February Continues

Yoon came to visit

Got all my seeds ready for march 1st
view from Bilge's apt overlooking Washington Square park
Dia Chelsea, Rita McBride.  You're just walking down the street in daylight and open a door and you're in here.

David Zwirner gallery, Stan Douglas

finally ate at The Spotted Pig, headchef april bloomfield's spot, also in the media recently for being a place of industry misogny going on after hours


braised duck leg on horse radish potatoes.  good stuff.

We are too old for clubs but Foo's friend who runs this new place in the basement of the new 50 Bowery hotel told him he should come.  Tons of asian people.  By the time it's full at 1:30am we are too tired to do anything.

One last stop at our old stomping grounds, Kenka, until closing time.  Didn't see Manabu working that night but if he still works there that's a long time cuz he was working there when i was in college in 2002.

Been wanting to try this "perfect little egg sandwhich" at Dominique Ansel bakery.  Its a steamed egg and grueyre cheese on a brioche bun.  It was good but not worth waiting for.  I would get as much satisfaction out of a dense greasy egg sandwich from anywhere.

the famed cronut (croissant doughnut hybrid)  that people would wait in line for hours for back in it's hayday.  this one was filled with some kinda fruit jam which was too sweet.  This was also good but also not worth waiting for.  To be fair the craze has worn off and we waited in line for less than 5 minutes to order and then 15-20 min for the egg sandwiches to be ready.  so I guess you could have a cronut in 5 min in your mouth now if you so desired.  We both agreed that it was good but could have just gone to the corner deli.  This was great food writing wasn't it?

Manhattan Chinatown New Year's parade, one of many over several weekends.

the Moutai baijiu float, expensive and gross chinese rice wine.

We hit our final gravity on both kinds of beer meaning the alcohol content of the beer is exactly what it should be.  4.5% for the little guy session ipa and 5.2% for the resistor pale ale.  Things are looking good!

Another February

Valentines day haemul jeongol with fish and octopus from the farmers market

It's brew time again, this time we brewed 5 gallons resistor pale ale and 5 gallons of little guy session ipa.

Jen says this looks like a modern renaissance painting.

here is our wort chiller in action.  after you boil and steep the grains and hops you have to cool that liquid down as fast as possible because the longer its sitting around the more chance there is for it to get contaminated.  You need to get it down to 72F.  Usually this process is done by putting the pot in an ice bath and takes like 1.5 hours or more.  This time with the wort chiller it took 9 minutes!

we put 1 gallon aside and added spruce extract as a little experiment.

My little guy's first day at school.  She didn't want to pose with her backpack and lunchbox and ran away so this is all I got.  They grow up so fast.

Saw the olympics opening ceremonies at Abeline.  There's Mikey Pence seated in front of N Korea leader Kim Jung Un's sister.  Future people, this was a very tense time with the US and N Korean leaders Trump and Un throwing insults back and forth and threatening nuclear war.

this one apartment complex up the street from us just keeps on throwing out stuff i need for the garden.  these 8 ft poles will be for the bird netting structure this year yea!

bought this Mohu Leaf metro tv antennae with a 25 mile range.  we get about 60 channels on it including ABC, NBC, CBS so we can watch tv the few times a year we need to like the olympics, the oscars, new years's eve.  It cost $16  Pretty amazing this flat piece of plastic you can hide behind picture frames and stuff.

this is like the one thing that Northern England has and steven didn't even go.

our ever diminishing view.  There's at least 3 condos going up in front of us, the one in the very front is the size of a whole block.  There's one across the street from it that hasn't come up yet.

I found a letter from the DMV saying my licence was expiring under a stack of crap on my desk so I had to go to the Atlantic Terminal DMV to try and get the new enhanced license that everyone needs to have by 2020.  It is the busiest DMV in America.  I was there for 5 hours and then bought groceries and my bike tire popped so i had to walk home with an over sized backpack stuffed with groceries for 50 min.  At least I planned out the garden for the most part whilst waiting at the DMV.

are these scallions still alive after the brutal winter of temps down into the teens?

home brew or ET?  he's out here getting warm cuz the yeast wasn't warm enough in the closet (maybe).


Went to Canisteo to help the parents with the new puppy cuz my dad had foot surgery.  Moms drove with one of her Newf club friends to Tennessee to pick up Cormac, who's dad would be in the Westminster dog show a week later.  His mom is a champion also.
the dogs don't really know what to make of this 10 week old thing.  He weighed 29 pounds and we saw him the day he arrived.  At night he would cry in his crate and the other dogs would bark at him to shut up and it worked.  after a few days he was able to sleep most of the night.  He would randomly pee but that was under control after a while.
would ya look at that.
Cormac the Newfoundland Puppy from Jason Raish on Vimeo.

i guess newf pups have super sharp little teeth that are like thorns that fall out after a while.  What a cute little guy he didn't even know how to walk or sit down or be alive.

it was also super bowl sunday so i made pork,veal,beef sliders and beer cheese and homemade pretzel bites and jen made 7 layer dip.

Angus wants nothing to do with this new guy, he probably knows whats gonna happen cuz he's seen this before with brody.  He's gonna grow up to be huge and jump all over him 

Stevie and Kimie got this Tanuki for my mom in Japan for the garden.  How nice

hey buddy do you want to party?

Harper, the infamous toy stealer, was tolerating Cormac stealing her toys

Come on man, this is bad enough as it is.

little guy is just trying to fit in

So this is an entire post of puppy pics, but who doesn't like puppies?  Ted Bundy maybe?

this amazeballs super cool thing also happened, Space X launched its heavy falcon rocket into space with Elon Musk's personal Tesla car onboard headed for an orbit around mars.  They recovered the side rockets in simultaneous landings that was the most amazing thing i've seen maybe ever, the center rocket missed the mark when trying to land on the ocean platform.  The payload made it to space and I don't know if it made its mars orbit trajectory or not.  whilst they greased up light poles with crisco in Philadelphia cuz the Eagles won the superbowl to prevent fans from climbing them in a joyous car burning rampage, peeps of the world should be climbing greased light poles because of this.

Pretty Sweet Driving conditions from Jason Raish on Vimeo.

Also this was our drive back home we were stuck in a snow storm, 9 hr drive.