Welcome back, Spatulaman. Still smoky

I’ve had this blog site for several years and have not used it for a few months. OK, damn near two years. Mostly because I had lost interest in writing, but that may have changed so I am dusting off the old computer and giving it whirl.

So we will see how this goes. For now, keep it smoky…20140208_121439

Makin’ Bacon

Bacon…meat candy from God. We all love it and I decided to make some. I was surprised at how easy it is to make and the taste is like nothing you can get from the grocer.



The DC Cigar Tweepup 2012


The DC Cigar Tweetup 2012

Brothers of the Smoke 2011 Christmas Dinner – It’s a Wonderful Life










Brothers of the Smoke,

It’s been a blessed year, let’s end it with a celebration. The first annual Brothers of the Smoke Christmas Dinner will be held in the Rocky Patel Cigar Bar at Iris Lounge in McLean, Virgina. The date for the event is Saturday, 17 December, with Hor d’ Ourves at 1800 and dinner service at 1830.

OVTC Annual Memorial Day BBQ for charity


I would like to personally thank everyone one who came out to enjoy some good BBQ and donate to a worthy cause, the MS Foundation. Photos below…

Cigar Review – AVO 80th Anniversary Belicoso

We all have those days, where you walk into the humidor and you want something different, something you have not tried yet. After a few minutes at the local shop, I happen upon the new AVO 80th Belicoso. Nice looking, unique and a limited run, hmmm…let’s give this a run.
So here are the particulars (courtesy of the fine folks at Famous Smoke Shop)
6 x 52
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper Color:
Wrapper Origin:
Wrapper Leaf Type:


BotS Dinner at Havana 59 on 21 May.


There has been good response to the upcoming dinner at Havana 59 in Richmond on 21 May at 1900.

For those who will me making the trek, I will be leaving from OVTC Woodbridge at 1700. Also, if you are considering drinking at all, consider either a designated driver or getting a room in Richmond.

Brothers of the Smoke dinner at Havana 59


The Brothers of the Smoke will being gathering for another dinner at Havana 59 in Richmond, Virginia on 21 May at 7:00pm. The last time was a blast and we are looking forward to doing it up big again, this time on the roof top patio. Bring your sticks because smoking is allowed and bring your appetites (and wallets) because the food is the finest Cuban cuisine in Richmond. Here is there web site for menu and directions…(http://havana59.net)

Meet Ernesto Carillo Thursday and Friday



Ernesto Carrillo

Meet Ernesto Carrillo



Thursday, March 3rd 4pm to 8pm

15922 Shady Grove Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877


Friday, March 4th 4pm to 8pm

2134 Generals Highway

Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Merry Christmas from the Brothers of the Smoke!!


To all my fellow Cigar and Pipe Lovers,

Merry Christmas to you and yours this holiday season. Keep them burning slow and long ashes to all!!!