Muir Woods

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

California Redwoods

'Just a quick evening trip to Muir Woods National Monument, because we can! Living close to such lovelies is so nice...but only if we bother to get off our duffs and hike around a bit. This was a laid back gander because the following weekend we were set to do a somewhat more grueling 4 hour trek around Mount Tamalpais.

Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
California Redwoods Sunshine through the trees
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Light Play on the Trees Light Play on the Trees
Muir Woods Sign
Tree Fade

Blue Apron: Week 32

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Seared Chicken with Sautéed Purple Potatoes, Kale & Apple
The Seared Chicken with Sautéed Purple Potatoes, Kale & Apple takes the crown this week. Leaving the skin on the chicken really increases the tastiness of the protein. And the kale, apple, and mustard salad isn't nearly as weird as it sounds!

Zucchini & Parmesan Quiches with Green Leaf Lettuce Salad & Pink Lemon Vinaigrette
The Zucchini & Parmesan Quiches with Green Leaf Lettuce Salad & Pink Lemon Vinaigrette freeze and defrost quite well, which makes them a nice work lunch. The quiche interior was a pinch liquid-y, but still pleasantly edible.

Didn't have a chance to eat the Grains of Paradise-Crusted Steaks with Mashed Plantain, Collard Greens & Ginger Peanuts, Jim ate the steaks, and the potatoes have been giving me the stink eye for weeks. Jim says the steak was tasty, though.

Commencement

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Carnegie Mellon Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Fancy music halls, and PhD hoodings, and robotic bagpipers, and light sabers. Oh my!

Carnegie Mellon SCS Diploma Ceremony Waiting to go in
Seating
CMU Bagpipes
SCS Faculty Light Sabers

Current Teas I'm Drinking

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lemon Myrtle Tea
Just Lemon Myrtle from T2 in Australia. Super overpowering lemon! But delicious! Great mixed with other teas that could use a shot au limon, and great for sick days! Herbal and naturally decaffeinated. One of the few "teas" grown in Australia.

Florida Orange Rooibos Red Tea
This Florida Orange Rooibos Tea from Margaret's Fine Imports in Pittsburgh is a nice naturally decaffeinated option, but not as tasty as the Vanilla Masala Chai that I mix on my own. Sweet with an even balance of orange and rooibos flavoring.

Casablanca Twist Tea
In the office I've got this green tea, Casa Blanca Twist from Adagio Teas. So minty and refreshing!

Pi Lo Chun Tea
I've also got this Pi Lo Chun from Adagio Teas in the office. It's nice, but considerably plainer than all my other options! Whatever gets you through the day!

Urban Putt, San Francisco

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Urban Putt in San Francisco

We went to Urban Putt in the city for a friend's birthday recently, and it was...very San Francisco. Cocktails on tap and indoor mini golf!. Virtual mini golf, labyrinth mini golf, and some more traditional holes combined to make 14 total. It's lots of fun, if a bit crowded...maybe try after 8pm?

Urban Putt in San Francisco
Urban Putt in San Francisco

Blue Apron: Week 31

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Korean Bao Sliders with Gochujang Mayo & Sweet Potato Tempura
Oh man. These Korean Bao Sliders with Gochujang Mayo & Sweet Potato Tempura were absolutely fantastic. I usually hate Blue Apron ground beef meals, but this was great. Maybe because there was fifty tons of ginger in the patties? Or because there was mayonnaise? I don't know, but it was good.

Za’atar Chicken & Pearl Couscous with Asparagus & Pink Lemon Compote
This Za’atar Chicken & Pearl Couscous with Asparagus & Pink Lemon Compote was also very very good. But I'm a tremendous fan of za'tar (especially on popcorn! and lebneh!). First time encountering a pink lemon, and probably could've done without the lemon compote, but whatever.

Creamy Lemon Pasta with English Peas, Mint & Garlic Breadcrumbs
Creamy Lemon Pasta with English Peas, Mint & Garlic Breadcrumbs, another lemon pasta! They're always very good, but don't taste very different from one to the other. The breadcrumbs were a nice touch, though.

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