Hike: Ashokan High Point to Peekamoose Mountain

September 7, 2010



One time, I reached two Catskill summits with Robert.  We reached the Ashokan High Point (3,081 ft.) summit in two and a half hours and took one and a half to get back down. Then we drove a few miles to reach Peekamoose’s (3,843 ft.) trailhead and climbed that one as well, except it was not […]

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Finally, Self-Published

August 18, 2016



In 2011, a 23 year old journalist named Anthony Nicaj left his home in Mineola, NY on foot pushing a stroller full of his belongings with the intention of walking across America. Along the way, he kept a collection of journals that described the beautiful, random, and mundane that came from the American highway with […]

Utopiafest 2015

January 5, 2016



I went to Utopiafest by myself this summer and had a noteworthy time. I saw one of the best performances of my life (Explosions in the Sky), I enjoyed a very quiet camp site in the middle of this giant crater-like field, I was able to forage for Texas Persimmons, one of my good friends […]

From a Recent Trip To NY

December 20, 2015



Niter Qibbeh

December 18, 2013



From Jessica Prentice’s Full Moon Feast (p. 117): Niter Qibbeh (Ethiopian Spiced Ghee) Makes about two cups This classic cooking oil of Ethiopia is a great thing to use whenever you want to give something a more complex North African or Middle Eastern Flavor. It is also a primary ingredient (along with the spice mixture berebere) […]

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My Take on Knife Sharpening

October 21, 2013


Wicked Edge 230x

I say “My Take” because like anything else in a professional kitchen, there are innumerable ways of doing something “right,” and in this post, you’ll get to see from quite a few different sources what I believe to be a holistic view of the practice of knife sharpening. Sharpness & Shelf-Life In an experiment to […]

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A Review of the FLO Chef Jacket

October 21, 2013


“Inspired by Chef Andrew Kirschner, the FLỖ Jacket’s vents and full cut allow for maximum flexibility and comfort.” And the description is accurate! The jacket really breathes and is very flexible.  Although my jacket is black, this picture sold me:  • 6.2 oz. 55/45 poly/viscose blend• Breast patch and split sleeve pockets• Mesh underarm and […]

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Movie Recommendation: “Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)”

April 12, 2011



Posted in: Movies, YouTube Wins