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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:11 pm 
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Hello All.

Last week my family and I went to Boston City Hall plaza for the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach party. There were no less them ten of the best and most famous BBQ champions in the world all set up and cooking there very best. There were so many options to try that we did not know where to begin. Every one of them was a world champion of BBQ. Note - (Kind of reminded me of martial art tournaments – Everyone under the sun in the martial arts claims to be a world champion). Except these BBQ gods are true BBQ champions.

They had Ribs, Chicken, Pork, Beef, Clams, Shrimp, and 100 other options. Let’s not forget the great Pizza from Sal’s (No relation), to the Corn bread and shrimp all the way from Australia. So many options we did not know where to begin. So I asked our host Dave Andelman, the creator of the Phantom Gourmet TV show, where we should start. Dave was a wealth of knowledge, and as always the friendliest guy you want to meet. Dave told us about each and every one of the Pit masters and what there specialty was. We followed Dave’s advice, and we were very happy. We hit every stand and tried samplers of everything. When we just could not eat any more, we bought some and packed it up to bring home for later.

Upon leaving we meet and chatted with Dave’s dad, the sports TV News legend and radio star “Eddie Andelman” and his wonderful wife. I would like to thank the Phantom Gourmet TV show, the entire Andelman family for putting on such a great and fun event.

Also a special thank you to Dave Andelman for spending so much time with us and explaining each and every BBQ master to us. We followed your advice to the letter and we are glad we did. Thank you so much Dave.

PS: We also went to the “Hot Dog Safari” event a couple of weeks back that was hosted by “Eddie Andelman”. That event was held at the Suffolk Downs race Track. I would like to say a special “Thank you to Sensei Alan Azoff for giving me the special “VIP”, tickets for the Hot Dog Safari event. My family and I truly enjoyed that event also. Thank you so much Alan sensei.

Respect & Honor.
Jay Sal

Jay Sal
Semper Fi

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:22 pm 
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Jay that reminds of one of my favourite jokes (I've tried to clean it up a bit: :)

Chilli Cookoff

Notes from an inexperienced Chili taster named FRANK, who was visiting Texas from the East Coast:

"Recently I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment, and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking directions to the beer wagon when the call came. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy, and besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted. Here are the scorecards from the event:

Chilli # 1: Mike's Maniac Mobster Monster Chili

JUDGE ONE: A little too heavy on tomato. Amusing kick.
JUDGE TWO: Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.
FRANK: Holy ****, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy.

Chilli # 2: Arthur's Afterburner Chili

JUDGE ONE: Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight Jalapeno tang.
JUDGE TWO: Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
FRANK: Keep this out of reach of children! I'm not sure what I am supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

Chilli # 3: Fred's Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili

JUDGE ONE: Excellent firehouse chili! Great kick. Needs more beans.
JUDGE TWO: A bean less chili, a bit salty, good use of red peppers.
FRANK: Call the EPA, I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now, get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting shit-faced from all the beer.

Chilli # 4: Bubba's Black Magic

JUDGE ONE: Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.
JUDGE TWO: Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.
FRANK: I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it, is it possible to burn-out taste buds? Sally, the bar maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills, that 300 lb. **** is starting to look HOT, just like this nuclear-waste I'm eating. Is chilli an aphrodisiac?

Chilli # 5: Linda's Legal Lip Remover

JUDGE ONE: Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.
JUDGE TWO: Chili using shredded beef; could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.
FRANK: My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I *arted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from a pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off? It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. **** those rednecks!

Chilli # 6: Vera's Very Vegetarian Variety

JUDGE ONE: Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spice and peppers.
JUDGE TWO: The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.
FRANK: My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I **** myself when I *arted and I'm worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except Sally, she must be kinkier than I thought. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my *** with a snow cone!

Chilli # 7: Susan's Screaming Sensation Chili

JUDGE ONE: A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.
JUDGE TWO: Ho Hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chilli peppers at the last moment. I should note that I am worried about Judge Number 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably.
FRANK: You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I
wouldn't feel a damn thing. I've lost the sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava-like **** to match my damn shirt. At least during the autopsy they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing, it's too painful. I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just ****** it in through the 4 inch hole in my stomach.

Chilli # 8: Mount Saint Helen's Chili

JUDGE ONE: A perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili, safe for all, not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.
JUDGE TWO: This final entry is a good, balanced chili, neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge Number 3 passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor Yank, wonder how he would have reacted to a really hot chili?
FRANK: -------------- (editor's note: Judge #3 was unable to report)

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