TYSONS CORNER, Va. — Something that I think people forgot in all the antipathy between fans of the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans is the Nats won season series victory last year. That won me a cheesesteak from a friend who follows the Phillies, the Ombudsman. It was only the second time in the brief history of the rivalry that the Nats beat the Fleas head-to-head over the course of a season. The last time around was in 2006 and we met up in Philly. We skipped that since we now work a mile apart in Tysons; I claimed my winnings at The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory in the food court of Tysons Corner Center.
I think I may have overdone the enthusiasm there a bit, I look the kind of guy who would write things like OUR WASHINGTON NATIONALS and talk about MY BEST FRIEND in my blog posts. The cheesesteak was enjoyable (though needlessly salty) along with not having to buy another half-smoke for the Ombudsman. I owed him a lot of those over the years. The challenge resumes in May for its 7th year — the first year we didn’t do it and the teams split anyway.
Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. Turkey and all the trimmings, a fire in my parents fireplace and football on TV is makes for America’s greatest holiday. We rule.
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YES, SIR, OFFICER OBIE, I CANNOT TELL A LIE, I PUT THAT ENVELOPE UNDER THAT GARBAGE:
Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” is one of my Thanksgiving traditions, I usually hear it on DC 101, but I got out the door late. I always work on Thanksgiving (time & half, plus the holiday pay!) before heading over to my parents house. After I get there, I always have my turkey before my turkey
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I am not the pro football fan I was before college, but I love me some NFL on Thanksgiving. The resurgent Detroit Lions host the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Good to see the Lions doing well, because the talk of them losing their Thanksgiving game was unfortunate. The second game is the Miami Dolphins visiting the Dallas Cowboys, so get ready for lots of references to this:
The one downside of the first two games are the likely throwbacks to be worn by the home teams. The Cowboys will be wearing blue fauxbacks from 1960 that remind you why they changed to their silver helmet and white at home look. The Lions will probably just wear utterly plan helmets and jerseys. What they ought to wear is anything from 1964 or so to 2008.
Sadly, Nickelback will play the halftime show of the first game. Why not have a crappy Detroit band instead of a crappy Canadian band?
The night game is the San Francisco 49ers coached by Jim Harbaugh visiting the Baltimore Ravens coached by Jon Harbaugh. Nice. Hard to believe it took the NFL until the 21st century to figure out people might want to watch more football after dinner. The Ravens don’t have
There is a William Shatner safety deep fried turkey video out this year, but I much prefer the UL one that didn’t need CGI to remind us that overfilled
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CARVING THE BIRD
The best way I have seen to carve a turkey came from this 2008 Times video:
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YOU CAN START THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS WHEN ED McMAHON SAYS SO (WITHOUT SAYING IT)
Thanksgiving means that Christmas is coming. As far as I am concerned, there should be no mention of Christmas until the late third quarter (when I used to eat a turkey leg on the couch) of the Cowboys game when the “Holiday Greetings from Budweiser” came on
They ran it until 1996 and I think they broke the social contract when they replaced Ed.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — On Sunday, my father treated several of us to lunch at old favorite, Chadwick’s in Old Town. I arrived a little late because I needed to park at the public garage near city hall. I arrived just as the waiter was taking drink orders, so when I heard that DC Brau, the first brewery in Washington D.C. in a forever and a day, was available, I said I’d try it.
I was served DC Brau’s “The Public” a pale ale. I’m not that big on Pale Ale’s but I like to support the new, local guys, so I figured it was worth a try. I think for Pale Ale fans, it will be greeted warmly — The Public is a hoppy brew.
When I actually got situated, I saw that Alexandria’s own, Port City Brewing Co., had a beer on the menu and I wish I had ordered the “hometown” brew — an Optimal Wit. So, when it was time for another round I had order the Optimal Wit. After my first sip, I was glad I had the beers in that order, the Belgian style Optimal Wit was a good follow up to the hoppy DC Brau. Port City’s Optimal Wit has a crisp flavor with citrus notes that add to the taste without overwhelming it. I like Belgian beers now and again and today it really hit the spot. I am sure I will be inclined to order it again and maybe keep some in the refrigerator.
As for Chadwick’s, I had a rack of ribs which were pretty good. They also started making fries in a fresh-cut, boardwalk style. I am not certain they are actually freshly cut prior to cooking, but they are an upgrade over the previous version.
FAIRFAX, Va. — The Ombudsman recently moved to Northern Virginia from the Boston area to be closer to WWN operations.* His arrival is good on several fronts, including the bourbon one. On Saturday, before meeting up with my dad for some chili dogs at The Vienna Inn, we visited his new apartment in order to verify that he does in fact live here.
While The Ombudsman’s apartment he shared with us a little bit of Noah’s Mill bourbon and I was very pleased by what he poured. Noah’s is an almost-syrupy bourbon with a sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, taste to it. It compares favorably with Old Rip Van Winkle 10 years old 90 proof, though it does not quite have the caramel flavor or intensity of Rip. That is not to say that Noah’s is at all lacking, it is really good and based on this one tasting, it might be the second most enjoyable bourbon I have tried. My wife, who will never be mistaken for a bourbon drinker, also enjoyed it. Our toddler enjoyed the cranberry-pomegranate juice (tart!) he was offered.
Noah’s, distilled in Bardstown, Ky. by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd., is bottled at barrel proof, so it comes in at a robust 57.15% alc./vol. (114.3 proof). It is a small batch, made by hand. I am eager to add it to my collection.
*This may be an exaggeration, the real reason is his quest to live in all the states that call themselves commonwealths. Kentucky — consider yourself on notice for the next time he moves. Also, the Ombudsman was welcomed to Northern Virginia with his first trip to the Vienna Inn, courtesy of my dad.
LANDOVER, Md. — Since I retired from tailgating prior to my son being born, I started going to the 2thelion tailgates on my rare trips to Penn State games. For big games, they team up with Diesel Tailgate. These folks go all out.
Yup, that’s a pig. We had it post-game. I got talked into eating a whole leg by a vegan. Yummy, now I know what I’ve been missing at Renaissance Faires all these years.
Throughout the day, passers by in cars, buses and on foot gaped at the main entree.
At FedEx Field, the RV lots are the furthest you can get from the Morgan Blvd. Metro station. We wound up walking about 1.5 miles to get there. Add in the walks to the stadium and back to the Metro (on both ends of the ride) and it wound up being well over 5 miles. I don’t feel bad about indulging a little over there.
NEW YORK — I visited my friend David for six hours last Saturday. We wound up at the Lower East Side’s Doughnut Plant after breakfast at a dive near his apartment in the East Village. Had I known beforehand about Doughnut Plant, I would have insisted we just go there for breakfast. The bakery, with its very small customer area, stays open until they run out of donuts.
David talked up the creme brulee donut and awful lot, so I went with that one. It met his high expectations. The standard yeast raised glazed was also quite good. I might even make a special trip the next time I’m in Manhattan.