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Gabriel Suarez
01-16-2013, 11:56 PM
I heard the XO saying we needed to eat at "Cut". It is a Wolfgang Puck place here at the Venetian. I met Wolfgang once. He had been speeding...like 100 mph on 4th Street in Santa Monica. I stopped him...all "lights and siren-like". He was kind of an ass...don't you know who I am, ect., etc. Back then, I could not have cared who he was and WP meant nothing. "Sign here you kraut bastard".

Some twenty five years later we were eatig at his place. I tried to stifle thoughts of him in the back spitting in the food. But I digress.

Tom, the XO and I had one of he best meals I have ever had. Beginning with an beautiful Argentine Malbec, we snacked on tuna tartare and a light salad. Then the main course. All of us had Wagyu beef. Tom the rib eye, the XO the New York, and I of course...the filet. Every WBV (warrior bon vivant) must taste wagyu at some point.

Wagyu (和牛 Wagyū - literally Japanese cow) refers to several breeds of cattle, the most famous of which is genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. The meat from such wagyu cattle is known for its marbling characteristics and quality, and commands a high price. In several areas of Japan, beef is shipped with area names. Some examples are Kobe, Mishima, Matsusaka, Ōmi, and Sanda beef.Wagyu cattle's genetic predisposition yields a beef that contains a higher percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than typical beef. The increased marbling also improves the ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats.

All of that contributes to make the best beef I have ever eaten in my life. Hardly descriptive but the best one can say. How do you describe the taste of the beef? It literally melts in your mouth as you chew, defining beef as your teeth grind it into a swalloable package. You almost don't want to swallow, but rather let it stay in place washing your mouth with the flavors that define what a steak should be.

The service at CUT was outstanding, as was the company.

In the end, there was a dessert...some chocolate thing that the XO and Tom devoured. I was happy sipping a 53 year old Madeira and having it compete for top honors with the steak I had just finished.

Don't ask the cost. Specially in light of the commitments that I made to vendors this week into the seven figures. But the taste, the memory, and the company will be a timeless memory that will be cherished forever. After dinner, Tom bade us good night and the XO and I walked and discussed where we were, and the outside forces and decisions that brought us to this time and place. Such times are - well - timeless and to be cherished as they are pure moments without the hum-drum of the day to day forces and stresses that drive us.

There was some hugging and even a few tears as we laughed (hers only of course). The message - If God is with us...and He has shown Himself to be...then nothing...not man, not beast, not political winds...nothing...can stand against us.


Then I took her into a store we walked past many times in the past few days and bought her a gift...an heirloom gift - to commemorate the day.

Smile and enjoy the days of your lives gents...they will pass before your eyes, and if you occupy those days with waste...like the waste of kings, nations, and politics...you will reach your end times with nothing but regrets.

Nearby was a newly married couple from Brazil. The wife was taking a picture of the husband. I told them in my best Portugese that I would take their picture for them, if they took ours.

These are the days of our lives...only fools let them slip away.


01-17-2013, 12:56 AM
There's a mom and pop restaurant called Zoka's in the tiny town of Pine, Colorado, they don't even have a stop light, that serves kobe beef. It truly is an exquisite taste. The rustic log cabin its in and great mountain views are just a bonus.

01-17-2013, 01:21 AM
thank you for sharing . i enjoyed the read.

01-17-2013, 03:17 AM

01-17-2013, 04:14 AM

Sounds good!

I enjoyed the read as well.

01-17-2013, 04:49 AM
Well, it's definitely awesome to think you guys aren't perpetually stuck just boxing up mags and rifles, lol... And FWIW, Castro never looked ​that happy in any pics I've seen. Good stuff, indeed!!

01-17-2013, 05:50 AM
Good read and nice pic.

01-17-2013, 06:02 AM
Thanks for the good story man. You are truly man of class.

Sent from my DROID RAZR

01-17-2013, 06:09 AM
Beef is my favorite meat! I have always wanted to try some of the fancy cuts in the fancy resturants.

And having "THE" woman beside you is a blessing in it self. Where would we be with out thier love, support, and boots up our butts to keep us straight! God bless you all.

01-17-2013, 06:25 AM
Fantastic sounding meal...

But if I read it right, the real story isn't about the meal..but about living....and living well regardless of the chaos around you.

Excellent. Thanks for sharing.

01-17-2013, 06:32 AM
Good read and advice. Ate there too great food. There's also a great susi bat Tao if you're knto it. If you get to New Orleans try Nola's.

01-17-2013, 06:51 AM
Way to live life Gabe! Great restaurant, much better than the dive he perpetrated here in Indy a few years back! Now get back to securing assault rifles for us all!

01-17-2013, 07:10 AM
Gabe, awesome example of how to live life! Well-done.

01-17-2013, 07:12 AM
Great story and excellent reminder Gabe. God Bless and many more excellent times for you and your wife!

01-17-2013, 07:17 AM
Nice of you to share Gabe.

I was a the CES last week and ate at one of Puck's other restaurants. Food and service was outstanding also.

01-17-2013, 07:22 AM
I haven't been to "Cut", but when I went to TMCO in Vegas two years ago, my fiance and I had dinner at "Tender" over at the Luxor. We had a similar experience, although instead of wagyu, it was game meat (venison osso bucco and boar tenderloin, as I recall).

Gabriel Suarez
01-17-2013, 08:48 AM
Ate there night begore.....Tao is anothre creat place.

01-17-2013, 09:10 AM
Provecho Gabe.

Your thoughts on the present environment and its bearing on the future are refreshing. We do what we can. We live as we choose. And we look to the future with a determination to succeed.

Getting bogged down with hand wringing and fussing about how tough things are (or might get) gets us nowhere.


01-17-2013, 09:12 AM
BTW Gabe, What, where and how were you packing in that photo?


Sgt. Psycho
01-17-2013, 09:23 AM
BTW Gabe, What, where and how were you packing in that photo?


Doc beat me to it.

01-17-2013, 09:30 AM
BTW Gabe, What, where and how were you packing in that photo?


I see a pocket sword clip in the AIWB area... Which leads me to believe there's a SIG p290 in the right side pocket.

01-17-2013, 09:31 AM
I am at the SHOT Show as well. My wife is flying in tonight so we can spend the weekend together here. Friday we are having dinner at Del Frisco's. The food is excellent but you have to see the James Bond table there. When you ask to see it you are escorted to the room where it sits and they stay there the entire time as it is worth more than a million dollars. It looks like an ordinary table then opens to the James Bond theme. It has custom made bottles of wine that are engraved with the different movies. Talk about Bon Vivant!

01-17-2013, 09:36 AM
There's a fellow here who raises a small herd of Wagyu, he usuallys sells out his yearly production 6 months in advance, that reminds me it is probably time to pre-order a half-a-beeve :-)


01-17-2013, 11:26 AM
Outstanding! The Venetian is a fun place. For a Bon Vivant coffee, be sure to go to the small Illy coffee shop. Illy (from my dad's hometown, Trieste) espresso beans are supposedly hand picked.

01-17-2013, 01:21 PM
You had me salivating like the Food Channel! Nice note and comments - you are spot on to enjoy the moment and celebrate life. Thanks for sharing the "lighter" side of Gabe!

01-17-2013, 01:48 PM
Best damn post I have read in a long time. Really tugged at my soul, Gabe. Thanks.

Gabriel Suarez
01-17-2013, 03:34 PM
Nope...not Sake...just using my Samsung Galaxy with the keyboard for delicate fingered men. My fingers ae made for big keyboards and for breaking things. That little pocket computer is frustrating sometimes.

01-17-2013, 08:07 PM
Nope...not Sake...just using my Samsung Galaxy with the keyboard for delicate fingered men. My fingers ae made for big keyboards and for breaking things. That little pocket computer is frustrating sometimes.
Lol i know the problem. I use my htc evo and kindle.Keyboards set for small fingers. Leads to some strange stuff.

01-18-2013, 01:14 PM
Awesome stuff, Gabe. But please forgive my ignorance: where is "Cut" located?

01-18-2013, 02:53 PM
That place seems to look a cut above the River Walk in San Antonio. Learned a long time ago not to breed trouble and it indefinably helps keep things simple.

Gabriel Suarez
01-18-2013, 03:15 PM
Funny thing. The morning after we ate at CUT, I felt sluggish and took longer than usual to "get started". The only way I can describe this is a "Food hangover". We had wine with the meal but not to excess. It seems the richness of the food was something my body was not used to.

On the other hand, the following night we ate at AquaKnox. It is a fish place and I had copious amounts of lobster, shrimp and fish in a soup format. The XO and Tom had the same type of fish. We were stuffed as the night before. Yet the next morning, we did not have the same response.

Greg Nichols
01-18-2013, 04:42 PM
Fat content maybe? or density of the meat?

01-18-2013, 04:50 PM
Fat content maybe? or density of the meat?

I've experienced this myself...

I'm guessing Gabe like myself has a low fat intake in his daily diet.

On days when I've eaten something very rich the next day I did feel like Gabe described. Back to low fat diet back to normal

01-18-2013, 05:17 PM
I love meat as much as anybody here, but I usually find that fish really leaves me feeling energized compared to that drained, overstuffed feeling meat tends to give me.

01-18-2013, 07:42 PM
Unfortunately fish leaves me hungry. Much like chinese food.

Well there is that... I most always go with either almond crusted walleye or sea bass, those two both do me fine, much more filling than say tilapia or trout at least.

01-20-2013, 02:53 AM
Gabe is at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

Thanks, duh, I shoulda caught that. That's what I get for posting while sleep-deprived. :dunno: