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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

March 5, 2012

Cowboys & Gouchos (and Meat!)

The Cowboys & Gouchos BBQ &Wine event landed on a perfect 75 degree Sunday afternoon this year.

It's an event put on by the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas and was held at the Salt Lick Cellars out in Driftwood.  After an hour of helping El Alma get ready to serve their delectable barbacoa tostadas, I grabbed a little wine and strolled the property with the lilting sounds of the band following me. Finally, I laid out on the lush lawn with my sangiovese and s'more (I toasted the marshmallow myself from yet another fire-pit). Perfect. Yes, the weather was gorgeous, the venue picturesque, and the wine wet. But the day was all about the meat.

Some of you may have seen my Facebook posts over the weekend from the Cowboys & Gouchos event. Some of you may have not. Well, it WAS a BBQ & Wine event, and it WAS at the Salt Lick so...

Throughout the day, the pit master would walk the ring of the pit and bang a cowbell shouting out whatever had been cooked just right: "Pig's served, the beef's done ready, Antelope's ah comin'."

I realize that vegans and veggies might not get this but this is Texas and that's how it's done.

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