While I didn’t hear back from Teh Pirate Princess ™ about taking her
out for crepes and espresso this morning, I had some anyways.
Between work, goings on, and a bout of serious bleh on the night of The
Garden I have not yet managed to catch up with Her Pirateness. Rather
hoping to do it sooner than later. At the very least to abjectly
apologize for not being there on Sunday. She, among others, was
definitely expecting me to come out.
But back to today, which kicked ass. Slept in, which I needed. Then
headed off to the Farmer’s Market to break the fast in true me style.
Managed to meet up with Teh Labyrintine One ™ and introduced him the
wonderousness that are crepes at Ladybug. Damn those are good. It was
also good catching up with Teh Labyrintine One ™, hadn’t seen him in
Picked up a few necessities, but not much while I was there. I haven’t
flipped through my cookbooks recently due to serious busy factor, so I
didn’t have anything specific to shop for.
>From there, it was off to put in some time for work. Fortunately that
went extremely smoothly in contrast with the last week of changes out at
the data center. Oi. It’s been a gong show of weird and cryptic
>From there it was off to follow up on a suggestion to go to BBQ Galore
up on Edmonton Trail from my very wise and knowledgeable bbq’ing friend.
Picked up a lovely starter BBQ that should serve me well. It’s a
relatively basic Broil King, but has an iron grill and doesn’t require
charcoal or briquettes due to some nifty heat wave technology in it.
Interestingly, I ran into an old coworker while I was there, and he gave
me some advice on prepping the grill. The man is truly religious about
his BBQ let me tell you. Anyone who drives to Airdrie for brisket
*must* be serious
So the grill got seasoned in at 300 degrees with brushings of vegetable
oil for a couple hours. It was thus ready to be christened.
And what better way to christen Teh Hawt Beast ™ than to finagle the
recipe for bbq beer can chicken out of the master himself! It was
definitely a hit with the girls over for 3SG tonight *nodnod* I’ll have
to work on my timing with the corn and chopped potatoes. Me, I actually
had a steak instead. There was no way in hell I wasn’t going to have a
quality steak on that magnificent monster the first time I fired it
A AAA NY strip was in order. Briefly marinated in red wine and balsamic
peppercorn vinegar, fresh ground peppercorns, and brushed lightly with
Montreal steak spice. BBQ’d to a respectful rare to medium-rare, and
devoured in sumptuous and gluttonous glee. My god that was good
Oo! Also on the culinary front, I’ve managed to vaguely horrify a few
people with my recent purchases from the fine proprietor, Kevin, of KnifeWear down in Inglewood.
I’ve been assured that what I spent on two knives (and 3 sharpening
stones) was vaguely obscene. Me, I dinna care a whit. I now have two
serious kitchen knives that will serve me the rest of my life. One is a
Gyuto with a European style handle, white carbon steel, a 62 on the
Rockwell scale and a stunning Damascus finish.
The second is a Japanese style vegetable knife, so it looks similar to a
cleaver. Also a white carbon steel knife and a 62 on the Rockwell
The edge you can put on these knives is frightening, and the difference
between these and my my Henckels is night and day. I am going to love
the hell out of these knives I do plan on returning next month to
get a more classical European vegetable knife, as well as a good paring
knife. I took his class on knife sharpening, and plan on using the
Henckels for my initial practice. Particularly since I had to cut out
on the class just as it was time to put to use what he’d been showing us
(he does classes of two people at a time). Definitely don’t plan on
taking out my learning curve on the fine specimens of sharp I picked up
while I was there!
Aside from that, I’ve also rendered some repairs to the cat tree here at
Chez Gnu. Chinsu and Crypto are both cats who love to scratch, and they
had got down to the wood in their favourite spots on it… rather than
replace it, or go out and buy a staple gun and grab carpet ends… I
found an almost perfect solution. There are these wonderful rope
wrapped boards that are sold for cats to scratch. Courtesy of some
tie-wraps, they are now firmly attached and covering the previously
abused spots. The great thing is I can easily replace those as they
wear through them.
For those hankering for a taste of geekery, I also recently snagged a
new bluetooth headset. A Jawbone
to be specific. This thing, frankly, rocks. It is the first time I’ve
had a bluetooth headset that actually works, for starters. The sound
quality is excellent. Almost as important, I literally forget I have it
on. It fits so comfortably that I find myself going ‘oh crap, I lost
it!’. While the default bits it came with work for me, it actually has
different ear attachments and earbud covers so it can be fit to the
individual user. Awesome. The major reason I let myself get sucked
into purchasing another one is all the time I’ve spent at our data
center recently. The Noise Assassin feature should serve me well. When
I told the rep what I was looking for, he immediately pointed at the
Jawbone and mentioned that it’s the only one that guys who work doors at
clubs will use. If it works on that kind of background noise, I should
be in good shape.
Ok, it’s nigh on 2am, and it’s high time I wrapped this sucker up and
crawled into bed. Lots to do tomorrow! My deepest appreciation to Teh
Labyrintine One ™ for hanging out today, and sharing his closely held
secret recipe for beer can chicken.