Sunday, March 21, 2010

...and on the 2nd day of Spring

Issued by The National Weather Service - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX - 5:51 am CDT, Sun., Mar. 21, 2010 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON...A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR LIGHT SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON...A POWERFUL UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION AND BRING SNOW TO THE AREA... MAINLY THIS MORNING. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH TODAY WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN 2 AND 4 INCHES... BUT ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE. IN ADDITION TO THE SNOW... STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH ARE LIKELY TODAY... WHICH MAY RESULT IN PERIODS OF BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES...A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW MAY CAUSE A FEW SLICKS SPOTS ON ELEVATED ROAD SURFACES AND OVERPASSES THAT MAY RESULT IN TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. WHILE ROAD SURFACES WILL LIKELY BE TOO WARM TO COLLECT SNOWFALL... VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN 1/2 MILE AT TIMES. USE CAUTION IF TRAVELING.

Dale Watson @Ginny's ~ Photo by Ike

A quick trip to Austin for a couple of meetings and work landed us smack dab in the middle of SXSW. Commitments at home had us heading right back to Dallas, but a huge storm delayed the return. Stuck in hill country, where my son is working, we decided to stick it out as long as we could and then braved the raging torrents. Little did we know we’d run right into another winter storm and more snow.

Thank goodness we got our fill at Cooper's in Llano; don’t know when we’ll dig ourselves out of this one.

One thing I know for sure, my schedule in a week looks like this and I’m gonna have to get back on the wine trail, snow or mo’ snow. I'll have the last installments of the Illuminati Chronicles before then.

In other news

This week in Austin, friends and clients had a little discussion around the dinner table over matching food and beverage. The place was Uchi, and we decided to order beer, sake and an Italian white, the unusual and wonderful Coenobium, to sample with the delicious tastes that showed up on our table. It’s all part of another big story, in another place. Just a little teaser and an exercise in drinking outside (and inside) the box.

Sadly...

Several of my dear friends have lost their parents this past week in Houston. Lynette Hawkins, who is a long time friend and has a wonderful restaurant, Giacomo’s, lost her father, Sheldon "Hawk" Hawkins. Lynette’s mother passed away a few years ago after losing a 30 year battle with MS. When her father became a widower, Lynette took her father in and made sure he was never alone. Lynette, I’ll say it for your dad now, He couldn’t have asked for a more loving daughter.

My other friends, the Mandola's, Vincent, Damian, Tony and their sisters Rose and Margaret Ann and their family lost their dear mother and matriarch of the Mandola family, Grace Testa Mandola. A lot of us thought of Grace as our second mother and loved her, so I can only say it with the deepest sorrow that she will be missed by her family and her friends for a long, long time. I am sorry I cannot be there tomorrow with the Mandola’s but I will remember my last visit with Grace a few weeks ago. She reminded me of my own mom, who is a year older than Grace at 95, both full of life and energy. Grace was sitting in the Vincent Mandola’s kitchen, snapping the ends off of beans. She still came to work several days a week, always with a zest for life. Grace, you were dearly loved and will be missed deeply as well.

We’ll keep a pit of suga on the stove and save a place for both of you at the table, always…




7 comments:

Do Bianchi said...

do they put the meat right on the plastic tray with no butcher paper in Llano?

regarding the weather, seems like the chill is on and the thrill is off... sounds a little like a hater I know...

Alfonso Cevola said...

They put it on the tray, you take it inside to have it weighted and then they "paper it up". http://twitpic.com/1a1za6

Haters? I got no time for 'em. Bloggers or quill pen types.

Less Hate, more BBQ.

Free the Barbera 7

spume said...

Barbeque! Barbera! Hey, do they share a root?

Alfonso Cevola said...

Hey Wolf -
thanks for checking in. We missed you @SX.

Regarding the Barbecue/Barbera conundrum, remember this: Barbecue needs wood, Barbera doesn't.

spume said...

I like it, I like it. "Save the chips for the pit!"

Happy (snowy) Sunday!

Alfonso Cevola said...

Now you got it!

Julie said...

Are these the Mandela's that are related to Steve Tyrell? Are we related to them as well?

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