Here’s what happened…

I don’t remember if I have already mentioned my maternal grandfather.

Ralph grew up on the tough streets of Philadelphia in the 1920’s. He cut his teeth in the bootlegging trade during prohibition by bringing in those little frilly paper umbrella stirrers from Canada. It was a dangerous game, but a kid had to make some dough to survive back in those days.

To keep in shape and to protect his syndicate from opposing gangs, Ralph took up boxing. Within a very short period of time, he was defeating opponent after opponent down at the south Philly Jewish community center. He became so famous that he was tagged with the fighting name of Sugar Ralph Cohen, The Sukkot Slugger.

Sugar Ralph was making more gelt fighting than he was in the umbrella game and eventually became a full time pugilist.

The Sukkot Slugger was becoming a household name in the JCC circuits around the North East.

Grandpa Ralph was on his way. Soon he got the call. The WelterWeight commission had got him a shot at the title. He was scheduled to fight the Puerto Rican Assassin, Hector El Acariciador de Cabras (roughly translated as Hector the goat fondler).

This was Ralph’s big shot at fame. The fight took place on a balmy San Juan night in December.

Sugar Ralph Cohen came out swinging. After his first missed jab, The Sukkot Slugger learned his most important lesson in life; Puerto Ricans are a hell of lot tougher than middle aged Jews from Philadelphia.

Oy, what a mess. Grandpa was heard to scream NO MAS MESHUGGANAH which very roughly translates as NO MORE YOU CRAZY BASTARD after the first punch landed.

Ralph went home to Philadelphia and opened a business like every other Jewish guy from Pennsylvania and never picked up the gloves again.

Now I really can’t remember what this story had to do with the Badia Sazon seasoning but maybe the whole Puerto Rican thing reminded me of it … .I think Sazon is from Puerto Rico or maybe it’s Puerto Vallarta.

Either way, try this stuff. It’s really good!

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