Wintertimes

as predicted we got one last late snow storm in March and there was even more after that.


it was really warm so the snow was all melty and sticky and slow and fast powder.


the angle of the shot Jen took from the photo above.


this year steven got better at steering a sled.  Last year he would get on and be in the hands of fate.


march2017prospectparksledmontage from Jason Raish on Vimeo.
Japanese Kyoto Kujo Negi, a Japanese bunching onion

forgot what this was, maybe Koreanized braised chicken?

Steven was busy so Bob and I had to attempt two 5 gallon batches by ourselves.  And this time around we were trying the all grain brew in a bag (BIAB) method which uses all grains and is a lot cheaper because grains are cheaper than extract.  We've been doing partial grains and lots of extract.  Some company has done the work of extracting the sugar from the grains to make extract that you just dump in and your'e done, but with all grain you have to steep the grains at temperature for like an hour to get the sugars out and that's why it's cheaper.  It ended up taking 10 hours to do the 2 batches and the stove was blasting on high for 7 hrs of it.  Our carbon monoxide detector went off near the end of it all.  So doing the all grain BIAB method on a stove top in your house takes forever and is just bad for your kitchen and possibly health.  The bummer is that it tastes better!  We can't do this method again unless we have a real rooftop propane burner setup.


Mel's 2nd kid Greta

It was also Jen and I's anniversary but we forgot so we ended up at some hotpot place

saengseon jjim, baked fish


4 average sized people sitting on this Joybird couch and it broke.  Let's see what happens.


New Beginnings

one of jenny's breakfast bowls

Someone trying to make NYC brownstone life and the adventure life work

since this photo was taken there have been multiple iterations of the Mizuna mustard greens springing to life only to be beaten down the and extra long winter.
March 1st seed planting time



helped bob move up to 151st, sugar hill in Harlem and we ate Mexican after

gross michelada.

5 gallons of pale ale and 5 gallons of session ipa

Pratt

Gucci using illustration for a huge campaign.

score!  found this hanging planter in front of the same building i found the trellisses and other gardening garbage.

made from Kimie's laser cutter

as a young person i never knew pork shoulder was so cheap

braised this guy in a bunch of Korean stuff like deonjang, gochujang, ginger, garlic, soy sauce.  t'was a tasty experiment.

used this stand mixer i inherited from my mom for the first time to make korean pulled pork bao buns.  could be better and look better but it was just with whatever i could scrape together.



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

gnudi

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!