The Classic Rock Cook

Enter Diablo

Today while mowing the lawn, I had a crazy idea. I used to play video games where you could create your own wrestler. I started thinking about my favorite one, Diablo Dennis De Vil. You might have noticed I unceremoniously worked in my own name. I continued thinking about how fun it would be to create a modern incarnation with the shortened name El Diablo or simply Diablo, but realized that three hours for fun diversions like this are hard to come by these days. I also wondered if there was a more practical way to channel this creative inspiration. I decided it might be fun to write the origin story of Diablo and share it on my blog as a fan fiction piece based on my love of pro wrestling from my elementary school years to this very day. Diablo will be a composite of some of my traits mixed with some borrowed from my favorite wrestlers of all time. Hopefully, my references will not be too obvious. Enter Diablo…if you dare! ;)

If you still have questions about Kiss being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame, might I suggest this collection. No makeup, no blood, no risers, just the musicians and their instruments. All of my current travels brought “Coming Home” to mind and took me back to this treasure from my college years. Yes, it was released in 1996 when I was three years into my BA in English. It shall accompany me once again on my trip to Phoenix this evening.

Thought of the day…

One might be addicted to Sriracha if he/she has Sriracha mayo on a burger, Sriracha ranch on a salad and Sriracha sour cream on a baked potato. ;)

As promised, here are some of the photos we took while visiting Galveston during Memorial Day weekend. We had so much fun jumping on the waves while swimming (those photos are on the camera, so I’ll share them later). After we were done swimming, we stopped by The Spot, which has five different bars, for a late lunch and cocktails. At one of the bars named SideYard, Rupali and Chakra had the Blackened Fish Tacos while Natalie and I ordered the South of the Border shrimp cocktail she had on her last visit with her brother, David. We all ordered the amazingly delicious Shrimp Kisses, which were butterfly shrimp with pepper jack cheese in the middle and wrapped in bacon. Talk about scrumptious!!! As for drinks, Rupali had the Sandy Shandy Shandy, a Leinenkugel’s Lemon Berry Shandy with a shot of  Jack Daniels’s Tennessee Honey dropped in. It was quite tasty. Chakra had the Cucumber Cooler made with Effen Cucumber Vodka, lime juice, club soda, sliced cucumber and sea salt. It was refreshingly different. Natalie ordered the Pineapple Express, a combination of Bacardi Pineapple Fusion, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice, Sprite and club soda. All that fresh pineapple blended divinely with the liqueur. As for the drink you see in my hand, it’s called JD’s Smash and it has JD’s Tennessee Honey with raspberries, lemon juice and club soda. I loved the chunks of fresh raspberries! If you’d like to peek at the menu, click here. Afterwards, we headed to the Spot’s main restaurant to share a banana split. The best part was choosing the flavors of ice cream. Once we finished that, we headed back to their apartment to relax with some movies. Next up, the Houston Aquarium!

Houston, We Have No Problem!

Natalie and I decided to make a road trip to Houston to visit Rupali and her husband, Chakra. We were welcomed with Rupali’s homemade butter chicken, lentils and cumin potatoes after our 14-hour trip. While hanging out, the Penguins finished off the Senators in dominant fashion, 6-2. Now, they’re waiting to see if the Bruins or Rangers will be coming to the Burgh. So far, we’re planning to visit the Houston Aquarium and Galveston Island this weekend, so I’m planning to share pictures throughout our first vacation weekend of the summer

Yup, you guessed it. Still behind. These photos are from the Styx/REO/Nugent show at Starlight Theater on May 10. While the Nuge was a little too loud cranked to 12, Styx and REO put on a show with plenty of classics with few deep cuts mixed in for good measure. My personal favorite was Styx’ “Man in the Wilderness.” I have loved that song for years and never thought I’d hear it live. I about lost my damn mind! On the flip side, REO broke out “Golden Country”, a song of theirs I haven’t heard in a long time. All in all, it was a solid show without many surprises. I think we all enjoyed hearing our faves and singing along with them till the smokers caused Shelia and Bob to head to their car before Styx started. I really wish these open air amphitheaters would do a better job of enforcing their smoking policy. It’s ridiculous that someone who paid just as much for their ticket as the smoker has to miss half the show. I’ll step down from my soap box now.

While Natalie and I were working in the garden last week, I couldn’t help taking a picture of this unique tulip in our front yard. It is a single tulip growing next to our rose bush. If you look real close, the petals seem to have little hairs. It looks completely different from the tulips on the other side of the yard.

OK, folks. I feel like I’ve got a week’s worth of posts stored up so here comes a flurry of them. Those of you viewing this on Facebook have seen this sesame seed-crusted seared tuna dish before. I made this for Valentine’s Day. We liked it so much that we made it again and had it for dinner and lunch again later in the week. I’ve got a feeling we won’t find the yellow fin tuna on sale again till Lent next year, but we’ll keep our eyes open.

Natalie and I made a quick road trip to Springfield on Sunday morning to see our friends, Rupali & Chakra. They were visiting from Houston for a wedding on Saturday, so we met them along with Tim, Joe, Mike, Jason and Minisha (if I spelled anyone’s name wrong or missed anyone, I’ll be happy fix that) at the Springfield Brewing Company, BrewCo for short. Their breakfast selection was amazing! For some reason, I was tasting a breakfast pizza complete with sausage gravy that morning and, guess what? They had it! It was delicious!! Natalie’s breakfast burrito with chorizo, avocado, eggs and breakfast potatoes was pretty tasty, too. I’m excited to go back and try some of their house brews soon. I even got to see part of the Penguins-Islanders Stanley Cup Playoff game before we left. Thanks to the Penguins app and 3G data, we listened to part of the game on the way home when there weren’t dead zones.

Natalie and I made a quick road trip to Springfield on Sunday morning to see our friends, Rupali & Chakra. They were visiting from Houston for a wedding on Saturday, so we met them along with Tim, Joe, Mike, Jason and Minisha (if I spelled anyone’s name wrong or missed anyone, I’ll be happy fix that) at the Springfield Brewing Company, BrewCo for short. Their breakfast selection was amazing! For some reason, I was tasting a breakfast pizza complete with sausage gravy that morning and, guess what? They had it! It was delicious!! Natalie’s breakfast burrito with chorizo, avocado, eggs and breakfast potatoes was pretty tasty, too. I’m excited to go back and try some of their house brews soon. I even got to see part of the Penguins-Islanders Stanley Cup Playoff game before we left. Thanks to the Penguins app and 3G data, we listened to part of the game on the way home when there weren’t dead zones.