Wine with Wendy on Wednesday, numéro six

For our March rendez vous, Wendy and I met at a French bistro in Buckhead (in Atlanta).


Some Atlantans may guess which one from the mural above (inside the restaurant). We had a lovely table near the front, lunch was very tasty, and it was wonderful catching up.

Here are a few things that I either learned, or that we talked about:

  • Wendy has never been to Paris (!) But she’s been to Europe many times – much more than I have.
  • We’d like to go to France together someday – at least, I’d love to go with her.
  • Current events (how could we not); football and other sports; travel destinations, domestic and international; our kids’ college news; and what our kids (of any age) choose (and choose not) to tell us
  • Wendy’s art projects, her approach to them, and her course(s)
  • The fact that she can create a painting (she calls it a “before” – it’s the model, sort of) in an hour! (Seen on her facebook page)
  • My inability to multitask on book projects right now, as I wait to view images to consider for my next novel (soon to be published), and try to craft the storyline and characters for my next one, which I’ve begun writing (I’m on Chapter 3)

It’s so much fun to talk about our creative endeavors, and Wendy continues to amaze me with hers. We agreed that it takes discipline for each of us to do what we do: If we don’t sit (or stand) in front of the canvas (or other surface, I’m guessing) or in my case, the computer, and work at it, it simply won’t get done.

No matter what else is going on!


(No) Pizza or a Movie, but a cool (literary) cocktail recipe book!

Last Friday night, because of the horrible weather  possible blizzard  very cold (for Atlanta) weather, my husband and I passed on Pizza and a Movie, and stayed home (and warm). The next evening, however, we braved the cold temperatures and had dinner out with very dear friends.

So today, I’ve decided to write about a cool little truc  – a book* – we picked up last month at an interesting cafe/bookshop in France. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist is a cocktail recipe book written by Tim Federle and illustrated by Lauren Mortimer. When we  my husband spied it on the counter, while we were purchasing another book (we love books), we had to have it!

I’m always fond of twists – whether in literature, my work in progress (a novel), or a martini – and I love the recipe titles. I’ve listed a few below, based on a (favorite) book:

  • Gin Eyre
  • Bridget Jones Daiquiri
  • A Confederacy of Ounces
  • Rye and Prejudice
  • The Cooler Purple
  • Gone with the Wine
  • The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose
  • Olives ‘n’ Twist
  • Tequila Mockingbird

There are many more, and we can’t wait to delve into the recipes, which we plan to do, over time.


Because interesting, tasty cocktails “with a literary twist” – over ice, or neat – seem like just the thing for cold weather!


*Not a (literal) translation

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