Tomorrow is August 1st, y’all! Historically some cultures would celebrate the time around August 1st, as it was the halfway point between the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox. If you’re in the mood to do a little seasonal celebrating, head down to San Diego!
This past week, I did just that. My weekdays are pretty packed with work, so when it comes time for the weekend, I try to pack in as much fun as I can. I feel like I’m finally getting into a groove with posting regularly here, that it was time to stretch the legs and let loose.
My grandfather was a gardener. I didn’t really see him that much because he lived in Pittsburgh, and I grew up in Las Vegas, later moving to California. Despite that, his essence was always understood – he was a World War II Navy Veteran, and and avid gardener. He was in radar in the Navy. He was on ships. He had a sword hanging in his bedroom that was a bayonet to be attached at the end of a rifle. At the time, I was 11 years old, totally into the Thundercats, and would pretend that I was Lion-O. Picture this – unsheathing his sword, and yelling, “Thunder… Thunder… Thunder!!! THUNDERCATS – HOOOOOOOO!!!” Later in life I took much more interest in his gardening. He was also the quintessential gardener – being “organic” before that was even a thing.
It is grape season, you guys, and do I ever have a great recipe for you! A few weekends ago, the hubs and I were beer shopping at our local bodega, and the beer monger mentioned something about Modern Time‘s Grape Saison named Universal Friend. We were instantly excited about it, because Modern Times puts out some really great beers!
This is the current state of affairs, my friends. It is thursday night, and I’m going through gobs of Hot Sauce Expo photos, and picking out the best ones for you! Before I go into all that, I’d like to share with you some other things first:
Smoked Tri Tip Sandwich. I don’t smoke often, but this makes me realize that I should do it all the time. This sandwich was the bomb! I copied elements from one of Bobby Flay’s grilling episodes on the Food Network, and smoked some meat, made some spread with cotija cheese, and sour cream, and pickled onions with habaneros! Add in some Rattler BBQ Sauce, and you’ve got yourself a sandwich to die for! One day I hope to get a recipe for this out to ya. Let me know if you’re interested!