Then it was time to shower and head out for Girl's Day Out.
Lava Lips - Indianapolis only hot and spicy tasting bar
Scoville Brothers from Indiana, which is a truly good hot sauce, but I mentioned it to the owner as one worthy of adding to their fine collection.
The place really has the feel of one of the cool tiki bars you find down in the Florida keys.
The sauce on the right of the picture above, the clear one, we have in the Range fridge, a gift from Midwest Chick and Mr, B. It adds a subtle killer hot kick to a cocktail.
Host and barkeep Michael entertained us with stories of hot sauce and humor, displaying a knowledge of products that really shows he's the "foodie of hot sauces" not just someone selling a product. He also makessure he understands what your tolerance level is, and what flavors entice you so he can guide you through the nuances of flavor in such a way that you thoroughly enjoy it and don't wear your taste buds out.
Here's my card of "my favorite sauce and stuff". ALL OF THEM.
I was busy snapping away and Michael looked at my camera and at Tam and said with a smile "Is she always doing this?" And I said "I'm often mistaken for a Japanese tourist."
Blair Ultra Death for J. (not shown here but shown earlier)
and from left to right
Toad Sweat Key Lime Dessert Hot Sauce (hmmm. Lemon bars but use lime juice and a dab of this.)
Bee Sting ThaiSting Sweet Chili Sauce (hmmm, rice noodles, chicken, mixed veggies and a few sugared cashews)
Lucky Dog - Extra mild smoked pepper sauce. I know, purchased just because the label looked like Barkley.
Bigfat's 308. Garlic/Ginger hot sauce. This had a NICE but not overpowering kick. This may be paired with some pork tenderloin one night.
Outer Limits Hot Sauce with Jalapeno Lime - for nachos with black beans, smoky cheddar and green onions
and finally - Toad Sweat Chocolate Orange Dessert Hot Sauce.
I should have bought more, as now I'm thinking of mixing it with a little maple syrup for pancakes. But if I'm busy, or not in the area, there is a Lava Lips Online Store!
Seriously, go order the Chocolate Orange Dessert Hot Sauce.