Key West - The Best Day
Here's the deal with Peppers. They sell all sorts of hot sauces, marinades, rubs and spices and they have a tasting bar set up for their patrons. They also have a mini-fridge where you can store your beer to drink while you're tasting. The owners are also very appreciative when you share your beer with them! We brought in one 12 pack and Dawnie ended up getting another and we went through both of them before the afternoon was over.
This is how many samples we went through. The tasting is really a big social event and we got all the scoop on the potential sale of Peppers (which made us sad), talked about our histories and got some skinny on some of the island people. We were there for hours and Catnip (the Parrot Head formerly known as Cheap Bastard) popped in for a while and wished he'd been there the entire time. He said their was a whole party vibe going on. He was right.
Darrel was liking the hot stuff so he went for the big boy taste. They put the sauce on a toothpick and warn you not to touch your lips or gums and to just put a little dab on the middle of your tongue or you're going to be burned.
Dawnie tried it, too. I doubt that she'll do it again. She was dying.
This is possibly our favorite picture from the trip Yes, those are tears on his cheek. It was definitely hot enough for Darrel!
I wish my camera focused better up close. The white streak down the middle of Dawnie's tongue is her burnt taste buds.
Jim was the cool cat of the group. None of the hot stuff hurt him, including the toothpick sauce.
After we finished our tasting, it was on to shopping. The Babes and I ship back a selection of sauces, peppers and wasabi balls every year and it's always over $100 by the time we're done.
It's all good stuff, Maynard.
And, it was the best day!