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Hoppy Beerthday to Me!

I got to celebrate my 31st birthday this weekend with my buddy Harrison, who shares a birthday week with me, in awesome fashion, sharing beer and food with some friends.

We cracked open some brews and even some special bottles I picked up. I got to share my love of beer with my friends.

For food, we tossed some bacon wrapped pork loins into the bottom of the smoker.

On top, one more pork loin and baby back ribs. I had to roll the ribs and tie them because there wasn’t enough room to lay them out. They actually didn’t fit this way either. I had to tilt them so they didn’t press up against the lid.

Brautwursts, boiled in our home brew red ale before heading to the grill.

Toss some veggies onto the grill, and the party was on its way.

It was also a gorgeous day to be outside. Thank you, sun, for coming out for my birthday.

It was good getting to spend time with friends just hanging out.

My friend even brought his dog, and she loved our sheep skin rug.

Michelle even made some awesome treats for the group. She made Sriracha Deviled Eggs and Mini Spinach Cups. Here she is, pulling her shrimp toast from the oven.

The meat came out great, with a nice smoke ring.

There was so much meat left over, which is almost never a bad thing.

The aftermath. Good times!

A-Frame? Nay-Frame.

Last night Michelle and I decided it was a good time to check out A-Frame. It’s a new place that is pretty popular, so we figured the rain would scare people away. On top of the weather we went at 5:30 PM, because are are an old, married couple.

Our plan to get there early worked.

Maybe it worked too well. The place was empty.

We started with some cocktails. I had the Anchorman, and Michelle had the Sevilla. These drinks are decent. Michelle’s drink was better than mine. She thinks we should tell our bartender friend in Argentina to learn this one.

The crab cakes. I wish I could tell you what these tasted like, but sadly I am allergic to crab. The looked good though.

The chicken wings don’t look like much, but they’re tasty. Each one doesn’t overwhelm you with heat, but after eating three in a row you can feel it slowly start to build up. It’s nice, but you can only eat so many. It’s very heavy.

The ribs. I’m not sure what it is about them, but they immediately make me think of a Chinese restaurant. The same thing goes for the ribs as the chicken. After eating a couple, it just feels heavy because of the sauce.

Clam chowder. This was flavorful, but it should not be called clam chowder. Clam chowder is a thick, creamy concoction that you eat at the pier in San Francisco. This is too runny, so much so that I didn’t even want to use my fake Boston accent to call it, “chowdah.”

We knew we were slowly racking up the bill, but we decided why not try some dessert. We decided on the Chu-Don’t-Know-Mang. Pound cake churros with malted chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream. This was delicious. I might come here just for this.

It totally skipped my mind that A-Frame was the creation of Roy Choi, the chef behind Kogi and Chego. He likes his food to pack a flavor punch, which I can handle only so much. I’d like to call A-Frame Saucelandia, because whether the food is plated already smothered in it or if it comes in huge dipping portions on the side, there is plenty of sauce to be had here. Like with Chego I have no desire to go back to this place for at least the next six months. It’s too much for me.

More meat in Buenos Aires.

It’s a cold, rainy day and I’m feeling lazy. Here is a post about my favorite parrilla of the trip.

La Brigada is a huge parrilla located in the San Telmo area of Buenos Aires.

They serve some less traditional empanadas. These are ham and cheese and cream corn empanadas.

We ordered the asada especial, beef ribs.

Yes, he is cutting that bad boy with a spoon!

It comes right off the bone.

Wipe your mouth. You’re drooling.

It’s okay to be a little bit turned on by this, right?

Probably the lightest flan I’ve had in a while. This is like eating a cloud.

While I call this my favorite parrilla of the trip, it’s said with an asterisk. All the places we went were very good. It just depended on what kind of eating mood we were in at the time too, and we were ready to eat after walking the San Telmo Market. I would definitely say that La Brigada is a stop that has to be on your list.

Smoked Ribs, Attempt Two

My brother came down for the weekend with Joy. Shehad a baby shower to go to, so while she was playing “smell the diaper” games, Mike and I were fighting it out for our father’s love. That’s right. It was a Wii battle. I took golf and bowling with ease. Baseball and tennis were his arenas. In the end, it came down to mental ability in the puzzle games. Needless to say, I got blown out of the water. I have shamed the family and will be moving out this weekend. I am sore from playing Wii sports. Real sports must be even tougher.

Saturday night we went out to dinner for my mom’s birthday. Michelle and I wanted to go to Musha, but they were all booked. Instead we went to the original plan, Izakaya Yuzen Kan. This place is actually quite similar to Musha as far as serving tapas style dishes that are Japanese fusion. The food was good, and I’d go back there again. Musha still gets my vote for the hip factor and cheese risotto.

Sunday was my second try at smoking ribs. I turned it into a full on BBQ, complete with Rock Band. For the first couple hours, I couldn’t get anyone to go outside. They were watching the new home theater setup and playing Rock Band.

This is epic. Two guitars. We truly are a rock band now.

These ribs were much juicier than the last ones. The next batch I will work on getting the outside crispy and getting more of the rub flavor to stick to the ribs.

I finally got everyone outside to snack on the ribs. You can see in the reflection that the sun is shining and the skies are blue.

This is the life…

Summer of BBQs

Diets be damned! This summer is The Summer of BBQs. Every weekend when there aren’t plans to do something is an automatic excuse to fire up the grill. We run around so much, both in real life and in our virtual lives online, that we forget to enjoy the simple things. That is what The Summer of BBQs is all about, hanging out and catching some rays, enjoying a cold brew, and eating meat. My BBQ grill has a deep fryer attachment that I’m too scared to try, but if someone is willing to risk third degree oil burns, let’s fry up some delicious goodnes.

Now to sell you on this brilliant idea.

How can you say no to that?