Asatte Press 2012 Thanksgiving Party

Asatte Press 2012 Thanksgiving Party

Asatte Press 2012 Thanksgiving Party

The 2012 Asatte Press Thanksgiving party was a great success with the entire management team attending along with special guest Tye Hetherington, the model for our book Systematic Martini Lifestyle.

The venue was Brick House Tavern on Research Blvd in Austin. This is one of my favorite nearby restaurants. I frequently stop by on a Saturday, eat lunch and catch up on my technical reading.

Our server Janelle made the event extra special, putting a lot of energy and enthusiasm into hosting us. In fact, although I was filling the beer glass in this picture at the beginning of the party, she stopped by frequently during the rest of the party to refill our glasses from the beer bong.  As a certified middle-aged guy, I definitely like that kind of friendly service.

Calamari

Calamari

We timed the party to start at the kickoff of the football game between the University of Texas and Texas Christian University. Our first appetizer – Calamari – arrived just as TCU was kicking off to UT.

By the time UT had received the ball, been stopped and was ready to start their first offensive play, the Calamari was pretty much gone. I was busy scooping up the salty fried hot peppers that were left over. Both Tye and I had gone running before the party and we were hungry.

Greek Meatballs

Greek Meatballs

We ordered several more appetizers including the Greek Meatballs shown to the left. I really like these. For a restaurant of this caliber, these are a rather ambitious appetizer. These are quite tasty. Each one is on a tiny crostini with a pickle wedge and a little bit of tatziki in between. They are a little bit mechanically challenging to eat. You either have to have a very large mouth and consume them all in one gulp, or you have to be very deft at somehow biting them into two pieces.

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

After finishing several plates of this sort of appetizer, we moved into the healthier section of the menu and ordered the Thai chicken salad which the restaurant kindly split into three portions for us.

I seriously doubt that anyone from Thailand would recognize this dish. However, it is pretty good with a slightly sweet sauce and a lot of very fibrous cabbage. All of that fiber is very important on an occasion like this as it gets into the digestive tract and soaks up all the fat, salt and alcohol from the other dishes that you consume. The effect is much like Kitty Litter or some of the specialized bioremediation products they use to clean up oil spills.

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

By the end of the first half, UT was down 14 to 3 and we were feeling our energy levels dropping a bit. Fortunately, the restaurant was good enough to provide the Apple Crisp at the left. This energy-packed survival food gave us that extra burst of energy we needed to crawl to the car and drive home.

Once we got home, we all collapsed into deep comas and did not awake until the following morning.

A very successful party indeed!

 

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