NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN! I love Iowa. Finding little places like this off I-80 is such a treat. The menu here boasted muffulettas(!!!squeee!!!) and grilled cheese with Jarisberg Swiss, Muenster, and Havarti! Fantastic! The website doesn’t have an updated menu. It’s good but the new menu is so much better. I can’t wait to go back and try the breakfast.
Finally getting back here to follow up on my list! Naturally the list has grown even longer of things to share, but ya gotta start somewhere, right? I’ll just keep adding to my list and posting as I can. My move date is getting closer and closer and I seem to bet getting more mired in sorting and organizing and less packing. Not to worry. It will get done. It always gets done somehow and the move always seems to happen.
On to more fun things! Video is still on my ‘love it’ list. I have two projects in the works now, yay! I wanted to share an older one since I never got around to it.
Have I mentioned how lucky I am to have friends willing to show up in the freezing cold to play with me on these crazy things? I don’t pay them! They don’t pay me! This is purely for the love of my crazy ideas.
Shit is about to get real up in here! Sounded good, right? It is true but really to a lesser…anyway. What I have been thinking about and doing lately.
Vegas! (psst, Vegas isn’t super warm in February) Moving: This will probably be a multi part post. So many things to talk about with this move. So many exciting things. Polaroid Super fun doggie video post (psst, final cut pro is a bitch) Chocolate balls Fish Tacos
Lots! I told you. I am most certainly not slacking around here.
We had a glorious snow day today. My plan was to stay in and do absolutely nothing. Not really nothing. I took time to jump (and run, it wasn’t all jumping) on the treadmill, do a little yoga, make some chicken noodle soup from scratch, shovel the drive, and then….the sun came out! Inspiration hit! I called up a visiting yogini and begged her to venture out into the cold to do a little yoga video.
I have started the editing process and plan to take my time to get it right. We’ll see how long this takes me. I’m off to watch some editing how to videos….
This is the first video from my 5D. Yes, it has been in my possession for several years. Yes, it has never been used for video before this. Yes, I’m mildly embarrassed about that. The video is horrible on many levels and I have made my peace with that. It was purely for experimentation purposes. The next one will be awesome! Many subjects are being scheduled and ideas are forming. There is so much to learn! I’ll share my success and failures here for you all to witness. It will be an adventure!
P.S. Regarding this video. It was all done in camera with zero post editing. Shot with a cheap Russian fisheye and an old Alpex 28mm screw mount lens. I do love the look of the video. I need refining on filming, editing, music selection, frame rate, ok I need refining on everything, but it is so much fun and I might have a small addiction to 5D video.
Now that you have taco filling why not turn it into something completely different!
Mix Equal parts
Old Bay Seasoning
Plus a little cayenne to taste
- ½ package firm tofu
- Left over taco filling
- ½ cup black beans
- 1 or 2 chopped scallions
- 1 or 2 chopped chipotles in adobo
- 2 tsp Taco seasoning
Saute filling in ½ tsp olive oil until for 6-7 min.
- 1 can dice tomato
- 1 can green enchilada sauce
- 1 scallion
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 chipotle in adobo
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
Blend sauce ingredient in food processor until smooth
Pour approx 1/3 of the sauce into a 9/13 baking pan
Fill 10 flour tortillas with sautéed tofu mix – place on top of sauce in pan
Pour rest of sauce over filled tortillas
Sprinkle with nutritional yeast (or cheese)
This taco filling was inspired by Fresh Cafe in Des Moines. Since I live 45 minutes from any big city I have to recreate things I enjoy in order to enjoy them more! This was not an easy one to recreate. I didn’t really come as close as I’d like, but that just means I’ll enjoy the tacos at Fresh Cafe even more (and you should go there too so you can have the real thing).
Taco ‘Fill You Up’ Filling
The nuts and bolts
1c Sunflower Seeds
Chop in food processor until chopped fairly fine but with some bits for crunch.
1 clove fresh garlic microplaned
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp onion salt
1c Water or until the nuts are all moist and can absorb the water. You can also presoak the walnuts.
Please note this recipe is still in the works. I’ll modify and give a shout about changes as they happen. You shout if there are some awesome changes you made too!
Whew! Last part here. I think. So many things to share. Our breakfast at Fred’s is where we left off, I do believe. So the following is a bunch of images from our trek out to Muir Woods and Beach overlooks.
I loved the variety of mushrooms almost more than the giant trees.
Muir Beach overlook
Sam’s Anchor Cafe was our destination for lunch. Walking the 2 mile hike around the woods and then looking at the beach inspired us to find some food on the water.
Not pictured but a must have is their Blue Cheese Garlic Bread.
Mint Confetti ice cream from The Grass Shack. I have not tasted better ice cream….ever.
I’m losing track of what we did next. Seems like…OH YEAH! Photography fun. We made out way back to the city to find the secret Photojojo store (fun site and stuff). We found it, but I have to say, as fun as it was suppose to be finding the store, the store itself was somewhat depressing. Maybe it was the dude working. He was NOT excited to see us. There was a “party booth” and costumes but with Mr. Sourpants sitting there I didn’t want to stay. Couldn’t even bring myself to buy anything because I was getting so depressed!
Looks fun right?! Maybe his dog just died and he couldn’t rally the fun for us. Yeah, we’ll give him a tragedy to make up for his lameness. The Mission District was really cool (store location) so even with all of it’s sadness the neighborhood we walked around was cool. We were saved by the photodud by going to the Lomography store. IT was like the holy grail! Beautiful and interesting. The guy working took the time to chat us up and talk about film, cross processing, and street photography.
Our time was up on Sunday. Sad. San Francisco is a lovely town. Can’t wait to go back. Our last morning we had breakfast in Haight Ashbury. It was early and the only people out were a few families and lots of homeless gutter punks. The breakfast was good but I forgot pictures. Our drive along the coast was beautiful and all too short.