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Grillmaster Magistro

The Indian summer in San Francisco is just getting started, perfect timing for receiving my first grill as a birthday gift from my parents last week. One of the things I miss most from So Cal and living with my parents is solid BBQ. It was always a staple in my household, just ask any of my friends who have had my Dad's famous baby back ribs. Legendary. At one point he had 3 grills and a smoker!

To me, there's just nothing that compares to a juicy tri-tip or perhaps some barbequed chicken with a fresh tomato salad on a warm summer evening. While we don't really have warm summer nights in SF, I can at least work on the food part.

So without further ado, I introduce my new friend, Weber. So far he's sizzled out some steaks, zucchini, prosciutto-wrapped radicchio with goat cheese, and greek lamb chops (blog post to come). Looking forward to many good times ahead!

This also marks my re-commitment to food blogging. Looking forward to sharing some fun recipes and tasty ideas with you. Thanks to my friend Phuong, for some great photos.


Rainy Day Recipe

When the forecast shows rain as far as you can see, there are only a few things I want to do. The first usually involves a warm cup of goodness - be that coffee, tea or cocoa - and a good book on the couch. The second is to cook some warm hearty comfort food. As you can see by the weather report, there is only one thing on the radar in the bay area this week (and last week), so this has pretty much been my M.O.

5 Day forecast
Warm French Lentils
Kara and I have had a stock of French Lentils for about a year now, and other than Lentil soup have been thinking of other ways to prepare them. Then came Ina Garten to save the day. On Friday we prepared her Warm French Lentils, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Perfect for a cozy meal on a rainy night, especially when you live in a drafty apartment like ours and need be warmed from the inside out!
We served with crusty baguette, balsamic vinegar for dipping, and an inexpensive pinot noir. 
Lentils simmering with leeks, carrots and onionIngredients:
2 Tbs plus 1/4 c olive oil
1 Leek sliced 1/4 in thick
2 carrots 1/2 in diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup French green Le Puy lentils
1 whole onion, peeled and stuck with 6 whole cloves
1 white turnip cut in half
1 tsp unsalted butter
4 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tbs salt
1 tsp blak pepper
Heat the 2 Tbs oil in medium saute pan, add leek & carrots, and cook over medium heat for 5 min. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute, set aside.
Meanwhile, place lentils, 4 c water, the onion with cloves, and the turnip (we left it out) in a large saucepan and bring to boil. Lower heat, add leek and carrots, and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, until lentils are almost tender. Remove and discard onion and turnip and drain lentils. Add butter.
Whisk together dressing ingredients and add to the lentils, stir well. Can be served warm, or hot with sausage

Weekend Riding

Those who know me, know that I have recently taken up cycling as a weekend hobby and occasional mode of transportation. As part of my recovery from knee surgery almost three years ago, I took up cycling with my Dad as a way to build back up my leg muscles. Not only did it help, but it was also a great way to spend a Saturday morning outside, taking in some fresh air and scenery, and getting in a little workout.

I learned a bunch of nice paths down in the South Orange County area while living back at home, and hijacked my Mom's nice Giant whenever she wasn't on it. When I returned North to the Bay, I left my beach cruiser home in the garage (clunky heavy bike with three gears was not gonna get me far up the hills) and abandoned the oversized Univega road bike that was just a tad too big (imagine me wobbling and almost nearly falling when trying to dismount at a stop light).

Last November, after many months of cursing MUNI and saying I wanted to get a bike, I finally sucked it up and made the purchase. I went with a crossover bike with road bike components, but the flat handlebars. Felt a bit more secure when riding next to a bus... Isn't it cute in it's XS frame. Still needs a name if you have any suggestions.

So that is the set up, since then I have been riding to work about one day a week. I was recently asked if I was a serious road rider, and I couldn't help but laugh to myself. Definitely not, but I have started doing some longer rides with The Freewheel novice group that meets on Saturdays in the mission. It is definitely more than a novice group in my opinion, but it has been fun to explore some local routes across the bridge and into Marin, Sausalito and Mill Valley.

This weekend I am proud to say I survived a 42 mile ride to Tiburon and back! Slow and steady wins the race up hills for me, but this has to be one of the most beautiful places to ride, especially on a nice sunny (almost) spring day!

While that is the farthest I have ridden, and hope it gets easier the more I ride and build up stamina, I am also looking forward to taking a meandering ride back to Tiburon, treating myself to a nice cold beer and then hopping on the ferry back to the city.


Nerf Battle

When we have technical difficulties in the Rev3 office, we don't twiddle our thumbs, we suit up for battle. Nerf battle that is. So next time email is down or your server crashes, think about how you spend your extra time. And then be jealous you don't work with us!

Thanks to Mau for this gem, and thanks to Frank for sacrificing your body.


2010 Memories & Laughs

As year after year pass, I like to look back on the year that has gone by at the same time as I look forward to what is to come.  Re-watching my video from 2009 I was reminded of so many great times spent with friends and loved ones.  Something about video really captures our smiles, excitement, and genuine happiness! So the close of 2010 wraps up the end of my first full year living in San Francisco.  Most of this footage was not taken from the city though, some of the best times with friends were spent skiing at Donner Lake, traveling in Costa Rica, camping at the Russian River, and yeah some fun times at Casa Shewolf too!  Love you friends! This was apparently the year of dancing, or at least that is what I have on camera. Get ready 2011, here we come!

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