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Can't recall the wine that came to our table that afternoon at Bourbon House, but it wasn't any of these three.
Some will snort and think: Tourist Trap. But they'd be wrong.The service was impeccable. The food was incredibly good. Memories are slippery, except that the awesome Navy Bean soup with spicy Andouille sausage sticks in my mind, something like the way it was meant to stick to the ribs. Just a late lunch with a few friends, spontaneous and serendipitous, something that just happens.
Don't exactly recall how fifteen years have slipped away since The House Blond slipped into this world. Long days. Short years. From Polly Pockets to a graphing calculator in.....I'm tempted to say......the blink of a young girl's eye.
She's a sophomore and manages an academic load that would put a lot of college kids in the dirt. She runs cross country and can scoot three miles in a bit less time than it takes her old man to walk one.
Tubac Arizona, Fourth of July 2012
Dusk at the Red Sand Beach, Hana Hawaii, July 2003
Sunset at Annapolis Harbor, Thanksgiving Day, 2011
Katie shares her birthday with Mexico, my cousin's wife, and B. B. King. And, as it turns out, September 16 is the most likely day of the year to join the parade.
This Yom Kippur also marks the 40th anniversary of the onset of the Yom Kippur war.
I rarely talk much about it because, frankly, it sounds ludicrous. Like a tall tale, a load of road apples, or BS from a congenital liar. Figured nobody would much believe it anyway, though it was real enough. Back in the days of my vagrant yoot, TWC signed on to go fight with the Israelis in the Yom Kippur war.
Guys in gray trench coats, black suits, and fedoras offered an only-in-your-wildest-dreams paycheck deposited into a Swiss bank, tax free. I was young and single. I'm good with Israel, so what's not to like? And to sweeten the deal? Early release from the custody of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. A lot of guys weren't interested, but nobody had to ask me twice.
Destroyed Israeli Tank, 1973
But, it never happened. Here's why: Israel is definitely who you want at your back in a bar fight. Turned out they didn't need moi because the Israelis wrapped that war up in about three weeks. Not bad considering Israeli complacency about a possible attack that lasted until about six hours before the war kicked off.
So that's my Wharholian fifteen minutes that didn't happen. Yes, I was a bit disappointed.
After he returned from Germany, Ma's husband worked at the Pentagon for a number of years. Just a few months before his office was turned into a public crematorium, he opted for an early retirement package. We're all grateful that he did, but none more than my mother.
There are any number of fascinating back stories like Sonny's that are woven into the fabric of this tragedy. I prefer those tales of tragedy and heroism to the hype and hoopla going on at ground zero this morning.
I find it loathsome that the government decided to call this day Patriot's Day, you'll not find too many better examples of run-of-the-mill, Orwellian double-speak. We didn't call the attack on Pearl Harbor Patriot's Day, we called it what it was. A Day of Infamy.
We rightly honor those who lost their lives & we remember because of the sheer magnitude of the carnage. But the subsequent losses to our liberty over the last dozen years have been far greater.
Did you realize that since the National Archives building has been remodeled that ordinary citizens aren't permitted to photograph the Constitution? That's fitting because that quaint relic doesn't much apply to us anyway.
Carne Asada, which literally means grilled meat, can mean a social bar-b-que. It can also be a generic rendition of marinated steak. The real McCoy is of Tex-Mex origin and properly begins with the same cut of beef as fajitas, the skirt steak.
The skirt steak is marinated for anywhere from hours to days. The marinades vary, but a typical marinade might include:
3-4 Garlic Cloves
Peppers (Serrano or Jalapeno) to Taste
A Handful of Cilantro, finely chopped
Kosher Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Juice of Two Limes
Two Tbsp White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
Or you can shortcut the process and buy marinated Carne Asada from a local carniceria. Heck, in the southwest you can even find Carne Asada in the meat case of the local supermarket. Try Bill Baileys.
There are a few tricks to grilling Carne Asada.
A hot fire is a must. 400 degrees is ideal. Use mesquite. Mesquite chips are fine. A mesquite fire is better. Carne Asada is not Filet Mignon, it should be cooked quickly and well done. You want a little crunch around the edges.
Carne Asada is a thin cut of beef, it must be unfolded and fully stretched out across the grill. Use tongs and a BBQ fork.
If you like spicy, add thinly sliced serrano peppers directly to the carne asada after you've flipped to side two. Or, diced onions. Or both.
I go both ways, across and with, but technically you should slice Carne Asada as you would fajitas, across the grain with a very sharp knife.
Serve with flour tortillas, frijoles, avocado, grated cheese, sour cream, diced onion, cilantro, & diced tomatoes. Any combination of sides that suits your tastes is fine.
Cabernet Sauvignon, in all of its incarnations, is generally my favorite wine.
Thanks to modern DNA mapping, the grape's origins were uncovered at UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. The DNA evidence determined that Cabernet Sauvignon was the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, which is a white wine grape. WTH? Cabernet Franc, OTOH, is an outstanding grape and imparts a lot of structure when blended in the Bordeaux tradition. In recent years, Cabernet Franc has proven itself as a stand-alone varietal, often producing a stunning wine.