Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
|Nathalie, one of your lovely Habanos bartenders!|
You can fall in love with her too, whicle you're there.
Everyone else does!
Dram Cask No. 2 Corojo wrapper. Medium strength cigar with a complex profile. Pairs with whiskeys showcasing a spicy and woody profile.
What's that? You want to know why we won't be there? Oh, we'll be at this little old thing called...
|The man, the myth, the legend...|
Caballero #2, smoking a Joel Sherman.
Naturally, we'll keep you updated with all the CigarFest shenanigans. Of course, this may or may not occur in the same calendar year. But, you know, that's how I roll!
Saturday, April 25, 2015
You can too! Go here and check out my latest column--this time on shipping cigars/bombing** friends.
|Click on this logo for a ride to the whole website.|
What's that? You missed the other columns?*** You should go here.****
Sparkle time (below)!
*That's what we call all these crazy asterisks.
**Too soon? (Okay, yes, they just convicted the Boston Marathon bomber, who just happened to attend the university where I teach and just happened to be widely known on several local campuses as the leading drug dealer. Last I heard, he was still technically enrolled in the school. Hahaha.) <--Edited so as to ensure I'm not breaking any federal laws (FERPA).
***Okay, technically, this is the second one. But there will be more! So, maybe a bookmark on your desktop?
|No, not this kind of bookmark. Nobody likes a wiseguy.*****|
****Mom, you should bookmark this, in case you ever start to doubt my genius. As if that were possible.
*****Untrue for all kinds of wiseguys, especially these:
- Funny and snarky=immediate BFF
- How can you not adore a 1980s Stephen J. Cannell TV series starring Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Ken Wahl, and Jonathan Banks? (Follow the link for a great Variety article on the Wiseguy series.)
- Who doesn't love a good mob guy, especially Henry Hill, featured in the Nicholas Pileggi****** book Wiseguy, which Martin Scorsese turned into that awesomely awesome film Goodfellas.
- Great deli in Providence, RI.
Friday, April 17, 2015
We've been seeing these beauties for a couple of months and wondering how in the heck we were going to lay our hands--and mouths--on some. And then the mighty mighty internets came to the rescue.
Twitter BFF cigarweekly.com** offered us up some and you know we love to try new things.***
After letting them rest for as little time as possible, we couldn't wait anymore and this happened...
|The Kings Arapiraca|
Poor Valentino. He doesn't spend nearly enough time on Twitter.**** So he hadn't heard of the Kings Arapiraca or Kings Cigars, which are "guaranteed to be flawless, from the cutting of the cap to your final draw. Our cigars are manufactured in our factories in the Dominican Republic in the Yaque Valley near Santiago and in Estelí, Nicaragua." [source]
When he first lit this King of Kings, with a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and Dominican Republic filler, he said, "This reminds me of unsweetened iced tea." And yes, it actually tasted that way for me as well, in all my second-hand smoking glory.
Our pals at cigarweekly.com said in their review, "Personally, I had no preconceived notions about what the cigar would be like. Pre-light aromas were very nice, draw darn near perfect, excellent construction. Even burn with the slight shoulder at the edge of the ash that speaks of aged tobacco. I got black tea flavors, along with dark caramel/molasses flavors without any cloying sweetness, rich earthiness and slightly woody essences. Flavor and body consistent, deepening and shifting as the smoke progressed. I had it pegged as high-quality Nicaraguan leaf, so I missed that. This has to be one of the nicest Dominican-filler cigars I’ve ever had."
The Kings website touts the cigar as "[m]edium to full-bodied...crafted for a rich taste that is smooth and unique with a little bit of spice that enhances the robust flavors and awakens your palate.
"Made with the highly coveted Brazilian flavorful Arapiraca leaf, which is grown in central/eastern Brazil. It is often referred to as a Brazilian Maduro, although a bit less sweet and a little more light and earthy than a 'standard Maduro.'”
If you're all about the twitter, like one of us is, you can follow Kings Cigars. Follow as in Twitter-follow, not stalker-follow.
If you'd like to try the Kings Cigars, you can order this sampler on their website:
|Kings Cigars Assorted Sampler|
Baron Robusto 5 x 52
Conde Robusto 5 x 52
King of Kings 6 x 64 Soft Press
Kings Gran Torpedo 6 5/8 x 60
Conde Churchill 7 x 52
And you definitely should! Get one! Try them out! Let us know what you think! Or just leave us a comment to say "Hello!"
*You're welcome for the earworm.
**You can also find them here: cigarweekly.com
***If you didn't know, we love trying new things, cigars specifically, in this context. Hi, Mom!
****He disagrees and says he spends just the right amount of time--none.
Qué bolá? You probably won’t have a chance to travel to Cuba any time soon, even though it’s now legal. But! You’re in luck, because your friends at Ashton are bringing a bit of Cuba to Habanos Cigar Lounge.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
|And! I took a really cool picture for the story! |
All by myself!
What's that? You don't think you're getting enough of my magical and wonderful word arrangements?
Then you should go here and check out the first of my weekly columns for iRobusto.com!*
*Valentino would surely like me to tell you** that he's my awesome editor and calls "Bullshit!" when I'm coasting through a writing project rather than giving it my all.
**He's off fishing with Caballero #2 in a state I'd be hard-pressed to find on a map, so he doesn't get the chance to speak for himself for the next week. Wheeee!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
|Chris and Will the Travelling Owl|
Our friend Chris, who we met at Habanos, and his family created and run The Julia Cekala Charitable Foundation, in honor of Chris' sister Julia, who on May 23, 2003 "passed away at Boston's Children's Hospital. Julia bravely fought every health obstacle put in her way. Julia battled autism, renal failure, and a seizure disorder just to name a few, and finally Julia succumbed to hemorrhagic pancreatitis after celebrating her 9th birthday in the ICU at Children's Hospital. It had been our home for the last 9 months of her life."
On March 27 we--Valentino and me, as well as a stable of our Habanos friends--attended the Julia's Garden Charity Wine Gala, held at the Mansfield Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA.
"Julia brought great love to our family and she inspired us in so many ways. Thank you for lettings us celebrate Julia with our community."
|Lynda and Wally Cekala, most awesome people. |
With Will. Who thinks he's awesome.
*Valentino would like to point out that I'm being repetitive. I like to call it unnecessary wordiness. Or liking the sound of my own voice. Er, typing.
Where we'll be: 12 Reasons Why you should come to this event (apologies to Jay Asher for bastardizing his title.*)
|Photo stolen shamelessly from the Broadway Cigars Facebook page.|
Mr. Cool and the Gang
|Jim and Will go waaaay back. Obvs they're BFFs.|
9. You get to meet Jim Robinson, Mr. Island Jim himself. Trust us--you will love him. (And that's IF Will isn't bogarting all Jim's time. Will can be an asshole, as we all know.)
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
|How happy you'll be when you win!*|
This giveaway is just for you, #thecrew guys, so don't go sharing it!
NOTE: If you found this because I've messed something up and you aren't part of the group, please don't enter. I know who is on the master list. Thanks a million.
I've (hopefully) hidden this so (hopefully) no one else will see it. (Hopefully.)
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*Benny is my most favoritest of all the favorite The Lego Movie characters.