Top 3 Tuesday - Pictures from Tucson
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Top 3 Tuesday - Pictures from Tucson
Most folks probably won't be reading this on Tuesday but I'm at a conference in Tucson for work right now and it's still Tuesday in my time zone! However, this will be a pretty short post as I've got a lot of other stuff going on. Here are three pictures from my trip over the past couple days. I even had a celebrity sighting in the Atlanta airport!
I've also taken pictures of some of the great food I've had while being here and I'll be posting that with my upcoming restaurant reviews!
I’m getting spoiled by pizza in New York City.
It’s starting to feel like ignorance was bliss. The pizza in New York is delicious and it’s making it harder and harder to have pizza anywhere else.
Unfortunately, my trips to the Big Apple are few and far between, which means I have to really savor a slice of pie during my visits.
When we took a weekend trip to the city last year, we stumbled across a place in Little Italy (Pomodoro Restaurant) that made an awesome vodka pizza. I loved it but we try to always visit new places anytime we go to New York.
During our most recent visit, I did a little research beforehand and figured out that Bleecker Street Pizza was the place to go.
This little, neighborhood spot in Greenwich Village is well known for serving great pies and the walls of the restaurant are adorned with pictures of celebrities who have stopped in for a slice over the years.
Everyone raves about the Nonna Maria pizza – a classic New York style crust that’s topped with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil – so I knew what to order when we walked in. Unfortunately, a large group that had just come in knew the same thing I did about the Nonna Maria and ordered all the slices they had. I was told to come back in 20 minutes and there would be a fresh one made.
Under most circumstances, someone telling me this would cause me to simply go somewhere else to eat. This time, I had a feeling the Nonna Maria would be worth the wait.
One of the great things about Manhattan is that it’s easy to kill time. We left Bleecker Street Pizza to explore the neighborhood while the pizza cooked and found a great cheese shop, Italian pastry shop, specialty tea store and bakery all around the block. It’s remarkable how much delicious food is in that city.
When we returned for some pizza a few minutes later, a fresh (beautiful) slice of the Nonna Maria was calling my name! I paid $3.50 for this enormous slice, found a seat by the wall, and dug in with my first bite.
The thin, crispy crust was cooked perfectly and the tomato sauce was robust. The sauce had an excellent blend of herbs and spices that gave the pizza a great kick. The mozzarella was creamy and almost sweet and the basil offered a fresh, light flavor to finish it off.
With the bright red, green, and white colors, it was almost too pretty to eat. But it was too delicious not to eat!
I’ve been to many restaurants that try to do too much with pizza. They go crazy with the toppings or use a weird sauce and take shortcuts on the crust. Bleecker Street Pizza is a great example of a restaurant that is keeping it simple but still doing an outstanding job.
Maybe it’s simple enough that they can teach me how to make the Nonna Maria at home
Bleecker Street Pizza
69 7th Avenue S., New York, NY 10014
The SEC had an impressive first night at the 2013 NFL Draft with 12 players from the conference selected in the first round. With so much talent from the league still available, look for the SEC to continue to have a strong presence through the later rounds of the draft. It's inevitable that some of these guys will struggle with the transition to the NFL but a few of them appear ready to make the jump and contribute right away. Here are three guys from the SEC West that aren't receiving a ton of attention who will be nice additions to any team
1. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Tyler Wilson might actually be moving out of the "underrated" category as more and more people are acknowledging that he's underrated. However, ESPN's Mel Kiper has referred to the former Arkansas quarterback as the "forgotten man" in this year's class of signal callers. Wilson is a talented player who isn't afraid to stand in the pocket and take a hit, which he did quite often when leading an offense that struggled through injuries and coaching turmoil this past season. Also, when you listen to him talk, you can tell Tyler Wilson is a guy who loves the game of football and wants to do everything he can to get better and help a team win. Even if he doesn't emerge as a great starting quarterback in the NFL, Wilson will be great in the locker room and push the other players around him.
2. Barrett Jones, Alabama
He is one of the best lineman in the history of college football but Barrett Jones' name wasn't even discussed during a first round that included three offensive lineman being taken in the first four picks. Jones had an unbelievable career in Tuscaloosa, being named the nation's top offensive tackle as a junior and then moving over and becoming the nation's best tackle as a senior. Yet, a postseason foot injury and his size has him lower on people's draft boards. His size wasn't problem over the past four years with the Crimson Tide. Even more ridiculous, some teams have concern that Jones will pursue other opportunities because he already has a master's degree in Accounting and is extremely intelligent. He's tried to address this speculation by saying he's willing to put in the work and would love to have a lengthy career in the NFL. Players in the NFL make stupid decisions ALL THE TIME and now teams are worried that Barrett Jones might be too smart? Considering his track record, he sounds like a guy most NFL teams should be dying to have.
Photo by Matt Velazquez.
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