Father’s Day Smokes

I had a great Father’s Day. It started off with brunch at a local restaurant with my wife and son. They treated me to hanger steak and eggs, the steak medium rare, the eggs softly poached, with hollandaise sauce. It was brunch at a seafood restaurant, and my wife was more in the mood for lunch than breakfast—she began with a half-dozen bluepoint oysters on the half-shell. My little boy had never seen a raw bivalve on a plate before. His review? “Gross!”

In the afternoon, I headed out on the water again with my buddies Mark and Rick. We threw lines in the water for awhile, and Rick and Mark each caught a fat bluefish, and Mark pulled in a big striped bass (34 inches, by our estimate) that he threw back. I had a fish on the line but I couldn’t bring him in. Yes, he got away.

On the boat, I lit my first cigar of the day, an Alec Bradley Tempus Creo. It’s a great lancero, with an earthy flavor and a touch of leather. This one had been aging in my humidor for a year or so, and the age had made it even better. It was delicious.

After the fishing trip, we headed back to Mark’s house to catch up on the U.S. Open and fire up some more cigars. I had special Father’s Day smokes: Tatuaje RC 233s, These are 9 1/8 inches long by 55 ring gauge, huge diademas rolled by Pepin Garcia in Miami. I love these cigars—they are full bodied, loaded with coffee and leather flavors and they take forever to smoke.

Happy Father’s Day. What did you smoke?

"My wife and daughter blessed me with a relaxing lunch that included a Philly Cheese Steak. Then I came home to the man cave and I had a Padron 1964 Exclusivo and a Cubao Lancero. We watched the Classic "Forrest Gump." At the end of the evening we all had a ice cream sundae. It was a wonderful day to say the least. Not counting being dad to the most wonderful 4 year old blonde girl in the world. My opinion of course." —June 26, 2009 12:41 PM