It could be Bloomfield cast in lead by Anselm Keifer. Last night or, rather, this morning, around 4:30 when I inched home from a nightcap or so at the Castle the entirety of our neighborhood was encrusted in an infrared ice tundra. Detailed mottlings of ice rain pools obscured the basic boundaries between curb, sidewalk, Liberty Ave. It was something. You might as well nail it above the Squirrel Hill Tunnel: Pittsburgh: Where Nothing Beautiful Is Ever Kind.
Just a quick shot now to cut the heady stuff I've been laying out lately. Not sure how I feel about it, or what the future will hold. The frigid assaults on Pittsburgh have awakened a wild Coleridgean energy and on so many fronts I have been exhilarated by new ideas. Tag along.
One thing about which I am confident is this Sunday. The Super Bowl has compelled us to double the Gooski's stock in wings and all things fry-o-latable. There have been rattlings in my dreams, trying to satisfy some vegetarian friends' game day cravings. I forecast roasted serrano and baby eggplant involtinis; a freak show tent cross-pollination of the falafel, hush puppies and beans and rice. You won't catch me saying it aloud but I think this unnatural fritter will carry the moniker, the Pinto Puppy. I know, it's fucking silly.
Omnivorous notions too have abounded. After nearly a week of brainstorming the very simple concept of the Caesar salad--done right one of my favorite foods, I think I arrived at a nice spin. Not an innovation exactly, after all a proper Caesar is perfect as it is, more like a pairing: classic romaine heart, anchovy and parmesan mayonaise dressing with garlic croutons (all par for the course) heaped alongside grilled flatbread and deep-fried smelts. To me that's ideal bitter beer drinkin' food. that's Steelers stomping birdass food.
I'm still trying to refine my pizza crust technique, and am constantly on the lookout for disused bricks to modify Gooski's oven for a better pizza making environment. That accomplished margheritas and pierogie pies will resume in the chewy glory for which they were conceived and destined.
I'll be trying out several new wing flavors as well. No hints on those. Sufficed to say one will be incendiary in nature. And in general expect to get my ass handed to me at halftime. I must say little could excite me more. The aggressive temperament of this winter bodes well, I say, for the Steelers' hopes. More to the essence it evokes the best of the city. It snows, it rains, there are golden towels in the air. When the elements converge it is out of a harsh and most reliable love.