Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Hike

Christmas day Lisa and I just spent time hanging together, some much needed downtime.

Bax asked me to share this video with all of you.....

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tasting Sunday 12-18-2011

If you know us well, you know that we are always up for a tasting.  You can imagine my excitement when I found a set of single-hop IPAs from Mikkeller.  Luckily we have a few friends who like drinking beer so we decided to have a beer tasting.  After wrangling schedules from Aaron and Monica, Ryan, and Diane we finally settled on a date and time.  Ryan also chipped in a few from his collection: Alpha Klaus - Christmas Porter and another one that was a special anniversary brew that I can't recall right now.

Next we whipped up a twist on one of our current favorite cocktails - the Albino Old-Fashioned.  It's really easy - take a sugar cube, and drown in Agnostura Bitters.  Put the sugar cube in the bottom of your cocktail shaker, add a bit of seltzer and muddle.  Add 2oz of white whiskey and shake.  Strain into a rocks glass with the biggest pieces of ice you can find (use one of these if you're hard core).  Garnish with a beautiful wide lemon twist and one of these fantastic Luxardo Cherries.  One note about the lemon twist - it is actually named because you should twist it over the drink before putting it in the glass, not because it's shaped in a cute spiral.

This night however, we mixed it up a bit.  We substituted our standby Death's Door for some Silver white whiskey and subbed out the agnostura for some Fee Brothers Cherry bitters.  It made quite a lovely cocktail, but not as complex without any agnostura.  Next time, I think we'll split the bitters between both :-)

For Dinner, Lisa made one of our favorites - simple spinach salad with chevre (<3 capriole) and a soft poached egg dressed with a simple vinaigrette.

For the main course, Lisa not only redeemed herself with the spicy squash risotto, she knocked it out of the park.  I would highly recommend trying this one at home (scanned from Jamie Oliver's Naked Chef).

Usually I pass on the whole "oooooooh cupcake" thing.  My lady bakes from scratch and most cupcake stores make things that taste straight out of a box with boring buttercream icing.  Those aren't worth the calories.  Geri and Kathy brought over a beautiful selection of Parcha Sweets for dinner I wasn't expecting much.  Turns out that those folks over in Broadripple actually know how to bake.  They cranked out some Lisa quality cupcakes including smores complete with a graham cracker crust and wonderful toasted marshmallow goo in the middle of the top.  Every cupcake had a tiny burst of yum in the middle.  It was a great evening.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Vietnam - Coming Soon!

I'm going to head to Vietnam for two weeks in January with my friend Ryan.  He's already left and is blogging his travels here -


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Desk pt 2.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey.  In the end there was a tie between these two:
Lisa and I decided that while the CB2 desk is pretty fab, given our current decor and space the west-elm flat bar desk is a better fit.  Thanks again to everyone who voted :-)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saturday Dinner at R Bistro

In light of Lisa's finals we decided to forgo our regular dinner and have a dinner out with Geri and Kathy at R Bistro.

Geri and I started with a cheesy polenta topped with yummy sausage and mushrooms.  The textures complemented each other well and the bursts of fennel and thyme goodness were delightful.

For our entree three of us had the sweet potato, cheese enchalada with tomatillo salsa and mango slaw.  The slaw included red cabbage and the most beautiful little watermelon radishes that you've ever seen.  I really enjoyed the sweet/savory/tangy blend of the sweet potato, cheese, and tomatillo. I also enjoyed the slaw, but Kathy and Lisa weren't really fans.

Geri broke with convention and decided to go with the chicken dish for the evening.  It was pretty, but I didn't taste it so I can add much about it :-)

We decided to sample three of the five possible desserts, which turned out to be pretty interesting.  Partially because the desserts were pushed around the table with the expectation that you take a bite and move along.  Needless to say there were a few cases where all three plates got backed up with  one person, prompting a few words.

The favorite dessert honor was a tie between the ricotta ice cream with fresh pomegranate seeds, and some sort of rose-water sauce, and the crostada with roasted apples.  The flaky pastry dough from the crostada was a big hit.

We stopped off at the Ball and Biscuit for a few yummy cocktails after dinner and had a great time.

Friday, December 2, 2011

I needs a new desk

My current desk is too tall to really be comfortable and was built for oddly shaped people in mind.

So, I need a new one and I'm enlisting you guys to help pick.  Thanks in advance :-)

* Required

CB2 go-cart chartreuse desk ($149)

Suckage Awesomesauce

CB2 go-cart carbon grey desk ($149)

Suckage Awesomesauce

Crate and Barrel Sentry Walnut Work Table ($999)

Suckage Awesomesauce