By Friday the weather was back down in the 80s - still warm, but not triple digits.
Damn, they actually taste like a ketchup-topped hot dog. It's one of the more bizarre things I have ever eaten. A potato chip that tastes like a hot dog. I don't even know how to deal with this.
I had some blue cheese I had picked up at Nicole's in South Pas, and I added a slab of that to the chicken, then doused the sandwich in Trappey's hot sauce. It was very, very good.
One of the bigger culinary epiphanies I have ever had in my life was around the age of 16, at Nevados Restaurant in Mammoth Lakes: small dumplings in an orange sauce. That sounded really good to me. And it just so happened that I had an orange "simmer sauce" from Fresh & Easy in the fridge. But I'd tried the sauce before and thought it was much too sweet for my liking. But I had an idea.
Yesterday's Child, a classic rock band that covers songs from the 60s and 70s. One of the members of the band is a good friend of mine, and he'd promised me that they were going to play one of my favorite songs from the 60s, The Who's "A Quick One While He's Away." (In my younger years I used to play a lot of bar trivia with one of my best friends, and we always used that song to fire us up. Why we chose that - or, I suppose, why we needed to get "fired up" to go play trivia in a bar - is one of those things I don't quite remember. I'm sure we had our reasons.)
We shared a pitcher of Bitburger. I didn't bring my camera with me so I used my phone, and I'm including the pics just to be comprehensive. The band was fantastic and we had a great time, but as the evening wore on we needed food. T. Boyle's is building a kitchen, but right now their menu is pretty limited, so we decided to get food after the show. But it didn't end until close to 1.
She was not impressed. She said it was average in every way. Having had Lucky Boy burgers several times, I knew exactly what she meant.
(By the way, when I take photos like this, I usually get a few comments and/or emails about Elizabeth's nails. It's just how it goes. I don't mind; she is much prettier than I am. You can read about her nail polish on her blog, right here.)
Sunday, we went over to my parents' house to do a couple of things. (Basically use their much-larger-than-ours washing machine and take some of their roses.) So when it was lunchtime, we decided on our usual destination when we're in Sierra Madre and I'm not cooking: Taco Fiesta. I got one al pastor taco...
My brother was also at my parents' house, as my dad was helping him with something. My brother has been under the weather for a couple of days and didn't want anything from Taco Fiesta. But...
Two hours later he asked me if I would cook some mini wontons for him. I said sure. I put a small amount of oil in a wok and sauteed them for a few minutes, then added some water, put a lid on the wok, and let them steam.
It was a nice way to end the weekend.