I was over on Tim's patio yesterday evening, helping him sample his newest beer. (We've been trying it every week to chart it's development - it should be ready by this weekend, and there is an outside chance it will knock off his second summer ale as the best beer I have had this year.) He had to take off to meet a friend, but left Tracie and me in charge of the keg. (Raise your hand if you see the danger in that.)
A few minutes later I received a text from him that the cops had Fair Oaks shut down. I thought nothing of it; people drive much too fast on Fair Oaks and there are a couple of red lights that they often run. I figured there had been an accident and forgot about it.
I didn't actually drink very much of the beer, because once Elizabeth got home we had planned to go to Trader Joe's and get a few groceries, and probably make her beloved pizzas for dinner. So I wandered home about the time I thought she would be there. And then I waited around by myself (watching Huell Howser) for 45 minutes. Finally Elizabeth got home.
"It just took me 40 minutes to get home from the Orange Grove exit," she said. (For those of you who don't live around here - that's about one mile away.) "The cops are directing traffic and asking everyone where they're going."
It turned out the FBI and the police were investigating a bomb threat. So we called off our plans to go to TJ's - which would have meant driving right into the heart of the beast. I looked in the fridge for what to make.
I had two things going for me: the other evening when we'd bought empanadas at the store, they were on sale, one of those obnoxious "sales" that Vons has where you have to buy multiples of an item to get a discount: they were $2.99 if you only bought one box, but if you bought more than one they were $1.99 each. (Sales like this are only one of many reasons where I much prefer Ralph's to Vons.) So we bought two boxes.
Also, yesterday morning I'd been at Ralph's getting a few things for my parents, when I noticed these popcorn shrimp on sale - an actual sale, only $2.99 for the box. I grabbed it, as I've been craving popcorn shrimp for a few days.
The empanadas were great, as usual.
We ate the first batch of popcorn shrimp with cocktail sauce and remoulade. They were delicious. Damn I love fried seafood.
And I had one other idea.
So I went to Buffalo Wild Wings a few days ago to buy some of their Spicy Garlic sauce. The guy working there explained to me that the sauces are $4.79 each, but I could buy a three pack for 11 bucks. So I got two other flavors: Caribbean Jerk and Asian Zing.
Tonight we will try this whole Trader Joe's plan again. I'm getting very close to putting another one of those TJ's posts together.