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Harlan vs. Food Round Two: Smoked Brisket

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Smoked brisket is an amazing thing. There is an incredible amount of joy that comes from finding a place that has a perfectly smoked, thick-cut brisket with a great sauce. Yvette and I have enjoyed many briskets in many states across the U.S., but I have yet to dare to attempt making one myself. Something about it always intimidated me.

That said, I’ve been on the cooking and man-stuff kick lately, and I refused to be intimidated by this cut of beef anymore. So I went to the grocery and picked one up. After choosing between a 2-lb. and a 12-lb. brisket, to which there was no middle ground, I decided on the 12 and cut it into 3 sections of about 4-lbs each.

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Harlan vs. Food Round One: The Thanksgiving Turkey

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I’ve been on a bit of a cooking kick lately, as well as a “things a man should know how to do but I don’t” kick. On both of those lists for a while now has been the art of smoking meats. While I have been known to grill up a mean burger or chicken breast, I had until recently never dared to make a run at a brisket or bird. I have this fancy grill that I bought several months ago to replace my poor neglected grill, with the hopes that it would encourage me on the journey of meat. So far, it has.

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MLB Parks Tour #10 – Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO – 2009

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St. Louis was the last stop on our three city, four ballpark road trip covering the St. Louis, Chicago, and Kansas City. We often talk about this road trip as one of our favorite times as a married couple. While Chicago may have been the highlight of the journey, St. Louis in no way left us wanting. From the summit of the Gateway Arch, to the ridiculous food, to the indescribable homemade jungle gym of City Museum, we had such a great time at the Gateway to the West.

Early in the day, we took in the views from the iconic, and disorienting apex of the Gateway Arch. A tiny carousel-looking elevator takes you up to a compact room at the top, where you could take in the sights of downtown from tiny windows along the top of the walls. From there we ventured to Pappy’s Smokehouse, a BBQ joint off Olive Street featured on Man vs. Food. We gorged ourselves on smoked meats, and to punish ourselves further, then made the trek over to Krown Kandy Kitchen, where Adam (from MvF) took the milkshake challenge.

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Mingle With the Mortals, Part III

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A few years ago, Yvette and I decided to throw a Halloween party. It was unassuming; we really just wanted an opportunity to dress up in costumes and hang out with friends. For those of you that were there, Halloween 2009, you realize that unassuming quickly turned into an all out block party, complete with Michael Jackson’s Thriller on repeat, Mike Cocanower spinning fire, cross-dressing church folks, and approximately 25 bags of candy going out to hundreds of trick-or-treaters. Yvette and I had a blast that year, and decided we’d make it an annual event, naming it after that first year, Mingle with the Mortals.

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MLB Parks Tour #1 – Fenway Park, Boston, MA – 2005

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If we were to get really technical, Fenway Park wasn’t the first ballpark Yvette and I visited as a couple. In fact, it was the local Ballpark in Arlington that set in motion our goal to visit each of America’s 30 Major League ballparks. Nevertheless, Fenway was the first park we visited after being wed. Actually, it was one of the very first things we did as a married couple, less than 24 hours later.  Continue Reading

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