*The* First Drink: A month & a half later

It has been well over a month since I released my last blog. During this time I’ve hustled, found rest, rediscovered myself, educated myself, and connected with people I’ve lost touch with over the years. I am pleased to say that I am ready as ever to jump back into creative writing! Today’s blog post is brought to you by mango margaritas, marble-rye paninis, and sweet catch-ups with hometown best friends. 

Erica and I have been friends since the fourth grade, and have made many memories throughout the awkward middle school years (😬) all the way through high school, through eight season of varsity track & field, class projects, proms, and the creation of an honor society. Here’s to 11 years of friendship! 🍸 Today we decided to get lunch after one year of not seeing each other – college in different states makes these annual catch-ups all the more sweeter.

This is the first time I’ve gone out to eat since quarantine started back in March. I’ve gone out for take-out orders a couple of times, but nothing beats the in-person dining experience! Unfortunately, restaurant dining is a whole different experience nowadays… 

We decided to go to Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grille for its outdoor seating. We meant to go to the one in Worcester, but ended driving to the one in Marlborough! It worked out, because the one in Marlborough had outdoor seating. If you’re deciding on eating out, I highly suggest picking a place where outdoor seating is an option, or at least one with wide open window seating. Some restaurants may have poor ventilation and you’re always more at risk in an enclosed space especially if the air is shared between multiple people. Here’s an article I found helpful that tackles eating safely at restaurants in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I ordered the “Reubin Panini” because of the marble-rye; if you know me you know I love marble-rye bread! Erica ordered the “Club Uptown Panini.” It was a hearty meal and we had drinks to complement the paninis.

People who know me know that I’m not a heavy drinker at all – in fact, I never even had any alcohol when I turned 21 a couple months ago! I’m going to clarify that I’ve nothing against alcohol – I’ve just never had the interest or desire to have any; if I did I wanted to wait till I was 21 or older. So, I’m super delighted to announce that I had my first real drink in my whole 21 years of life today! (Ignoring the fact that waiter took a really long look at my ID… #skepticism anyways, for those of you who are interested, I took my first sip at 1:21 PM on July 10, 2020 🙂). 

We ordered two mango margaritas and watered it down with lemon water. (I’m not sure if I have that expression down, forgive me if my writing just got really awkward with that, ha). 

When I had the first couple of sips, I really liked it. It was fruity, sweet and tasted like mango lemonade. But then came the bitter aftertaste, and it reminded me of coffee. I’m not a big coffee drinker either (hot chocolate all the way) but I did enjoy the margarita even though I wasn’t able to finish the entire glass. It made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and I noticed my cheeks flaring red later (a sign of low tolerance, a lightweight possibly?) Honestly, I think I enjoyed more of the fact that I was sipping on margaritas with a friend – something I had pictured of doing when I was older on some tropical beach in Bora Bora. Drinks with friends on a beach while lounging under a straw hut on a tropical island. Since Bora Bora is definitely not happening in a crippling recession, I’ll take a drink with a friend any day! Overall, my first drink was a 10/10 experience. If I’m by myself however, I think I’d still pick the lemonade over the cocktail. Cheers to first drinks, and bffs! 🥂 Let me know if you have any favorite drinks in the comments below!

Until next time,

Grace

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