If you read the Broward New Times food blog (Clean Plate Charlie) for which I write, occasionally, you’ll be missing Bradford Schmidt – a/k/a The Meatist.
He wrote about meat. Really – meat! And, he’s funny.
Things happen – and so he’s parted ways with them, and launched his own The Meatist website.
He’s become my new little bro of sorts, because I like the guy – one of the nicest Yankees I’ve met in a long while, and he’s got great stories I wish I had lived. I don’t have any male siblings by birth (that’s adoption in my case), unless my sister is getting even weirder with that middle-aged-crazy thing and heading to Sweden; one with a palate and youthful cynicism is a welcome addition.
Brad lives near me, so we do the occasional meat-based lunch for one or other of our columns and yap about food and music and more food. He’s still exploring this new home of his in SoFla (he still calls I-95 exits by their numbers – totally confusing me), but is cheerfully open new territory.
Meats, eats, writes
Get over there and read him today and leave him a comment or two. Whether you like meat doesn’t matter. He’s funny, sometimes R-rated, always irreverent, loves his long-suffering wife though he teases her unmercifully, and eventually, wholly satisfying.
He has great recipes (love a man who cooks!) and plenty to get fired up about. (To wit: pulled pork – in the oven – not over a fire!!! Acceptable only in the rain – and only if it’s The Flood.)
Hot dogs taste-test
You Yanks out there will be interested in his hot dog shootout - I won’t tell what brand landed on top at Part One – but here are the Clues: Col. Mustard. In the kitchen. In a skillet.
I will concede that great hot dogs are a Yankee thing and one food they get right in the City. We Southerners call ‘em weenies, and eat them boiled (eww), and one-handed on a folded piece of “latt bread.” (Translation: light bread – white spongy stuff as opposed to biscuit or corn bread, the real breads.) With sweet tea, of course.
Look for the occasional back and forth on our blogs. I’m ready for some new meat.