Archive for May, 2013


There will be a dog parade and fashion show, too.

I was driving to Fremont to get to Ballard, and I see this big banner that reads “BBQ Extravaganza.”  And this made me wonder two things. First, what exactly is an extravaganza, and secondly, how could this be happening in my backyard and I hadn’t heard about it?

Well, the first thing is easy: Lavish, spectacular entertainment. Which sounds great, but I’d point out that this doesn’t by definition mean “delicious” or “gluttonous” or “eat so much, you have to crawl into a hole and hide.”

As for the second thing, well shame on me, and thank goodness for Fremont banner makers.

“The Fremont BBQ Extravaganza, a festival and fundraiser featuring Seattle’s largest BBQ competition, will be held Sunday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the corner of Dayton Ave. and 36th Street.”   You can read the rest of the PR here.


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PollanStarting at about the 9 minute mark of this podcast, you’ll hear 4 or 5 interesting minutes of author Michael Pollan’s historical perspective on BBQ.

In short, slow cooking meat is basically a religious experience.




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