The Grillmeister
The Grillmeister, Rafe

Margaritas, steaks, umbrellas, trifle — oh my!

| Festivities began early in the afternoon as Bob began mixing margaritas.

antique triple sec
Mixologist, Bob

What we didn't realize at first was that he was concocting them with some antique ingredients. 

antique ingredients
Antique mixing ingredients
99 cent limejuice

Lest anyone doubt that these were genuine heritage ingredients, check out the price stamped on the cap of the sweetened lime juice bottle.

After a bit of tinkering with the recipe, we found that the margaritas grew on a person and were an admirable accompaniment for chips and guacamole and deviled eggs. 

Eventually it was time to get the food in order, which involved the first-time-ever use of Bob's new gas grill. Following appropriate oohing and aahing, Rafe set to work to grill the steaks to perfection (although we won't place to much emphasis on the fact that for some of us that took two tries).

plate of food

In addition to the steaks (USDA Prime, of course), there was fruit, potato salad, broccoli salad, baked beans, sweet corn, and for dessert, trifle. Note, also, the lovely silverware. And therein lies another story: You see, Bob recently had to replace his dishwasher, and the new one has bigger holes in the cutlery basket, allowing the old silverware to poke through. Of course new cutlery must be purchased!

In the interlude before dessert, Rafe and Réal decided to put up Bob's new umbrella, purchased 3 years ago at a Palm Springs home show, and still in its original packaging. This did turn out to be somewhat amusing inasmuch as the box did not contain any instructions for how to assemble it. None. Nada. Not even poorly translated ones from the original Sanskrit (or whatever). When the umbrella seemed to be fully assembled and operational, however, there was a pile of extra parts that noone could account for. Réal and I eventually figured those out after we went back indoors where cooler heads prevailed.

In all, it was a wonderful day and we all went home miserable for over-eating.

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Last updated on Apr 13, 2018

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