Monday, April 30, 2012

Camping, Kalbi, and Kimchi Jjigae

I went camping with a few friends last Friday night. It was just a quick overnighter out at Lake Mead. This photo was taken soon after the sun rose the next morning. The title of this post has nothing to do with the photo, but it does sum up the night very well. I like the idea of going out into nature and enjoying non-typical camping food. It was so mashisoyo!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Denominazione di Origine Protetta

I'm down with DOP. Yeah, you know me!

Nelson's "Steppin' Out" series of unofficial Yelp events marches on. This time, it was round two at Chef Marc's Pastavino & Deli. Like round one, the chef started us off with a Grana Padano presentation—we watched him open up an 85-pound wheel of 2-year-old cheese. Yum.

Grana Padano is similar to Parmigiano Reggiano. Here is a good article on them. "DOP" is a designation that certifies that the cheese comes from a specific geographical area.

Then it was on to our five-course meal. I only posted two of the five below (plus my complimentary cannoli). By far, the favorite dish of the night was the squid ink risotto topped with a scallop medallion and surrounded by a sea urchin sauce. OMG. The combination of flavors in that dish was exquisite to say the least.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

TWiT Brick House

After my little excursion to Muir Woods, I went onward to Petaluma to check out the new TWiT studios. A couple of years ago, I visited the old TWiT Cottage almost unplanned. This time, I made sure to go when I could check out a couple of shows.

I've been a big fan of Tech News Today ever since Tom Merritt started it. Ironically enough, I haven't really been watching the TWiT Photo show, but I'm glad I got to check that out. Catherine Hall was in Las Vegas for the WPPI convention, but lucky for me, Trey Ratcliff filled in and it turned out to be a very inspiring show. I even got to meet MySpace Tom!

Monday, April 2, 2012

36oz of Santa Fe

This is just the aftermath of the beer taster tray I had at Santa Fe Brewing Company. For $8, you get 4oz of each beer they have on tap that day. When I went, they happened to have, well, you can do the math.