This grand robusto (5″ X 60) took an hour and twenty minutes to smoke. After finishing it I can truthfully say it is the first cigar I have ever smoked in my life that was too strong. Yup, and as a rule I generally prefer short, fat, powerful cigars. But this one was way over… Continue reading Garcia y Garcia- My Father, The Judge
This was not distilled from Agave, oh no – more probably creosote. This is without question the most vile distillation I have ever encountered in my 40 plus years of bending an elbow. Put plainly and descriptively, only such a nasty virulent piece of effluvia in a form as witnessed by sodden compacted bright yellow… Continue reading Don Alavaro Tequila
I have found another outstanding tequila from Arandas! Behold, Luchadores Reposado, a most excellent tequila from the Arandas region of Jalisco. And it unsurprisingly tastes a lot like my single most favorite tequila in the world, Tapatio, which comes from Arandas as well. The tequila is smooth and exceedingly fresh with just a hint of… Continue reading Luchadores Reposado Tequila
My daughter moved last week to Portland to begin her post-doc at OHSU in molecular biology. Before we hung up, I teased her, ‘I hope you get the local restaurant scene all figured out by the time I get up there this spring. I expect to eat some excellent breads and seafood kind of things… Continue reading An Insider’s Guide to DC Restaurants
I am making use of the many leftovers from yesterday: fresh kraut, longaniza sausage, and a big crock of beans. I have too many tomatoes that must be used so I must work it all together to not waste food. Dinner tonight is as follows – Tomatoes reduced with fresh chilies. Sausage crumbled in to… Continue reading Dinner
We are easing into summer so I thought it best to harvest my big batch of sauerkraut a little early as I can no longer trust the temperature in my stairwell to stay conducive towards stable fermentation. I transferred the crunchy, wonderfully fragrant and effervescent kraut to smaller glass jars before tucking them into my… Continue reading Sausage and Kraut
I am not much for the use of exclamation points. One per post, article or email should be a sufficient demonstration of surprise, indignation, exclamation, or otherwise enthusiasm. Using two exclamation points is hyperbole. And using two or more to punctuate a single sentence is just plain wrong. Homemade sauerkraut demands at minimum double (triple)… Continue reading Sauerkraut!