Super Bowl 2005

 

This story is best told in pictures.I will supplement the pictures with some text.Caroline and Patrick decided to throw a Super Bowl Party for Mom and Dadís friends who were so helpful last fall while Mom was in Hospice.I thought this was a great idea and so I invited myself to join the fun.I got on a plane Friday morning and Dad picked me up at the airport.

 

Saturday night we had a warm up for Sundayís Super Bowl Party.I had heard rumors of Towers of Beer being served at Bricktown.Our mission objective was to conquer a Tower of Beer.This activity seemed to attract an audience in the beer joint.I donít think anyone expected our motley crew to be able to defeat the vaunted Tower of Beer.Our waitress cheerfully delivered a tower of Fuggle beer to our table.Caroline volunteered to be our designated driver because she really doesnít like beer.So we were all set.

 

Tower of Beer Delivered


Apparently Fuggle is an English hops that produces a beer that is not too carbonated.Patrick helped with the beer selection, because I was unaware of the brewing history of several of the beers.Patrick also ran the tap.The Tower was a fearsome thing.But it turns out looks are deceiving.There is an inner cylinder filled with ice.So the tower only delivers a miserly 84 ounces of beer.The tower costs a whopping $14.I guess that comes out to $2 per twelve ounce beer.

 

Mark first

 

The first tower went down pretty quickly.It was a decent brew.We decided after considerable thought to try to scale a second Tower.This time we ordered an Octoberfest.

 

The Two Towers

 

One Conquered

 

If one Tower of beer attracted an audience, adding a second Tower increased it.It was a struggle to get through the second tower, so we had dinner with it.I got a chicken Caesar salad.Dad, Caroline and Colleen had steaks.Patrick had ribs and chicken.

 

After dinner we went to the Busted Lift to check out Dubuqueís authentic Irish Pub.It is a pub in an old mattress factory.We ended up in the feather bin with a round of Guinness Stout.That was enough for us and Caroline got us home safely.

 

Feather Bin

 

Here is the Super Bowl party menu:

 

New England "Patriot" Chowder - http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_13229_PRINT-RECIPE-FULL-PAGE,00.html with crostini

 

Philadelphia "Eagle" Cheese Steak - http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_11081_PRINT-RECIPE-FULL-PAGE,00.html

 

Gravlax -

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_27003_PRINT-RECIPE-FULL-PAGE,00.html

 

Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce - http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_24642_PRINT-RECIPE-FULL-PAGE,00.html

 

Three or four different flavors of cheese-filled savory sweet appetizer cups.

 

A fruit shortcake pie.

 

Ham/onion/cream cheese pinwheel rollups.

 

Various chips, dips, veggies...

 

Patrick Cooking

 

Patrick worked hard starting Saturday evening.He worked all day Sunday and even did the lionís share of cleaning up afterwards.Mark helped a little by staying out of the way and doing a few dishes.The clam chowder was very, very good.It was a well planned and well executed menu.

 

 

 

The Magnificent Feast

 

Wine Steward

 

Not Everyone Watched the Game

 

Super Bowl Strategy Session

 

Dinner Time

 

Chester Released

 

Chester was incarcerated in the back hall during the dinner portion of the party.This is partly because of his history of grabbing food off the counters and tables.He got the saran wrap off some apple treats.He also availed himself to the top slice of bread from Markís ham sandwich.So not only was he locked in the back hall, but he was also tied to the closet door for good measure.After dinner, he was allowed out to join the guests.

 

The Super Bowl Party

 

Winding Down

 

The Super Bowl Party was a great success.The Eagles even managed to give the game away.So Mark at least was satisfied with the gameís outcome.The food was great, the company fabulous and the game was fun to watch.

 

A great big THANK YOU to Patrick for his fine effort.Well Done!!!

 

All for now.

 

Love,

mark