Last week I was at an event and the hostess passed out this little book – The Freixenet Social Survival Guide – as a favor.
The slim red book with its embossed gold cursive lettering carries an air of authority; it’s something Betty Draper might pull out at a cocktail party in order to coach the party planners on where they went wrong. I couldn’t help feeling a tad bit offended. Was it a hint along the lines of someone offering you a mint, which gets you thinking, “Does this mean I’m offending everyone with coffee breath right now?”
But it was just a passing thought as the craziness of life got the best of me and I left Aspen for LA then NY and now Austin. Well, life tends to come full circle and such is the case with the social grace question. I’m in Austin for Blog Her Food but I’m really more of conference crasher than an attendee as I didn’t buy a ticket and ended up here by chance. I’m sure last week’s hostess would disapprove as it’s likely against every rule in the Social Survival Guide. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s a bit fun. If you’ve been around these parts a while, you’ve probably noticed I’ve spent a bit of time in Austin over the last few years. And every time I go I meet even more phenomenal people and enjoy myself even more than the time before. This trip is a bit of a long layover as I’m not even here 48 hours, but I’m doing my best to savor each moment.
This Pomegranate-Guava-Ginger Margarita is my ode to Austin because, like the city, it’s a little bit odd, a little unexpected, a bit creative, and thoroughly enjoyable. So, cheers to the weekend and breaking all the social norms in the name of new adventures!