The Night club and Bar Expo gave us the most interesting booths and while we did “try” a few of the offerings, we stayed sober enough to get a few good shots in. I’m kind of partial to the Icee Motorcycle myself.
Strawberry 2 Go
Rock Band 2
Always a fun event to attend, this year was no different. Bartenders from around the country come to compete, creating the best new cocktail of 2009. Just like Iron Chef, the secret ingredient was revealed just before the words “Start your shakers”.. Passion Fruit was honored this year as the secret ingredient. Scroll down for the winner
And the Winner is:
Passionate Woman by Victoria Damato-Moran from the Underhill Lounge in Bernal Heights, CA.
1 bar spoon fresh passion fruit
1 ½ ounces SKYY Passion Fruit Vodka
1 ounce Aperol
½ ounce X Rated Fusion
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Build, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Try it sometime!!
“”The Hardest part about being a bartender is knowing the difference between who’s drunk & who’s just plain stupid”–Pat Link
One of the things about going to the conventions is the signage that is displayed. I mean there is only so much one can do with it without becoming weird. The trouble is from show to show it all looks basically the same. Oh the products change but the style remains the same. What makes one company stand out? Is BIGGER always Better?? (ok in MY case it is) No matter what you do, there is always that same format of square or rectangle to get the most bang for your buck. How about some widget company thinking out of the box and doing ROUND signs or Octagon (not to be confused with the Octamom) or triangles .. that would be different!!
Anyway here is a small montage of signs from PMA. They are creative photographers, you’d think they’d buy a clue.
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PMA this year was not quite as crowded as usual but there were some interesting exhibits and great people watching. Sigma was filled with model types — and all blond, btw. Now there is NOTHING wrong with being blond except that a little variety goes a long way.
Just some of the many goodies on display @ the Catersource portion of International Hospitality Week in Las Vegas.
This was a great reuse of glass and the colors were fabulous. A great way to take a material used for one thing and recreate it into something else.
Likewise taking reclaimed wood and remaking it into plaques etc.
Since the explosion of LED and extended battery life, companies have been moving over to Digital Signage. Everything from large jumbotrons like the ones at Fremont street to the small kiosks that delivery mapping information on city streets. This year was very subdued since what drives all business is NEW business. Quite a bit of talk about recycling and upselling the current product lines. Since photography was prohibited, we had to snap a few off the phone.
Ribbon Cutting with Elvis & Show Girl
Opening Day show floor.
Gathering to see Signs in Action @ Fashion Show Mall.