Today is, obviously, a great day for football fans but it’s also a great day for those of us who like to eat (and, I suppose, those of us who like commercial with Clydesdale horses).
Anyway, I’m rooting for the Saints today – I’ve had occasion to be in New Orleans several times since Katrina and I’d love to see that city get to throw a party that will surely be as big as Mardi Gras. It’s really amazing the amount of damage that is still visible from the hurricane; what struck me most was the difference from street to street and, sometimes, from house to house in terms of what had been able to be repaired. It was just incredibly jarring. One time when I was there, my wife and I drove out to the Ninth Ward and watched as a family literally worked on patching holes in its roof. This was in 2007.
Certainly there are great stories on both sides (watching Pierre Garcon hold the Haitian flag above his head after the AFC Championship game was intense, too), but I’m backing New Orleans, though – unfortunately – there won’t be any crawfish in my Super Bowl menu.
Here’s what is on tap:
Cheesy hash brown chili (something sort of like this)
Lemon-pepper wings (sort of something like this)
Teriyaki wings (sort of something like this)
Beer-soaked shrimp (this is TBD – my dad often makes this but no confirmation)
An elaborate cheese tray
A football-shaped ice cream cake from Carvel
Needless to say, I’m excited. Feel free to talk about the game, the food, the commercials and everything on this thread and I’ll be back later on tonight to wrap up the week. Hope everyone has a great afternoon and evening.