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Memorial Day

Or it will be, shortly.

I came all over with the desire for nice grilled meats and since Barb has to work tomorrow, we did it yesterday. Bypassing all the usual grilling fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks and chicken, I thawed the turkey which has been waiting in deep freeze since November and soaked it in brine for a day and then out on the Webber it went. It roasted over coals for approximately three, maybe four hours and it was perfect -- juicy and everything. I poured off the juice into the gravy I'd made earlier, heated up some leftover rice and broccoli, roasted some corn, and we made a feast of it.

I watched the dedication of the WWII Memorial on CNN, glad it's finally here while there are still some veterans of that war to take some pride and pleasure from it. Of course, I'm not sure whether or not I'd have liked to see Dad survive to see these days. The memorial, yes -- a lot of other things going on, not so much.

There is a conspiracy in the greater Phoenix area to remove any and all traces of barbeque. Locally all the little barbeque places (both Texas and Chicago styles) closed and were replaced with Chinese buffets. More widely, both Tony Roma's in town went away and are now a Mexican and a Greek restaurant, respectively. It's like Phoenix really, really doesn't want to be a Western town at all.

I need to go back to Tombstone. Or someplace where they still barbeque.


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May. 30th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
Yesterday on our jaunt down the Pioneer Square in Seattle, we stumbled across a newly opened "outpost" of my favorite childhood barbecue joint. Very happy surprise! This place was originally opened in Houston, then the owners moved to Spokane, Washington and re-opened there... which is where I'd had their stuff during the various times we lived in the Spokane area. They opened one in Auburn (about an hour away from here) back in the '90s, and apparently have opened several "outposts" (small, almost fast food, versions of the restaurant) a little closer to our place in the last year.

Even better, though, is that this restaurant is my mom's favorite barbecue... which means there are places a little closer to home where I can pick up their sausages and sauce to take down to her during her recovery.
May. 30th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Barbecue
We had one of the best barbeque joints in existance only a few blocks away and it very suddenly disappeared to be replaced by one of those Chinese buffets. That's when I started to notice those cropping up everywhere. It was frightening. I was sure there was a conspiracy.
May. 30th, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC)
There's a little BBQ place near me, but I haven't tried it. I suppose I should before it goes away--it's in one of those buildings that can't seem to hold any tenant for long.

Yes, back to Tombstone! And Bisbee! I really liked it down there. :-)

May. 30th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, very likely. We won't be able to get to Tombstone again, I don't think, until gas prices are a little lower, or something else happens to give us more money...
May. 30th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm just getting my dibs in. ;-)

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