Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Casareep and pepper pot

I went to a Jamaican market on Sunday, looking for West Indies food. The only non-Jamaican item I found was a bottle of cassareep from Guyana. It's super concentrated cassava and it's used to make a Christmas dish called pepper pot. I'm going to try to make it this weekend.



This is how they make cassareep. Jump to 2:35.

Adnan Khashoggi on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Did everyone enjoy watching the Royal Wedding? I was on Wikipedia and it appears Dodi Fayed's uncle was Adnan Khashoggi! Small world.

Monday, May 21, 2018

50-lane traffic jam in China

Who designed this?!

Florence, Italy, travel advice needed

We are thinking of visiting Florence next January. Has anyone been there? Too cold? Child friendly? Any and all advice appreciated.

Welcome to 2018 America



Friday, May 18, 2018

Top Gear at Bonneville

I'm really looking forward to my trip in August. Now I'm looking for a fun rental car.

Turbo cologne

San Francisco bar pilots video

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, we see huge container ships all the time and take them for granted. This video shows just how nerve wracking it is to skillfully guide them into the Bay.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Long weekend in Sedona, Arizona

My wife's very outdoorsy younger sister married an even more outdoorsy guy last weekend. We went to Sedona for the wedding.

We flew in to the Phoenix airport and had to drive another 2.5 hours north to Sedona. This Bondurant driving school car was on display at the baggage claim area.



Our quarters were very rustic. My 13 month old son really likes to mimic. Here he is, pretending he has allergies like me.


No key, not even a doorknob.



We stayed on the property nearly the entire time. I went to town to pick up some allergy medication and bottled water at a CVS drug store. These motorcycles (a BMW and a Suzuki) with British plates were parked next to me. That YJ Wrangler in the background was pretty sweet.


The food on-site was fantastic. This was one of my breakfasts. Fried trout (from a lake next door) with corn fritters.


Spending Mother's Day morning on the front porch of our cabin.


Wedding day.


The property is a working farm. We had cider that was made with 13 different varieties of apples grown there.


On our way back to Phoenix after the wedding, we stopped at Montezuma's Castle. It's a five-story residential complex from the 13th century. It had nothing to do with Montezuma or the Aztecs.


And in Phoenix, we spent a little bit of time with my wife's parents at a Japanese garden. It was a very relaxing trip.