Barbecue station

Barbecue station

At Tony Ringtail’s 2011 Memorial Day barbecue in West Windsor, NJ.

This setup has everything. Grills, prep tables, coolers, hot pots, ingredients, salsa made on the spot, burgers, grilled veggies, grilled pineapple, shiny utensils and pans, a good arrangement… THIS is a barbecue.

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Coyoty eats steamed Maine lobster with roasted potatoes and corn on the cob.

At Carbone’s Ristorante in Hartford, CT.

Steamed Maine lobster with roasted potatoes and corn on the cob

Dessert:

Summer berry shortcake

Summer berry shortcake. Apparently they’re good judges of how much their guests can eat. The shortcake was tiny and I would have wished it were bigger if I had any room left.

Clam chowder

Clam chowder with chives and bacon. Extremely good.

Coffee

Coffee.

Dry negroni

Dry negroni.

Autographed celebrity photos

Autographed celebrity photos. Chubby Checker, Harry Anderson, and two I don’t recognize.

Candle

Candle.

Carbone's bar

Carbone’s bar.

Coyoty eats a spicy Italian pizza with pineapple.

Spicy Italian pizza with pineapple

Pineapple, pepperoni, hot capicolla ham, mozzarella, meatballs, jalapeño, and garlic.

At Filomena’s Pizzeria in Manchester, CT.

Coyoty makes a pepperoni and blueberry pizza.

Pepperoni and blueberry pizza

If it works for pineapple…

…it doesn’t necessarily work for blueberries. There’s nothing bad about it, but blueberries just don’t hold up as well as pineapple as a topping. Their flavor’s not as strong and they might as well not be there. Maybe they don’t have the sharp acidity that makes pineapple stand out.

I don’t know how they are all facing the same direction. I just tossed them randomly. My strange luck again.

The recipe was simple: Preheat oven to 500° F., oil the pan with avocado oil, spread out the dough, lay the sauce, sprinkle with ground black pepper and green chili flakes, cover with shredded mozzarella, lay the pepperoni, cover with more mozzarella, lay the blueberries, and bake for 10 minutes.

Coyoty eats fried filet of sole and banana cream pie.

At Town Line Diner in Rocky Hill, CT.

Fried filet of sole sandwich and fries

Fried filet of sole sandwich and fries.

Banana cream pie

Banana cream pie. I like the border they made for the cherry.