in the sugar. Now lick the sugar off the lemon, and without swallowing the sugar, drink the shot, and quickly bite the lemon slice.
This celebration drink was provided by
It tastes exactly like a piece of chocolate cake, or so I've heard, hints the name. Thanks for helping me celebrate my night!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Delicious Canadian Cocktail

In case you missed my earlier post, or in case you have been in complete hibernation the past two weeks and have been absolutely ignorant of all world happenings, let me fill you in on all the hubbub: THE OLYMPICS ARE IN FULL SWING! I am somewhat of an Olympics enthusiast (read: full on Olympic psycho fan) and as such have been celebrating everything USA, Olympics, and Canada. What better way to celebrate our neighbor to the north than to concoct a cocktail with good ol' Canadian whiskey. The cocktail of the week celebrates Canada and all the fabulous spirits they offer. So grab a seat, turn on NBC Primetime, and take a good, long sip. It is time to enjoy all the Winter Olympics have to offer!

Canadian Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Canadian Whiskey
1 1/2 tsp Triple Sec
1 dash Bitters
1 tsp Simple Syrup

In a rocks glass packed with ice combine whiskey, triple sec, simple syrup and bitters. Stir and garnish with an orange twist or a lemon.

A Hockey Party, Eh!?!

Nothing gets my blood boiling like American sportsmen competing for the ultimate prize: an Olympic gold medal. These past few weeks, I have been glued to the television, with a Molson beer in hand (my tribute to the Olympic host city, Vancouver) and a voice strained by continuous screaming at my USA brethren. My heart palpitates, my fists clench, and I shriek “Come on, you pampered pretty boys!” to all the skiers, snowboarders, and curlers. But, while all sports are a subject of entertainment and stress, no sport can evoke such fear and trauma, nor inspire such joy and triumph as men’s hockey.

The United States hockey team has been having an Olympic season of extraordinary accomplishments. Tapping into my significant American pride, I decided to throw a party celebrating the prowess of these athletes, as well as the rich tradition of the Olympic and the incredible pride I have in the USA. This should certainly prove to be an event for the strong of stomach, and the unrefined in sportsmanly behavior.

For the food served, I believe a palette showcasing the greatest American delicacies as well as a sample of delicious Canadian-themed courses would be most appropriate. I am thinking barbeque would showcase exemplary American foods. Nothing is more all-American than hamburgers and hot dogs, slathered with a healthy dose of ketchup and mustard. Desert for the Olympic affair should be pancakes swimming in maple syrup, a humorous nod to Canadian fare.

Drinks should be low-key and unassuming. This is a hockey party, after all. The most appropriate beverages would be ice-cold beers, of both Canadian and American origin. Molson is my preferred choice for Canadian beers, as I mentioned earlier. As far as American beers, I do enjoy Coors. I am a native Coloradan, after all. But it doesn’t matter what brands of beer are served, as long as they are on ice and served chilled.

In my opinion, food, drink, and an obscenely large big screen television are the only elements required to throw a successful hockey party. Any other party element, such as decorations, would seem incredibly superfluous. So, strap yourselves in for an epic Olympic hockey experience, and invite over some good friends for a truly exciting affair. This is sure to be a party unlike any other, with thrills, chills, and gold medals. Just be sure to quell your anxiety, and remember: it is only a game. Actually, scratch that; go out there, break legs and take names, America! GO USA!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Would you like some cheese with that wine?

Tired of drinking $10 box wine, but don't know how to move on? Here are the basic ideas of tasting and enjoying some high class wine.

Color and Clarity
-Try and look behind it just being red or white. What shade is it and how translucent or bright is the color? Lighter red usually means more aged and a bit more flavourful...

-This is the fun part, where you get to swirl your glass. You really need to stick your nose in it to get that smell beyond the alcohol.

-And the fun part. But don't take it all in one gulp. Taste a little, swish it in your mouth and try to see what it initially tastes like and how the after taste is.

Really it all comes down to perference, and hey, if you like drinking Franzia, go ahead--but just in case you find yourself wanting something a little more sophisticated, now you know how to be a wine snob.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Drink of the Week: Frostbite

Well Pullman, your winter is bipolar. It is sunny one day, then freezing the next. So since the cold is still chilling the city, I think we should face it with Wazzupolitan's drink of the week-- Frostbite. This thick, blue drink will stand up to Pullman's snowflakes.

1 1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz white crème de cacao
1/2 oz blue curaçao
1/2 oz cream
maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour ice and all the ingredients into a shaker. Shake for about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass. Add a maraschino cherry.

Take that cold weather! Wazzupolitan is not afraid of Frostbite!

Photo and drink recipe courtesy of

Monday, February 15, 2010

Party Themes

If you live in Pullman and you go out every weekend, it can get a little boring. ANOTHER stop light party? Or another night of playing beer pong? Why not mix it up a little and host a themed party...Here are a couple of ideas that you may not have seen yet...

Sin City
--high rollers and gorgeous show girls

Black and White
--Everyone needs somewhere to wear that little black dress

--Murder mystery party!

Fire and Ice Ball
--Red, White and Diamonds (or maybe just something shiny)

Kiss Me I'm Irish
--if you're lucky enough to be Irish, your lucky enough!

--Karaoke anyone?

Decade Party
--Swinging 70s? Girls just wanna have fun 80s?

Last Day of Decadence
--Flappers may have been the best thing from the Roaring 20s!

--A little bit of elegance, a little bit of mystery

And a little more college-esque parties...

White Trash Party
--Did I hear someone say there's a mud fight?

ABC (Anything But Clothes)
--Enough said.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Drink of the Week: The Kiss

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, so when you head out on your romantic day with your sweetheart, be sure to order Wazzupolitan's drink of the Week: The Kiss.

If you are not going out for the night, stay home with your boo and make your own. But don't forget the kiss! ;-)

<3   1 1/2 oz. vodka 
<3   1/2 oz. chocolate liqueur
<3   1/4 oz. cherry liqueur
<3   3/4 oz. heavy cream

Fill mixing glass with ice. Add vodka, chocolate liqueur, cherry liqueur and cream. Shake for about 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Don't forget to add the Hershey's kiss on top. Have a romantic Valentine's Day! <3

Courtesy of a book I own called The Complete Bartender.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Get cuddly at the theater with Mr. McDreamy on Valentine's Day

If cuddling is on your list for Valentine's Day, why not bundle up with your special someone for a night out at the movies watching the new movie "Valentine's Day"?

How perfect is the name?

Haven't seen the previews? Well the name says it all =] If you're curious here's a video of the trailer...

For those staying in Pullman for Valentine's here's the showtimes...

Sunday, Feb. 14, at Pullman Village Centre Cinemas on Bishop:

  • (1:00) p.m.
  • (3:50) p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 9:45 p.m.
Those in parantheses are matinee showtimes.

For other showtimes, go to Village Centre Cinemas

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Romantic Getaway an Hour and a Half Away

This year, Valentine's Day blessed us with a three-day-weekend, an extra day of fun and a better opportunity to hit the road out of Pullman to enjoy some entertainment.

For those looking for a somewhat close adventure, Spokane is less than an hour and a half away, and totally worth the drive. With plenty of restaurants, hotels, and entertainment, Spokane is the place to go on Valentine's Day for both lovers and friends.

If a dinner date is of interest, book early a table for two at the Steamplant Grill, a historic restaurant built into an actual steamplant that ran in Spokane for almost 70 years. They offer a full dinner menu, an extensive list of wine and plenty of beer to choose from. This downtown restaurant is popular so book your reservations early, or you may have no chance.


Riverfront Park is the perfect place for a relaxing day. If it's sunny, enjoy a picnic in the park, and a ride on the Spokane Falls SkyRide. Hours are Open Friday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $7.25.

If the wether is not so sunny, or even if you're just looking for an indoor adventure, go ice skating at the Riverfront Park Ice Palace. The Ice Palace is recognized as one of the best outdoor skating rinks in the nation. Hours are Friday, Saturday (and nights before holidays) 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sundays (Valentine's Day) Noon - 4:00 p.m. (Closed Sunday Night).  Tickets are $4.25 for adults and skate rentals are $3. The Ice Palace is open till Feb. 28 so don't miss out on this memorable opportunity.

Plenty of activities await you on this getaway so plan ahead and have fun! Enjoy the three-day-weekend and enjoy your special day!

Valentine's Love

It's arts and craft time...for your next LOVE-ly party...

Here's how to make a sweet Valentine centerpiece!

Get a small vase
Fill with colorful candy (red/pink m&ms or sweathearts)
Cut a foam piece and stick on top
Place colorful lollipops in foam....

and Tada! =)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stubblefield's Mixdown

In an interview with DJ Goldfinger and  DJ Tommy Gunz of Stubblefields, we find out what it takes to make it happen!

Production by Jen Kennedy and Alyssa King


Thanks to Troy Alapit for an AWESOME interview and a SWEET mix!

Production by Veronica Marcelo and Katy Sullivan

Monday, February 8, 2010

A New Orleans Inspired Cajun Bloody Mary!

As mentioned below, New Orleans' is truly the city of the moment right now. Indulge in some Southern decadence in honor of the Saints, and make yourself a Cajun Bloody Mary. A delightful combination of spicy and flavorful, this drink will surely remind you of the city it came from. This recipe comes from the connesiour of Creole cuisine, Emeril Lagasse. Do not be intimidated by the long list of ingredients in this recipe, the end product will surely make all your efforts worthwhile. So go forth, and put a little kick in your drink repertoire.


1 1/2 cups tomato juice

3/4 cups vodka (Pepper vodka is preferable)

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon prepared horseradish (I like a little bit more, but I love the heat)

1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons hot sauce (Again, I like a little bit more, because I LOVE the heat)

1 teaspoons Emeril’s Essence (a combination of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, thyme, salt, and black pepper)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (freshly ground being the operative word)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne


Combine all ingredients in a small pitcher and stir to combine.

Refrigerate until well chilled.

Serve over ice and garnish with celery, green olives, cocktail onions (Emeril suggests pickled green beans or okra)

A New Orleans' Themed Party- A Southern Delight!

New Orleans is having a moment right now. In addition to the Saints’ victory in America’s biggest sporting event, Mardi Gras is happening in approximately eight days. Mardi Gras is the most decadent of all holidays, celebrating gluttony and overindulgence in the most primal manner. Mardi Gras traditionally celebrates the last day of sinning before the puritanical period of Lent, and has become associated with the free-spirited, heavy boozin’ New Orleans neighborhood of Bourbon Street. This holiday is perhaps one of the most fun to celebrate, and with the Saints’ Superbowl Victory, a New Orleans themed party should prove most satisfying.

So how should you go about hosting a New Orleans’ themed bash? First, set the tone with the appropriate colors. Purple, green and gold are considered the standard Mardi Gras colors. By incorporating black to compliment the gold, you also incorporate a Saints theme in the party atmosphere. Make sure every tablecloth, napkin, plate, and decoration therein lies within this color palette. It will surely take your party over the edge.

Second, provide the right accoutrements. There should be beads everywhere. I mean everywhere. Hanging from lampshades, draped over couches, laying on tables, bunched in bowls. There should be enough beads to roughly hang from the neck of every single person living in China (i.e., a TON of beads). Another great accent for the party are Venetian masks, bearing colors that fall within the color theme. Venetian masks are very traditional in Mardi Gras. These masks were used to hide the faces of those who were sinning and overindulging, and have become the unofficial global symbol of the holiday.

Third, make sure your drinks are reflective of the holiday. Since this party is supposed to be reflective of New Orleans, make sure your drinks have a Southern feel to them. Using sweet tea vodka is one of the most delightful ways to Southern-ize your drinks. One of my favorite ways to use sweet tea vodka is to combine it with lemonade, making a delicious and decadent John Daly. Another delicious Southern cocktail is a John Collins. Made with the most Southern of liquors, this drink combines Bourbon, lemon juice, club soda, and sugar. This is a simple drink which will surely charm all the Southern gents.

Lastly, make sure your food will fulfill every guest’s gluttonous desire. This isn’t a night for calorie counting, so throw out all inhibitions for the night and warm up your deep fryer. Beignets, or deep fried Creole donuts, are sure to be a hit. For a great Beignet recipe, check out or Another must have recipe is deep fried chicken. This is the quintessential Southern food. Amazing recipes for fried chicken are the Cajun Deep Fried Chicken at and the classic fried chicken at Lastly, a good, hearty gumbo is absolutely required to amplify the New Orleans flavor of the bash. Good recipes can be found at and

This is a night to go crazy. So, be sure to have plenty of food ready, and keep the liquor flowing. On this day, restraint is forbidden, tacky is acceptable, and inebriation is inevitable. So strap in and shout out a thundering “WHO DAT?” This will surely be a Southern-style celebration no one will soon forget (if only they could remember).

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Drink of the Week: Touchdown Punch

The Super Bowl is the most consumed day outside of Thanksgiving. So let's add some beverages to all that food.

It would be very common for the drink of the week to be beer. But since beer is so simple and easy to buy, with no instructions necessary, Wazzupolitan's drink of the week instead is Touchdown Punch.

This drink is perfect for any sports game, but most importantly for football games. And with the Super Bowl TOMORROW, this punch is perfect for the big game. Best thing is--If you run out, you can quickly make more so you don't miss much of the game! Courtesy of Alcohol Punch.

First for the ingredients:
  • 3 cups of orange juice
  • 1 1/3 cup Tequila
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Ice
Next for the simple directions:

Dissolve the sugar in a large punch bowl by mixing in the orange juice and stirring. Then add in the Tequila and lemon juice while continuing to stir until it is all completely mixed. Add the ice and a ladle for guests to consume.

It is almost like a large mixture of Tequila Sunrise, for everyone to enjoy!

Who's going to win: Saints or Colts? Enjoy the game, and enjoy your Touchdown Punch!

Quick-n-Easy SuperDuper Super Bowl Party Ideas

With the Super Bowl a day away, here are some last minute decorating ideas to WOW your football fans at that awesome game day party.

Decorate your buffet table with a grassy table cloth found at most party shops for just a few dollars. If you really want to go all out you can paint white ten yard lines and construct cardboard goal posts at both ends of the table. Add some football shaped confetti to sprinkle the top of the table.

If you are going cheap, then a plain green table cloth will work just fine. Oh yeah and for those who don’t have paint just lying around-white out works pretty good for those yard lines.

Balloons of the teams are also another cheap way to add some color to your party. Go get some black and gold balloons and put them on one side of the buffet table and some blue and white for the other.

Decorating the walls is left to the party store for football cutouts, unless you want to make your own with cardboard and paint. Try not to leave this for the very last minute or your paint won’t dry before your guests arrive.

Streamers top off the room for some added flair. Stream colors of the teams across the room and dangle some from the ceiling above your buffet tables. These will bring the room to life even before all the food is set out.

Place your food in football shaped platters and football decorated paper plates and watch your party come to life! Also add some football decorated napkins and paper cups, or even napkins the colors of the teams.

When the guests arrive your party will burst with madness!

Also to add some flair get some light up football ice cubes… These will turn your regular beer and wings combo into something a little more festive. They can be found at most grocery stores at this time, and more commonly found at party stores. 

Don’t forget the football cupcakes to top it off!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tiger Time

February may be the month of love, but it's also Chinese New Year! And this February 14th marks the start of the year of the Tiger. And if you were born in the year of the tiger (1986), you are generally well liked because of your charismatic personality.

So if you are an anti-valentines person, you may want to look into hosting your own Sake and Sushi party. Chinese cuisine, paper laterns to decorate, your own fortuen cookies....

If anything, it's an excuse to host a party-and we know you tigers are very charming hosts-and who wouldn't want to do that!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Gameday Goodies: Superbowl Sunday Appetizers

With the Superbowl right around the corner, it is time to start planning the appetizers you’re going to serve at your Superbowl party! As any football fan will tell you, the most important part of any Superbowl party is the food. Greasy finger food combined with a cold beer is the hallmark of Superbowl spectating. So here I bring you the recipes for some of my all-time favorite Superbowl treats.

Buffalo Wings

Perhaps the most quintessential Supebowl food, wings are the ultimate football food. A fan favorite, you will be hard-pressed to find an individual these wings don’t please (except for perhaps the occasional vegetarian, but even these granola-crunchers will be tempted to try these sizzling wings). This recipe was created by Ree Drummond, whose wings are world famous. Do NOT forget to serve these wings without a side of bleu cheese dressing; to do this would be almost criminal.

2 pounds (to 3 Pounds) Chicken Wing "drummettes"
Canola Oil
2 sticks Butter
1 bottle Frank's Red Hot (12 Oz Bottle)
Tabasco Sauce, To Taste

Preparation Instructions

In a deep skillet or Dutch oven pour about 1 inch to 1 ½ inches of Canola oil. Begin heating the oil over medium/medium high heat. Meanwhile, throw your wing drummettes into a strainer and give them a good rinse.

When the oil is hot (about 360 degrees) place the raw wings into the skillet. Move with a pair of tongs so they don’t stick to the bottom of the skillet.

While the chicken is cooking, melt 2 sticks of butter (1cup) in a saucepan. Add one bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Stir well until combined. Next you will add Tabasco sauce until your wings are your preferred temperature.

When the chicken has cooked for about 25 minutes, take them out with a pair of tongs and place then on a paper towel to drain. Begin placing the cooked wings into the sauce and thoroughly coat. Place them in a serving bowl. Repeat until all of the chicken is coated with sauce and ready to eat.


Nachos are another Superbowl staple, beloved by both hardcore football fans and fair-weather partygoers. Nachos are a fantastic alternative for vegetarians, and are easy to customize according to what toppings you particularly enjoy. This recipe comes from the ultimate entertainer, Martha Stewart, and features the holy trinity of nacho ingredients-chips, cheese, and hot sauce. So go ahead, and proceed with vigor. These nachos are sure to please.


1 bag store-bought large tortilla chips

1 cup black beans

3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chopped pickled jalapeno chiles

1 jalapeno chile, minced (If you don’t like heat, you should seed and rib the peppers)

Fresh cilantro leaves

Chili sauce or hot-pepper sauce

Chopped tomatoes, for serving (optional)

Sour cream, for serving (optional)

Preparation instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Top each chip with about 1 teaspoon beans and 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese; evenly divide chiles among tortilla chips. Transfer to an ovenproof serving platter, forming layers; add chili sauce.

Bake until heated through and cheese melts, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove, and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve topped with tomatoes and sour cream, if desired

French Fries

Completing the trifecta of perfect Superbowl appetizers are French fries. French fries, in addition to being delicious, are the quintessential crowd-pleaser. Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t enjoy a greasy, salty fry? If you have, do not be too quick to trust that individual with your heart, your children, or your taxes. This recipe, again from Martha Stewart, is incredibly easy to prepare, and will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.


4 potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold or russet

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons dried thyme

Salt and pepper

Preparation instructions

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Cut potatoes lengthwise into thick slices, then into 1/2-inch-by-1/2-inch-thick strips. Place in a bowl of cold water until ready to use. Drain and dry well on paper towels.

Toss potatoes with oil and spread out on a dark roasting pan or baking sheet. Scatter thyme over potatoes. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, turning occasionally, until potatoes are brown and crisp on all sides.

Remove from oven, discard thyme stems (the leaves will have fallen off), sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Deviled Eggs

I was more than content to end this post after French fries, but my friend was insistent that deviled eggs were the exemplary Superbowl food. I was skeptical, but a random internet search proved my friend’s theory: deviled eggs are indeed a Superbowl staple. So I went to the official website for deviled eggs, (apparently the creators of this site were note creatively endowed) and got a recipe for classic deviled eggs.


6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
¼ cup Light Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing
½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
½ teaspoon white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Paprika for garnish

Preparation instructions

Remove the egg yolks to a small bowl and mash with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Fill the empty egg white shells with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day before serving.

With that, you are now well equipped to cook up a frenzy of mouthwatering appetizers to satisfy your Superbowl fanatics. So proceed with vigor, and even if tension is thick between Saints fans and Colts supporters, there is surely one thing everyone can agree on: this is one tasty Sunday.