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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…

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…(

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!!!

Thank you to our men and women of the Armed Forces!


The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

End table humidor – Lauderdale


Okay, I finally made pulled the trigger and picked up a cabinet style humidor. It took some hunting but I found one a retailer here in Virginia that sales the boxes. I need to give a shout out to the Roberto Cigars in Yorktown, Virginia ( The owner worked with me and got me the box for less than any other online dealer could and gave me the option of picking it up from his shop or having it delivered.

Simple smoked rib, simply done right

smoked on grill

Decided to do some simple ribs today and since I had the camera, well I took some pics. Here is a quick view into how Spatulaman gets down on the grill.

Simple ingredients, full flavor