Okay everyone. It's that time of year. Time for "Who's Cookin' What" at the tailgate parties?
Lot J burts with delicious smells on game day and I'm wondering what your eating this year?
Joe and I are cooking for the Edmonton Game and we try to do a regional flavour.
For my turn I'll be cooking either cedar plank salmon ( the salmon has been a traditon the past 3 years) with the spring greens salad or to go with the Alberta flavour... garlic marinaded Alberta Buffalo with a spinach salad. Sorry can't get Muskox???
And Jare.... I park about 10 streets away (in my secret spot) and people look at me kind of funny if I cook out of the back of my van when I'm in front of their house. I'd love to check out what you're cooking though. (hint, hint)
The great thing about Lot J tailgating is that you don't have to park there to tailgate there.
Walk in with your food under one arm and some beverages (and a non-transparent cup to drink them in) under the other and socialize. Everyone's there for a good time.
It's BYO-EVERYTHING... come out, have a good time and always leave your area cleaner then you found it.
The only way tailgating is allowed to continue, is if we the fans keep the partying and the lot clean!
You and the crew with the Box J Boys have put on spectacular cooking performances over the years. A lot of people have enjoyed your creative cuisine and total enthusiasm. Keep up the great work! You guys inspire!!
.......and also, many kudos for your classy and un-selfish work towards the Cancer effort. Your rewards will be in heaven. (hopefully many moons down the road of course)
I'm always impressed by you , the "J " boys, and all the wives, girlfriends and friends of you guys.
Best wishes for a great culinary season !!
PS..I'd be remiss if I didn't give Kudos to "Tigger" and the crew from the 13th man.com !.....also, a bunch of quality fans....and human beings.... (Hamilton is blessed to have you all !)
Does tailgating - and I mean real tailgating, not simply having a ham sandwich in the back of one's minivan - actually exist in Hamilton? I know Ontario has some of the most ludicrous, antiquated liquor laws outside of Utah.
Indeed it does. There are no johnnies so it can be an effort but as long as we clean up after ourselves, keep the beer in non seethru plastic and don't cause a disturbance the local police seem to look the other way. Look for the parking lot at Scott Park between Cannon and King
That is the only problem with the tailgate parties - the lack of port-a-potties - except for Labour Day, when we have managed to ante up for a couple the last couple of years. Sometimes the nearby Scott Park arena is open for washrooms, and if not, the closest is the Tim Horton's a block away. The Hamilton police have been very good over the years, as long as the beverage is kept in an opaque plastic cup, so the bottle or can is not visible to the street. Discretion is the rule.
I can't speak as a "regular" because I can only manage to attend 1-2 games a year (i'm not from Hamilton)... BUT... when I go to the tailgate I make sure to bring garbage bags with me and when I leave I've usually left my area cleaner than what it was when I got there. There's no harm in doing a quick garbage sweep in your immediate area.