Welcome back trotter and other idioblogs

Folks often send me images of what they’re eating, cooking, or drinking. I call them idioblogs, “blogs intended for one reader and one reader alone.” Here are a few recent notables.

Welcome back trotter, from SnackBoyJr aka Jean-Luc Retard Björn Türoque aka Dan Crane.

Brother Tad’s killer chili. “first batch was a little bland. Enhanced the recipe with some ortega chiles, green pepper, extra chili powder, a bay leaf, a little Cholula hot sauce and a little garlic. taste test is tomorrow. it is pretty good!”

Alfonso’s “Killer Lambrusco.” Hopefully Alfonso will start posting about his recent and most amazing trip to Emilia.

Champers and pizza? Hell yeah!

Parzen family dinner yesterday evening at the Parzen coterie’s semi-official pizzeria Mamma Mia began with a killer bottle of Bobby Stuckey’s Scarpetta Timido Brut Rosé, made from Pinot Nero and Franconia (drinking through some of the orphans from 2Bianchi Wine Selections). This wine is just so juicy and yummy and super food friendly. It was fantastic with pizzaiolo Cinzia’s awesome panzerotti.

Next came a bottle of Billecart-Salmon that had been gifted to brother Tad for his 50th birthday (I wonder by whom?). As BrooklynGuy likes to point out, Champagne is first and foremost a wonderful food-friendly wine and this delicious bottle delivered seamlessly: the bright acidity in the mineral-rich wine and its 12% alcohol were perfect with my prosciutto e funghi.

Tracie P and I were so happy to have three uninterrupted days and nights in San Diego with family and friends. Champers and pizza was the icing on the cake!

Happy birthdays brother Tad (August 17) and mama Judy (September 22)!

Graduation day (Pflugerville, Texas)

Yesterday, the Branch-Johnson (and now -Parzen) clan attended the high school graduation of Alexis Johnson, daughter of proud parents Holly and Terry Johnson. Alexis graduated from Pflugerville High School, home of the Panthers.

The arena-sized event, held at the Erwin Center in downtown Austin, included folks of seemingly every walk of life — from those whose kids are heading to Ivy League schools next year to those who were the first in their family to see their children graduate from high school. Alexis is headed to Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Alexis sang in the choir (above), which performed excellent versions of “America the Beautiful” and the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Outside the arena, the Six Flags of Texas waved in the warm summer breeze.

I couldn’t help but think of my graduation from La Jolla High School in 1985 and the adventures that would follow. The electricity in the air was contagious, the ineffable sensation that a new flag is about to be unfurled, no matter what the walk of life. (Memories from that time were also present in my mind because the day before yesterday, an icon of my youth and my alma mater, U.C.L.A., John Wooden passed away. Older brother Tad Parzen used to attend John Wooden basketball camp.)

Congratulations, Terry, Alexis, Grant, Josh, and Holly! I couldn’t be blessed with a more wonderful, loving, and generous extended family and I’m so proud of my cousin Alexis!