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Boston: Success, Growth and Challenges

As we traversed through Boston from the airport to the hotel in our Lyft to celebrate one year of martial bliss and the birthday of America; the cleanliness, prosperity and construction boom occurring in this great American city was evident. Boston is where the American Dream started. The idea that “the will of the people” would decide public policy was put into action with the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. No Taxation without Representation, Huzzah!!!!

The first sense of maybe not everything was as perfect as it appeared, came when the Australian Lyft driver (he was not happy when I guessed South African) aka Marathon Man Trent Morrow, said  “You guys are lucky no one is working today it’s usually gridlock driving down here.”

Marathon Man dropped us off and we checked in, then ventured into Southie to grab breakfast. The Aloft hotel in the Seaport District had provided us with a pamphlet of surrounding spots and when I saw that Anthony Bourdain had visited The Galley Diner on his show No Reservations I knew where we were heading.

This place did not disappoint, it was a perfect spot for breakfast on Independence Day. We sat at the counter of this family run diner (is there anything more uniquely American than a diner) to our left were 4 police officers, to our right a Hispanic family from out of town, it was truly a wonderful display of Americana. The breakfast was not too shabby either, between the blueberry pancakes, kielbasa and Hash omelet, it was one of the best breakfasts I ever had. The perfect combination of savory and sweet.

Another establishment I visited in  Southie is Murphy’s Law. I chose it because it looked like it knew how to pour a good pint of Guinness. I went to open the door and sadly it was locked. Apparently, a lot of the local joints close on July 4th in Southie so workers can spend time with their families. Shit!

So I started to google other possible watering holes, when a lady with keys turned the corner to open the door, I asked, are you opening? She said no, but I am going to have a few drinks with my family if you want to drink with us. I was happy to oblige.  The lady is Peggy Ann she has been part owner for 23 years, she is with her cousin and her cousins husband Fitzy who is from Southwest Ireland. We start to talk about Ireland and how I was married a year ago in Kildare, we talk family, how my wife is at the hotel taking a nap because she is 8 months pregnant, how my Father-in- Law was the first to bring Guinness to South Dakota at his bar Durty Nelly’s. All while Peggy Ann pours us a perfect pint, as I expected.   We talk and laugh some more and then Peggy Ann mentions how much the neighborhood is changing and she doesn’t know how much longer a place like hers will be able to stay open.

The Seaport (Innovative) District is right across the bridge from Murphy’s Law, across the street is 56 acres that was bought for about $250 million 5 years ago that they speculate could go for a billion now. Peggy Ann tells a story about an acquaintance who came into the bar one day ecstatic, he says “I just sold that small old post-office building for $9 million,” then she laughs and says the jerk didn’t even offer to buy a round. Fitzy is about to go on the roof to see if he can fix a leak, then they are headed to a neighborhood hangout, they invite me, but I tell them I better get back to my wife.

Our visit to the North End with MacKenzie’s former co-worker shows similar growth and uneasiness. She gives us a tour of the Rose Kennedy Greenway – which our tour driver would later say to us “for those of you from out of town thank you for paying for our beautiful park space” that is because the Greenway is the result of the famously disastrous, but ultimately successful Big Dig transportation project. We go to dinner at Lucca which has delicious pasta. The neighborhood is packed with tourists. She explains to us how Boston loves their open space and that neighborhood groups, while fighting for affordability are also causing prices to rise by limiting development. The parks and public spaces in Boston are beautiful but she is right it’s a two way street you must have high density if you want affordability and that means some open space may have to be sacrificed. Later in the trip we hit up Regina Pizzeria in the North End as well, a must try imho.

Southie, the North End, Chinatown are great neighborhoods in this fantastic city, but no matter where I went you could tell their was a sense of uneasiness about how long neighborhoods like these would exist in Boston.

Boston is a spectacular example of success and growth, but a lot of old Boston is feeling left behind, pushed out and eventually re-developed as we saw throughout our trip. Especially the Seaport (Innovation) District right between Downtown and Southie, this part of Boston is growing at the rate of Barry Bonds head on juice and if Boston fails to implement the correct inclusive growth policies that lifts all boats, Southie will be steamrolled like the home run records Bonds brought tumbling down. In  my opinion like the steroid crazed baseball era, while it was fun at the time, in the end if neighborhoods like Southie fall, Boston will regret it in the future.

I’m all for growth I am not one of these socialist “stop all development” types, but unique neighborhoods like Southie are what make a city interesting and what draws me to visit them, otherwise why travel to a destination to get a bland homogenized version of the city you live in or near. Keeping your city unique will be a tough, but necessary challenge in the near future. The question is how to best do it.

Below are some more places we visited and pictures from our trip. Boston is a great time and I highly recommend a visit.

4th of July celebrations

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Common and Public Garden

 

Chinatown and Cambridge

January 1, 2019: It’s a New Year

Wipe the Records Clean

The Meal to Massacre your Bookie

Redemption Bowls

Start your New Year with a Bang

It’s been a long 2018, many of you have had great years and many of you not so great years. But I can assure you over the course of the last 16 days at some point you feel like you have contracted a case of what my cousin Mike calls Loseritis. I am here to tell you, I am here with a cure. Eat this meal tomorrow and not only will you bring in the New Year with a winning day but your year will be as fantastic as you could ever imagine.

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut and Black-eyed Peas

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut is known as a lucky meal in eastern Europe and the midwest of the United States. The pork in the kielbasa is the symbol of progress as unlike chickens pigs eat while moving forward, while the sauerkraut which is made of cabbage, which is green, symbolizes cash. Black-eyed peas which are actually part of the bean family originated over 5,000 years ago and have a long tradition in the African American community, they have also developed a tradition with Sephardic Jews as they misinterpreted one of the Rosh Hashana foods to mean Black-Eyed peas. Either way in the South Black-eyed peas are known to have a mystical and mythical power to bring good luck. With these two foods on the menu tomorrow morning how can we lose?!

New Years Day Bowl Predictions

Penn St -5.5

Kentucky has no offense but a good defense I expect a low scoring game with Penn St winning by double digits.

Mississippi St -7

If this was Iowa at home I would take them but I just don’t see them scoring enough points to stay in this game.

UCF +7

I love Coach O but UCF is on a mission to show they belong and even without their star quarterback I think they keep this game if not win, if your feeling xtra lucky maybe even sprinkle some on the ml.

Ohio St -6.5

Urban Meyer is known for his theatrics and fake illnesses so he will definitely want to go out on a high note

Georgia -11.5

This game could go either way, it depends if Georgia wants to show everyone they belonged in the playoffs or if they don’t care at all about this game because they feel its below them. I am betting on Georgia wanting to dominate.

That’s all folks. Now go get the ingredients, place your bets and collect. Thank me later and my Venmo is always open. #EATDRINKSPORTS #SizzlebyTizzle.

Army/Navy Game

The Greatest Rivalry In Sports

Land Vs Sea

Cadets vs Midshipmen

Mule vs Goat
Who is Going to Sing Second?

Army/Navy game was first played in 1890 and this Saturday will be the 119th meeting between the two schools. This game is as intense of a rivalry you will ever watch. It is not about money, it is not about rankings, it is not about prestige, it is about the love of the game and most importantly PRIDE in your school, service academy and country.

I had the honor to go to last years game. It was in the snow in Philly, it was cold, it was ugly and it was great. Navy lost on a last second missed field goal 14-13 but watching the two teams come together at the end of the game to sing their alma-maters with their fellow classmates and alumni is what this game is all about. This game signifies what America is all about, lay it all on the field, scratch and claw to win but after it’s over come back together and stand United as one.

Army/Navy Gameday Menu

Football in the winter to me means dark beer and comfort food. Wartime food means making the most of what you have available. That is why for the Army/Navy game I have created a stew recipe. This recipe includes food from the land and the sea from around the country that the first classmen will be sworn to protect in less than a years time. This is a stew concocted to represent what all of America has to offer just like what the players on Saturday will do on the field. It represents the Cadets with its use of  USDA Prime Beef the best beef America has to offer and corn which helped these Cadets grow. The Midshipmen are represented by crab from Maryland, home of the academy, Navy beans which so many Sailors relied on to survive throughout our Navy’s history and of course spinach the food of the most infamous Sailor (fictional character) no other than I am what I am, Popeye.

Tizzle’s Army/Navy Stew

  • olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 lbs beef cubed
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white wine (riesling works best)
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 28 oz navy beans
  • 28 oz corn (about 8 fresh cobs)
  • salt to taste
  • 6 cups spinach
  • 1 lb crab meat
  1. Rub cubed beef in Cayenne Pepper
  2. Saute garlic and onion in large pot till fragrant
  3. Add beef and brown
  4. Add water, wine and tomatoes and bring to a boil
  5. Lower heat to a simmer and add beans and corn
  6. Add salt to taste and simmer for 2 hours
  7. Add spinach and crab for about 10 minutes and serve

#GameoftheWeek Prediction

After going 1 and 1 on my picks last week the Tiz is currently at 4-2. The Naval academy will be coming into this game with a lot of emotion after recently losing two of their most esteemed members John McCain (alumnus of the academy) and George H.W. Bush. This is basically Navy’s bowl game as they have had a rough season. So not only do they want to win this game because it is the Army/Navy game but they have a lot of other reasons to win this game and snap the Army winning streak.  Army is ranked 22 in the nation and has had a great season. Their Quarterback is able to run and throw and will be quite the weapon in this game. Unfortunately for Navy I do not think they will have the skill to win this game but I do think with the right scheme and enough passion they will be able to keep it close. Navy will not break the streak this year but I do think they will cover. I look for a low scoring affair and Army to win 20-17. #GONAVY #BEATARMY #GOARMY #BEATNAVY #EATDRINKSPORTS #SIZZLEBYTIZZLE

#RIPPoppyBush and #RIPJohnMcCain

Red River Shootout Part Deaux

Bevo vs The Sooner Schooner

Hook’em vs Boomer Sooner

Ok. Cool. Hook’em vs Horns Down

The Battle over the Red Bridge Reincarnated
Texas vs Oklahoma 12:00 PM est ABC AT&T Stadium Arlington Texas

This game promises to be a high scorin affair, which according to Zach Smith Tom Herman knows a lot about, with a lot of offense and no defense. The first game this year saw Texas defeat Oklahoma for their only loss by the score of 48-45. Oklahoma’s defense acted as a matador to Bevo and the Texas offense as Texas won in a last second stomach churning field goal by Texas’s kicker Dicker but that all means nothing now. With an Oklahoma win and a Georgia loss Oklahoma fans no longer have to worry about that kick to the d**k they will be in the playoffs. And that is why it is the #GAMEOFTHEWEEK!!!

Ok. Cool. Hook’em. Enough with the jokes. This game comes down to one thing as all astute observers know, who will score more points. But while watching lets enjoy some Great Plains/Texas cooking.

Red River Shootout Menu

Oklahoma Pulled Pork

Texas Smoked Brisket

Southern Creamed Corn

Texas Slaw

There is no other meal that should be consumed during a Red River shootout than Barbecue. That is because the first mention of the word barbecue in the United States actually came from a law that forbid the shooting of firearms at a BBQ. Oh and because it’s God Da*n delicious. BBQ has many origins the word is believed to come from the Spanish word barbacoa, the method of smoking meats though comes from 19th century Germans and Czechs settlers. And depending on where you are the types of spices and sauces used come from a variety of backgrounds including Native Americans, Africa and Mexico. So let’s take this opportunity as Texans and Oklahomans to come together and enjoy some BBQ. If your a Texas fan wash it down with some Lone Star beer and if you are an Oklahoma fan enjoy for that the first time in a long time you can now actually purchase and drink full strength beer and wine and that you no longer have dry counties as of October 1, 2018.

Lets Make Some Money

At 3-1 on the year it’s time for the Tiz to continue raking in the profits and I expect to be 5-1 after this week. The Red River is the major boundary between Texas and Oklahoma that has caused many of skirmishes between the two states throughout the years most famously the Red River Bridge War in 1931 when Oklahoma Governor “Alfalfa Bill” Murray won the battle bloodlessly by appearing at the bridge personally with his revolver in hand and scared Texas to back down (not all fact but pretty close). This is what I expect his descendant (don’t quote me) Kyler Murray to do on Saturday as both Oklahoma fans and my buddy Over Andy will be dancing in the Great Plains and Chanting Boomer Sooner on the way to a 55-31 victory. (Sorry to my mother-in-law who is an alma-mater of Texas but i know you don’t care about sports anyway so cheers to you) #EATDRINKSPORTS #SIZZLEBYTIZZLE

Battle for Missouri circa 2016

Battle for Mexico circa 3 days ago

Since neither of these work any longer lets stick with a classic:

Are you ready for some football! A Monday night Party!

We got Joe and Jason and Booger? Meh at least it should be a great football game.

Chiefs vrs Rams

After a week hiatus because of horrible games, the Tiz is back with the Game of the Week. A couple of years ago this game would have been a battle of bbq’s in Missouri and a finger licking good time. But since the Rams picked up and left lonely St. Louis footballess again, my plan was to make it a Mexican Monday since the game was being played in Mexico City.

Unfortunately it looks like Trump’s caravan have appeared running around on the field for the last week in the pouring rain in hopes to score points with Trump in his feud with the NFL. Thus, the game has  been moved to LA. The current home of the deadliest wildfire in California history. Almost seems like Mother Nature does not want this game played.  Well it is being played and that is why it’s the GAME OF THE WEEK!

Two of the best football teams in the NFL will meet Monday night and the two feature match-ups are Small Hands Goff and Squeaky Voice MaHomes and two of the NFL’s public enemies Tyreke Hill and Todd Gurley (Gurley a little less severe, all he did was side with the books and against the common people a couple weekends ago no strangulation). Since I am big fan of the quote “do not let the facts get in the way of a good story” I decided to stick with Mexican Monday for this menu. And since the field looks like a big mud pit I picked a tasty earthy meal, that will warm your insides Monday night.

Mexican Monday Night Football Menu

Pollo en Mole Negro (Chicken in Black Mole)  with Arroz A La Mexicana (Mexican Style Red Rice)

There are a number of varieties of moles and stories of how it was created and origins of the name. You could have red, yellow, green moles, it was either created by nuns or monks, could mean mix or sauce but for this game to match the field I am going with the classic Mole Negro. This dish has been called the National dish of Mexico and is one of the first dishes created in the Americas that is truly inter-continental with ingredients from North America, Europe and Africa. It is a tasty treat and with the traditional red rice dish will keep you wanting for more. To wash this down buy some of your favorite Jarritos soda and a bottle of Mezcal to match the smoky LA scene and enjoy the game.

GAME OF THE WEEK PREDICTION

The Rams practiced in high altitude all week to get ready for the Mexico City game, since the game was moved to LA they no longer have to worry about the altitude. But both teams will have to worry about air quality and since LA has increased its lung capacity this week and because professional athletes usually show up and perform after disasters like the wildfire I am picking the Rams to win in a high scoring affair 48-35. Currently 2-1 in my predictions this is to stay above 500 for the year. #TheStandardistheStandard #EATDRINKSPORTS #SIZZLEBYTIZZLE

Down on the Bayou: Can the Bayou Bengals survive the Rolling Tide?

Geaux Tigers!! vs Roll Tide!!

Mike the Tiger vs Big Al

Red Stick  vs Red Mud

Cajun Country vs the Heart of Dixie

Ed Orgeron vs Nick Saban
The Battle for the South

The South, where only food, family and church reign supreme over college football and hunting. To outsiders, the South is a mystery but to stereotype the South as one entity is a crime to humanity and culture altogether. While the South has had it problems like every other place on earth, the diverse cultures throughout the region make the South a beautiful bastion of the American melting pot.

This game and tailgate is going to be amazing and I wish I had the funds to be there but since I do not below are some recipes (for this version of my blog I am just going to hyperlink to my favorite recipes to use) for you to cook up and get ready for this battle for the SEC West. Thank you to my friend Kat for help on these menus, she grew up in Louisiana and attended Alabama, so as she says in her southern cheesy charm “I grew up purple and gold, but now I bleed Crimson”  you may say she is an expert on this gameBecause the South is already a fusion of tastes from France, Spain, Africa, Creole, etc. already, there will be no third menu this time. Anyway this is not the time to have no dog in the fight so pick a side and be ready to either chant “Hey LSU, Hey LSU, Hey LSU, We just beat the Hell out of you! Rammer Jammer, Yellowhammer, give’em hell, Alabama! or “OhhhOhhhOhhhOhhh, Suck that Tiger Dick Bitch!.”

LSU Menu 

Boudin Balls and Jambayla. Start with Boudin Balls, the cajun version of Arancini, something fried tasty and poppable. With the main dish being a Jambayala. Jambalaya is the perfect example of the diverse tastes of Louisianan cooking with its French and Spanish origin, there is no “right” way to make Jambalaya, its the cajun version of bolognese or goulash. As long as you start with the Holy Trinity of cajun cooking consisting of onion, celery, and green pepper it should work out. Since I will be pheasant hunting in South Dakota this weekend I hope to insert some pheasant and buffalo in my recipe.  Cook these up and wash them down with some Louisiana Abita beer. To pre-game mix up a batch of this spiked blueberry-lemonade.

Alabama Menu

Grilled BBQ Chicken with Alabama White BBQ Sauce and a side of Collard Greens.  The Alabama White Sauce which is now almost as synonymous with Alabama as the old ball coach Bear Bryant, was created by Big Bob Gibson who was 6’4, 300 lbs. Designed in his back yard before he thought of even opening a restaurant, most think the sauce was created to keep the chickens moist as he cooked them in his backyard pit for 3 hours at a time. Collard Greens originated in the eastern mediterranean and were brought to Jamestown, Virginia through African slaves in the 1600’s are a tasty way to make sure everybody has their share of vegetables for the day. If you can find Revelry Brewing Company’s Gullah Cream Ale pick that up, if not any tasty cream ale should pair well with the Alabama White Sauce. To pregame trying cooking up a batch of this Yellowhammer Slammer cocktail.

#GAMETIME

This  is a game featuring a college football coach that some say may be the greatest college football coach of all-time vs a college football coach who you are dying to have a beer with. The Tide come in huge favorites at -14 but the Tiz is looking at the upset. I predict a 38-31 win for the Tigers but just like last year do not count at the Tide from the National Championship picture after this game. Geeeeaaaauuuuuuxxxxxxx Tigers!!!

Bonus Blog: Battle in Britain with Breakfast

Philly vs Jacksonville

Prince Harry vs The Bloke

Loser goes home.

Cherio! My bloody Americans it’s time to cross the poooonnnd to watch a match of American football. Or if you are like me turn on the telly early with some of the following recipes and drinks, sit back and see who can come out with the result.

I am Philly through and through so beware this blog may be a little biased. Philly is a gritty historical city with my favorite food scene for the buck in the country. The scene was built in spite of government incompetence allowing for young chef’s to open BYOB’s and new restaurants with cheap rent. If you are a little too hungover to cook on Sunday I would suggest ordering a Sicilian style pizza from Sarcones or a sandwich from Paesano’s.

Jacksonville, I have never been to, I know most Philadelphians that went to the Super Bowl there thought it was a dump. But I have heard since that time it has started to make a comeback and is an underrated place to visit or live with some restaurants like Black Sheep (Philly has a great Pub with this name as well), Orsay and Town Hall that rival the best in Miami. Plus when a city is only 20 minutes from the ocean it can not be that bad in my eyes.

London is an amazing city with a multi-cultural food scene. It’s an expensive town, but worth the visit, plus with Brexit the exchange rate is better right now. Unfortunately my only visit was a layover back from Italy where I spent most of my time in a cab exploring the sites, Chinatown which was basically the only place I could go to eat past 10 lugging 2 huge bags around and sleeping on the ground at Heathrow.

Anyway onto the recipes. I will not be giving you a fusion recipe this go around, but a London breakfast recipe for you people with no dog in the fight.

Breakfast Philly Style

This is my go to order whenever I go to a diner in Philadelphia. It is just simple, tasty authentic Philadelphian. Two eggs any style I go with the sunny-side up with rye bread and sides of scrapple and fried potatoes.  Most of this is familiar to everybody but scrapple is a Philadelphia food, coming from the Pennsylvania Dutch/German immigrants who settled in the Chester County region in the 17th and 18th century with a food called panhas. To explain this food I simply refer to my father’s description to me growing up “They make sausage, everything that falls off the machine during that they make hot dogs, then everything left from that gives you scrapple.” Also commonly referred to “everything but the oink.” And it’s delicious, do not read the ingredients just fry and enjoy!

  • Two eggs sunny side up or scrambled
  • rye bread toasted with butter
  • scrapple (Habbersett is most common) sliced about a 1/3 inch thick and fried in a pan
  • fried potatoes with peppers and onions, slice potatoes peppers and onions small, saute these in a pan until soft with oil

Eat this with a Bloody Mary or Screwdriver made with Stateside vodka or some Kenzingers or Ploughman ciders and enjoy your Sunday and if the Eagles win continue it with an all out Sunday Funday!

Jacksonville Breakfast

While there are many Souther Style breakfast meals I enjoy, my favorite is Chicken and Waffles. This salty and sweet meal will have your taste buds dancing early in the morning. Fried Chicken which dates back to the French food fricassee but mastered in kitchens run by Africa-American slaves during the early 1800’s and became nationally famous thanks to Colonel Sanders trademarked KFC recipe. While waffles were originally created in the 13th century when bakery’s were trying to get in the business of creating wafers for the church’s eucharist, they easily switched this recipe to a sweet street food for the common man.

Fried Chicken

  • Cut a whole chicken into 2 breasts, 2 things, 2 legs and 2 wings
  • Preheat a large pot of vegetable oil
  • In a large bowl combine 3 cups flour, 2.5 tbs salt, 2 tbs black pepper, 1/2 tbs onion powder, 1 tbs garlic powder, 1 tbs cayenne pepper
  • pour 1 cup buttermilk into another bowl
  • Dredge each piece of chicken from largest to small in the buttermilk, then thoroughly coat the chicken in the flour mixture then into the fryer
  • After the final wing is in the oil set a timer for 15 minutes and all the chicken should be done after those 15 minutes.

Waffle

  • Preheat waffle iron
  • In a large bowl  whisk together 1/2 cup flour, 1 tbs baking powder, 3 tbs sugar, 1/2 tspn sugar
  • beat two egg whites in a different bowl
  • In another bowl beat two egg yolks 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 cups milk. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Mix together yolk mixture with dry mixture, then add egg whites, pour onto waffle iron and cook.
  • Serve with fried chicken and maple syrup

Grab a Bold City brewery beer or a mimosa and enjoy your breakfast.

Full English Breakfast

The full english breakfast goes back to the 13th century when English households wanted to fill their visitors with a hearty breakfast.

For a traditional English breakfast fry some:

  • bacon
  • eggs
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • sausages aka bangers
  • black pudding aka blood sausage
  • baked beans
  • some toast with butter

Finish this down with a Hot toddy made from english breakfast tea, whiskey and honey and enjoy!

Gametime

I see Prince Harry aka Carson Wentz getting better every game and Bloke “I mean Blake” Bortles getting worse. Expect a dominant performance from the Super Bowl champions as they go onto win 28 – 10 and Jacksonville goes home looking for a miracle to make the playoffs. #EATDRINKSPORTS #LifeofTizzle #SizzlebyTizzle

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