In no particular order, other than what comes to mind...

1. Amy and her kettle corn
2. My Moms
3. John Reed making me laugh
4. Gandolf the Grey
5. Board meetings at the CH
6. The Justice League...and Kid Flash
7. Liga Privada cigars
8. Community. Don't f@ck it up, NBC.
9. Bear Boat Russian River Valley pinto noir
10. My body finally getting used to waking up at 6am
11. Chili Peppers Fresh Mexican Grill
12. Glenlivet 21, Macallan 18 and Johnnie Walker Blue (trust me, it's all one thing.)
13. Subway footlong oven-roasted chicken subs with extra peppers
14. Everyone i've met through W.E.
15. Tatuaje cigars
16. Negroni's
17. The color changing wall behind the Hudson sushi bar
18. Mr. Dan and his mutant power to fix anything
19. Audiobooks
20. George RR Martin...although it's more of a love/hate relationship.
21. Downtown lunches with JBM
22. Sokolowski's
23. Sunday night dinners at home
24. chefheinzyee.com
25. DnD
26. The Walking Dead
27. Chris revamping entire menus and then making bar shelves in one night.
28. The McKenzies
29. Skyline with Zimm
30. My iPhone
31. Halloween costume making with Amy
32. Li Wah's dim sum not getting any worse
33. Jeremy building my humidor
34. Waking up
35. Arie Shapiro and Ron Goldman
36. Masterpiece Mystery
37. NPR
38. Washington Enterprises
39. 20 minute naps
40. Eddie's Grille...nostalgia Americana
41. Sup Sam Yee, Karl and Master T
42. The Toons
43. Chinese dinners with the Family
44. Jason M.
45. Wonton Gourmet
46. Pallotta's Bakery
47. Coffee Colony
48. Down range time
49. Reconnecting with my Hong Kong peoples
50. Bill Murray
51. Partagas Cigars
52. Really great friends...you know who you are.
53. The ability to travel
54. Saffron Patch in the valley
55. Handel's Ice Cream...especially Graham Central Station!
56. Adam Jorgensen's crazy tattoo skills
57. Candied bacon
58. Vanilla bacon bourbon manhattans w/ real maple syrup
59. Great Harvest Bread - especially the cinnamon apple bread. Insanity in a loaf!
60. Seoul Garden - repping Korean food in Cleveland
61. Kimchee Chronicles
62. Unbroken
63. Finally finishing my bug out bag and car kits
64. The Booty Bandit
65. Mid Autumn Festival Ball
66. Couchsurfing
67. Sam and Marco
68. The Wedneday night Half Priced Sushi crowd
69. Sydney Bechet
70. Blue Mountain Coffee
71. Kuma's proper Japanese gyoza
72. Sherlock on Masterpiece Mystery
73. The first 2 months of Wine Club
74. Monster By Mail
75. LifeFactory glass bottles
76. Pyrex food containers
77. Mario Batali
78. Karaoke Wednesdays
79. Mitchell's Ice Cream...their new local flavors are amazing.
80. The Swizzle Sticks Band
81. The Tony Koussa Jr. Band
82. The Survival Mom Website
83. Kwong's hot and sour soup
84. Marrying Amy
85. Ricky Pun's new attitude
86. Joss Whedon
87. Our house, especially, our kitchen
88. Getting beers on tap
89. Everything Amy has done for me
90. Having good jobs
91. FM 91.5, the Great American Songbook
92. Scrabble with Amy
93. Holiday traditions
94. Holmes on Homes...for scaring the $h!t out of me.

95. Game of Thrones and the entire Song of Fire and Ice series for ruining any chance I had at happiness and productivity.
96. Still enjoying martial arts after all these years
97. How I Met Your Mother...although there were some suspect plot lines.
98. Everything
99. The fact that you are reading this
100. Everything Amy has done for Otani's
 
 
Let's be real...Karl Lagerfeld is probaby one of the coolest people in the entire world. So when she decided to share her blog with me, I had to read every word. Amy and I are definitely Lee-Doty fans.
and Johnny's Burgers. I want to try this place sooooo bad!
 
 
 
 
Blueberry and Dulce de Leche Pizza
Fig, Blue Cheese and Sage Pizza


One of my favorite tips to make pizza at home is to buy pizza dough from your favorite pizza shop. Then, it's just a matter of a hot oven (500 degrees) and moderation in toppings to make easy pizza at home.
 
 
i will unabashedly admit that i jack photos all the time from other people's sites. i also do try my best to mention where i get them from...but these amazing food pics have eluded me to their true master. Out of sheer coincidence, i was able to find What Katie Ate... and at first, i thought someone else was also really into these great pics. It took me scrolling through a few pages to come to the realization that this was the artist. Anyways...check out her blog. These are just a small collection of the great pics she has. (The recipes are very well thought out too.)

Enjoy.
 
 
One of my favorite sites for not over-the-top survivalist tips and ideas is WWW.THESURVIVALMOM.COM. It's chalked full of easy to use info and isn't a giant downer like some sites tend to be.
Lisa Bedford, who writes and edits the popular blog, features anything and everything you want to know about prepping for "what-ifs." Tips don't have to all deal with wtshtf-type scenarios, but practices that we can all use. Topics include:
  • Why paying off as much debt as possible is important.
  • How to stock up on several months' worth of food and supplies (cleaning supplies, over-the-counter medicines, shampoo, etc.).
  • Tips and ways to save money.
  • The importance of staying ahead on your utility bills.
A great site and definitely worth the time to check it out.
 
 
The Early Medieval acta of either Saint Valentine were expounded briefly in Legenda Aurea. According to that version, St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer.

Since Legenda Aurea still provided no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail.

There is an additional modern embellishment to The Golden Legend, provided by American Greetings to History.com, and widely repeated despite having no historical basis whatsoever. On the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he would have written the first "valentine" card himself, addressed to the blind daughter of his jailor Asterius, signing as "From your Valentine.".

Totally stolen from Wikipedia.
 
 
I miss Taipei.
 
 
Funny enough, i see it in a lot of drink recipes...even i have included it in the negroni recipe on this page. Yet most people do not know exactly how to "express an orange peel" and after searching for it online, it's not really explained too much online.
 
Expressing an orange peel means to bring the oils on an orange peel to the surface of the orange skin. This can be done simply by removing the skin of an orange with a paring knife or a vegetable peeler...then twist/flex the skin of the orange to bring out the oils.
Be sure not to take too much of the white parts under the peel. That brings a lot of bitterness to the cocktail if you drop the expressed peel into your drink.
Simply fold the peel along the curvature of the stripe and pinch or gently twist to release the oils. The oils will spray along the fold, so aim it over your drink.
Another popular method is called flaming an orange peel. This is done by bringing the oils of the orange skin to the surface by gently warming it with a lighter.
_Wave a lighter or match flame under the orange peel to bring the oil to the surface. There should be visible oil. When you are ready, squeeze the peel (in the same fashion as the expressing an orange peel) at the flame and it should ignite. Not only does it look cool, it does bring a bit of extra flavor into your drink. Just remember to aim the flame at your glass and you are good to go. 
 
 
get the f' out of here! an oreo baked into a chocolate chip cookie?!
This looks amazing...cherry pie baked into chocolate cake, pumpkin pie baked into yellow cake and apple pie baked into white cake and then layered and frosted?!?!?! I am in love.