Monday, June 19, 2006

Boston Public Gardens ::

So, finally I made it to the Boston Public Gardens this past weekend. I've been here for 2+ years, and have been to the Commons countless times, but this weekend the weather was spectacular, and my friend T mentioned heading down there, so I figured I should take the opportunity and join in on the trek.

Of course, while I was there I took a couple of photos which you can see here.

Beeeee (Buzz Buzz Buzz)

There's even some pictures of me! That like, NEVER happens!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Experiments in Fooding! ::

This week I couldn't decide whether to go with something I had made before, or something new. In the end, I figured I'd make something simple, but tasty, which is always a good way to go. Since potatoes by themselves don't really do much as a main course, I picked up a loaf of garlic bread and a bunch of asparagus from Stop n' Shop.

While the asparagus slowly steamed, I heated up the oven, sliced me up some thin potatoes, and made some potatoes dauphinois, which seems to basically be the same type of concoction that goes together to make scalloped potatoes. However, this recipe included no cheese. At any rate, once the potatoes had been cooking for a while I threw the garlic bread in alongside, and viola, tastiness. And lacking meat, as always.

Potatoes Dauphinois, Asparagus, Garlic Bread

Experiments in Fooding! ::

This week I couldn't decide whether to go with something I had made before, or something new. In the end, I figured I'd make something simple, but tasty, which is always a good way to go. Since potatoes by themselves don't really do much as a main course, I picked up a loaf of garlic bread and a bunch of asparagus from Stop n' Shop.

While the asparagus slowly steamed, I heated up the oven, sliced me up some thin potatoes, and made some potatoes dauphinois, which seems to basically be the same type of concoction that goes together to make scalloped potatoes. However, this recipe included no cheese. At any rate, once the potatoes had been cooking for a while I threw the garlic bread in alongside, and viola, tastiness. And lacking meat, as always.

Potatoes Dauphinois, Asparagus, Garlic Bread

Monday, June 12, 2006

Weekend Events ::

The majority of this past weekend was spent near or on (or in, briefly) the Charles River near the Footbridge near Harvard Square. I was taking part in the 2006 Boston Dragonboat Festival along with Pete, Larry, Joy, and a host of other brave souls. Saturday morning the rainy gloomy weather put a damper on things, but we managed to stay strong, and our boat, 'The Boat for Kids Who Don't Paddle Good' came in as the first place seed in the lower mixed bracket (meaning we're ameteurs, but the best ameteurs through that round).

Sunday was the actual tournament, and we faced some serious competition. After winning our first heat, we finished second (by only .3 seconds) to the Keyspan Flamethrowers, although I believe they had an advantage at the start line. Our time was very good, so we were confident we'd move on. However, because of some amazingly bad luck, and a lane violation that wasn't enforced, we were moved into the lower mixed final, where we dominated. Had we been moved to the upper mixed final, we would have dominated as well, but c'est la vie, as they say.

First Heat

The Festival didn't end until around 4PM, and after a long day at the races (we'd been there since 9AM), Joy, Jill, Annie, and I headed to the Red Sox/Rangers game (the second half of a double-header), where we watched the Sox get absolutely pounded by the Rangers. Both the starting pitcher (Pauley), and the relief staff (Foulke) took turns getting beaten hard by the Rangers offense, and we ended up losing 13-7. Still, it was a very nice day for a ballgame, so I can't complain too much.

Beautiful Fenway

Photos from the 2006 Boston Dragonboat Festival.

Photos from the June 11th Red Sox Game.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

YAVA AIDS Walk Fundraiser ::

YAVA had a lovely evening spent at the Wonder Bar in Allston to raise money for our AIDS Walk team (taking place tomorrow).  Thus far, prior to totalling the donations from last night, we've raised almost $3,000!

And of course as is my custom, I took some pictures, so check them out!

The Fabulous Prizes

Labor Day Photos ::

So I finally got around to finishing up my photos from the Labor Day trip to Florida.  As always, I've hosted them on Flickr for your viewing pleasure.  Please feel free to leave comments and notes!


Roman's POV (Edit)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Thoughts on a Flight ::

While getting ready to depart from Houston, the small screens above our heads in the Boeing 737-700 tilted down into the 'optimal viewing angle', and a bald man introducing himself as the CEO let us know that Continental operates the youngest fleet of aircraft in the United States.

This fact set on the back of my mind during the flight, and at some point later, I had to use the 'facilities'. While washing up I noticed that, even though smoking on most domestic flights was banned in 1987, the lavatory doors still have ashtrays integrated into them. Can anyone explain to me why, after almost twenty years, the "youngest fleet in the country" might still have ashtrays in the lavatory doors?

Friday, May 26, 2006

Experiments in Fooding! ::

Potato and Corn Chowder & Smoked Salmon Alfredo over Fettuccine ::

So what do you do when a relative hands you a pound of tasty, tasty smoked salmon, and you want to do more than eat it with bagels and lox? Well, you make something out of it! Just like that old saying goes, "When life hands you smoked salmon, you make an alfredo"... right? guys?

Last night's experiment consisted of two courses; a soup (very easy to make, I might add) with potatos, corn, and beans:

Potato and Corn Chowder

And a pasta dish, consisting of a smoked salmon alfredo served over some nice whole-wheat fettuccine:

Smoked Salmon Alfredo with Fettuccine

Both dishes were easy enough to make, and the whole thing probably took a little under an hour to prepare including the time to cook the noodles. Served hot, the soup has a slight kick to it that makes you want a little more of the broth. The only thing I'd do differently the next time around is do something to offset the salt used in preserving the salmon a little more. Other than that, no complaints. Very tasty!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

AIDS Walk Boston ::



What you see above this message is the HIV virus. It's a killer. It's killing lots of people right now, and it'll kill more people tomorrow. In the continuing effort to get out and do something about it, I'm going to be taking part in the 2006 Boston AIDS Walk on June 4, 2006.

I'm walking with a team of volunteers from YAVA, a local volunteer organization here in Boston. We're trying to raise a large amount of funds for our team, and for the cause. If any of you would like to sponsor me, you can go to this page to support me and my team. Just click on 'Support Ethan' to donate. As before, donations of any size are welcome, from the least to the greatest. They're all going to help other people out there, and they need the help more than we do.

Of course, if you'd rather join our team for the Charity Benefit we're holding, you can meet us on June 2nd, at 7:00PM at Wonder Bar in Allston, MA. We'll be holding a raffle, and the bar is offering $2 beers for those who attend. There's no cost to come, and donations are not required to get in, but of course they will be appreciated.