Women are so easy to please. Dark chocolate, a red red rose, a bottle of bubbly and she’s putty in your hands. When it comes to Valentine’s Day girls go for the blatantly conventional — so just remember to show up with something. Men, men on the other hand, dark and silent, never let on what they long for. You give them a tie and they go all moody on you.
If you want him to play Romeo y Julieta, you have to look where the men go, into the shrouded cave where they can retreat to play cards, watch the tube in peace, get their alligator boots shined, admire the action on high end lighters and smoke, gloriously smoke, to their heart’s content.
“Perfecto,” he’ll say when you hand him an aged corona, perhaps a Padron from Nicaragua, redolent with nutty notes and a hint of coffee. For your especial robusto, splurge with a Zeno Platinum Master Edition, a creamy smoke with an aroma of exotic wood and a finish as subtle as a single malt. While Cuban cigars light up an illegal smile on aficionados’ faces, the great and legally available cigars of Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic are rolled of tobacco grown from seeds smuggled out of Cuba when growers fled Castro’s revolution. American tobacco (think Sir Walter Raleigh) from Connecticut is renowned as a wrapping leaf. The best cigars are hand rolled (think Carmen) and aged, like good brown liquor, for seven to 10 years.
Speaking of good brown liquor, one of the best accompaniments to the perfume of a Central American cigar is liquor distilled from the region’s local sugar crop. That be rum.
A great aged rum can rival the best cognac, which has been traditionally paired with cigars. Look for Centenario, a Nicaraguan rum aged for 21 years. Rich, complex and silky smooth, this is sipping rum; pull out your best snifter, no pineapple juice, please. Ron Botran, an 18-year-old rum from Guatemela, or Rhum Clement VSOP, distilled on Martinique, both pair beautifully with good smokes.
All that’s left is to don your best Panama hat, slip into a guayabera, raise the thermostat and cue up the Buena Vista Social Club. He’ll think he’s in the steamy tropics, and we all know, come Valentine’s day, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
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The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.