Because we love food we’re sharing some favorites including a few things available at Lori’s world famous Mercantile.
Corn tortillas: We don’t sell them but here’s how to make your own:
You take dry corn, soak it in lime and water overnight. Rub the kernels together to remove the loose hulls and rinse well. Grind the corn until it’s fine and reintroduce small amounts of water until the dough is soft but not sticking to your hands or the bowl. Next, mash it flat and put it on a hot (350º) surface. Turn it in about a minute, cook it another two, and flip it again. Let it puff up and if it doesn’t don’t worry, just let it cook for another two minutes. Finally give it to the person closest to you and do it again…or buy a bag of masa and follow the instructions on a bag.
Any chilé, they’re all good really. These are my recent obsession. They are fresh Cayenne peppers grown at Coffee Pot Farms in Dilkon AZ. We met Cherilyn and Mike vending at the Winslow Farmers Market and we’re buying for our own consumption and now offering Coffee Pot Farms fresh produce at the Mercantile!
These dried New Mexico chilé pods will be ground for enchilada sauce.
Anasazi® cave beans are my personal favorites since discovering them at a date stand seven or so years ago. Pictured here is Moki Mix. Moki Mix is a blend of Anasazi®, Bolita, Lima, Kidney, Northern, Pinto, plus green and yellow peas. We buy them direct from the mill to eat and sell in the Pantry.
Joshua Tree Coffee is our favorite (it’s way better than what I roast). Their five varieties are all organic including the full flavored Mountain Water process decaf.
Lori’s favorite is Espresso Roast prepared in a Moka pot while I drift between roasts and pots. This week’s binge is Mellow Ethiopian in a Presto electric percolator.
There it is, not quite as much mileage as 2017-18 but the search for good times starts every day.
Not Winter, but Kinda Like It.
It’s 25° outside, Ted and Jennifer are out at Clear Creek in their camper and we’ll join them in ours today…not sure why camping seems fun but I’m determined to find out. Tune in later for updates.
Here’s Ted on his Eldorado and Lori with Bondorella on a corner in Winslow Arizona. Please note their advanced social distancing Skills.
The Bonneville T120 is dialed in and looking good at David’s old Texaco station. No travelers here!
Tortillas, chilé, frijoles, and Arizona Grass Raised Beef.
Early Covid pork stash.
This may be the best berry pie I’ve eaten.
TRAVEL OFF THE PLAN
Trail riding with Ted, the Fat Boy, and his Moto Guzzi Eldorado
The T140 starts first kick every time…almost
BMW R100s pretending to travel.
The new/old BSA’s first sunset in Winslow. I love this motorcycle.
WHY TRAVEL WHEN YOU CAN WORK?
Dodge Ram B250 “Dajibagn” loves hanging around our alley behind the park waiting for a milk run.
The Motor Palace Mercantile’s provides quality goods for delivery and curbside pick up. That said we welcome small groups of shoppers by appointment in compliance with local guidelines (masks etc.). Travelers are welcome.
Winslow’s blues legend Tommy stops in once in awhile.
David cruising our alley in his ‘38.
Our first BSA joined the family on our 22nd wedding anniversary. It’s s a 1967 A65 lightening in mostly original condition and the easiest kick-starting twin we’ve owned.
We traveled the eight hundred foot stretch of Route 66 to the La Posada. AKA Winslow’s finest attraction and one our favorite places to stay and eat. By the way, the La Posada is why we discovered Winslow.
Here’s a link to the really cool stuff! Winslow.Town and One more Guzzi shot because we love Guzzis!.
Motor Palace and Motorcycles go together like Bondorella and stains on a garage floor. The problem was most of the motorcycles were in California until the last couple weeks. We still have a few loads to go but it sure feels good to fire one up and go for a little ride. It’ll be even better when I find my warm gloves. It’s cold here!
ROY’S and AIRPLANES
Roy’s in Amboy threw a relighting party and camp out in celebration of their sign’s restoration. About thirty planes (mostly taildraggers) attended and put on quite a show in the morning.
Morning air in Winslow is calm and clean, the trains are rumbling, coffee is hot, and people are visiting with “Easy”, Glenn, and the girl in the flatbed Ford.
Morning Blues with Tommy
Tommy Dukes sets up at the Arizona Trading Company around eight AM most days and jump starts the the corner with a few sets. Tourists’ love for him frequently results in spontaneous dance.
Living in Winslow
It’s been a few months in Winslow and I’m not sure life could be much better. We mess with stuff, hang out with friends, sit around, drink coffee, watch Lori’s feral cat “Babbitt”, and as always, we eat. The only things missing are our motorcycles, and a proper kitchen, that said, our motorcycles are in a top secret Southern California vault and our kitchen will have to wait.
December and January were busy months in Winslow, between Christmas parties and City Manager Steve Pauken’s retirement and great progress on our preservation project and grant writing and feeding feral kittens… but first, let’s talk about our part in Winslow’s Cinema Festival.
Shortly after buying the Kinsley Ave building, Brian and I began brainstorming the vision: a combination of elegance and raw bones, chandeliers and open rafters, velvet and exposed brick. And of course, lots of motorcycles.
Brian dubbed the project THE MOTOR PALACE.
Nine years later, the Motor Palace vision is, at last, coming to life.
Sure, w3 said, although we explained the building was still very much a project, we had no power in the front portion, no heat, and a boarded up hole in the wall. Still, we decided to put the plan into action. In order to host the event, though, we had to get a few things signed off first.
The deadline worked to our advantage.
Progress at the 66 Motor Palace
After a few calls, the work began. The entire time we’ve owned the building, there’s been a boarded-up section that looked as if someone had taken a sledgehammer to make an opening. Somehow Curtis Hardy and his crew, Monty and Ace, took this jagged hole and transformed it into a lovely window.
Thanks to our friend David Hartman, we connected with Gene Hancock, freshly returned to Winslow from a mission, and he got going on our electric, including putting in the first five chandeliers.
They look spectacular.
The day before the event, we got the one-time use permit.
Of course, the event coincided with the coldest weather Winslow has seen in ages.
The night before the event, it was 1 below, and we don’t have heat in the main body of the building. We tried pre-warming the event area with a diesel construction heater and then using a couple of space heaters, but they made little impact on the cold.
Winslow’s Cinema Festival
Still, the event was a success. Great turnout, fun films, lots of good energy. Larrilyn Oso and Roberta Cano did a wonderful job putting this together and we were happy the Motor Palace got to be a part of it.
Despite being cold, the snow was absolutely beautiful. I loved looking out the window to the downtown blanketed in a sea of white.
There was something magical about the early morning hours before any tracks were made in the snow.
The Feral Cat Family
One morning, while looking out the front window at the snow, I spied a little cat family trekking across the street, a mom and two kittens.
The smallest one, a little black kitten, was up to his neck in the snow, but that didn’t stop him from trudging on and somehow climbing to the top of the building, looking for a sunny spot to get warm.
I gave the family some chicken scraps and broth, and–funny enough–they started warming up to me. On the day before I had to leave Winslow for a job in La Jolla, they’d moved into the Motor Palace backyard and instead of hissing at me, mom started to look at me with love as she lapped up the broth. Leaving them was hard. On the night I walked by the yard on my way to the La Posada to catch the train, I spotted the family cuddled up on the back porch waiting for me. Heart-breaking! I miss my little cat family, and especially Babbitt. Hopefully, they will all be around when I get back into town.
Steve Pauken’s retirement. Many thanks for your years of service and for all you did for the city of Winslow. Brian and I are grateful to know you and hope for many more years of friendship to come. We have no doubt you will make the most of your retirement!
See you soon!
With work wrapping up in SoCal, we’ll be home soon–hopefully in the Dajibagn Brian talked about in his last post! Yes, Winslow is the place that most feels like home now.
Thanks to everyone who made this our best Christmas ever!
2018–AKA #vagabondlife #swellegantvagabonds–went something like this: Twenty nights in Winslow, 117 in Yucca Valley, and 228 split between hotels, motels, and AirBnB. Hotel Pepper Tree was our most frequent stay and we stayed in several AirBnB locations more than once. The only states we stayed in were California, Arizona, Tennesee, and Nevada.
Since retiring October 26th, 2018 Lori spends more time in Yucca Valley and Winslow. Vagabonding is down to three nights a week with a range closer to work and home by half an hour.
The icing on the year was finally spending Christmas in Winslow, even more fun than we ever imagined.
WORK CONTINUES TO PROGRESS IN WINSLOW
2018 was a great year in Winslow, we made new friends and spent more time with old friends. It’s strange to have old friends now in a town we haven’t lived in. But we’ve been messing with this building for about nine years now. The great news is we’ve accomplished more the last few months than the last three years. We’re (hopefully) a couple weeks from Certificate of Occupancy. Thank you, Joe, Curtis, Blake, Gene, David, Marshal, Paul, Steve, Elias, Loren, Courtney, David, and Harold for your hard work, encouragement, and guidance.
OUR SWELLEGANT VAN’S ALMOST DONE
A 1991 Dodge B250 DajiBagn found us and we adopted it. Because of its low miles (34,000) we’re repairing, replacing or servicing everything that would normally wear with age. We’ll use it to haul things to Winslow in comfort and style.
WHATS DONE SO FAR
First, stock size Michelin Defenders and Monroe heavy duty shocks followed by power window repair including guides and seals. Next was to repair AC vacuum lines, fan switch, rod radiator, replace thermostat, belts, and hoses. Then service the transmission and replace all fluids. A new high flow cat. and muffler from Magnaflow with new 3″ pipe and an oxygen sensor to keep the air clean. Lastly, we replaced ALL rubber chassis parts, u-joints, wheel bearings, steering box, and brake rotors and rear brake shoes.
This van feels and drives like new since all wearable chassis components are new and many were upgraded from stock. The interior is still near perfect as a result of low use and seat covers.
UPDATE: Maiden voyage to Winslow via Tucson coming up. We’re picking up an old stained glass door and clearing our storage.
That’s all for now, Lori’s working on a post with photos from the Cinema Festival gala, Winslow snow, Palace progress, and the cute feral kitten she’s taming.