Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Minorcan Clam Chowder And Planter’s Punch

by J.R.

It’s five past 5 across Conference III (leave work early, Colorado — you have our permission), time to hit bricks and get that freakin’ weekend started, am I right?

Of course I am.

It’s been a tough week for some of you so loosen your belt, pop a top, grab a spoon and stop being such a sourpuss. III Communication’s got good news for everybody.

The Particulars

MinorcanClamChowderWhat We’re Eating: It’s something of a tradition to have soup with the Super Bowl, especially among people who are fond of word play.

I’ll be making Minorcan (or St. Augustine-style) clam chowder, which is similar to Manhattan clam chowder (which is actually not a geographic designation per se, but rather a pejorative name assigned by New Englanders to a tomato-based chowder, who considered anything distasteful to be from Manhattan) except it adds the datil pepper:

It is red, like Manhattan chowder, and it contains chopped clams, shreds of tomato, corn kernels, and hunks of potato. But its effect on your tastebuds is unique. As you spoon it up, the back of your throat begins to glow and after a few mouthfuls, the pepper’s sweet-tart citrus zest begins to blossom.

I’ll be using a recipe from this old cookbook I found for 50 cents over the weekend.

What We’re Drinking: When I think St. Augustine, I think boat drinks and I sure do love a good Planter’s punch. Named for the hotel in Charleston, rather than the occupation, it’s rum, various citrus juices, bitters and Grenadine. When it’s brutally cold, it’s a fine bracer.

Reasons To Celebrate

Chicago: The Blackhawks snapped out of a four-game loser against Vancouver and now (two blocks) of the South Side will get high-speed WiFi. What a world!

Your Weekend Jam: “Snap Out Of It” by Arctic Monkeys





Colorado: Broncos!

Your Weekend Jam: “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones





Dallas: Is Rick Perry moving towards support for decriminalizing marijuana? Maybe he just wants the Cowboys or Texans in the Super Bowl.

Your Weekend Jam: “Texas Tea” by The Jakes





Minnesota: Maybe you’re tired of the snow, but dogs sure aren’t.

Your Weekend Jam: “Shake Dog Shake” by The Cure





Nashville: You’re sooooooo good-lookin’!

Your Weekend Jam: “Hey Good Lookin'” by Hank Williams





St. Louis: Across the river in Illinois, little girls can’t sell cupcakes. Mock them.

Your Weekend Jam: “Candy Girl” by New Edition





Winnipeg: Your government looking out for you: cutting out manganese from the water so it’s less brownish.

Your Weekend Jam: “Black Water” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros