A Christmas miracle was under the tree this morning. After so many years of asking Santa for the Big Green Egg it has finally materialized and I am so happy. Ms. Goofy you are the best.
Today, I hit the 4000 mile mark for riding my bicycle for the year 2022. I could not have done it without help. Thankyou to the best S.A.G Wagon driver ever; Ms. Goofy. I also want to thank my very special emotional support Monster; Rocky. This year I was fueled by pie and seasonal fruitcake.
The Women's Auxiliary of the Galileo Italian Club had a bake sale. This sale was to raise fund for parking lot improvements. This was an occasion to buy home made sweet treats and help the club. I went to the bank and made a withdrawal. It was for a good cause after all.
This was the final weekend of Black Star Pirate BBQ to be in operation. They have lost their lease and will shutter at their present location. Tony Carriacci owner of BSPB is a member of our Galileo Club. He has been a member and a good friend to our Italian club. We decided to go as a group to bid him farewell at his restaurant.
We had an impromptu cocktail station set up in the parking lot an hour before the 11:00 am opening. We chatted and imbibed. Eleven o’clock rolled around pretty quick and we did not even notice the huge line that had already formed. We were not the only ones that had come to say goodbye. We got in line.
It was a festive crowd entertained by live music. The weather was perfect. The food was fantastic. We all scratched our heads wondering why all good things must come to an end. We all hope the best success for Tony in the future.
I did not make this pie but I did buy it. We were at the Calico Christmas Faire in Crockett California this weekend. Hey wait a minute. Thanksgiving has not even passed and people are putting up Christmas decorations. Santa Clause visited the local Bass Pro Shop this Saturday. What is it with the marketing department. I am expecting Valentines advertisements to drop any day now. Whoops I am sorry about this little rant but it never ends.
I did buy a frozen pie. It was wonderful.
We attended the U.S. Coast Guard Island Harvest BBQ this last Friday. We were invited as judges but left as happy attendees. This was an event for Coast Guard personnel, family and friends. It really was an event for the children with a bbq contest thrown in for the larger kids. Eight teams, some “Backyard’ and two “Pro” teams competed together. They cooked ribs, tri-tip and mystery meat. (pork belly). I would like to share some images with you.
The kids got to trunk or treat with elaborately decorated candy stations. Yours truly found the homemade dessert station and was told to help myself. I did. The Coast Guard people created two separate haunted houses. One was on an actual Coast Guard Cutter. I had to explore this venue. It was a blast. The ship was decorated with macabre scenes and costumed actors would jump out at you every opportunity. We ascended and descended between the decks/level by a very steep ladder type staircase. It was a work out.
Today was a fun day. The children have a wonderful time. This Mad Meat Genius child probably had the biggest smile of all.
We acted on a tip from a trusted friend. He suggested Trancas Steakhouse located in Napa Ca. He reported it was an 'Old School" meat and potatoes restaurant with a fun bar. He was right.
The "Mercury News" today reports that Black Star Pirate BBQ" will shutter in November. Apparently they have lost the lease on their present location. They had a two year run which seemed to be gaining momentum. I have met and become friends with the owner Tony Carracci. Black Star Pirate BBQ was once quoted as being; " “One part New Orleans, one part old-school Haight-Ashbury.”. I will be sad to see them go.