Monday, January 19, 2009

Hunger Pains

Hey all ya’ll…it’s time for Captain Charisma to call upon you--my Faithful Readers--for some advice.

As is customary for me, I’m craving some good meat. But not any ole kind of meat, I’m hankerin’ for some really good barbecue. This is a fairly common urge for me, but lately it’s only been made worse as I’ve been watching the Travel Channel and Food Network like crazy.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m sick and tired of coming across the same re-runs of “Seinfeld” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” or what the deal is, but either way I’ve been drawn to the glut of barbecue-related shows on the aforementioned Travel Channel and Food Network. These shows have kept me drooling for weeks and constantly disappointed in whatever I’m actually eating for supper.

My favorite of all the shows, “BBQ Paradise,” on the Travel Channel has me mentally changing course in the planning of my forthcoming (read: if/when I can ever afford it) cross-country road-trip. Now, instead of planning my cross-country road-trip around baseball stadiums and landmarks, I’m planning it around places I can snag some of the finest BBQ in all the land.

In June the Phantom Gourmet will undoubtedly host their annual BBQ Beach Party and I’ll again attack it with a ravenous hunger that leaves most casual observers in a state of combined fear and disbelief.

In the meantime, I’m forced to settle for whatever I can get in the greater-Boston metro area. I’ve eaten at Red Bones in Somerville and have yet to be overly-impressed. It’s generally too greasy, too fatty and too expensive given the quality. I’ve eaten at FireFly’s--and it is GLORIOUS--but it’s also nowhere near me…luckily, I heavily endorsed it to be the official caterer for an upcoming event on-campus.

So this is where all ya’ll out there in BlogLand come in.

I implore you, my Faithful Readers, both in Boston and in the Midwest (and anywhere else) to hook a brotha up. If you know of any good BBQ--please, please let me know!! I shall be eternally grateful…and perhaps you’ll get a little cheap plug-action here in the chronicles of “Blank Stares and Blank Pages.”