Lately Susan and I have been craving a getaway. You know, a nice lounge chair next to a pool or on a sandy beach with a cocktail and a cigar burning in the hot afternoon sun… but alas, Covid-19 (that dreaded phrase) aren’t really allowing for much international travel right now. So, we brought a little ‘Cuba with a Twist’ to our home instead.
It’s been a cold last week with this polar-vortex rolling through North America and particularly western Canada. With temperatures in our area hitting -40 (both Celsius and Fahrenheit) Susan and I decided to smoke inside the house this cold February evening. As always, Susan cranked up the heat, both literally and figuratively. Comfort is important my friends.
I’m an incredibly lucky man because right now my finger seems to beat right on the pulse of real country music. This whole scene of upcoming artists that is gonna blow everyone away. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Kentucky and West Virginia have more talented artists playing and recording on their own right now than Nashville’s famous Music Row has had in the last decade combined. High on the list of my personal favorite artists is Kentucky singer-songwriter, Lance Rogers.
There is no better reason to stuff your face with crispy bacon, melted cheese and smoked meat over the weekend than the Super Bowl!
So grab a big pile of jalapeños, bacon, cheese and your favourite smoked meat and let’s make some fucking Texas Twinkies! I called this batch: “‘BERTA Twinkies”, because I’m from Alberta, Canada and I used Alberta AAA beef brisket, Alberta shot white-tail deer and Alberta Elk. This is a massive recipe (I made 70 stuffed peppers!) so be sure to reduce it accordingly.
Now Let’s get to the good stuff..
The Illusione Candela 888 Necessary and Sufficient is a new one for me. After researching it while smoking, I found that this particular cigar while being a Nicaraguan-Puro, is made in Honduras. When looking at this beautiful cigar, the first thing you notice is the smooth construction and green color which comes from the candela wrapper.
Lately I have been venturing past my comfort zone of Dominican and Nicaraguan cigars, and diving into the world of Cuban cigars. I have to admit that I have always been bias so to my surprise, I have really enjoyed the pairings that I’ve been exploring. I invite you to discover some odd and unconventional pairings that were pleasing to my palate.
Welcome to the February edition of NGCS’ Home Builds.
This month we are traveling all the way to Portland, Oregon to visit Jesse Guerrero’s home lounge, creatively named; The Green Dragon Speakeasy.
Jesse is a fan of The NGCS and has been active on the Facebook group for sometime. When we at NGCS seen Jesse posting pictures of his gorgeous lounge we knew it needed it’s own special feature right here in The Official Online Magazine!
Below, Jesse will walk you through ‘The Green Dragon Speakeasy’:
The inimitable swagger. The boisterous, explosive dialogue. The ubiquitous cigar that became an extension of himself and his personality. These are the hallmark traits of Al Pacino, the legendary actor who will be forever revered for his impassioned and nuanced roles. Off-screen, his passion for smoking Cuban cigars is equally legendary.