I had just about decided to step out for a run when the rain talked me out of it. Instead I’m making green chile stew. Manaña, baby.

Hoo-boy. It may be raining here, but I bet the actual water is landing at Hal’s place up Weirdcliffe way, because the wind is flat-out howling out of the south.

If you haven’t had a real beer for five years, a fake one tastes remarkably like beer.

Herself went back to work today and it’s just me and the cats here.

There’s a dog-shaped hole in the kitchen, which feels like an abandoned house.

But it’ll warm up a tad when I start making some green chile stew. It always gladdened The Boo’s hungry little heart to see me moving around and about in his living room, laying hands on knife, pot and cutting board.

And y’know what? I may even have a beer with it. Non-alcoholic, of course. Surely I must be training for something.

• Late update: From Esquire (where else?) comes this list of  “tasty near beers that don’t suck.”

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22 Responses to “Stewing”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Have you tried the St. Pauli’s Girl NA? Pretty tasty. Now I know what to bring in case we visit again. Of course, a bottle of good wine for themselves.

  2. Mark Rothschild Says:

    Still Drink,”Anchor Steam”, let the Liver Filter out the Alcohol.!!!

  3. khal spencer Says:

    My apologies, but we just finished off a nice Zinfandel.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    By the way, did Sandia work on President’s Day? Or did they cancel President’s Day down there because of the schmuck in the White House?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Sandia works all the holidays, man. Then they take a whole bunch of time off at year’s end.

      I think I’d rather have my days off in onesies and twosies. But then I haven’t had a job since 1991, so what the hell do I know about anything?

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Fake president.

  6. Hurben Says:

    I hope that your mate is tucked in.

  7. Shawn Says:

    I had a father that changed his habits a while back and began drinking the non-alcoholic brews. I tried them and enjoyed them. Back in those days, the NA beers were as good as most of the stuff available off the shelf. Although I enjoy the wonderful micro-brews now, it would be really great if there was a tasty NA microbrew available. If anybody knows of one, let me know.

    On a different but wonderfully tasty subject, a good friend of mine who grew up in Santa Fe and appreciates fine green chili tells me there is a place somewhere in the Pueblo or Trinidad area that he has found to have really good green chilis / stew.

    Sad to hear about the Boo. Everyday I walk my Chin mutt, I think about the old dog in Albuquerque. Sometimes it’s nice to have cats around….

    Cheers !

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, it’s a shame to quit boozing just as the craft industry really takes off. All these interesting ales, stouts and spirits … and all those years wasted drinking industrial lager and paint remover. Faugh.

      My man Hal may know the eatery your friend likes. He’s an old Pueblo hand and has spent more time in Trinidad than I have.

      I’ve never found anything in Southern Colorado to rival New Mexican cookery. We used to to go to Jorge’s, Nacho’s and Rita’s in Pueblo; El Taco Rey and Vallejo’s in Colorado Springs; and Las Delicias and the Blue Bonnet in Denver.

      But none of them can hold a candle to La Choza or The Shed in Fanta Se.

      Have we ever seen a pic of your pooch?

  8. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    N/A beer? To me that’s like Zwift – why bother?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I like a beverage now and again. Water’s fine, as are coffee and tea, and mostly at happy hour I choose Martinelli’s sparking apple cider.

      But sometimes I like a carbonated drink that isn’t sweet. Some of the disco ginger ales are bearable, and there’s always sparkling water, but this particular NA beer has a sharp hoppy flavor reminiscent of actual beer. It goes well with Mexican food. And one is almost always enough.

      To my knowledge there is no such thing as a drinkable NA wine, more’s the pity. Now and then I take a deep sniff of whatever’s in Herself’s wine glass and that seems to do the trick for me.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Fair enough. We have a Sicilian friend who has genetically-based violently bad reaction to alcohol and then of course there are those who are alcoholics – so these alternatives make sense.
        Hard for me to think of pizza or Mexican food without a beer so if I was unable to consume alcohol for some reason I guess a near-beer might be OK?

  9. Carl Duellman Says:

    i heard a ted talk about this the other day.

  10. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    …and I forgot…finally got outside on the bike today, if only for 30+ kms. It was one of those “Ahh, it feels so good to be back outside on a bike” rides.

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