Thursday, October 26, 2017

Quick Bites: Macabre Miscellany

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Yume Japanese Gardens Tea Ceremony. There’s something inherently mindful about drinking a cup of tea. You don’t drink it to help you move faster, like coffee, and the flavor is usually subtle, so as you slow down to focus on the taste, it feels like time slows down as well. In Japan, a tea ceremony is even more ritualistic, to the point where it’s a work of art that leaves a deep impression on participants. A master of “The Way of Tea,” will prepare a cup of matcha for everyone, and offer a traditional Japanese sweet to go with it. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Yume Japanese Gardens. RSVP by Oct. 24 to with name, phone number and number in your party. $15 plus Gardens admission fee ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 students and military, $5 kids 3 to 15, free for kids under two, free for members.)

Grapes and Goodies. Tricks and Treats. Kief-Joshua Vineyards promises to provide one of the grape-est ways to spend your Halloweekend by taking away the burden of choice. Why should we have to choose between tricks or treats? It’s about time that that we stood up—that the zombies among us rise up, that the ghosts among us float up and that the people who eat all of the Halloween candy that they bought for trick-or-treaters before Halloween even arrives fess up—and demand that we have the chance to be both tricked and treated during the spookiest season of the year. Every 12 wine tasters at this event will receive an unusual goody to go with their pairing, while the 13th person will get a trick. Treats while supplies last, but tricks are unlimited. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29. Kier-Joshua Vineyards tasting rooms: Elgin, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin; and Wilcox, 4923 E. Arzberger, Wilcox. Free.

Old Tom Gin
. Three Wells Distilling Company recently welcomed the newest member of the family—and a whole new gin-eration—with the release of its Old Tom Gin. Its smooth blend of juniper, orange, cardamom and coriander makes you feel like your name is Old Tom, and like you’re smoking from a pipe with your men’s club in the study of your mansion. Use it for a classic gin & tonic, or try a gem of a gin cocktail, like the Old Tom Martini (2 oz. Old Tom Gin, 1 oz. dry vermouth and three dashes orange bitters with a lemon twist garnish.) Three Wells Old Tom Gin retails for just over 30 bucks, and is available at Plaza Liquors, Rumrunner, HighWire Lounge, Dante’s Fire, Hotel Tucson, Lindy’s Diner, Owl’s Club, R.J’s, Rialto Theatre and Thunder Canyon.

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