Today was the first day back from summer vacay! I kept my kids and myself away from the computer and phone ( mostly
) for 10 whole days! But I'm sorry that I missed all the postings on TPS II.
First I probably won't be the first to tell you that Craig is one of the most gracious hosts you will ever encounter. I showed up early on Friday ( way before any festivities began) so that I could watch him make some dough for Sunday. There was about two seconds of awkwardness when there was only myself, Gene and Java standing around... but it was like we were instant "friends". And it truly was "Me casa es su casa". Craig is a special guy... way beyond his pizza making skills and way beyond what I can put into words on this forum ( although I'm guessing most of you can gather that from his posts). The pizzas have been described on this thread way better than I can but I will tell you all this...Those were the best pizzas I've ever had consistently one after another. The "shroom" pizza is still haunting my dreams...Unbelievable.
But a very close second to all the pizza I got to enjoy was the company... It was a very diverse group and I enjoyed talking to everyone... Gene kept us all in stitches the whole weekend and Diana ( dhorst) is the kindest and nicest person you will ever meet ( and I'm not just sucking up to her for her chile connections
Antoine is as nice as he appears on these threads as well... and much younger than you may think too!!!!
I also loved talking to Chau my fellow New Mexico brethren. The mozzarella was unbelievable and he looked very comfortable cooking those pies in the Acunto.
Peter and Omid are also as genuine as you would think. They are the kind of guys that will engage in a conversation and actually listen to what you are saying... and I guess I don't have to mention that both are extremely intelligent. I learned a great deal about both of them as we pulled KP duty on Saturday night
If you're ever looking for Scot (pizza dr), he's the one with flourbelly. Seriously though, he really worked the oven well.
Which brings me to my story... So Craig was kind enough to let everyone have a shot at making some pizzas throughout the night. Once everyone was completely full... and I mean FULL, I started cooking some blanks with just a little tomato sauce. I probably had baked up 7 or so pizzas just to get the feel of his oven. Well that flour belly pic Craig shot of me was REALLY early in the evening. By the time I got done baking and doing some dishes I looked like the Pillsbury Dough boy on Crack cocaine! Diana was kind enough to give me a ride back to my hotel and as I got out of her car I heard a "click". The hotel attendant had apparently locked the sliding glass doors leading into the lobby. I knocked on the glass and all I got was her wagging her finger "NO" . So I was looking for my room key which I misplaced somehow and she informed me that she was going to call the authorities if I didn't go away! She thought I was homeless I guess
. So I finally pulled out my AMEX card and held that to the window and told her to check the name. She reluctantly did and finally let me in. I have told that story to countless friends over the last week and I"m still laughing....
That just capped off a terrific night of food, friends and wine!