Celebrating France

Melissa has been in Paris all week for work.  Tapas and I have been stuck at home.  That also means that there is nobody here to tell me not to do stupid things.  😉  So, Tapas now has a tiny beret.

Bacon Club

Over the past decade, and since falling off the vegetarian wagon, I’ve home cured bacon a couple times. If you eat bacon and have never tried home curing, I recommend you indulge.  Although you might find store-bought artisanal bacon that compares, my home cured bacon has always been the best bacon I’ve ever had.  It’s…

Charging the Tesla

A week into learning the etiquette involved in charging my car at work, and I can tell that this is going to get interesting.  First, my commute is longer than most (which means that my required charge time is long).  Second, my office is at a building where there is more competition for the chargers…

Chez Klio

For the second time — while on Maui — we have spent an entire day at Chez Klio learning to cook beyond our comfort zone.  Highlights this time around were: the correct way to prepare Ahi, the secret to homemade wasabi mayo, the best seafood curry I’ve ever tasted, and a variation on pani puri…

Maui Sunset

We’re in our last day of this trip to Maui.  It’s hard to leave such a nice environment.  Alas, we are but visitors.  Until next time…

Darioush’s 2017 Estate Dinner Series

Continuing my birthday month celebrations, we headed to Napa for the weekend and attended the August 26th winemaker dinner at Darioush.  It was one of their new Estate Dinner Series evenings, this one “Featuring Duel” (a cabernet sauvignon / shiraz blend that we enjoy immensely).  If wineries received Michelin Stars, Darioush would have at least…

2016-2017 Golden State Half Marathon Series

A week after running last year’s Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon, I had the opportunity to run one of my bucket list races.  It’s not the particular race that was on my bucket list — it could have been any race that crossed the Golden Gate.  It just so happened that I saw the Golden…

Hello world!

After a multi-year blogging hiatus, I’m jumping back in.  The advent of social media platforms temporarily diverted my attention, as was true for the attentions of most of my friends. (It was easier — at that time — to snap a photo on a phone and upload it to those platforms than to our own…