Big stuff’s coming down the pipe for Verde Camp, but I wanted to start off with this mid-winter update. And here we go….
We had a great holiday season here at Verde Camp, thanks to everyone that has come out and stayed with us so far. The winter and specifically January is traditionally a slow month, but we’ve had a slew (a slew!) of Traveling Dignitaries™ from some wayward northerners that filled in the gaps. Did I mention that we love Canadians!? We love Canadians! I’ve yet to meet one that I don’t like! What’s up Winnipeggahs!! Canadians are seriously the nicest people in N. America.
Here’s a fact based on emperical data that I’ve collected over the course of a year: Canadians know more about live music in Austin than 98% of most Austinites. FACT.
Speaking of cold weather .. predictably, our Texas weather can’t decide what to do. Today, we’ve got highs in the 50′s and 60′s which means bust out the flip flops and barbecues… while a few days ago it was in the 20′s. We officially had a pipe bust in the Bomber due to ice, which was a little bit of a wakeup call… It’s all fixed now, of course… and we’re wiser for it.
Did someone say chili? We finally got a chance to redeem the Verde Camp team’s ‘no show’ from last year’s Jo’s Coffee Chili Cookoff. This year in 2010, we came out and showed ‘em how it was done! Our chili (a recipe born on the Guadalupe River 20 years ago.) focuses on the chili itself, not a whole lot of fixins like some of the other contestants. (We did enjoy the La Condesa hot chocolate however.. or was it Mulberry? thx guys!) We did not come in first place (24 Diner), and we did not win the showmanship award which DESERVEDLY went to the Hyde Park Bar & Grill‘s Chili con Carnies, but neither did all the other contestants like former SF alum Batter Blaster and hometown fav Solar Powered Chili Team, so I’m still feeling good. Team Verde Camp was stoked nonetheless. Plus I got to meet Liz Lambert‘s assistant and a friend of Verde favorite Hugh McCloud‘s. (Stay tuned for more on Hugh and SXSW)
That’s all for now.. I’ve got more news, but I figured I’d wait a couple more months to tell you about it. (kidding!)