How did we end our last and long day of reporting in Bluefieds, Nicaragua? With a flan de coco and a cold Toña. The custard was spectacular because the coconut gives it some crunch and a texture that is more complex.
I’m not a beer person, but Toña, one of the national beers here, is perfect for a night when the temperature never makes it below 80 degrees.
Well, well, who do we have here? (at Sand Bar Sports Grill)
A Glimpse Of A Post Imperial Latin America -
It was a very familiar display.
Different regiments of the Nicaraguan armed forces marched into the Plaza of the Revolution. They moved past an eternal flame, marking the grave of Tómas Borges, and glided past a giant portrait of a young Augusto César Sandino.
Borges was one of the young,…
In A Land Of Lakes And Volcanoes, Explaining A Complicated Peace -
One thing that is clear as you as you descend on Managua is that Nicaragua is an astonishingly beautiful country.
The fault lines that run below it have over thousands of years and in violent fits, created a severe landscape dotted with gargling volcanoes, jagged mountain ranges and…
It takes some doing to get to Fancy Farm. Fly into Louisville and drive a couple hundred miles until you get to Paducah. From there, head south for another half hour or so on two-lane country roads, and eventually you hit the tiny town with a population of just 500 that hosts one of the nation’s biggest annual political events.
Since 1880 candidates for office have come here in the summer heat to give speeches to a rowdy crowd that gathers to hear what they have to say – and to heckle those from the other party.
Today’s line-up will include rare, back-to-back appearances on the same stage by incumbent Republican US Senator Mitch McConnell and his Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is currently the Kentucky Secretary of State. Polls show the two locked in a tight race in one of the most closely watched contests of 2014.
Of course there’s another draw that brings the crowds to Fancy Farm every year. Out back some 19,500 pounds of pork and mutton has been slowl-cooking on long rows of barbeque pits that would stretch the length of a football field.
The meat was blessed by the Pastor of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church as it was put over the fire at 8am Friday. They start serving it up at 10am today (Saturday). This entire event is a fundraiser for the church.
Organizers say as many 20-thousand people are expected. Look for the pulled-pork and mutton to sell out.
There’ll also be bluegrass music.
Oh, and this year there’s an effort to get the crowds to tone down the jeering and heckling – at least to the point where the speeches can be heard by those trying to decide who to vote for. The request was made directly to campaigns and to Democratic and Republican Party leaders by the Pastor of St. Jerome’s. I’ll report back as to whether that plea from a man of the cloth was a success.
People always ask me what the food is like on Air Force One. This must be because regular airplane food is so terrible (correction mediocre) and it makes for a good point of comparison.
So, here’s the dinner we had on the flight to Kansas City.
It is a steak Gorgonzola fettuccine Alfredo with fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and a balsamic vinegar glaze. I have to say it’s kind of disconcerting to sit on an airplane eating food and have it actually taste home made.
This is definitely better than regular airplane food and, sad to say, better than much of what I cook at home. The food is all prepared on-board by Air Force personnel. And according to the White House website, “the plane’s two food preparation galleys can feed 100 people at a time.”
A warm arrival in South Carolina, complete with sunflowers. The search for half a million missing birds begins!