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Kyla Gallagher and Jasmin Hiner

Stops: Chimi’s, Inner Circle Vodka Bar, The Yeti, Lanna Thai

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
April 29, 2017

The Mission: So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the April issue of Preview.

The Team: Kyla Gallagher and Jasmin Hiner

Stop #1: For our first stop, we went to Chimi’s Mexican Food for dinner and margaritas. We sat at the bar and were served chips and salsa. Chimi’s has several different salsa options ranging from mild to hot, but we decided to just stick with the mild salsa. We both ordered Chimi’s classic margarita on the rocks, with salt. We decided to split an order of fajita chicken nachos, which came with onions and bell peppers along with sour cream and guacamole. When the nachos came out, we were glad we decided to share — one plate is enough for several people. Our server and bartender, Mario, was fantastic. We could easily become regulars to this welcoming restaurant.
Cost: $26.01

Stop #2: To continue the fun, we decided to make our way downtown to Inner Circle Vodka Bar. While Inner Circle is known for their infused vodkas, they also have other house drinks. We both ordered off their $7 infusion list. Jasmin got the Garden Press (cucumber, basil and lemon infused vodka; lemonade; and soda). I ordered The Raven, which has rum infused with blueberry, blackberry, and coconut mixed with cranberry and pom juice. If you’re the type who doesn’t like your alcohol to taste like alcohol, I would recommend Inner Circle. If you’re looking for extra fun, they also have several larger-than-life games such as beer pong or Connect Four.
Cost: $14

Stop #3: After Inner Circle, we walked across the street to The Yeti. If I could describe The Yeti in two words, it would be: beards and dreads. This bar is a watering hole for hip young artists. I ordered The Fantastico at the recommendation of my bartender, and it was very tropical and delicious. Jasmin ordered a locally brewed IPA. As we sat at the bar, we could hear a live band from the next room. The Yeti has two rooms, one with a bar and one with a stage where local bands play multiple times a week.
Cost: $12

Stop #4: For lunch the next day, we went to Lanna Thai. Lanna Thai is known for their fresh ingredients and tasty cuisine. I ordered a Thai iced coffee which was amazing, and we both got Khao Pad with chicken. Our server asked us how spicy we would like our dishes on a scale of one to five. I went with one, but Jasmin was feeling more adventurous so she tried a two. We both found the flavors to be amazing, and we especially loved the clear soup. We both plan to return and explore more Thai dishes.
Cost: $28.65

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