Right off the bat a big S/O to Reader #2 Chloe for calling my ass out in thinking that I got a haircut.
I had changed my FB profile picture Sunday night from Joe Walsh and the Easter Bunny back to my normal black & white picture. The picture was taken a couple years back when we were living in the UES. My hair wasn’t as ‘greying’ as it has been lately. We laughed it off but on a serious note. Prohibition style Beauty shop Speakeasys? How narcissistic and vain are some of you? Hope you don’t kill someone you love because you don’t want people to know you have dark roots?
Geranium and I had a standing reservation at Stone & Vivian’s house with Ty but COVID-19 screwed that day up for us. To keep some sense of normalcy Geranium informed me that we would have Easter Brunch like we used to host in Memphis and when EGP would come down.
She dispatched me to the store to get the 20 items. I nailed it and got them all except for Sister Shubert Rolls which they don’t carry at Brooklyn Fare. Actually they had all the items I have been getting shut out so it was a good Shopping day.
Honestly, carrying what I am guessing 40 pounds of groceries in 2 LL Bean Boat Tote Bags 7 blocks in a Mask By Bec Mask is a bitch. I may get one of those Full face Scuba masks because I bet I can breathe better in that thing.
So to celebrate we invited two of our neighbors to join in the Easter Brunch. We shared a meal with George’s Mum and K & J who also are on the 38th floor. But with a twist. More on that in a few.
So yeah, Happy Easter folks. And S/O to RAB for my yearly Easter/Passover Meme!
I never understood why Belizeans would have to go all over town to shop to get groceries. The problem down there is that some stores have certain items or they may be out so you had to spend a lot of time running around town. Meat here, Produce here, Yada – Yada. I now equate it to Pandemic shopping because like our old buddy Will used to say at Sleep Out Louies – “Let’s spin that Menu Wheel!” You aren’t sure what you are going to get so you have to improvise.
Now days when you plan meals you really have to make sure you have all the ingredients in house and get the exact item at the store because going off script can get you in trouble. Geranium is a great menu creator. Me, not so much so normally when I go off script I have been known to screw stuff up.
Case in point 2 weeks ago I was tasked with finding 93% lean ground beef. Are you fooking kidding me? I am going to be happy if I have any ground beef. They had the 85/15 Ground Beef so I got it. Sadly we needed this particular 93/7 blend for Olivia’s Turkish Pizzas that we eat down in Isla so that didn’t work. Unfortunately this is the only trip to the grocery store so what we got is what we got. I mean we haven’t eaten our normal low calorie bread in a month. The other night Geranium informed me that I was to make her a meatloaf with inferior blend of ground beef.
Great, I got that menu down pat…..oh crap I don’t have any tomato sauce but I had some left over Sofrito that I made last summer. It was from Jose Andres’ BOOK when I dragged the Murphranks over to Hudson Yards. Lets spin that menu wheel and give it a whirl.
Anyway the meal was good, the Sofrito made it little weird on the texture but hey that is one less thing we needed to thaw.
I wonder what the Rutgers Grad and Tarheel Blue M(squared) can make when they get their butts back up here?
A while back the Fab 5 (Baby Fine Hair, OTB, Dance With Me, Geranium and Not B) were talking about doing a trip to Charleston. They invited Weed (even though she was in a much younger class) and at some point and time the Fab 5 + Weed decided that spouses would be welcome also. Since Geranium was on a work trip once again I flew solo to Charleston. We rented an Air BnB downtown and flew in on Friday night.
I won’t bore you with details (Pretty much all we did was drink and eat) but I have to be honest. I really enjoyed Charleston. If you have a chance get there. They have tons of bars and neat food joints.
Like I said, it was a good trip and we had some fun down there. I later found out that Charleston was the town that Bourdain ate at the Waffle House.
Shout out to BK who is a faithful follower of this “Worthless Dribble” of a blog! (putting this here so it will appear in the header of my Social Media posts)
Regarding the Title…that was the body of the text message that I got from (Name Withheld To Protect our Northern Values) about 6 weeks back. So it would appear that Hank Williams Jr was doing a show with Lynyrd Skynyrd in a farewell tour for Skynyrd at Forrest Hills Stadium. Now before I sell out the person who sent the text message I doubled down on them. I informed (said) person that I will have to check. I told them I know “a guy” who works on the Hank tour and I would message him to see if 1- he still was still on tour and 2 – he could get us some better seats.
BK responded back to me saying that he could take care of us and get us some tickets (he knows I am not a ticket mooch) because I wanted to see him and hang out. For those of you wondering who this BK guy is…..well… we served time together. I am not talking about Federal “Pound You In The Ass” Prison, I am talking something much worse…. A month long festival that included a 3 day Music Festival, Rednecks with Smokers and then KC & The ‘Mother Fucking’ Sunshine Band! Oh did I mention that we also had an almost Tornado hit the park so on night 2 of the Music event we evacuated >30K people? Yep, BK and I may have been different ships at sea at the time (I was fun-employed, he was about to get married the following January) we respected each other and played well with others which made it easier to deal with that crap……Well…..Except for the WCBCC Volunteers. We both would choose Communism over them! (that may take a hit on the blog but nobody reads this shit anyway)
Say what you will about Social Media and Facebook. I don’t post much on FB except to plug this worthless dribble but BK and I kept up with each other via this platform. When his (Saint of a wife,I might add) posted that she needed some birthday cards for BK’s monumental celebration how did she get the word out? Facebook. Anyway this was the mode of keeping up with our lives for the past 9 years.
Flash forwarding to the show. Let me tell you (sorry Maria) but Forrest Hills Stadium FUCKING ROCKS as a venue! Holy Shit and it is fun as crap too with the Food Trucks and the booze! The fact that its nestled in the middle of Forrest Hills Queens (MEMPHIS FOLKS – Think Cross between Mud Island Theater Seating but in the midtown are like the Levitt Shell Location) it blows my mind. Oh and the line up this summer isn’t that too fucking bad either.
So before I go into the pictures; Thank You BK. Thank you for tickets and thank you for following this worthless dribble of a blog. But most importantly thank you the fact that one of these days I won’t have to come to your office so we can hang out have some laughs. “Play it Loud” runs at the Met till the fall so come on up! If not I welcome a trip down south and we can giggle at some of the stuff we have seen over the past 10 years. Thank you.
What a great Sunday in Queens. Anyone want to come up for September 11th. I want to go see Willie……
In an effort to save a little money since we are about to go on vacation we have been cooking a little more at home. Also with Geranium being on the road the last thing she really wants is food from a restaurant. For my inspiration on new dishes I have been reading Jose Andres’ book “Vegetables Unleashed”.
I really like the book and the recipes in it because cooking foods that are from a different culture really opens you up to new flavors and tastes. It is no secret that I started cooking from watching the chefs at Chez Philippe when I was a waiter there. “What do you mean that you don’t have heavy whipping cream in your fridge? How the Fuck am I to cook?” Yes I was trained to cook Classic French Cuisine. Thankfully the food shows gave me some balance but with “Vegetables Unleashed” it really puts you on notice.
For the menu we made a couple weeks back included;
Miso Roasted Asparagus (before this I had no clue what Miso was)
Microwaved Cacio y Pepe (Parents you need to make this for your kids)
Sesame Yogurt Corn on the Cob
Jose Andres’ Famous Beefsteak Tomato Sandwich
Lots of Wine and a little Tito’s
Apologies to Taco Girl who probably just fried her laptop because she was drooling on her keyboard.
When we were out an about we happened upon a restaurant that was nearby our apartment. The menu was cajun and offered some different boils of Shrimp, Crawfish, Lobster and even some clams and shellfish. On Sunday after Geranium got her hair did we decided to swing by and give them a try. The bar is nice and they offer Beer and Wine and have a good happy hour.
The bar has the “Adult Capri Sun” that is now the rage up here. The problem is to fill them is a pain in the ass. They also offer a drink called Soju which is a Korean drink that smells of battery acid. We were offered a taste and it is smooth like vodka but has a Sake finish. We enjoyed some oysters and fried pickles before heading home.
Considering that I have not had any pulled pork or ribs in a while Geranium and I while we were in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn decided that we should visit Pig Beach. A lot of my BBQ buddies have been showing up there doing celebrity cooks for either charity or other events. It seems that every time PegLeg would come in town I was out of town but I still wanted to see what this was all about. We arrived to the converted warehouse and didn’t really know what to expect.
The place is really cool and was also packed to the gills. They have a very nice outdoor area with picnic tables and the inside is also very nice with TV’s and a industrial feel. The service is much like Central BBQ where you place you order at the counter and then go find a spot to wait for your food to be ready. We sat at the bar and had a couple of Miller Lights and Gin Tonics. We split the Pulled Pork Sandwich, BBQ Baked Beans and Mac & Cheese. The red cabbage slaw on the sandwich was interesting but sadly the Mac & Cheese needed some seasoning. They have 3 types of BBQ Sauce and we preferred the mustard sauce over the other two. Just make sure you bring your wallet. They aren’t cheap on price of the drinks or food. I am sorry but a full rack of ribs shouldn’t cost you $34.00. Make a living, not a killing.
Not sure if some of you are aware but Geranium has left me, she has left the dog, and she temporarily no longer living in Downtown Brooklyn.
Well that should get a couple of bites on my social media accounts. Those jokers are now saying “Whisky Tango Foxtrot Paul Allen/Carbunkle Trumpet!” What the Fuck did you do now?
Relax gang, Mary Louise is over in Switzerland for a month getting her company ready for a Bed Pan launch. It is easier for her to already be in the EU instead of a bunch of trips back and forth from NYC. She has been gone now a week and I am not going to lie one bit….. I miss the shit out of her! The dog……she is missing her too.
When it was official that Mary Louise was to take this month long trip we decided that we needed to get away for a couple of days and have some ‘us’ time. While we were upstate last month, I challenged our Travel Agent to come up with a couple of good All Inclusive Resorts for us. We were booking this thing in the matter of weeks so we didn’t have time to shop, find a deal or even mess with it. Jerre Martin of Prosper Travel knocked it out of the park for us. She recommended a Secrets SilverSands (not sure why there isn’t a space but that is the way everyone spelled it) Riviera Adults Only Resort in Cancun that was perfect for us. Seriously, and I don’t normally give props to resorts but if you want a small all inclusive adult joint with a nice beach, pool, and great staff…..This is the place for you.
We left New York Friday evening and got into Cancun around 11PM. We got to our room and went to bed because we were so tired promptly to the bar and made up for lost time while were. We were there till Tuesday late afternoon and returned on the 19:30 flight to Newark from Cancun. The food was good, the drink was cold, they had Kettle One for me and a wine that Geranium enjoyed. Now here is where you are going to say that we are getting old.
The entertainment team at Secrets SilverSands Riveria is top notch! They made sure that if you didn’t want to be bothered, the left you alone. If you played in the pool, they made you feel welcome. And if you were like our old asses playing Bingo and Blackjack, they had fun with you! Seriously if you want to make a trip with just you and the spouse. we found the All Inclusive for you!
Seriously, we had a blast down in Mexico and it was a fun trip before Mary Louise Geranium’s trip to Switzerland. Again our travel agent knocked it out of the park for us. I gave her a list of our wants (Good Beach, Adults Only, Don’t want to spend an arm & leg, and age appropriate guest list) and she gave us a great recommendation. More to come in these past trips.
Mary Louise has left my ass again………for Seattle………then her ass goes to Mexico for a girl’s weekend with Baby Fine Hair so I am sitting on the 3rd floor veranda blogging. Hey Mr 3 First Names and Landlord you guys want to get into some trouble between now and next Monday? I am going to be unsupervised till then. So while I have the wash going on trying to get the Hickory Smoke smell out of them from this past weekend I figure I would post the last of the Mexico pictures, well those that we can recall taking sober.
Isla was a blast, the group we went down with was fun and we had great weather. Oh and we got to see the Cuban Band and I am going on record saying that if Mary Louise goes to see them next Sunday I am going to be really jealous.
Oh I am sure that this is approved in the States at a lot of the job sites.
Poor LZ we had her all confused with the nicknames. “So is he Smoothie, Pepe or what?”
One of these days I am going to get a proper invite instead of having to jump over the fence.
That damn Cuban lead singer made the Future Mrs. Gonzales lose her pants. What goes on in Mexico stays in Mexico.
The Mexican Version of “Mustang Sally” isn’t as good as one would think
Lil Man was getting after it!
It is hard being Carbunkle Trumpet you know? Those 25 Cigars aren’t going to smoke themselves.
Momma L was gettin it as the Cheese Grater Guy was making his rounds.
Sunday in Isla is fun!
I hear that they have good Mediterranean Pizza. I wouldn’t know because my piece was on the fucking floor.
Till Next Time Isla! Maybe we can make a quick trip this winter.
On Sunday of Memorial Day weekend we headed up to Woodlawn for a Backyard BBQ and to see Lightbulb. The menu included Ribs, Pulled Pork and Chicken Lollipops. The weather was hit and miss because we had tons of rain earlier in the day but thankfully by the time we got to Woodlawn it was nice out. We hung out with the Asian Fireman and family and a good day was had by all.
Trust me when I say that the lollipops were just as good as they looked.
According to the Asian Fireman it took about an hour to prep these beautiful little bird legs.
Smoked Butter is applied to the chicken for the first 2 hours, then you dredge the chicken into BBQ Sauce and put on a wire rack to coat with goodness.
Wee Fiona damn near ate the bone too!
Callie sucked the marrow out of the bone and he almost bit me when I reached for my second.