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Friday, 19 October 2012

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annleadpicThis week, we mourn the loss of Alex Karras, a beloved sports figure as well as a lover of fine cigars. We also look at a great place to dig into some spicy wings, a classy cigar bash, a cool new video and some smokes with a history. Also, a reminder why it’s been 50 years since you could legally buy a Cuban cigar.



Shelly’s is the Place for Wings and a Smoke in DC

It’s not easy to find a place where a smoker can enjoy a cigar with your dinner, but one such spot is Shelly’s Back Room in Washington, DC, and it’s definitely worth checking out.



The Washington Post chose Shelly’s as one the top wing joints in the city, raving over the restaurant’s Campfire Wings: “These wings speak for themselves. Roasted rather than fried, the wings bear a char from their time in the oven and lend a slight smokiness to their light, sweet marinade. They are served with a dish of house-made honey dijon mustard.” A one-pound order of Campfire Wings is $10.95.

If that isn’t enough to get those taste buds quivering in anticipation, how about Shelly’s cigar-friendly ambiance? “A long lunch at this cigar-friendly restaurant will leave your clothes smelling like they've spent some time around a campfire themselves. A campfire in Havana, that is.”

Shelly’s isn’t just another cool bar with hot wings, it’s nirvana for cigar lovers, with over 200 private humidors available for yearly lease. There are dozens of cigar brands to choose from, including Davidoff, Cohiba, Padron and La Flora Dominicana. How often do you find a place with separate menus for food, drinks and cigars?

Shelly’s Back Room is located at 1331 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004. Phone
(202) 737-3003.

Jay-Z Enjoys a Cigar in New Cognac Commercial

What complements a good cognac like a fine cigar? Rap mogul Jay-Z partakes of both in his new commercial spot for D’USSE cognac.



The ad shows the rapper smoking a cigar in slow motion against a panoramic New York skyline, then sipping the premium cognac.

The mega-rich Jay-Z obviously has a taste for the finest things in life—he married Beyonce, didn’t he?

RIP Alex Karras – a Legendary Player and Cigar Lover

In his 77 years, Alex Karras had several careers, including pro football superstar for the Detroit Lions, wrestler and actor. Karras died earlier this month, and is remembered fondly by friends for his bigger-than-life personality as well as his expertise on the football field.



Pro Football Hall of Famer and former teammate Charlie Sanders recalled how Karras would celebrate following games by lighting up a cigar—in the shower. “He was the Godfather. That’s what Godfathers do. That was his symbol.”

Sanders said Karras had a unique training regimen. “Alex never lifted weights. Alex just smoked cigars and drank beer.

“If you looked at him, you’d just start laughing. You would not associate this guy with being one of the meanest and toughest guys in the NFL. He just didn’t have that stature. That in itself says a lot about his ability to accomplish the things he did.

“He was just a short, stocky guy that smoked a cigar. That was the wonder. How can this guy be this good looking the way he did?”

Those rough looks made Karras an odd choice as an actor, but he brought a natural quality to roles as disparate as the dim thug Mongo in “Blazing Saddles” and the doting dad on “Webster.” According to Sanders “That was Alex. He was probably one of the few guys that never had to go to acting school because he was a character on and off the field. It was a natural calling for him.”

Alex Karras was one of kind, and there isn’t likely to be another player as colorful as he was in today’s corporate game.

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