Spring Time Crawfish Boil

Posted on 23 April, 2015  in Uncategorized

There is something about Spring that brings out the craving for a crawfish boil. Maybe it is the sunshine mixed with the new onset of warming weather, or maybe it is the thought of sitting around with friends and family while drinking a few cold beers. Either way, Spring is almost here, and I can already smell the Cajun aroma filling the air.

 

The Native Americans are credited with collecting crawfish for their cuisine before the Acadians (called Cajuns today) arrived. They would bait reeds with wild meat, put them in the water, then pick up the reeds with the crawfish attached to the bait. By fishing this way, the Indians would gather plenty of crawfish to enjoy as a meal. In modern days, nets are used to catch the crawfish to deliver them to shore for consumption.

 

In Louisiana and South Mississippi, crawfish boils are a spring tradition. Every spring, neighbors, family, and friends gather together to feast on pounds of crawfish. Festivals are held, fishing trips are marked, and backyard parties are made a social event by the small spicy crustaceans. Spring marks the beginning of warm weather, family outings, and of course the gathering of a local crawfish boil.

 

Here is a 3 step guide to help you create your own Cajun celebration:

1. Prepare the Pot with Spices :

Fill a large pot about 1/3 full with water. Add in some garlic, bay leaves, dry and liquid crab boil seasonings, salt, pepper, oranges, lemons, jalapeno’s, and potatoes. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer, and cook for 25 minutes.

2. Add the Good Stuff :

Add corn on the cob and a few onions ; cook 15 minutes more. Stir in some sausage links; cook 5 minutes more. Add the crawfish, return mixture to boil, then simmer until the crawfish shells turn bright red and the tails pull out easily, about 5 minutes. You can test readiness by peeling a crawfish. Try not to overcook, or crawfish will become tough and difficult to peel.

3. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Drain the pot and serve the crawfish hot, Cajun-style, spread over a picnic table covered with newspapers. Enjoy while drinking your favorite beers and smoking your favorite cigars!

New Orleans Smoking ban to take effect in 2015

New Orleans, one of the biggest party cities in the world, is now home to a new city-wide smoking ban. The ban will take effect April 2015.

 

After a uanamious vote by the city council, numerous public debates, and an examination by city attorneys, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed the bill into law. The New Orleans smoking ban will officially take effect on April 22nd, 2015.

 

The new law outlaws smoking in enclosed public spaces such as casinos, bars, hotels, private clubs, correctional facilities and schools.

 

Patios, balconies and outdoor areas connected to either a bar, casino or restaurant, and cigar bars or cigar lounges will be exempt from the smoking ban. The most famous street in the world, Bourbon Street, as well as in convention centers during events hosted by tobacco retailers will also be exempt from the smoking ban.

 

What does this mean for IPCPR 2015? — NOTHING! IPCPR ’15 will go on this summer, and the smoke of fine tobacco will be in the air. The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will host the annual event in July, and the event is promised to be one of the best yet.

New Wave of Cigar Smokers

Posted on 2 January, 2015  in Uncategorized

When thinking of a cigar smoker, what comes to mind? Your grandfather sitting on the front porch blowing smoke into the wind after a hard days work? Or, a group of blue haired businessmen enjoying a cigar while they talk about business and politics? What comes to our mind is a diversified population of young and old connecting and socializing around one common interest, cigars.

 

In the last decade, cigars have been on an up rise. The younger generation is picking up the hobby at an alarming rate, and they are definitely changing the cigar scene. This has us wondering, “what has changed in the last decade to attract the millennials to a hobby that was once looked at as a blue-haired habit?” So, this question has us asking around.

 

“Smoking a cigar is a very social experience. It seems that for many people of my generation, cigars have become a kind of counterculture thing,” says Thomas Bailey, a student at the University of South Alabama. “Cigars can be a real ice-breaker, socially, and cigar lounges or cigar bars enable people with a common interest to get together, socialize, and find a common ground.”

 

The more we asked the younger aficionados, the more we started to understand the hobbyists up rise in the younger generation. We now realize that this is much more than a ‘fad’, but it is rapidly becoming a lifestyle for the upcoming adults.

 

“Cigars are really catching on with the younger crowd,” says David Bull, resturant owner in Biloxi, Mississippi. “This is the generation that is very aware of what they want, and cigars have become the next big thing. Cigars are trendy for both young men and women alike. Women are smoking a lot of fine cigars today. The fact that both men and women are picking up the habit has turned the hobby into more of a social experience than it has ever been. In fact, I would say cigars are the new social accessory, and the cigar interest among young people will continue to grow.”

 

Whether it is a way to find social interaction, a trendy social accessory, or a way to find relaxation, we think the younger generation is catching on to something. Whatever the reason might be, we are excited to see a lifestyle, that we have come to love, catch fire with a new upcoming generation. It will allow the smoke to keep flowing, the conversations to keep going, and the cigars to remain burning for a lot more decades to come.

Tobacco Discounts for Heros

Ambulance and Cigar

Law enforcement officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Military personel put thier lives on the line everyday to protect our country and our communities. Cigar merchants are starting to give back to those who give so much to all of us.

 

Discounts on cigars and tobacco for heros are here! One of the largest online tobacco retailers, www.thompsoncigar.com, has teamed up with www.id.me to offer discounts to Active Military, Veterans, Retirees, Military Spouses and their Immediate Family Members, and First Responders who are active EMT, Certified Police, and Fire customers.

 

Local shops across the nation are also following the trend and offering discounts to those that protect their communities. Many shops I have had the pleasure to visit offer 10% off to all of the heros mentioned above. Contact your local shop for details as they vary from merchant to merchant.

 

So, to all the first responders and military men and women, light one up, sit back on your Fat-Ash, and enjoy a little extra savings for all that you do. 

Top Five Cigars To Have During a Zombie Apocalypse

t is here! Society is breaking down, infection is spreading, and zombies are turning your friends into lunch meat. Amidst all of the chaos, you look around and ask yourself the most important question, “if I could only have 5 cigars during the Zombie Apocalypse what would they be?”

 

After some serious thoughts, I have compiled an apocalypse cigar survival pack of what I would like to have amidst the end of humanity.

 

 

5. Viaje Zombie Antidote

 

At the start of the Apocalypse, I would like to start out with a cigar with a good flavor profile, a cigar that gets me pumped for action, and a cigar that sets the mood to kill some flesh-eating zombies.  This medium strength, medium bodied smoke satisfies everything I look for in a cigar and will definitely do the trick. After a day filled with killing walkers and trying to survive, I’m going to light this gem up and enjoy another day alive.

 

4. Monticristo # 2 (Cuban)

 

At this point, I am zombied-out! I don’t want to see, hear, or even think about another zombie. I want a cigar that helps me think about a vacation. The Monticristo # 2 (Cuban) does just the trick.  This classic cigar has remained consistent since in was conceived in 1935, and I know that I am going to be cutting into a quality smoke. The classic flavor profile will allow me to close my eyes, escape to a Caribbean island, and forget about those pesky flesh-eaters outside my door.

 

3. Illusione CG4 White Horse

 

It has been a little while, and I am starting to miss how everything used to be. The Illusione CG4 takes me back to the thought of lighting up in a cigar lounge surrounded by friends, plush couches, and big screen TV’s. The flavor profile changes for the better as the cigar burns, it presents with a very consistent burn, and it is very enjoyable with a glass of my favorite bourbon. The CG4 will allow me to escape the hell that is now reality, and allow me to drift off into thoughts of a better time.

 

 

2. Liga Privada # 9

 

Liga Privada # 9 has always been a cigar I have saved for a somewhat special occasion. Sometimes, you just have to say “Fuck It!”. During the zombie apocalypse, you learn to enjoy the finer things in life whenever it’s possible.

 

1. Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve

 

For my last cigar, I have chose Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve. It is the world’s most expensive cigar at over $1000 per smoke, and it is made with the world’s most expensive cognac (Louis XIII). Personally, I have not had the pleasure to smoke one of these yet. According to cigar critics, this is the “Rolls Royce” of cigars. I couldn’t think of a more fitting scenario to smoke the cigar branded “the most expensive cigar in the world.” Whether I find salvation in a government compound, or I succumb to my injuries sustained from a bite, I will save the best smoke for last.

AJ Fernandez – Creating a Masterpiece

I recently attended an AJ Fernandez event at a local cigar shop. The event was full of aficionados, fine liquor, and a exquisite variety of cigars. With the cigar aroma filling the air, the AJF representative gave a brief history of the company and an overview of the cigars on display. Her enthusiasm about being part of this company, along with the enjoyment of the products, prompted me to dig a little deeper and research the history and techniques used by AJF.

 

During my research, I came across two videos posted by AJ Fernandez. They explain the company history, show how the cigars were created, and the techniques used to provide quality smokes. The videos are quite interesting, and they seem to bring you to a better place while enjoying a cigar.

 

Grab your favorite AJ and take a look at how this company and the cigars came to be such a big part of the cigar industry.

 

AJ Fernandez Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUCt8wS3b50

 

AJ Fernandez Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCXw1N6KoYA

 

 Also, be sure to visit them online:

 

 www.ajfernandezcigars.com