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The Gin and Tonic of Your Dreams

Next to wine, you could say the national drink of Spain is gin and tonic. When I moved to Spain for my study abroad, I was introduced to the gin and tonic. Growing up, vodka or pisco sours had been the drink of choice and once I tried this ‘foreign’ cocktail, I never really looked back. Ironically, in Spain, one of the primary gins is Seagram’s which is an American gin.

La Terraza del Yandiola knows where it’s at when it comes to a good gin and tonic. You’ll just also happen to have one of the best views of Bilbao. If you order a Seagram’s, they pour it in the coolest contraption full of fruits to let the gin absorb and infuse flavor for your cocktail. Next up, chill it up with some dry ice. Top it off with some tonic and you’re good to go.

The emblematic Alhóndiga Building used to be a wine cellar. With a facelift, by designer Philippe Starck, it reponed in 2010. While it once started with wine, this chic rooftop leaves you ending up with gin and tonic of your dreams.

La Terraza de Yandiola Bilbao Gin and Tonic

Where is your favorite gin and tonic from?

36 Hours in Philadelphia

Living in New York for the past two weeks has taught me that things are planned out way in advance. I don’t mind it too much as I am a planner at heart. What I do miss is that spontaneity to just do something. So, this weekend I’m headed to Philadelphia.

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Local Union 271

Having gone into downtown Palo Alto for a coffee, my stomach growled due to lack of food: story of my life. Thanks to the age we live in, I googled around my area and came across Local Union 271.

Farm to Table has become one of the hottest trends on today’s menu. Local Union 271 is a local family owned restaurant that unites local, exceptionally produced food and drink items. I figured I’d give it a shot.

Looking to have something egg based and on the healthier side of things, I asked the bartender which omelete he’d recommend. Hands down, he said the Silvia Sausage Co Chorizo Omelet was one of hte best sellers and I went all in. This badboy included sausage and chorizo, peppers, onions, avocado, red bliss tomatoes, Kelly bakery rustic bread.

As if it couldn’t get any better, there’s a Bloody Mary bar.

Local Union 271 was a sure winner for a badass brunch. The rustic modern vibe emanated throughout with vintage lighting fixtures alongside terrariums. I had such a wonderful experience and really look forward to my next time in.

LOCAL UNION 271
271 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 322-7509

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