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Is it normal to have your dad review booz for your blog?

November 17, 2011

This is a really big day at MODG territory. I’m about to introduce you to a new member of the cast. For years you’ve known B and Charlie and Willy and then G. Now, you’re about to meet someone else. I posted on the MODG fb page that our new member is *slightly* hairier than me and really loves a sweet pink martini.

YES it’s my DAD.

Duh. That was so obv.

A bit about my dad. My dad loves 3 things equally: vacations, alcohol and cleaning. I know what you’re thinking, everyone likes vacations, alcohol and cleaning. First of all, no, no one likes cleaning. And no one likes vacations and alcohol AS MUCH as my dad. He was like, hmm, vacations are *pretty* awesome. How can I go on a million more of them? I KNOW, I’LL BE A TRAVEL AGENT. And then he was like, hmmm alcohol is pretty awesome. I’LL CREATE ALL OF MY OWN DRINKS PUT THEM IN AN IMPORTANT BINDER AND NAME THEM ALL AFTER MYSELF. And then he had a daughter that started a blog where she just talked a lot about herself.


And my dad doesn’t like just *any* alcohol. He enjoys himself a stiff martini glass of sugar rimmed fruity candy sweetness. Despite my true fondness for gummy candy and sugar sweets, I do not like a sweet martini. 21 year old Amanda learned a real life lesson about sweet drinks a few nights hanging over the toilet. (21, 19, whatever. My dad is reading this.)

Here is a typical conversation between me and my dad.

Dad: Hey wanna try the new martinis I invented?

Me: Ok sure.

Dad: It’s called Pete’s Perfect Punch.

Me: Isn’t that what the last one was called?

Dad: No, that was PEDRO’s Punch

Me: Oh I must be confusing it with that other one…

Dad: You’re thinking of Peter’s Pizzazy Punch

Me: Yes that must be it. So what’s in this one?

Dad: It’s cotton candy vodka mixed with bubble gum vodka mixed with actual gummy bears mixed with sugar.

Me: Sounds good???

Dad: Yeah I just wish it was a little sweeter.

Me: I see what you’re saying…

He then has them all laminated and alphabetized in a bar binder complete with images, food pairings, comments and experiences and modifications.

So when these folks asked me to do a review for them, I was like NO LEAVE ME ALONE. They literally stalked me for months. Then I was like…wait a minute…This is a job for PEDRO’S LAB.

I told my dad that I needed him for super secret level MODG business and he was ON IT.  The only thing my dad likes better than super secret business matters, giving others  his opinion on super secret business matters.

So without further apoo, I give you



Of course being limited to only one bottle:  Piece of Cake….Chocolate Cake…I can not fully give a complete professional review on the entire line. (the company makes a 3 pack of flavors and Pete REALLY wanted the sampler)

Upon receiving my well wrapped bottle of Chocolate Cake, my first impression is the marketing, the look of the bottle.

I will never forget the exact moment I first laid eyes on 3 Olives Cherry Vodka…love at first sight! (He *vaguely* remembers my birth fyi) it just looked cool, refreshing and  fun. I asked the Barmaid (is this like a mermaid?) what that was and she said they just got it in and really didn’t have any special drinks, so at the bar I invented one (PETER TO THE RESCUE).

I asked her to put some sour mix, Cointreau, cherry vodka and add a cherry and serve it as a Martini. She did, it was incredible and before long about 15 people at the bar were trying the new drink I named “Cherry Blonde.” (Good thing it was named. This is a front runner in the binder). It is now on this famous restaurants drink menu and doing rather well.

I am torn on Piece of Cake bottle look because the middle does have nice pictures of Chocolate Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Strawberry Shortcake Liqueur.  But the rest of the bottle looks very serious to me. Sort of “I mean business” type of drink. I guess the more I look at it, it is very professional and appealing. Is that what they wanted? (omg we’re still talking about the bottle Dad?)

Ok…the liqueur it self. 1st & foremast I am a Chocoholic, an avid martini maker with over 100 great recipes and a drink book I have started 5 years ago with close to 250 drink recipes….. so I have the right credentials for this taste test. (What did I tell you?)

I like the taste of P.O.C. Chocolate Cake a lot just as a straight shot. Not real heavy and sweet like I expected. I am not sure how many people can do shot after shot of these but the taste is really nice alone (I’m picturing my dad in a lab coat with a palette cleanser and a notepad doing straight shots. Normal.)

Not having the other flavors (man he wants that sampler pack), I tried a few recipes that were enclosed: Tootsie Pop Martini, Choco Taco Martini and German Chocolate Cake Martini. All very good. No complaints. Light, tasty, and a great 1st drinks I would be proud to serve and add to my drink menu (WOAH, THIS IS HUGE).

But did I stop there?…oh no!
I experimented with:
* adding plain vodka to kick it up…very good.
* adding to my favorite liqueur: Jamaican Rum Cream (sort of Bailey’s on steroids) WONDERFUL!
* added to coffee…not a fan of sweet coffees but with some cream it worked.
* put it over strawberries & bananas… nice! (What??)
*tiramisu…spectacular! (Where did you get tiramisu?)
* Ice cream…perfect. (Mom’s gonna be mad at you)
*added to the mixture for French Toast…again very good (I hope you at least warned everyone about this)
*hot chocolate…a new level! (Oh jesus…)

No real negative comments. I like the product and would certainly be driven to try the other companion products…probably as a sampler (Did he mention he wants the sampler?).


And there you have it my friends. Fancy Pete’s take on Piece of Cake Chocolate Liquor. As you can see, Pete takes his shit SERIOUSLY. Do you want Pete to review your weird thing? He’ll do it. He’ll really do it if it’s a cleaning device that pours bubble gum vodka shots in the Caribbean.  But he’ll review other stuff too. You just BETTER send him the sampler if you have one.

Thanks Dad. Great work on your internet debut.

Now go internet, and drink really sweet drinks till you puke. My dad said so.


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  • Gini November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    That was a great first review! Go Fancy Pete!

  • Niki (@strawbrykiwi) November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    First off- the guest reviewer? Hysterically awesome. Second? I cannot wait to try some of the deliciousness that has been recommended.

  • demi November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    uhm i want this botttle of goodnesss. like NOW. your Dad is simply amazing and i love him. tell him I am trying ALL OF HIS RECIPES.

  • Danielle @ Casa Bower November 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    First: I now want to try this drink, so kudos on the review.
    Second: If this bar book is legit…maybe you should publish and make some dolla dolla bills {y’all}. I would buy this shit.
    Third: More MODG DAD on the blog {he reminds me of my dad, this is a good thing}
    Fourth: I like when you have guest posts and you chime in with your comments, like Single Guy. do more of this. It is entertaining.

    • Karena November 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      Yes to all of the above.

    • Katie November 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm


  • Christen November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Fancy Pete sounds amazing. I want to meet him and try all the drinks. I must go try to make liquor-infused french toast now…

  • wonderchris November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Your dad is the best. I look forward to more reviews and recipes!

  • Susan November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    That was the best review ever. I just woke my baby up laughing. HAHA. I don’t even like liquor but I want to get this now. I agree with Danielle you should totally publish that drink recipe book.

  • erin November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    This is so awesome. And by “this” I don’t mean chocolate liqueur, I mean your dad’s review and your side notes… clearly you are related. :) So awesome.
    (P.S. I linked to you yesterday since I started posting my toilet self-portraits… gave you full credit for making our toilet pics safe for all the internet to see. Nice work.)

  • Cookie's Momster November 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Can Pete please publish his book’o’liquidgold? I need some “mommy easy juice” to get over my body issues stemming from my vag-hat…

  • Amelia November 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Your dad is amazing. Can I have him? I promise to supply copious amount of alcohol and cleaning to review. As in he can drink the booze and then clean my house and then write a review about what it was like to clean some cat lady’s house while intoxicated on her booze.

    • Karena November 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      I will second this as well. Plus I live in Orange County, California. Vacation.

  • Nikki November 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Oooooh I want to try those drinks and such… It sounds so good. 😀

    Hmm… I’ll put it on the list of drinks I want my boyfriend to make me (Midori Sour is always #1 – love it)

  • BP November 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Haha this was awesome. You two have similar amazingly hilarious colloquial writing styles. I want more Pete’s reviews!

  • justine November 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    that was HILARIOUS. i want to hang out with your dad. and have him make me cocktails. and clean my house.

  • ab November 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    i’m maybe embarassed to admit i own a bottle of the bubble gum vodka. and i still haven’t figured out what to mix it with. (beyond diet sprite or club soda)

    second, i’d like a comparison of UV’s cake vodka and Three Olives’ version. I lean toward the Three Olives, but whatever. This is awesome.

    (the whipped cream vodkas are disgusting)

  • Erica November 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    OMG your dad mentioned Jamaican Rum Cream. I die. Ask him if he’s tried Sangster’s, and if so, where the heck he gets it. I have been trying to find it in the states for quite some time without having to order it for 30 bucks a bottle plus 20 dollars shipping.

  • Skye @ Neathering Our Fest November 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    OMG THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF AWESOME. I want to meet your dad.

  • Krista November 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I don’t know much about liquor, and learned the same lessons about sweet drinks while hanging over some dorm toilets back in the day. However, if he would like to take a VACATION to the Seattle area (which he can review) and CLEAN my house I’m available.

  • Spicy Water November 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Did Pete vom after all those drinks??? What was the timeline of these “tests”. I am picturing him getting hammered drunk in one sitting and then eating vodka infused french toast as dessert like the fat kid I was in college/still am.

    • Jordan November 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      TOTALLY AGREE. which, if he did, makes him OFFICIALLY the best dad of all time.

    • Jell Jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown November 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      I know! Totes seemed like the same night. By himself, taking notes and writing things like “perfect” and “spectacular” in a white lab coat. And wearing a paper mustache and a curly fro. A great visual.

  • Sarah vL November 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Amazing!!! Loved Papa MODG’s (Pete’s) review. Fantastic addition to the team! :)

  • Katie November 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Pretty much love that your pops is so chill that the “professionalism” of the bottle almost deterred him, but the pictures of cake pulled him back in. That’s rock star!!! Fyi, tried the cupcake vineyards “Black Forrest” flavored wine last week, so NOT cake in a bottle. Buzz? Yes. Still needed to raid the Halloween candy stash? Yes! What the fat?

  • Eunice November 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Pete, you are the boss. I think I like you almost as much as Charlie. Looking forward to the next review!

  • Jess November 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    A) your dad is hilarious. French toast?! Who does that? (well actually I will now).
    And B) this was the first review I’ve read of your blog. I will def be back!

  • Nichole November 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Best review ever! Your dad is cute! Can this be a regular feature? He makes me miss my dad.

  • KB November 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Dear Pete,
    This was the perfect review and I think you and my dad would get along very well. Please come to my house and make me drunk french toast.
    Thanks a million,

    MODG- you must do more Pete reviews. MUST!

  • Cyn November 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    So… are your parents looking to adopt a 30 year old woman with an amazingly cute child? Because I’m guessing your family gatherings kick ass! Can I come to your Thanksgiving? I’m absolutely certain that your dad has created some sort of pumpkin pie martini masterpiece (and should publish that recipe on your blog already)!

    OK, only kind of joking here. But bottom line is you and your dad rock.

  • Paige November 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I really think Courtney Stodden could offer a deliriously delicious description of these deceptively-dangerous delightful drinks.

    But Pete did a good job too.

  • LynzB November 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Love! Great job, Papa Modg!

  • andrea November 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I think you should have a party and invite all of us (yes) and Pete can be the bartender. Please? we aren’t crazy or anything.

  • ZDub November 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Please tell Pete to get his own blog. He can just talk about drinks and his binder.

    I love your dad, this is boss.

    • MODG November 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      oh god don’t give him any ideas

  • Rina November 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Everyone check out their website and Facebook!!!



    Thanks for the great review Pete and MODG 😉

  • Allira November 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    This post made me laugh out loud (again). Every time I’m in front of the computer and I burst into laughter, my boyfriend now says “are you reading that Asian baby blog again?”.

    Yes, Paul. I am.
    I wish you dad was my dad.

  • Anna November 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    THIS IS AMAZING! I love the idea for some sort of pumpkin pie martini for Thanksgiving. I have been “working” on making regular martinis since with baby we do not go out on weekends anymore, (I like Gray Goose, super wet, super dirty, love how that sounds). I will “work” on more drinks with this chocolate stuff…we just bought a new liquor cabinet as our old metro-liner shelf is not very baby proof and we don’t need the baby getting into the booze. This should be a regular thing.

  • AP November 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Cackling and snorting, tears in eyes, laughing. Also, everything Danielle said.

  • Suzanne November 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    After a day of complete shit, this was AMAZE! Loving Pete!

  • Funny In My Mind November 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Why have I not heard of bubblegum and cotton candy vodka?
    He should have named it the Elf Martini what with all the sugar.

  • Casey November 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I am super impressed that you got your Dad to write for you. Go yous.

  • MrsDzo November 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I can’t. This is too awesome. Where’s the ask Pete button?

  • Venassa November 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I would love to drink with your dad. His drinks all sound like something right up my alley. I’d love to try some of that Chocolate Cake.

  • Mari November 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    This is so awesome. Maybe he can have a monthly spot on here? Also, I LOL-ed at “On Strawberries and Bananas”. Never thought of pouring straight booz on fruit.

  • Katie November 18, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Love this! My husband owns a bar and I’m going to bug him to start serving that cherry blonde drink. I also am a huge fan of the three olive cherry vodka. Your dad should totally come be a celebrity guest bartender! He’d rock it with his special book of secret recipes.

  • Katie E. November 18, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Love your dad! How awesome that he can share boozy goodness with the family. My dad actually introduced me to boilermakers when I was 19 maybe? Cheers Pete! I have a feeling we might have a few cocktails to unwind after the two huge family holiday celebrations next week.

  • Bitchin Sisters November 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Adorable. Makes me miss my Dad. Thanks. Now I need to go back to therapy.


  • Jess H November 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Long time reader, first time commenter. THIS WAS AMAZING!!!!! I loved every. single. thing. about it! Go Modg’s Dad! And now I want a drink at 9 am.

  • Elizabeth November 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Next time have him do a VIDEO review, in his lab coat. All experiments must be done in one sitting.

  • Darbi November 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Yeah, this was awesome! Is there anyway we can get pictures of Dad? Seriously…like in a lab coat measuring out perfect amounts for his drinks and french toast? And PS, can we get that French Toast recipe? MODG Dad seems like the coolest dad ever! :)

  • Puja @ For Memory's Sake November 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    OK, so when I started reading this entry, I was like, “Ha, yeah. I do my own booze taste-testing. It’s called happy hour, and I invariably forget my review when all is said and done (ie several drinks in)” – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

    BUT, after seeing how serious Pete was about this, I’m very impressed with his honest and thorough review – though, ahem, it might have been more thorough with the sampler… just saying.

    Thanks for the review!

  • McKenzie November 18, 2011 at 10:54 am

    When is Pete going to publish his binder? I will be one of the first in line to buy it!

  • Elyzabith November 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I would like to see this company’s sales report following such a wickedly in-depth review with more ways to use this liqueur than anyone could have imagined. Pete is fantastic and I hope advertisers line up with sample packs!

  • Shannon November 18, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Your dad is so charming! Love the review. Your blog is just getting better and better. When is your book release?

  • cheryl November 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Please say yes to Martini Mondays with Pete?! I would definitely buy his book, I like my drinks sweet too!!

  • Cortnie November 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    OMG I love your dad.


  • chinamommy November 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    so many times i want to leave a comment but due to the awesomeness of the post i realize no matter what i say will make me look like a tool, so i’ll just say “i have an Asian daughter”, it’s all i have…..

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  • Beth November 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Pete is da bomb. I generally laugh at most comments you make – but this literally took the cake! reminded me of my “normal” commentary with my dad. Can your dad guest blog with you again!?!

  • Shannon November 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    More Pete! More Pete! More Pete! Loved the Dad review!

  • Courtney C. November 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    This was freaking hilarious and so cute. I love his passion for sweet drinks! The only booze my dad knows are beer and Rusty Nails, which taste like Band-aids.

  • Erica November 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Love this!! No it’s not weird! I agree with modg though… Sweet drinks are not my friend… I pretty much found out around the same time u did… Not cool…

  • Lluvia November 19, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Love it! I’m buying the sampler! I love sweet!

  • Therese November 19, 2011 at 7:15 am

    You are clearly your father’s daughter.

    And for the love of drunk French toast, get poor Pete the sampler for the holidays!

  • Caitlin November 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

    You and your dad are so awesome and I want to be you. Thanks. Bye.

  • OurGrowingGarden November 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    This was like THE funniest thing you’ve ever written (maybe tied with the cat vs G posts). Cracked me up.

    Our Growing Garden

  • NSC November 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Has he ever tried vodka mixed with the premixed dry kool aid?? That was a staple in my drinking days…I’m sure he could come up with a million fruity drinks with those two ingredients.

    Also…if hes into making some non-alcoholic super drinks…I would be all about that. Not enough non alcoholic mixed stuff for us sober peeps.

    Keep rockin’ out Pete!

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    I totally heart your dad.

  • Ashley Pridgen December 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

    This is quite probably one of my favorite MODG posts…and now I really want Pete’s binder! I love the genetic disposition to narcissism, and MODG, your commentary was delightfully succinct. Posts like this are why I keep coming back to your blog over and over. :)

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