BBHG 2016

July 15 – 17, 2016 was the 5th annual Bitches with Black Hair and Glasses conference. This year was Southern California. I cannot remember most of the stories to tell them to you because I was drunk much of the time. So, sorry ’bout it.

The NorCal contingent got in on Thursday night. Friday was for Disneyland. I made sure there was nothing but the best for my ladies (tiki bar, dinner at Carthay Circle, fancy drinks at the Cove Bar, sitting in the very front of the monorail). Saturday we had brunch at our favorite German place, the Red Lion Tavern. Then we went and got matching tattoos at RICROKS Tattoos. We have been discussing this for a couple of years. No impulses here. Also, RICROKS is amazing. The walls are covered in crucifixes and there’s nothing but Spanish language music playing. Ric, the owner and artist who tattooed us, is the sweetest most adorable man you will ever meet. While I was going to the bathroom the other ladies voted that I got to get my tattoo first. I WAS GOING TO VOLUNTEER ANYWAY, CHICKENS! After tattoos we tried to go to a tiki bar but were thwarted by huge crowds and a classic car show, so we went back to Amy’s, invented a drink (the BitchWhip). We actually invented a couple of drinks during this conference but the second needs some testing before releasing it out into the world.

Amy’s lovely husband cooked for us (and Cole) and we sat out on the patio and drank. Then made fortune tellers out of paper because we’re adults and we do what we want. Then we empowered Yvonne to make one all by herself and she sure as shit did. There’s no stopping that one.

Sunday morning the four of us ladies and Cole went to Drag Brunch at Hamburger Mary’s in WeHo. It was fucking magical and it’s the closest I’ll ever get to a church ever again in my life. We opened up with a gospel song (the theme song from “The Jeffersons”) and had tons of food and huge drinks. Amazing. 5 stars. Would go again.

We stopped by the fancy sex toy shop (The Pleasure Chest) because duh. Then did a little window shopping on Melrose. Parted ways at about 3:30p.

I’m too tired to edit down the pictures so you just get a ton of them. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Also, new shirts this year! Fuck yeah! And buttons were made and passed out to people along our adventures (drag queen named Monistat, Ric the tattoo artist, our server at Carthay Circle in Disneyland California Adventure, our monorail driver).

Like I said, this was year 5. It was pretty fucking amazing. These ladies do not disappoint. Don’t know how we’re going to top it next year.

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BBHG 2015, the rest of it

So many tiki bars! If we include Palm House, we hit 3 tiki bars in 2.5 days. I’m feeling pretty good about that.

At Smuggler’s Cove we had the Top Notch Volcano. I also had a Kona Cocktail then an Aku Aku. All were delightful. We lined up at the door at 4:30p (they open at 5p) and I’m glad we did. Seating areas are at a premium so if you go, definitely get there early. And it’s totally worth the wait.

We toured St. George Distillery in Alameda and had a tasting as well. I loved that, especially the tour. Since we ferment our own alcohol I was fascinated to learn about the distillation process (other than what I’ve read). Their rum, which they refer to as a California Agricole, is more on the savory side. Instead of being made from molasses, it’s made from the sugar cane so it’s more grassy and earthy. It also has notes of artichokes, olives, and truffles. I did not care for it but I’m glad to have tasted it. Their spiced pear liquer is amazing as is their coffee liquer. The green pepper vodka smelled lovely (though, I can’t have it because of allergies). It made me want tacos.

After St. George’s, we went and had some German food then waited in line at another tiki bar, Forbidden Island. I’m totally in love with this bar. I bought the tiki glass you see in one of the pictures below. It’s the official Forbidden Island glass. We then went back to Dani’s and had some dinner and played Cards Against Humanity. There were a lot of great hands played, but I took a picture (below) of a round that I judged and let’s just say, I was proud of everyone.

 

Patxi’s Pizza

We were all a block away at 2 Sisters having a drink when we got a call from Patxi’s Pizza saying our table is ready. I took one for the team and chugged my entire cider then ran down the block to claim our table. While I trotted down the street I realized I was humming “What I Did For Love” from A Chorus Line. I think I’m cutting myself off for the evening.

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Smugglers Cove part 1

“There are fourof us. Who’s the 5th straw for?”

“It’s for Elijah.”

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We received gifts

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My little lady Yvonne bought me David Bowie earrings!

Made by Leroy’s Place

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New glasses!

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There’s a Warby Parker pop-up shop on the third floor of Nordstrom’s in the Westfield. I needed a new pair of glasses and so I got these and was able to be socially responsible while doing it 🙂  https://m.warbyparker.com/history

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BBHG at the Tonga Room

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BBHG has begun

Liquid nitrogen slushies (passionfruit and prickly pear)

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