Thursday, November 22, 2012


I got this.
You need pork sausage and apricot jam to start.

Friday, October 5, 2012

winter hoss

Picked up this old 1981 Sports Tourer Schwinn for $60. I like the colors even though it was way more beat than I could tell from the CL photo (first pic). I love the deep red on black.

I missed riding a steel frame bike after 7 years on an Aluminum bike. In the off chance I hit a car, I'd like to at least put a dent in it. It never feels like there's anything under you with an aluminum bike.

Second pic is 5 hours post purchase when I cleaned it up and threw my wheels and pedals on it. Took for a ride and I like it. Going to ride it without brakes for a bit until I get some new parts. The old center pull breaks have built in reflectors which is a no go for me. This is one of those old monster tall bikes you don't see a lot of. You need a 36" inseam to stand over the crossbar and once on the seat you can barely tippie toe the ground.

fall colors

You know it's Fall when the hair extensions start falling.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

bangers and mash

Toulous sausage, sauerkraut, pearl onions and beer gravy. A very good French, German and English mashup.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

bergohff's old school

My first year at SAIC I went here all the time. It was just changing from a men only bar.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

step by step basil pesto and feta pizza

Fresh Basil. Not blended, rough chopped. Add cap of olive oil and Reggiano cheese.

Add Feta and sea salt and cracked black pepper.

Apricot dollops.

Add shaved Parmigiana.

Sliced Hungarian peppers.

Cooked till the apricot caramelizes.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

metal roofed farmhouse

It;s about how a house is conducive to the style. Some houses need an edge.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

compass rose

Painting a compass rose on the floor of Vytas's sailboat. Been a while since I've done this but, it's pretty basic geometery.

The part that made it hard was the confined space and a giant steering column in the center. I could use none of the normal tools. It was a mix of string, paint stirrer stick, small ruler and a crazy accurate left eyeball. The photos are just the white part taped off. There's plenty of room to fix small issues as you reverse tape and paint the other colors. It's going to be white, light blue w/ a light grey background. It's also going to look insane...

Friday, June 29, 2012

random shit from my ny trip

My version of Chicago dogs. We were supposed to make these for the bistro regulars. Those are actually shallots. Shoot me

Double f*ing rainbow outside Dish. The other end of this was literally across the street and half up a hill. You could see the rainbow in front of the trees.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

the shit

Going into the shit.

Drying one of the jackets I wore after 22 hours in the shit.
That jacket REALLY sucked.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

guess what day today is?

That's right. It's new shoes in the mail Tuesday. I'm seeing how they look on the ceiling.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

sauteed whole branzino

Cooked my first fish. I still need to get used to fish. There's a weird nausea I get if I eat too much. The best fish house in the city is a block away so I'm determined to make use of it. I also like how cooked fish looks and I love lemon and olive oil.
I think as long as I'm cooking the fish I'm OK with it. I will never eat mussels though. That would trigger my gag reflex for sure.

I have a few years to get used to this before I'm living on a boat and this is dinner every other night.

I ate this much...

sauce gribiche

2 large hard boiled egg yolks
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 teaspoons Champagne Vinegar (or mix white wine vinegar and Champagne and yes, I bought a $10 bottle of Champagne to make this)
1/2 squeezed lemon
8 to 10 small capers; drained, rinsed, and squeezed dry
about 1/4 cup fresh Italian Parsley

No pickles or egg whites


Friday, May 18, 2012

these are drinking shorts

You really need to be a professional to pull this off. You would normally only see these at the grocery store when the owner is buying; a bag of ice, cokes, whiskey and two packs of smokes. They are that special. Rare. Like seeing a beautiful bird. You should treasure that moment. Press it close to your chest.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

empty bottle - grimes

Claire (the lilliputian princess of dance), hanging out on the couch up front at Empty Bottle talking to random people before her show (which killed).

On the way home I stopped at Richards Bar which I have never been in before. I was shocked when I realized they allow smoking. SMOKING in a bar. I smoked my one cigarette ass off like it was 1999.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

francis mallmann

Francis Mallmann’s Chimichurri

1 cup water
1 tbs. coarse salt
1 head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 cup fresh oregano leaves
2 tsp. crushed red- pepper flakes
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Here is the batch of Devil's brew I made this morning.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

vegas bums

I had hours to kill reading a book ('The Liars Club'), while I waited to go to the airport and no longer enamored with the gambling, I studied the bums of Vegas outside the window. The ketchup packet eating, beer sharing. Cobbling together smoke buts into a rolled cig. The good times and the drone of the day. And then this beauty shot happened...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

spa days

Photo Michelle Zive
"My son, Dev, and I used to sneak into the pool at the Sheraton. We’d park illegally in the snowy lot with our bathing suits on under our winter clothes. We’d call it “going to the Bahamas.” That was our vacation. I was thinking about moving Dev’s bed into my room so we could rent out the other bedroom—grasping at straws, really."

Mary Karr and I share the same notion of what constitutes a vacation. I always brought Nick with because he was such a good cover to sneak into the pools with. I called it a spa day. We would hit the hot tub for 5 minutes, the sauna for 15 and the pool for another 10. Repeat. We hit all the major pools downtown. Here is some sample conversation with other pool guests.
"Where are you visiting from?"
"Actually, we live here."

Sunday, February 5, 2012