This week in review! BBQ, Birthday Cake, Tattoo Book, Cocktails!

The scoop this week?

My friends at work surprised me with a cake for my birthday - wow! Another friend brought me chocolate from Rocky Mountain candies when she was in Colorado.




We made Manhattans………..posted at Cocktail Puppy




Doug is featured in a book!

My man is published…no, not a writer….an inked man gracing the pages titled The Hall of Fame in artist Anne Stokes’ upcoming book, Stoked: The Art of Anne Stokes Tattooed. Check it out HERE

Doug and his Woodland Guardian tattoo are highlighted in Anne Stokes soon to be released book. The artist, Litos Pinto owner of Forbidden Images is also in the book. If you are so inclined to have a very nice, well done tat…make the trip to New Port Richey because Litos is the man when it comes to professional ink work.



For the stages of this ink being done (three separate trips) check it out HERE


This past weekend we rode 285 miles in the quest for lunch. The tantalizing aroma of backyard BBQ wafted over us and through the helmets – had to have BBQ! So, in Eufaula Alabama we noticed a sign claiming Best Butts in Alabama ! We did a U-turn and landed at Phil’s BBQ: Best Butts in Alabama



So true. It was the most tender sliced pork I have ever eaten. Ever. We will make that ride again just for a plate of that BBQ pork. It was a good ride too. We started out at 9:30 a.m. and stopped for lunch at 1:00. Got home at 4:00 p.m. Going over the bridge from Georgia to Alabama was one of the prettiest sights I’ve seen. The bridge spans Walter George Lake ….deep blue waters with nary a ripple but for the occasional boat drifting lazily past, fishing rods hanging off the side.



What a week! And we are ending it off a great patio birthday bash of steamed shrimp, margaritas, black beans and rice, chips and queso.

Life is good!

12 comments:

Kim said...

I'm so glad to hear that you had a wonderful birthday! I have heard that Phil's in Alabama is the very best in BBQ. I think (if it's the same place) they won best of BBQ at Memphis in May every year. Glad to hear you're doing great. Have a good weekend!

Fresh Garden said...

Sorry I'm late... Happy Birthday!

Pierce said...

Thanks Kim - I had not heard they won prizes for the BBQ but oh my, I can't describe how tender it was. We'll be heading back that way again.

Fresh Garden - Thank you so much!

Wandering Coyote said...

OMG, Pierce, you will not believe this but I have been through Eufala Alabama and eaten at Phil's - TWICE!!! It was on a road trip from Atlanta to Destin Florida in 2004! It was awesome BBQ and my first real southern BBQ experience. I loved it! And the owner came and chatted with us because he was intrigued about the Canadians in the party I was with (i.e. me and a friend of mine...the rest were all from Atlanta). This is so cool!

When was your birthday??? I missed it, obviously! The cake looks amazing!

Janel said...

Belated Happy Birthday!!

Doug's tattoo is amazing! I love all of the details. You need to come up here for some BBQ. There's an award-winning place just miles from my house. :)

girlichef said...

Tina! I'm so sorry...I didn't even know it was your birthday. I should check FB more often, I suppose. Well, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! I hope it rocked. That's awesome that Doug's tat is going to be featured...it's so cool.

The Food Hunter said...

Happy Birthday!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Happy birthday! So glad you had such a great week. Got to admire a gal who travels such a long way for a porky good lunch!

Drick said...

steamed shrimp... be still my heart ...
- what a post - naughty cake, to go with Manhattans and Doug getting stoked, all before a long ride for the best butt... not sure the meaning here....

Pierce said...

Thanks all! I had all these things to update but wanted to say it all in one post. Thanks for the b-day wishes from all. I feel like Mother Time here...enjoying our pork and drinks and getting inked!

Pam said...

It sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday!

Le laquet said...

Oh my that looks amazing - the lake and the cocktail. Did I mention my mum is considering a tattoo? No really!!

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