Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bridge fog


Bridge fog and me
Originally uploaded by NadiaMac

Taken at Chrissy Field in the marina. The fog was lying heavily on the bay, filling the space between the water and the bridge roadway, but the area was otherwise bright and sunny. It looked really cool and made for a nice backdrop for the chi running clinic I attended at sf presidio sportsbasement.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Omnivore's Hundred

This caught my eye on a food-oriented blog. It's a list of 100 items that the blog author thinks any food-oriented person should eat at least once. I like to think I eat a broad range of cuisine (though hampered a bit in the last couple of years by my largely veggie diet), so let's see how I do:

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred (ref: http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ )
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten (regular bold is not showing up, so I am making the font larger for the items I've eaten).
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating (I am bracketing [[ ]] because I can't figure out how to strikeout text).
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4.
Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9.
Borscht
10.
Baba ghanoush
11.
Calamari
12.
Pho
13.
PB&J sandwich
14.
Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21.
Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23.
Foie gras
24.
Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29.
Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted
lassi
34.
Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float

[[36. Cognac with a fat cigar ]]
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39.
Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects (no, though a kid I was babysitting once tried to make me eat live ants, and provided a demonstration. He was kind of disturbed Update: had some in Laos--some sort of cricket. Tasty, texture like greasy minilobsters, but that was also due to the saucing)
43. Phaal (possible that I've had this, but can't confirm. It sounds good!0
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (note, would need to trust my chef!)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51.
Prickly pear
52.
Umeboshi (ed: looked it up, and I have had this. Mmmm, love fermented/pickled things)
53. Abalone
54.
Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (only under duress!)
56. Spaetzle (ed: looked this up, and I have had it)
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59.
Poutine
60.
Carob chips
61.
S’mores
62.
Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (oddly, the link is to wikipedia's page on geophagy, the practice of eating chalk or dirt)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (update: had durian candy in Laos. Does that count?  Wasn't very strong, so probably should not count)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
(all of the above!)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70.
Chitterlings, or andouillette
71.
Gazpacho
72. Caviar and
blini
73. Louche absinthe (would try only a little sip)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (no, though I was once offered a laboratory bunny carcass to try. I declined)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79.
Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82.
Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85.
Kobe beef
86. Hare
87.
Goulash
88.
Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92.
Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa (update: have since had Harissa, but not rose harissa)
94. Catfish
95.
Mole poblano
96. Bagel and
lox
97.
Lobster Thermidor
98.
Polenta
99.
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Eaten-- 63/100 Update: 64/100
Not eaten-- 37/100 Updated: 36/100
Will not eat under any circumstances-- 1 (cognac and cigar. I can't imagine ever smoking a cigar, ever)

Huh, I've got some work to do here (and part of the project will include looking up the unknown items on the list!)
2011 update: slightly disappointed to find that I've added just one item since 2008.  Oh well...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

cross

I've finally dusted off the cross bike and gotten out for a ride. Yay! I took the day off of work on Friday and rode up to the inn near the Mt Tam summit. It was not a challenging ride, as I took tame fireroads that I could likely clear on a road bike. But, a nice chance to check out the new crank and new bike fit and to start getting the feel of riding on dirt again. It was fun, except that I got a saddle sore from the new saddle position. Owie. Tweaking is in order.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

I feel old

Just picked up my first pair of reading glasses, for use when working on the computer at work. Another one of those rites of passage, I suppose. Sigh

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

a couple more trip pictures

Amazing cliff near Medicine Lake in the Jasper area. Taken on our shakedown ride (that's me at the front).

The best black bear photo ever, taken at a scary-close range

Giant glacier shot- that's me riding in the front (barely visible)


Me and Sue in front of giant glacier (Athabasca glacier in the Columbia icefield). I've known Sue for about 32 years. Wow, that's a long time!
Bill and Sue's most gorgeous picture from Glacier Nat'l park area (Bill is pictured). Not sure if this is in Canada or Montana as I didn't go on this part of the trip. This photo is really incredible- love the little lakes.

The Going To The Sun Road in Glacier, or as Sue put it, the "Going To The Sun Road should be renamed Going To The Snow/Sleet/Wind/Rain/Hail Stinging Your Cheeks/36 Degrees In August/Sun My Ass Road". The road looks really epic, but I am not so sorry I missed the climb, at least on this particular day.

Pictures borrowed with thanks from Sue and Bill's photoset.