I complain a lot about fall — it’s my least favorite season — but I have to admit it does have its moments.
Take yesterday; the sun was out, the air was crisp — ideal outdoors weather. My friend Rishi and I tackled a “moderate to strenuous” hike (according to the trail guide) at Harriman State Park, taking in the drop-dead gorgeous views at the top of the mountain.
From there it was off to Bailey’s Smokehouse in Blauvelt to watch our beloved Patriots squeak out a nail-biter over the Ravens.
When you’re at a bar watching a game, you kinda have to order wings. It’s almost an unspoken rule.
We got ours with hot buffalo sauce. Bailey’s also has a “screaming chicken” sauce, but I don’t think either of us were in the mood for that level of heat.
Rishi ordered a BarbeCuban sandwich, while I chose the BarbeReuben, a twist on the classic reuben with Bailey’s sliced brisket as the meat.
The tender, smoky brisket made for a very fine sandwich.
And what’s a football game without beer. If it’s available, I will choose a pumpkin ale every time. Drank it last week at Rye Grill & Bar too. Can’t get enough of the stuff.
Hiking + pumpkin ale + smoked meats + a Pats victory equaled an all-around fine day. And no one even harassed us for being Boston fans.
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