Monday, October 4, 2010

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story

So on Friday night after I'd already smoked an Alec Bradley cigar down at the Patch, a good friend of mine showed up and wanted me to stick around and shoot the breeze for a while. Friday night, sure why not, I'm in no hurry to get home, although I would need to buy another cigar. So I went inside with a fellow aficionado in search of the perfect cigar. We came up with the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Perfecto 4 X 48.
I'll tell you right up front that I liked it. I later found out that it has a Cameroon wrapper, which just happens to be my preferred wrapper of choice. Anyway, it lasted less than an hour, which was perfect for me, and it didn't kick my ass, which also worked out nicely. A very good medium bodied smoke, maybe a little tight on the draw, but nothing to worry about. I found this little guy to be very enjoyable.
Would I buy it again? Maybe... I liked it, but I didn't love it, and for me to want to purchase a cigar it's either got to be a cigar that wowed me, or one where the price is just too darn good to turn down.
My Rating: 7.5
Just a reminder that the SmokeEasy Cigar Event is coming up  - Friday, October 16th, at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton. I know, that's a LONG-ass drive for us Seattleites, but what the hell, it only happens once a year, so make the drive, it'll definitely be worth it!

Side note:
I made another visit to John Howie Steakhouse at the Bravern. It was better this time, but not great. Again, the breads and the soups are excellent, but the steak was just OK. Here's the thing  - I ordered a Rib eye steak medium, not medium rare or even rare, but medium. So when they brought the steak out, she asked me to cut into it to see if it was prepared to my liking. Hmm? Anyway, I sliced into the center of the steak and noticed that it was rare, not medium rare, but rare-rare. "Oh-oh" slipped out of my mouth. The waitress picked up on it and asked if I'd like to send it back to have the chef cook it a bit longer? Now in my book you only get one chance with meat - once it's cooked, it's done. You can re-fire it, but it's never the same once the meat has rested for a while. I decided to eat it their way. Oh well, no big deal, it was still a lot better than the last time we were here.
One other little complaint that I have is in their presentation - they bring your steak out on a big white plate, just the steak sitting there all by itself, no garnish, no decoration, no color, just a hunk of beef sitting on this big white dish. It just looks weird to me. Heck, put a sprig of rosemary, or a touch of parsley, anything to give it some life! Look at me, the food critic - ;)
BTW, I already had a $100 gift certificate for this place, but they comped my dessert as well since the steak wasn't perfect - $18 Bananas Foster. That was very good indeed!

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