No, I don’t mean the Honey Monk of Lexington Barbecue #1 fame, and I don’t mean the Monk behind Monk’s BBQ in Purvellville, Virginia, whose place I reviewed recently. I don’t mean Dom Perignon, Martin Luther, or the Trappist monks who brew that beer, all of whom are deserving. And I certainly don’t mean Rasputin. I mean Monk of the Barbecue Bros, he of the famed … Continue reading Hats off to Monk!
Purcellville is a nice town of 10,000 in Loudoun County, in the outer Washington suburbs, well past Dulles Airport. It’s in a lovely area of Virginia, and Purcellville enjoys the benefits of the growth of the Dulles tech corridor without being overwhelmed by it. Best of all, Purcellville is the home of Monk’s BBQ, which I can certify is a Campaign for Real Barbecue producer … Continue reading Monk’s BBQ, Purcellville, Virginia
My mother, who started calling herself Dear when she became a grandmother in her 40s, died one year ago today at the age of 94. I posted an adaptation of her obituary as a remembrance a while back, but I’m thinking of her a lot these days, and I’ve decided to repost it, with a few more details. ##### Regular readers of the Blog are … Continue reading Remembering Dear
From the Onion, the second leading source of news today. Hat tip to the Barbecue Bros. I, on the other hand, spend my life occasionally eating barbecue between doing other things I love. Continue reading Headline of the Day: Man’s Life Spent Occasionally Eating Barbecue In Between Doing Things He Hates
UPDATE: At the time of my visit for this post, just as during my initial visit, I was assured by the waiter and the manager-on-duty that Texas Jack’s does not use gas or electricity, just wood to cook the meat. I subsequently have established that they use a Southern Pride Smoker, and that all Southern Pride smokers are gas-assisted. Texas Jack’s has declined to answer … Continue reading Texas Jack’s Barbecue, Arlington, Virginia
One of our favorite places on the Florida east coast is U-Tiki. It’s beautifully situated on the Loxahatchee River with a view of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and a small marina. As you can see, some tables are set up right on a sandy beach, and there’s a view from most of the interior tables. U-Tiki is a good-sized place with three sides open … Continue reading U-Tiki, Jupiter, Florida
Talk about clouds on the horizon! I was going to post this earlier but I didn’t want to spoil everyone’s Thanksgiving. I can wait no longer. Perhaps you should sit down. I was reading the South China Morning Post and saw an article that made my blood run cold. Here it is — restaurants in China are in survival mode as pork prices soar. … Continue reading The Pork Crisis