Sunday, November 7, 2010

From Dreams to Soaring

From Dreams to Soaring

My back was to an ocean
Eyes squinting the burning sun
And your wave came so unexpectedly
Crumbling what was foundation
It pulled me underneath
With warm frothy breath
Propelling me to exaltation
Pulling into deep wet sand

For just a moment, scared and breathless
I was lost in the relenting current
But then anchored in assurance
I broke the surface flying

I soared into greatness
Where dreams contemplate
Where dreams are dreaming
And I drift between the wake

Inhaling, I succumb
To a reality in your eyes
Blanketed in their warmth
Reflecting words that wish
Of once finding meaning
With a wanting for nothing
What we share at no end
Revolving through time

-Nick Braxton

Monday, April 12, 2010

Asparagus Sous Vide

Recently watched a video of Heston Blumenthol's technique of combining asparagus with mushroom and truffle. Cooked in olive oil and butter, he prepares it in cast iron. I had some great looking produce, and influenced by Cooking Issues, I decided to try it sous vide. In  What Sous Vide Can Achieve, At a Glance Thomas Keller claims that "the color of green vegetables—broccoli, asparagus, peas, etc.—is harmed" by this method, but for me it turn out great. Without access to fresh truffles, I used white truffle salt and cooked everything for six minutes.

 The texture was perfect, obviously not watery and the flavor? Intense!

Saturday, April 10, 2010


"The cannabis experience has greatly improved my appreciation for art, a subject which I had never much appreciated before. [...]  The enjoyment of food is amplified; tastes and aromas emerge that for some reason we ordinarily seem to be too busy to notice. I am able to give my full attention to the sensation. A potato will have a texture, a body, and taste like that of other potatoes, but much more so. [...] Improvement [in] my appreciation of music has [also] occurred with cannabis. For the first time I have been able to hear the separate parts of a three-part harmony and the richness of the counterpoint. I have since discovered that professional musicians can quite easily keep many separate parts going simultaneously in their heads, but this was the first time for me." - Carl Sagan "Marihuana Reconsidered"

Friday, April 2, 2010

Some pix I took UT ® °_° ®


Harrisburg Family House

Pretty good Greek-style restaurant with your typically huge menu. Everything that I have had has been decent. From breakfast to pork chops, it's a good local place where everyone can get what they want. Most items are made in house so all of their "regular" food has some flavor. It  doesn't seem to taste overly processed like many of these places do.

The chicken parm has to be the best thing that I have had there. It is better than Olive Garden and is only $9. The Marinara sauce is a little paste heavy. Asked the waitress what's the best thing on the menu, and even inquired about a review on the wall, but unfortunately she did the thing I detest; just read the menu to me.

We also tried, this time, the chicken pot pie. It had good flavor, even the gelatinous goo holding it together tasted like chicken. Unfortunately, they covered the pastry (the pie part, no crust) with sauce, so it became soggy.

Everyone in there is always really nice and the service is good. My sister and I eat together all of the time and people assume that we are a couple. The lady at the register had us pegged as siblings in no time, she's the first!


Amelie's French Bakery

Best baguette in town. Oh how I love thee let me count the ways;

24hrs, frozen take-home bread, the twice baked croissants, plenty of room(s), wi-fi, coffee, sandwiches, coolness obtained by being there, etc. 5*s for it being in Charlotte.

3.5*s overall because the butter croissants are a little weak and the prices a little high, but it's worth it for that baguette...