Tuesday, July 7, 2009

4th of July 2009


I have not eaten a hamburger in nearly 20 years. But the recent NY Times article about the perfect burger and all its parts inspired us to have a cookout for the 4th of July.

Shelley and I had ribeyes and one top sirloin ground. We mixed this with an organic ground beef. We seasoned with (lotsa) salt and pepper only and dimpled the big patties.

Grill master Rocky cooked them perfectly -- he seared them and then smoke infused 'em. We buttered and grilled the buns.

The result: the best burger I have ever eaten.

Our 15 bestest brought delicious sides, deviled eggs and pies; and with sparklers, it was an amazing 4th.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Wine Freak-out

All were fantastic. Buck's favorite was the '88 Lafite Rothchild.
Camp's favorite was the '83 Saint Julien.
It was decided we were probably enjoying the best wine in the tri-county area.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

The World's Longest Pasta

Tonight we tried to make the world's longest pasta. 7.5 ft. long. It was super!
Thanks to Camp's parents for the pasta maker. We love it.




Sunday, May 31, 2009

Guatemala



We just returned from Antigua, Guatemala. Lord, what a colorful country!
We spent Sunday at the Chichi market -- Sunday morning at the cathedral. It was so amazing. There was a huge line of Mayans waiting to have their babies baptized with the Catholic priest. At the same time, several mayan shaman were lighting candles and making offerings along the aisle on altars close to the ground. It was a beautiful moment of 2 different cultures/religions coming together and working as one.

LYLE


Lyle Lovett was in Marfa last night for Ballroom's big weekend. 
He's a great performer -- several sweet shout outs to locals. 
He makes you love Texas.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Please do not cross black line.


Adam Bork's video installation at the Do Right Hall is amazing.
It's like being in church. We never expected the hushed voices and quietness. It was lovely and so appropriate for the space. Thank you Adam. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Rappin' Cowboy



If you can get the Rappin' Cowboy to do a house party for you ... DO IT! 
He's the real deal.

What a week it's been!


Hi.
We've had an amazing week in Marfa.
Allison V. Smith had a show @ the Thunderroom (as Vance calls it.) We hosted a cocktail party for her and 60+ of her/our friends from Dallas and Marfa. The Rappin' Cowboy played a house party for us. As you can see, it turned into a dance party and a very long night. 

Photo courtesy of Holly Jefferson.


Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day


It's our favorite day of the year!
Love to all.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Marfa Bar in NYC?

We need an update on the new bar/restaurant.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lux Interior


We are very sad about Lux. We loved The Cramps.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Facebook

This Facebook phenomena is bizarre. We have to say, WE LOVE IT. Not sure why it works so well but it does. It could be the excellent communication skills of Facebook. "They" are quick to let you know of any change to anyone's status. We recommend it!

Art Books


While in Baltimore, we went to the American Visionary Art Museum. They have an excellent book store/gift shop called Sideshow. The owner is so fun and nice.
We purchased 5 books we'd like to recommend:

Cine Mexicano:  the graphics and illustrations are so worth it! 
Crop Circles by the Alexanders. You cannot believe these images.
Hundertwasser Architecture  :  kinda wacky stuff, but inspiring.
and
H.C. Westermann:  and here's something we found out from the book:   He was close to Donald Judd and bought a house in Marfa in the last 70's. We are on a quest to find the house he purchased. 

Friday, January 23, 2009

Center of the Universe

on January 20, 2009:

Mass Exodus

One of our very favorite moments of the Inauguration day ... was leaving. We headed down the Mall and toward the Lincoln Memorial. The crowd forced us out by way of 18th Street. You really had no choice in what direction you wanted to go because it was so tight with people going north -- you were forced into this one direction. I kept asking people: "where are you going?" or "where are we going?" 
But what was cool was how joyously happy everyone was. It was a helpful, sweet crowd. Guys were climbing on buses to take photos of the street of people and everyone would cheer or scream "OBAMA!"  
As far as you could see in any direction or street, it was filled with people walking. No one was moving fast or could move fast. Just a slow march to the millions of destinations. Not sure we will ever experience anything like it again. 

We headed to Brasserie Beck on 11th and K St. What should have taken us 20 minutes took 2 hours. We had a celebratory lunch with wine, lamb, french onion soup, salads and more cocktails. It was a wonderful follow up for the day.
And warm!

On the Mall the day of the Inauguration

We have a lot of crowd shots. Too many for posting. One of the cool things we could not capture on camera was before anything started, a plane left a big "O" contrail above the Washington Monument. It was too big to capture but it was pretty darn cool.




Going to the Inauguration Part 2

We went down this street and through a tunnel to the Mall. One man's voice started singing out and then everyone joined. It was wonderful.
But as far as you could see in front and behind us were people heading to the Mall.

This man was so interesting:

Going to the Inauguration

We rode a water taxi to the Inauguration. Thank you, Eric! It was a blast. And, from reports about the Metro, it was the best way to get there. It was warm and we had a bathroom!

On The Mall the night before

We were on The Mall the night before the Inauguration. It was packed! Thousands of people were out there. People were hugging each other and so darn happy. 
We had dinner at Jaleo (thank you Rocky and Adrina.) It was great. 
Below are random shots of the evening.



Carousel ride on The Mall in DC

video
I rode the dragon and afterward learned it made a young boy cry because he wanted the dragon. 
I wish he'd asked me because I would have given it to him.
Yes, I made Kelly and Sean ride this. I love carousels!

The Black Tie and Boots Ball

We went to the Black Tie and Boots Ball. Truly, the highlights were Dale Watson and The Kilgore Rangerettes. We are pretty sure the Rangerettes are Republicans but they had high kicks. We are glad we went to an Inaugural Ball but it's probably our last. 

Camp wore his "BDAY" suit and it was the hit of the Ball. Everyone wanted a photo of it.


Headed to DC

Here we are with the Colorado Governor. Headed to DC!


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lucky, indeed!

Not only were we given 2 tickets to Obama's swearing-in, we just received 2 tickets to the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball. The Obamas and Bidens are expected to attend. We are so thankful to Marfa Public Radio and the Halperns for their generosity. We are running on excitement over here!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dinner with friends is the best!


Menu:
Carne Asado
Green posole with roasted poblanos, white beans, mushrooms, tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, scallions.
Socorro's enchiladas
Black beans
Spanish rice
and all the fixin's for the posole and or tacos.
Malbec and tequila. (Diana:  we used the blue glasses for the Malbec!)

It was one of those dinner parties where everyone was so excited and happy to be with one another that we all talked at once. 

And later, we pulled out the "raft" for our fireside gathering. 

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Lovebirds are having babies!


You can't believe how tiny they are.

A Thank You to Dave


for letting us ride with dolphin and being our friend.

Camp's latest/greatest.


Better photos coming -- I'm so excited about it though.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Welcome home dinner at Harry and Shelley's

Shelley is a rockstar. 
Pork tenderloin.
Roasted veggies.
Spinach with garlic.
Black-eyed peas for luck. And cornbread.
Mac & cheese.
A killer salad with Green Goddess dressing.
And 1983 Bordeaux.

I did ask her to keep it simple. Oh well.

More Mexican pottery for the collection

We love these nesting pots. We found them in Bisbee. 
Bisbee has great antique shopping.

Shells for Jayne

Treasures from the beach: