Winter Is Here

Winter is coming.....
Winter is here??!!! Oh F@#$@#@#!!!!!

I hate winter.  It happened to come on the busiest driving day of the year in America, the day before thanksgiving.  A good ol' fashioned Nor'easter.  This is somewhere in New Jersey.  Plows had yet to hit the roads and people where fishtailing all over the place.  At least this time we were in a mid sized Toyota Sonata.  The average speed for a long time was 20 mph or less.  Not fun and took a long time to get home.

Winter Driving Fun from Jason Raish on Vimeo.
my childhood room

My mom working with Brody on his tracking skills for another one of her crazy dog lady tests they have to do.

I didn't get down low to take jen's photo but it would still look the same because she can't get hang time like I do!  If I didn't have those boots on I would be on the moon right now

bob's homemade cream of mushroom soup was super delish.  Make sure you tell him because he was super proud of it.  Things keep escalating higher and higher and bob always begrudgingly agrees to go along with it.....only he secretly likes it!  This time I said we had to make the green bean casserole as homemade as possible and he did a bad job at hiding the fact that he wanted to make homemade cream of mushroom soup for it.  You can be proud of this one bob cuz it kicked arse.

So we have basically taken Thanksgiving from our parents and probably ruined it for them by being pretentious little kitchen pricks raised in the era of modern cooking shows, food photography, and over all foodie culture afforded by the sacrifices that our parents had to make to improve our lives to the point where we complain if the green bean casserole is made with cambell's cream of mushroom soup from a can and not homemade with shitake, porcini, and portabella shrooms.  I can get out of that run on scattered sentence because this is my blog!  Anyway, my parents do the turkey, gravy, and 24 hour salad and we take care of the rest now.  This year bob went above and beyond and made homemade stuffing too.  We also have: Garlic mashed potatoes, improved olive plate, green been casserole, biscuit failure, sautéed corn.

thanksgiving at home for 2 years in a row now, I could get used to this.

If you're really dedicated you will muster the strength from the depths of your soul after apple and pumpkin pie and wine to throw the turkey carcass in a pot with leeks,  garlic, and anything else you can think of to make a killer broth.  We made a quasi-kal gook su (korean hand cut noodle soup) the next day out of it.  Success was had.

When i made the rental arrangement 2 months before hand I couldn't believe that a ford mustang was the same price as a sh!tty car so I jumped on it.  I totally didn't expect them to have a ford mustang for me at the tiny tiny airport by my parents house.  But low and behold they had this 2014 Ford Mustang waiting for me.  It features the awesome fuel efficiency of 15-19 city 26-29 highway miles per gallon (which if you didn't know is horrible).  But this is classic american muscle and i'll probably never get to drive another one again.  It's a pretty sweet ride and totally douche-y but if its the same price as a Ford focus I'll take the mustang and be douche-y for a day.  What the F#$@@$# you say to me brah!!!???

Baked Camembert requires good Camembert or else it won't be nice and gooey it will be a weird gross consistency.  You just cut some slits and shove garlic and thyme or rosemary in there and top with olive oil and salt and throw it in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes and you're good.  Eat with some toasted bread like baguette rounds or something.  Want to hear a funny story about a baked Camembert disaster?  Keep reading

This is the era we live in now.  The selfie stick era.  Mel and Gerald with child.

So the Olsen's had a christmas party in their apartment and it was at least 60% people we didn't know and at least 20 people crammed in a new york sized apartment.  I thought making a baked camembert would be perfect!  There is a sweet cheese shop on the first floor of their building but they didn't have Camembert that day and recommended this other cheese I had'nt heard of, Epoisses.  it was $21!  I should not followed through with the plan once I opened the cheese and found out how smelly and already soft it was.  The first clue should have been the orangish "rind", always the sign of a truly stinky cheese.  I few people were taking interest in my preparation of this never before seen french delight.  I thought, awesome this is going to be great and everyone will love me.  What's the best way to ruin a party and alienate your friends and people you don't know?  by throwing a $21 stinky cheese into and oven that's already going at an unknown temperature and having it explode and then seeing someone take it out of the oven barely able to withstand the stink while it's at the perfect temperature to keep dispersing cheese stink through out the small NYC sized apartment, that's how.  It sat there, all exploded on a baking sheet on the counter top for all to see, and they certainly could smell it.  I claimed no ownership of it, I stood across the kitchen sweating, wishing it would dissapear.  When no one was looking I wanted to throw the whole baking sheet out the open window to stop the spread of more and more stink.  But the apartment was packed, there wasn't going to be a "when no one was looking" moment for hours and hours.  In the end only a few interested parties knew it was my doing and free flowing alcohol eased the situation.  I also hid in Cori's room with the asian crew jen, mel and gerald until the situation literally blew over.  It's like a scene from a movie what happened.  The only way it could have been more of a perfect storm is if I got kicked out of the party 

great busker's make waiting forever for late night trains alright.

first time ice skating ever at the Standard hotel for a MyHabit holiday party.  I eventually let the penguin be and was able to skate around very slowly.  I fell straight on my back twice and no one else did.  this post could be titled: "How to Alienate your friends and acquaintances as an Adult".

Winter Is Coming

Winter is coming to New York
when you work at home all day you gotta amuse yourself somehow.  Here is my front of the house squirrel friend.  Is he the same as my back of the house squirrel friend that I got a sweet photo of the other day?

Lil' Jason's first day at school he's so playful and gay!

planned a surprise birthday party for Jen and we got her good!  She didn't see it coming at all.  She even mentioned several times during the week that she was sad that none of her friends even invited her for birthday drinks.  Poor Jen.  Why do the best surprises have to bring people down to the lowest point possible before bringing them up to the highest point?  but we got that mother f@#$@#!!! She was super surprised.

D'Amico coffee on Court street opened up again

Andrew Carnegie for Smithsonian’s collector’s edition “100 Most Influential Americans of All Time” issue on newsstands today.  They had illustrators do a full page opening illustrations each of the 10 categories like: Outlaws (Boss Tweed illustrated by the amazing Edward Kinsella) and Empire builders (Andrew Carnegie).  Carnegie is famous in part for his steel empire, hence the steel girders background.  The salmon colored one is an alternate color version.

Mel and Gerald had a 100 day celebration for their Chinese kid Avan in flushing at a Chinese banquet hall.  Complete with auspicious dyed red eggs
went shopping for asian goods afterwards at some big Chinese supermarket and Jen was getting p!ssed about being shoved around but I said you're basically in China now so this is normal.  Then I started getting p!ssed about people line cutting.  It really is like China in new york

Super Natsuki Tamura playing a bunch of stuff including a didgeridoo and looking like a proper Japanese musician that came to New York to be crazy

I made some kind of Asian soup.  Konbu, anchovies, shittake mushrooms, korean hot pepper flakes, leeks, miso, etc...

Maglia Rosa, a new coffee place opened at the end of the block a few doors down from us!  but it's expensive!  This looks like what the prices would be if it were in Italy.  The owner is this nice guy from Milan.   Its also a bike shop too.  I'll probably take my bike there to get a tune up and go there for coffee sometimes.  Can't wait to work there on my laptop too.  They aren't advertising that its open so there isn't any increased people watching from my window yet :(

the place looks great and has this sweet looking espresso machine

I forgot to take a photo of this tiny kids sized Bianchi road bike and the store front with their cool graphic design identity

Winter is coming and I don't like it

still waiting to frame this 1956 pin up gal by Jean Gabriel Domergue

Southern Maine

Jen's Bday Southern Maine trip
Love Lane and Henry Street looks like London but it's Brooklyn Heights.

Bob donates his hair to Lock of Love, according to him about every 2 years.  He takes super good care of it and it takes him like 45 minutes to wash it.  Asian hair is worth a lot but some lucky kid is gonna get bob's hair.  "Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis."

Daniel Fishel's pizza party during illustration week

We we rented a Ford Fiesta (a pretty crappy car) and drove to Kennebunkport, Maine.  This place, The Maine Diner is next to it in Wells.  This is the seafood chowder.  Look at it go!

The Triple D, named because the Food Network show Diners Dives and Drive-ins came here.  The Triple D is seafood chowder, cod cake, and lobster pie.  chowder was good, cod cake was decent but the lobster pie was dissapointing.  It was loster cooked in that ceramic thing with oily breadcrumbs baked on top basically.  Better seafood was had later in the trip.

we stayed at The Lodge on the Cove.  Maine is all about coves, they're everywhere adding cuteness all over Maine.

across the cove

wine opener

it looks like the sun is always setting in Maine.

The Jenny in the willows

Kennebunkport is most famous for being the playland of the Bush family, as in the presidents George Sr. and W.  This is their compound.

The Fisherman's Grill in Portland, Maine.  The best seafood we had.  Scallops, clam chowder, lobster roll.  It's out of the way but worth it.  Sooner is better than later because I heard them talking about selling out of stuff way before their closing time.

8 oz of lobster piled high but it seemed like more.  the best lobster we had.

the Portland Head Light is supposedly the most photographed lighthouse in the world.  It's on Cape Elizabeth

old lighthouse

The Annie C. Maguire shipwrecked on Christmas eve of 1886 here despite the visibility being fine.

over at the Two Lights park looking for the 2 other lighthouses which ended up being down the road.

lighthouse 2

lighthouse 1 was decommissioned in 1924

Maps bar was a great Portland find.  Maps all over and great records playing.  Otis redding and Gladys Knight records are two I can remember them playing.  Run by a husband and wife

When they aren't playing records they have this awesome jukebox.  Patsy Cline, T Rex

Elvis Costello, Thin Lizzy and lots of songs by artists I know but have never heard.
lots of maps means lots of conversation.  Maps is a great bar

and I found this on their bookshelf.  I didn't know it existed.  The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, as in from the 90s David Lynch TV show, Twin Peaks.  Love that show

we went to dinner at Fore Street famous for its huge open kitchen dining area.  The food was great.  Their menu changes everyday.  We had a whole sea bass and some seafood sampler and it was all spectac.  It seemed like the place where start-ups went to have little company dinners.

their vegetable pantry.

Portland's docks

Bob's Clam Shack in Kittery an hour south of Kennebunkport.  It was also featured on the show Diners, Dives and Drive-ins so now it's super busy and probably has gone down in quality.  It seems to be many commenters opinions when you look up restaurants that were featured on the food shows.  These clams were good.  Lillian's style are dipped in an egg wash and fried and Bob's style are traditionally fried.  Both have their merits and both were delish.  Jen has a problem with the clam to fry ratio but I think that's just her problem.

ok see you later Maine.  6 hour drive back to NY.  We were happy to eat and nuzzle in to watch the Walking Dead (which I hate but keep watching).