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Barcelona via iPhone / instagram

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Just a quick update with some instagram’s that I’ve taken on my last trip to Barcelona.  Better pictures from my dslr and stories when I get some time.

 

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March 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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Addiction – coffee

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Recently I’ve been called a coffee snob. Sorry, I’m not a snob, but I can taste the difference between a cup of shit and a good cup of coffee. Now I’m not saying coffee has to be expensive to be good nor am I saying the beans have to be fair trade or something you get from McDonald’s. But I do support small fair trade coffee because it gives the farmers the money they deserve instead of spreading it out to all of the greedy people with there hands out.

I ❤ intelligentsia
I ❤ Cafe Grumpy

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November 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm

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iPhone glass repair

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Fail.

4 hrs
Trip to home depot
Trip to rite aid
Trip to the watch repair guy

Mission success but never again.

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October 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

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KOBE Lasagna cuz i’m baller

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haha ok i’m not baller. but a little kobe goes a long way.

I deiced to make a Lasagna the other night but wanted to do it my way.   So after doing some research online I’ve decided to make a Kobe Lasagna.   I really wanted to check out this Japanese meat shop in soho.. but ill leave that review for another time.  Keep in mind i never really measured anything for this recipe haha

So hopped in the car and raced over as if i was on a secret mission. To acquire 1lb of ground kobe.  After I got that i felt like i wanted some thing more, so i got some good ground veal also.

I got home and started the process, one box of Lasagna (not that no boil crap) I boiled it in salted water for about 4-5 min and strained .   A few minutes before Al Dente  since it would probably sit for awhile before using.

I mixed about 3/4 of the 32oz container of ricotta, mixed in 3 whole eggs, about half a bunch of Italian parsley chopped, 1/2 cup of grated Parmigiano Reggiano, and then I put another 1/2 cup of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on a sheet pan and tossed it under the broiler to make a huge cheese chip!  waited till it was cool and crunched it up and then also mixed it into the ricotta mix.

I started browning all of the meat in a hot hot pan.  Allow the meat to actually brown and resist the urge to mix it all around.  After a few minutes i wanted to lift all of the yummy burnt bits off the cast iron skillet so poured in about a cup of a Pinot noir but any dry red (that you would drink) will do.   I threw in one medium sized diced onion mixed it all up and then seasoned this meat mixture with about a table spoon of herbs de provence, teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.

When that was all cooked, i opened up a big can of San Marzano tomatoes and crushed it up and pour it into the meat mixture.  and also dumped in a small can of tomato paste to give it some more flavor.

Then you’re basically done, there’s no right or wrong way to layer it up.  I put a little of each on each layer adding a small sheet of freshly sliced smoked mozzarella.

Toss it in an oven middle rack covered at 350 for about 30 min. then uncover for 15 min.   The final step is the hardest… DON’T TRY TO CUT INTO IT UNTIL ATLEAST 15 MINUTES.  Or it will fall apart… the picture that i took.. was taken about 5 min afterwards.. aka it fell apart hahaha but whatever it still tasted great!.

Then i started making croissants… holy shit… what a time and labor intensive process. but more on that tomorrow.

I should really start using my dslr again… eh iPhone rules.

Parmigiano-Reggiano

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October 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm

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Double rainbows have nothing on Heirloom tomatoes.

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So today was an eventful day, I had a really good call back for a big commercial print campaign.  After that I got a haircut and grab some quick-lunch.  Washed it down with a coffee from La Colombe.  It was GOOD!  But I wish more coffee places would start using ice cubes made from extra strong coffee so it wont dilute the drink.  I love the vibe of this place, no menus, no big signs with a billion complicated drinks.  You go in, order whatever you want.  You pay, they give you the lid for your drink and you step down and wait.

Union Sq Farmers Market
While walking around on a cloudy day in union sq the last thing i expected to see was bright colors.  But its tomato season!  Non of the stay fresh genetically modified red-ish things that stay fresh for weeks but taste like bland mush.  Heirloom tomatoes in every color you could imagine.   I’ve become a lover of whats in season.  As i walked down the farmers market, i see professional chefs, foodies with cameras, and parents all thinking one thing “What’s for dinner”.   I guess having the luxury of spending your late afternoon picking out fresh produce for dinner isn’t something everyone can do.   But sometimes you just have to do it.  I thought about making a fresh caprese salad, canning some of them for the winter, or just biting in to one like an apple.   yumm

A quick walk to Kiehl’s for some bottle recycling.  I had no idea if you bring back your empties they let you trade them in for Kiehl’s products.  Good marketing strategy.  It drags you back in to purchase more stuff and load up on samples! haha

My Favorite place to end the night.
What is it about cupcakes that just make you want to smile?  Especially hazelnut chocolate frosted ones.

Interview with another agency tomorrow! Fingers Crossed!

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September 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Aug – Sept iPhone Photo Update

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September 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm

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iPhone Pictures

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Time for a phone dump.

What a crazy past few days! Time to go into hibernation and start booking some big things!

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July 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm

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