It’s been a long time since we posted on the Comet Blog, 5 months to be exact. And WOW, those 5 months really proved to be the strangest roller coaster ride that nobody asked to be a part of. We have been socially distancing due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Boston, together with our dog Violet in all 800 square feet of our apartment. There have been ups and downs but mostly I wanted to spend some time outlining some things we are learning along the way.
First thing’s first, cooking! I’ve always liked cooking (much to my mom’s surprise!) and I’ve taken the opportunity of being home more hours of the day to explore some new recipes. And what is a girl to do when you have the fillings for tacos but no tortillas? You make your OWN flour tortillas! What an idea! But isn’t it hard? Don’t you need a tortilla press? When I told Ryan I was making flour tortillas from scratch the look on his face asked all of these questions. But that didn’t scare me. It can’t be impossible, right?
Right! After about 30 minutes we found out that making your own flour tortillas takes very few ingredients, is actually relatively easy, and they taste delicious. Huge thanks for the inspiration from Mythical Kitchen, their YouTube video with instructions is linked below, our instructions differ slightly but either works well I’m sure. Enjoy!
Flour Tortillas (for those days when you run out but still want tacos)
For visuals, check out the Mythical Kitchen's recent video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkQ3T3Tqjrc
On Christmas Eve, my family held the 3rd annual beer challenge. This is a competition where we each bring a six pack (or similar) of beers and then hold a blind taste test and ultimately select the best overall beer. The winner is awarded a sampler pack of all the contending beers.
On this third year, there were several first occurrences:
Competition aside, this is always a fun event. It adds some variety to Christmas time. And, it's a good reason to gather in Barone's (the downstairs bar) and share beers together.
I'm looking forward to next year. We've already discussed some potential rule changes, such as banning IPAs from the competition and displaying the cans for each beer during the taste tests.
Our friend Abby (aka abco) made these wings for us once and I thought they were great. I had been struggling with making my own hot wings, so I asked her for the recipe. She was nice enough to share, and since then I’ve done a little bit of iterating on the details (not to improve, but rather to dial it into our kitchen gear and preferences).
Here’s the recipe:
That’s it! They come out crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The Franks sauce is a mild heat, especially after mixing it with butter. Enjoy!
It seems that I took an unintentional hiatus from my own blog. I haven’t posted in about 3 weeks, and that makes me sad.
I’ve actually written a few posts over the past few weeks, but I was ultimately not very happy with how they turned out - so I didn’t publish them. I plan to rewrite one of those and publish it soon; it’s music related.
Since I haven’t posted in awhile, here is a catch-up post about some recent happenings:
I am still getting the spam, but far less than I was receiving originally. Although you can sign someone up for a gazillion email newsletters in 30 seconds, they only let you unsubscribe from them in little batches. The state department never responded to my help request.
For the past 5 months, my computer has been mining cryptocurrency whenever I’m not using it. Just last week, the amount of currency it has mined ticked over 1/2 of an Ethereum (which is presently about $300).
On the weekend of April 13, we traveled to NYC with a group of our friends to celebrate Jess’s 30th. It was a fast paced weekend, because we wanted to pack a lot into a two-night visit. Jess and I were humbled by all of our friends who made the long trip into the city to join us. There were many highlights, but one thing that stood out in my memory was a Korean fried chicken joint named BarKogi.
On April 21, my sister and I organized a surprise party for my parents’ 40th anniversary. Honestly, Casey took the lead on orchestrating this. It was a success, and it seemed like everyone had a good time.
This past weekend, we mostly had to hunker-down so Jess could focus on her final paper which is due on Thursday. We had plans to go to a Red Sox game on Saturday evening, but that plan fell through - we still had our friend Casey lined up to watch Violet, so we used that time to get a few drinks at a place called Hojoko. We both recommend Hojoko to anyone craving a cocktail or Japanese food in Fenway/Boston.
With the help of the tool I developed, I was able to classify several thousand images over the course of a few nights. I recently fed those images back through the neural network to retrain it. But, I haven’t tested the newly trained neural network out yet. It should be much smarter, but I won’t know until I give it a practical test.
According to the Waltham subreddit (yes, that exists), someone spotted arcade cabinets being hauled into a closed storefront on Moody St. It turns out, a store known as Game Underground is opening on Moody St. later this month. They have (or had) an arcade in Natick where they also sold pre-owned video games and hosted video game tournaments. I am hoping they make this place an arcade/bar hybrid, which would work well on Moody St.
Last Saturday, my family held the 2nd annual beer challenge. This is a competition where we each bring a six pack (or similar) of beers and then hold a blind taste test and ultimately select the best beer.
For the second year in a row, Casey won the challenge. Congrats Casey! You are a true master beer picker!! The winning beer was #NO FILTER by Thomas Hooker Brewery. It's a very tastey IPA.
My family is clearly a group of IPA drinkers. Last year everyone brought IPAs to the challenge. I proposed a special honor to be awarded to the first person to win with a non-IPA. Maybe next year!
We went to Moody street for breakfast boozes with our special friend Abby. In case you're wondering, yes that's a Slim Jim in Jess's drink.
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