The tradition used to be for the future groom to gather up his male friends for a night of drinking before the wedding. Over time, brides-to-be wised up and asked the gentlemen to move the bachelor party celebrations away from the wedding date to ensure fewer hangovers at the alter. As evolution continued, women began to embrace this custom for themselves and movies like "The Hangover" and "Bridesmaids" pushed the envelope for creative outings with as much debauchery as possible.
Doesn't mean that is what everyone wants.
My sister, a few friends and our mother went out for a nice meal and a few drinks. Simple.
The menu included a long selection of beverages and one of the specials of the evening was the Pear Cosmo. Here is the menu description:
Torches Grey Goose Pear White Cosmo:
Goose Pear Vodka shaken with Cointreau, fresh lime and white cranberry juice
served with a pear slice.
Smooth and delicious. Not too strong and alcohol tasting.
To start for 3 of us - the Seafood Chowder with crispy garlic croutons.
I never imagined it would be a giant, seemingly never ending bowl of luscious and creamy silkiness. While I very much enjoyed the croutons, I may have preferred smaller cubes as they were difficult to halve with the spoon and a whole one felt like I was cramming too much food in my mouth.