Friday, September 11, 2009

Steelers Sausage Party.

When we woke up this morning, the day had a different feel to it.

We haven't felt this way for months.

It felt good.
It felt right.
It felt pure.

It felt like a football day.

And what goes perfect with football?


True, but we were thinking something else.

Big TVs?

Also a good guess.

Hot Sausages?

Yep, that's it.

So our mission was clear, and we accepted it.

We gathered up our cash and our keys, and we set forth.

First stop, Costa's Italian Market for sauce, peppers and an onion.

We quickly crossed the Tarentum bridge, and made our way to Vibo's Bakery for
2 dozen of the best sausage rolls in the valley.
After the always friendly transaction at Vibo's, we headed further up river to our next stop.

A sausage party ain't nothing without sausages.
(Or a bunch of dudes.)

We pulled into one of our all time favorite places.
Brestensky's Meats.

We snatched up 3 lbs of their best hot sausage and had a quick conversation with
the always lovely counter lady.

You may be asking yourself about the lone penny sitting atop of the sausage.

Here is the unfortunate story...

As we made small talk in the sausage section, I asked "you look pretty low on stock, is
it because of the Steeler game tonight?"

She then told me some of the most devastating news we've heard in a while.

She told me the reason they were low in many items, was due to the fact that this
Saturday would be the last day they were to open their doors.

It seems that after 45 years in business, and having lost her husband this past June, that
keeping the retail shop open was just too much.

I was floored.

I told her I would miss her and her great meats, and wished her well.

After she totaled up my buys, I was due exactly 1 penny in change.
I normally have them toss it in the penny cup, but I had different plans for this cent.

I left the store with sausages, a half pound of ham salad, and a rather shiny 2003 penny.
I will keep this penny as a remembrance of Brestensky's.
You will be missed my friends.
Here is my memory penny...
Here is the delicious meat, half way through the searing phase.
I finished them off for a few hours in the crockpot with the peppers, onions and sauce. Nice.

Here is the money shot.
Ask us how good that tasted while we watched Jeff Reed kick that overtime field goal.

All in all, not a bad evening.


Today is the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.
We remember that day like it happened last week.

Our thoughts go out to everyone still effected by those events.

Peace and love.


Did anyone make it to the Snoop concert?


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Thanks for the input. Keep it real.