Last night I was invited to a special preview event at the Bahama Breeze restaurant in Schaumburg. This was the first blogger event I've had the opportunity to attend. I've been invited to a few others but wasn't able to go for one reason or another. Needless to say, I was super excited! Harry and Ant came with me and we had a wonderful mid-week date.
Bahama Breeze opened it's first store in Orlando, Florida in 1996 and now operate 26 restaurants throughout the United States. The Schaumburg restaurant is their only location in Illinois, and is conveniently located on Golf Road a few stoplights west of Woodfield Mall.
In February Bahama Breeze will be adding two new cocktails to their already extensive drink menu and we were among the first to try them out. Their Happy Hour will also be changing. Starting February 4, the Bahama Breeze Happy Hour will start at 9pm and last until closing. Currently it runs from 4-6pm, but they've had a lot of requests to push it back a few hours. Ask and you shall receive!
The tall drink is the Yaka Hula Hickey Dula, which shares it's name with a Hawaiian love song. The drink features pineapple juice blended with Meyers' Dark and Bacardi 151.
The shorter cocktail is called the Daisy de Santiago and was invented by Don Facundo Bacardi... yep, that Bacardi! This Cuban inspired drink is made with Bacardi rum, Chartreuse liqueur, lime juice and mint leaves.
Both drinks were incredibly refreshing. I seriously felt like I was lounging on a tropical beach somewhere while I sipped the cocktails. Between the two I preferred the Yaka Hula Hickey Dula a little more because anything with pineapple juice is the winner in my book! Ant liked the Daisy de Santiago better, which is a mojito with a twist.
Along with the new drinks we also got to sample a few Bahama Breeze staples.
I tried the classic frozen margarita and Ant enjoyed a coconut-based drink called the Pain Killer. He claimed the Pain Killer was the best cocktail he'd ever had. Seriously! He kept talking about the drink all night and is already planning our next visit just so he can try it again.
The restaurant's manager, Juan, made sure we didn't leave hungry. He brought out a nice spread of Bahama Breeze appetizers including coconut shrimp, Jamaican chicken wings, onion rings, and spinach artichoke and goat cheese dips. I filled my plate with both dips and chicken wings, making for a not-so-healthy-but-really-yummy dinner :).
Harry was pretty good during the event. He's always such a little flirt with everyone he meets. He did get a bit antsy at times since we were at the restaurant for over two hours, but positioning his highchair so he could watch the fire pit helped calm him down. A few pieces of coconut shrimp and bread helped, too.
Thank you so much to Bahama Breeze for an amazing evening. I was truly honored and surprised to be asked to take part in the event. The staff were some of the most knowledgeable, friendly and attentive I've ever encountered at a restaurant.
At the conclusion of the event all the bloggers were given some fun Bahama Breeze goodies.
I got a ton of swag, so instead of keeping it all for myself I thought I'd give it away to one of you!
Fill out the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win a Hawaiian shirt (size small), notebook and pen, dashboard Hula dancer and some Bahama Breeze key chains. US residents only. I'll pick a winner sometime early next week. Good luck!
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In the spirit of full disclosure, we were given gift cards for attending the event. They did not influence my opinions stated in this blog post. We really had a wonderful time, and if you have a Bahama Breeze near you, I highly recommend the restaurant for a fun evening with friends or family.