Summer Variety

Jen's friend Tiffany styles celebs including new singer Anna Moon who has a Amy Winehouse pop vibe
Since it was free drinks at the event we walked down to K town and at and drank at Pocha which then caused us to go to karaoke just the two of us until some ungodly hour in the morning

Avan's 4th birthday, they rented out the back of the Chinese American Museum and we gave him a coloring book of my artwork 
oh yea the time of the year I've been waiting for.  Our heirloom tomatoes are coming in and making delicious gazpacho

also looking back in time now the hops were ready a while ago and a lot of them were left to wither because i'm a dumbas!
I had arepas in Bushwick the other week and was like these are not really that good, could I do better?  I made Venezuelan style with the stuff in-between the bread.  The arepas are made with masarepa which is cooked corn meal unlike masa which is uncooked and finer.

pork shoulder braised in roasted poblano, chicken stock, spices, etc wich cotija cheese and cilantro.  The final photo doesn't look that impressive or stuffed but they were actually great!

played petanque in the park til dark and these two "kids" were flying their remote controlled plane which was pretty cool I must say.


Stevers first time driving ever.  I took him to the Lowe's parking lot where we drove around for half an hour and security and other people probably thought we were looking for a place to engage in elicit sex acts. Eventually I took him out onto the surrounding streets of Gowanus where there isn't that much traffic and the he drove to my house and he got to experience rush hour intersections with baby strollers, lots of cyclists, angry people, stop lights, yielding to pedestrians when turning.  Welcome to NYC driving hell steven.

Big Buck Hunter HD now has a zombie game and credit card slot so you can just keep swiping games.

Virginia's Dad's 70th birthday.  We ended up at the Carousel in BK bridge park and went to check out Juliana's which they say is the best pizza in NYC.  The wait was 20 min so we erroneously marched on to Dekalb Food Market cuz there were some spots in there we wanted to try.  Basically all these food markets around now are a great way to spend a lot of money to not get full and get a 50 or 75% sized portion of food for the same price.  I guess these markets are great for visitors and guests but not for us so much.
Daigo Hand Roll Bar.  Delicious but again, you're gonna still be hungry.

There's also a craft beer vendor and we tried Arepa Lady which is delicious.

Went solo to Canisteo to take care of the dogs while the parents went to Virginia to visit grandma for the first time in a long time.  Cormac is now a very big boy.  I fed them lots of vitamins and supplements, pumpkin pie filling, chicken, tons of treats and walked them up the hill separately cuz cormac can't behave himself.

finallly bought a bluetooth capable radio for the car and dad helped install it.

had to take off the whole dashboard

forgot to take a photo of the end product but it all went back together and works great.  With the help of dad and youtube I saved myself many hours of time.  He knew how to solder all the wires and what to do with the left over one and to combine two onto one which i may or may not have been able to research online.  Thank you Dad Raish!  I drove the whole 5.5 hrs in silence on the way there cuz i had no battery charger and to see if i could do it and what would happen if i was left with my thoughts for that long.  I'm still alive.

also this Rain X stuff is awesome thanks pops.  this might seem like a mundane thing but our car is crap so any amount of preening it can get helps a lot.  And with the new radio the intrinsic personal value of the car has gone up a lot.
Sean was in town from Glasgow so after a night out we ended up at Karaoke at the only one I know of in the area in Gowanus in the back of a new Korean restaurant.

Jen saw the dog van that used to drive by Carroll Gardens at 11am every day parked on the side of the street with at least 5 visible dogs in this photo.  Is this Jeanne Raish's future......?

Connecticut Adventure Boyzzzz

The Connecticut Adventures Boyz: Derek, Adam, Steven, and Jason go on an adventure in Sharon, CT 
old school film editing machine
2 Vanagons in bubbles NBD

into the void segway from Jason Raish on Vimeo.
The stable of moto bikes has grown since last time.
who has what motorcycle endorsements is questionable so this was an outlaw bikeride to some mountain area Derek knew about that people dirt bike up and down.  It's gully and rocky and any one of us could have gotten very very injured at any point and amazingly that didn't happen.  The speedometer said 60mph if you maxed it out which I did, Derek said they may or may not be accurate so I may or may not have been doing 60 on the open road but if so then it seems very slow when your'e on a bike. I flew off the bike twice this trip into the high grass course around the house.  We all ate it on the segways at some point even Derek. Cheers to Derek for outfitting us all on an adrenaline rushing adventure

it was also Adams first time on a moto bike.  After this we went picked up Kimie from the train station, de-adrenelized in the pool, drank many beers and BBQ'd up some food, enjoyed a super blood moon and many laughs.
modern segway wizard from Jason Raish on Vimeo.
taken through a pair of binoculars with my phone

the next day I finally convinced everyone to tackle the mountain in front of Jill and Derek's house despite there being no trail or promise of a good time.  There ended up being a trail for some of the way, then it was bushwhacking from there on out.
There was a plot of land that looks private but Derek said its actually public or at least access to the trailhead is public.  The Hoof, Foot and Ski Trail

bushwhacking.  In the end the hike wasn't bad at all and it was awesome to do a hike that no one has ever done before.
Machete timelapse from Jason Raish on Vimeo.

the goal was to scale the mountain and come back down at Mudge Pond where we'd swim at Sharon town beach and Derek would pick us up and it was a success!

Plan Bee brewery is back in action and opened up a barn tasting room and has great beer.  After this we made it back to Park Slope, parked the car, went to Buttermilk bar and ordered mexican food that took forever to come. I guess thus is metropolis.  What a great adventure time weekend with the Connecticut Adventure Boyzzzz.


4th of July on Kimie and Steven's roof

the Pink Girl hybrid tomato plant has just been serving up blossom end rot tomatoes, maybe cuz its in a 16" round self watering planter from Lowe's and the reservoir is only like half a gallon so I've been heavily watering from the top as well....

Bartlett surprise Bday gathering at Bierwax beer and record shop bar

The sungold cherry tomato plant going crazy

The sungold cherry tomato plant has been gifting plenty of tomatoes and combined with Jenny's cold noodle lunches its swell, some gaennip or shiso, sesame seeds, onions and some kinda dressing and you're in business.

also great on broccoli, bacon, mushroom quiches.

the 2018 world cup lead to 1 full day and at least one half day of productivity loss.  Steven was really into it especially cuz England made it to the final four.  We watch a few games at the Black Horse pub a block over

the Lams came over so the kid could pick cherry tomatoes and he loved them and ate a ton
The Heirlooms are almost there
actually getting used for their intended purpose
France won the 2018 world cup against Croatia and the scene was wild outside French restaurant Bar Tabac where they showed the game outside on the street which happened to coincide with Bastille day that shuts the street down every year, so what a great day for French New York.  The outside screens were on a like 15 second delay so the people inside would be tossing beers and going crazy when France scored and outside people would know its coming.
The biggest almost 1 pound boy.  Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato.  Heirlooms are generally $5/lb so you're looking at a $5 tomato here and the taste is such that you can't even buy, even the farmers market heirlooms don't taste like what you grow yourself. Not bragging its just true and now that it's october it makes me sad tomato season is coming to an end.

guessing baby food flavors

guessing mini candy bar flavors in diapers.

aren't kids great Jason
Korean fried chicken at Choon Man Chicken, good stuff
Crystal Garden in the east village purveyor of crystals and other esoteric goods.  You never know who's into crystals, I know several peeps that you never woulda guessed which makes it harder for me to say that its crazy but I'm still gonna say it.

some Shillington graduating class show at Bathhouse studios.

Beef tomato stir fry courtesy of the woks of life site with marinated flank steak and tomato based sauce made from our heirloom tomatoes it was delish!