Friday, October 12, 2012

What's In the FRIIDDDGGGEEE!!!???!!! Friday!


The cupboards and fridge were pretty bare this morning, which means I had to get super creative and/or need to visit my boy Trader Joe. Continuing; here's the little number I managed to make.

Scrounged up Food:
- Potato (shredded)
- Bacon (ends & pieces)
- Lentils
- Mushrooms
- Garlic (diced)
- Egg
- Avocado
- S&P
- Sriracha

Cooked down the bacon in a skillet, added everything but the egg and sriracha and cooked it for 5-7 minutes. Cracked the mother F in egg on top and popped it in the oven for another 10 or so. After the egg seemed cooked I topped it with the sliced avocado and some sriracha and HOUSED it!

Nap Time.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Labor Day Soirée Rough Draft menu

Celebrating having days off by inviting new friends over. Tomorrow's menu is today's 'What's in the Fridge!?!'. Here's my brainstorm/rough draft (theme is the cities we saw on our westward adventure);

- Philly: roast pork broccoli rabe sandwich
- Chicago: Speakeasy Cocktail; vodka cucumber etc etc (Juliet & Romeo = gin, mint, cucumber, rose water)
- St Louis Vegetarian Sliders ( black bean & chipotle patty, apple jalapeño salsa, cranberry sour cream
- Beale Street Chicken Braid
- NoLa muffuletta
- Texas; Fries chickpeas!!!
- Santa Fe; onion rings? Like the miraculous staircase or green chiles?
- Grand canyon. Cheap booze!
- NYC - dirty water hot dogs!!!!
- Rhode island mussels:calamari?
- Massachusetts??? Sauce?

Some may not make the cut, but I will share pics tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Found Journal, Return Whenever

I really like journals. I have a few and only write in them sporadically. I usually just open to a random page and jot some thoughts or sketches down. No particular order and sometimes not even dated. It's fun to go back and read the entries later.

I found one of these journals the other day and thumbed to a paragraph I had written when I heard Heath Ledger died. I guess it affected me more than I knew;

'A truly talented and especially gifted individual passed away today at the age of 28. At the valley of his maturity and the very cusp of his creativity, he lost grip and could not regain composure. He was 4 years older than me! I don't know why this particular gentleman's early death hit me so hard, but it made me think. Every day counts!'

I'm 28 years old now and the passage has again ignited a need for reflection. But mostly a realization of those last three words.

Friday, August 10, 2012

What's in the FRIIIDDDGGGEEE!?!

Breakfast Edition:

Last night I peeped a killer dish on this crazy chick, Squirt Russell's instagram/twitter @RonnieWK. She always shares the most legit food pics and is just the right amount vulgar (check her out here too

Anyways, inspired by the breakfast dish I peeped, I headed to the icebox where my heart used to be, and made my own vurrsion.

Here's the things I found;
- Brown Rice Medley
- Sweet Potato
- White Onion
- Garlic
- Bacon
- Garbanzo Beans
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 an Avocado
- Salt & Pepper
- Tapatio (optional)

Here's a quick abridged, run-on sentence version of how I made it. I cooked the rice in a pot until tender and cubed the sweet potato then sauteed in a separate pan until you could put a fork through it. I added the diced onion and garlic, only using EVOO for the pan, chopped the bacon to small pieces and threw it in.  Garbanzo beans were added last and put the finished rice with everything until hot.  Fried an egg, sunny side up, slid it over the 'hash' and salt and pepped the dish. Sliced an avocado for color and because they are awesome. BOOM! Put it in your mouth. Enjoy.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fear is Good...

I'm scared

I'm scared that I will never find my true passion
Concerned that things will never work out
I'm shamed by the idea that I may not succeed
Haunted that my demons will catch up to me
I wonder every day if there is something out there that I truly excel in
I'm indecisive about the choices I continually do not make
Afraid my head will trap my heart
I know I am very good at this job and so I may not find that career
Selfish that I want a family but not right now
Will I be able to provide for them when the time comes?
Plagued by 'what ifs' and 'if only's'
Conflicted by my free-spirit and my driven-mind
Weighed down by my love of the drink
Inspired by the promise of grandeur
Diminished by the thought of loss

But these words are good. Hearing them helps. I can take each one and grow, prove that I deserve everything I work for. Nice guys can finish first! Build character through experience. Get out of your own way. Find it. Share it. REFINE the REVOLUTION!

Friday, August 3, 2012

What's in the FRIIIDDDGGGEEE!?! Friday!

It's been a couple weeks since my last update, but it is Friday and I was hungry so here we go:

So you ready for this one? I had no idea it was going to be this good. And it did look way better in person.

The cast of characters;
2 shiitake mushrooms
2 jalepanos
panko bread crumbs
canola oil
mozzerella cheese
cilantro vinnigerette
butter lettuce
s & p

    I started off by caramelizing some onions in a small pan on low heat. Popped some beautiful butter lettuce on a plate.  After they were done, I put the onions aside and heated some canola oil in the same pan.  I then sliced some shiitake mushrooms longways (don't know the culinary term for that).  Lightly egg-washed the mush, coated them in panko breadcrumbs and fried them puppies up to a light brown.  Halved some jalapenos, longways again, de-seeded, egg-washed, panko-breaded, and fried em like the mushrooms. After they browned I placed the mush and penos on a paper towel to drain some of the oils. Alright all 'cooking' is done.
    Now, I cubed the mozzarella cheese and sprinkled it over the bed of lettuce. Strategically placed some raspberries on this same bed of lettuce. I then did the same with the fried mushrooms and jalapenos.  Lightly dressed the entire salad with some Trader Joe's Cilantro Dressing and some salt and pepper.  


Sweet Baby Heysus, that was a random and pretty awesome salad.

Stay tuned for next week.

Friday, July 20, 2012


No recipes today but here's some pictures of what I have been cooking up from the randoms in me frigidaire... Enjoy.

P.S. I was really hungry.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

What's in the FRIIIDDDGGGEEE?!?!

I eat EVERYTHING and grocery shop without a plan. Now I must continue my amateur culinary adventures and settle an unwavering hunger by opening up to see;

What's In the Fridge!?!

Creepy guy with the bow tie wants to know...
(From episode of The Twilight Zone entitled What's in the Box?)

What I found: half a jar of prepared HORSERADISH, last remnants of some PESTO, couple o slices o italian-style TURKEY BREAST, some squarsies of JARLSBERG CHEESE, part of a WHITE ONION, not yet ripe ROMA TOMATOES, BABY SPINACH, and Trader Joe's PANINI RUSTIC ROLLS.

- I only have cast iron pans (had to reteach myself to cook with em), so I got one hot and caramelized the sliced onion. It takes a couple of ticks so i built up my sangy in the meant time.
- I spread the horseradish and pesto on the bottom roll (where I like it) and gingerly folded some turkey over  it.
- On the other half I started with ze cheese and then some thinly sliced Roma tomato.
- Finished that side with the baby spinach
- After the onion was caramelized I put it on the turkey and made my sandwich kiss MUAH!
- Kept the pan on heat, buttered both sides of the roll and got her a sizzlin'.  Pressed the sandwich down with my cutting board and flipped it after 90 seconds or so, repeating the press.  Put my EVOO bottle and a beer on top for extra weight.
- Spatulaed 'er out and I was done.

If you think of a name for my sandwich, let me know, because I'm just going to stick with 'GONE'. Finished that baby in 2 minutes!

Hope you liked today's post. 
Looking for some staple ingredients to add to my fridge so please give me some input and ideas.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

BowTie Sketches: First Try

Below are 6 very rough sketches of some bow tie designs I have sent to my friends at No guarantee they come to fruition but had an absolute blast with this 'side project'. Hope to add more detail and color when my Photoshop is up and running again.


Gingham- A large pattern and light material will make this tie a staple for summer.  Feature in light green, blue, black/grey, or even alternating colors.
Seersucker- A defining material for the warmer season, perfect attire for the races, and summer weddings. Similar colors to the Gingham like light green, blue, black/grey.

'Personal Business'

A Gentleman's Gentleman's Bow Tie - Alternating bow tie design on a bow tie. Keeping the colors at different shades of black/grey could make it suitable from formal to business.
QR Code - I have seen these done... poorly. More just a couple of boxy QR Codes sporadically placed on some of the tie. I'd rather see it focused on a seamless matching of the the codes end to end so the entire tie is covered and looks like one QR Code itself. This one that I 'MacGyvered' actually directs you to another side project;


Leisurely Gent - Heather Grey Sweatshirt material. 'The Most Comfortable Bow Tie Ever'. Wrapped my head around this early and fell in love with it. Now I want one! Execution maybe tough but I feel like I can rock it with anything.
7 Years Luck - Shattered Mirror Effect Silver bow tie (non-reflective) with black design that makes it appear to be shattered glass/mirror.

- My personal style tends to revolve around solid colors, materials, and textures.
- I know this summer and early fall Reds, Whites, and Blues are trending. The easy way to go is patriotic w/ Stars & Stripes but looking outside of that staple could give something classic that special twist.
- To go with with that trend, as well as the summer designs of seersucker and gingham, I have to throw in Chambray.
- An easy transition from Chambray is denim. If done right I think denim would KILL! And not just blue, light blue, or dark blue. Get crazy with Acid-Washed, Sun-Bleached, and Colored Denim.
- Boston-Based company. Huge Irish population. You gots to get some plaid/tartan on the site! I'm doing some research now to find the older families or maybe some Boston specific plaids/tartans that can really hit home with your customers locally and all around.
- My lady gave me three ideas that I have to mention; Skulls (once again, has been done but can be done better), Paint by Numbers (still not sure how to execute but sounded cool), Last one was maps of famous cities (Boston, NY, LA) whether its road, subway/T, etc. Cool idea.

Hope you enjoyed the sketches. And like I said, I hope to have more detailed ones soon.

In the mean time check out my friends, follow them on Twitter @OoOtie and follow me while I #REFINEtheREVOLUTION @AnonymsGNTLMN or

Sunday, June 17, 2012

'Stay Out of the Woods...'

Happy Father's Day!

-  Below are the notes from the Eulogy I gave for my grandfather,

'Alvaro, Al, Uncle Al, Dad, Chief, Papa, Papa 2.  These are all names my grandfather has been called by all of us.  But if you were to ask him his full name he would pause, tilt his head down with a little smirk, then in one long proud breath explain, 'Alvaro Mario Francisco Gonzales Vierro Cabral Santos' and snicker to himself very matter-of-factly.  Who knows if this was Papa's actual name? It didn't matter.  He always had his own jokes and original one-liners ready at a drop of a hat. Shake his hand, he'd ask if you're 'sawing wood'.  Get a little wise with him he threaten to shoot you with his knife. Still funny after the 10, 11, and 12 time you heard it. Sort of.  One of his best gems, and something he said EVERYTIME time I left his home "Stay away from the woods, the squirrels are looking for nuts!" *Wait Wait Wait

I don't know if my grandfather knew this, but he has provided me with life lessons through all of his funny quirks, stories, and habits.  Sundays and Tuesdays had to be his favorite days of the week.  That's when he ate the best. Tuesday was spent at Auntie Cathy's and Sunday Dinners at my mother's or Auntie Gail's.  If dinner was at 4:00pm, he pulled up at 3:59 with bread and soda in hand, ready to eat.  I guess you could say he had a passion for food. Like most things he did, Papa was very meticulous when he ate.  He had a very specific way, his way, one bite of each food item working around the plate. It was art.  I remember when I was young, not being excused from the table until everyone was done.  Thanks, Papa.  When I was finally able to keep up with him, we would be the last ones at the table eating.  It was just another lesson Papa had taught me without knowing.  Enjoy your food, enjoy every bite, but more importantly, enjoy the people you are eating with.

My Grandfather always tried to look his best.  Maybe he thought he had to be ready to go out dancing at a moments notice.  He took pride in his appearance for each and every occasion.  *Heritage.  No matter formal or casual, Papa always had on his watch on and a handkerchief in his back pocket.  He told me I should always wear a watch because you never know who is going to ask you for the time.  The handkerchief, though, I always remember the handkerchief.  For Papa, it was more for wiping that big beautiful nose of his.  When I was 14 or 15 I asked him about it, and he said it is just something you should have on you.  So he gave me one that had a monogrammed 'S' on it. Now, I have my own collection for every occasion.  And Papa was right, a young lady asks you the time, sneezes, or spills something around her; you can be sure to check your watch or provide her with your fresh hanky, she'll be impressed.  Just assure her you haven't used it for your big, beautiful nose.  Papa Lesson: Look and feel your best and always be prepared, you never know who you're going to run in to.

Papa was also proud of the fact that he played semi-pro soccer and our passion for the game is something we shared and talked about a lot.  He tried to make it out to as many grand kid's and cousin's sports games as possible.  And no matter what the outcome, win or lose, he always had a dollar waiting for you.  I probably took those dollars for granted thinking about how I'm going to spend it on candy & soda at the snack bar.  Now looking back, I can see it was just another one of Papa's Life Lessons: Work hard and you will be rewarded.

How about his lawn and the cars?  He loved tending to the lawn and cars. Watering, admiring, critiquing, watering some more... Then he would work on the lawn.  He was very particular about how he wanted this done.  I had been doing it for years and even when I worked up the nerve to tell him there were other ways, they weren't his, so they weren't right.  I always caved and Papa could not have been happier with the result.  He bragged about that lawn and loved it, not as much as his family, but close.  When I went away to college, Vincenzo took over lawn duties.  Papa told me he did it just like I did, which meant he did it Papa's way, which meant it was perfect. Papa taught me this lesson and something my father reiterated my entire life: Do it once and do it right.

Through the upbringing of my mother and father and the many Life Lessons of Papa, I have grown to the man I am today.  I hope that all of you have similar experiences with Alvaro Santos that I have.  I just ask that you take a look back at the times you shared with him, take those lessons that he taught all of us, and make someone's life a little brighter because of it. I know he will always be looking down and smiling.  But be sure to stay away from the woods, someone told me the squirrels are looking for nuts.'

Alvaro Mario Francisco Gonzales Vierro Cabral Santos
1/12/25 - 3/22/10

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What's in the FRIIIDDDGGGEEEE!?!

Figure I show off some of the dishes I have made in the past couple of weeks.
From now on I'll include the ingredients and recipes!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What's in the FRIIIDDDGGGEEEE!?!

Well, like most people who write blogs, I have been extremely lazy and lackadaisical with updating my anything.  I am fairly disgusted and somewhat disappointed in my lack of commitment. But, once again I want to make a promise; In the coming weeks, I hope to regularly shed some light on the personal insight I have on everything life, love, and pop-culture. The past few months have been amazing and I really want to share each and every moment with you.

More so, I want to introduce and explore a new idea that I have laughed and grown a passion for. My girlfriend first planted the seed in my head after we enjoyed a great meal that we didn't think could happen (Check out her blog at  But first...

When I go to the grocery store, I rarely have a plan. Same goes for when I cook. The positive side is that I EAT EVERYTHING. So even if I mess up... I'm still gonna finish it. It's in my nature, it's what Momma taught me, and the only way I'm going to get dessert. The fun part now is making up something up when I open the fridge. What do we have? What goes with what? What is different? What haven't we had before? For the coming weeks, and hopefully more I hope to share with you the recipes I come up with just by seeing "What's in the fridge?" I hope you enjoy it...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pocket Essentials

Wallet, Pocket Knife, MoneyClip, BusinessCards, ChapStick, SeaShell, Hanky, IPhone (not pictured) #PocketEssentials

Monday, March 19, 2012

'It's been a long time...

I shouldn't left you... with out a dope beat to step to.'

Sorry I have been away so long. But I'm coming back strong with a post every day this week.  Following that up with so much more...

Looking forward to getting all your feedback and sharing my stooories.

Monday, January 16, 2012

City of Brotherly Love

I was looking forward to the first part of our trip to Philly because of the city's rich history and pension for sports fanaticism comparable if not worse/better than Boston's. The ride down was incredible smooth and Knuckles, although initially weary, was starting to warm up to his nook that we constructed for him.

Knuckle's Knook

Our first stop in Philly was the Navy Pier, an area that has a militant feel but houses numerous businesses in warehouse-sized building like 'Free People" the company which employees our hostess for the evening. After settling in our kitschy but extremely comfortable studio apartment, we decided to do the most touristy activity possible and check out Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Maybe my lady knows me more than I give her credit for because history, specifically American history, is my steez. Took in the epicity of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and learned about the Georgian symmetry of the building and each room that we walked through. Pretty historic if you catch my drift...

Monday, January 9, 2012

I ams Who I ams...

'Life sould be considered a long book, I'll be happy to call mine a novella;'

On a regular basis I put my foot in my mouth despite my best effort to be as cordial as possible. 
I will do anything for my family, friends, and sometimes a complete stranger.
Although extremely clumsy I tend to have very quick reflexes.
I dig bow ties, 'Dagwood'-sized sangwiches, and vodker.
Currently enrolled in university to become a full-fledged gentleman (self-taught).
I look forward to one day owning a business to merely "Make People's Days".

For the next coming weeks I hope to enthrall you with anecdotes and tall tales. These will be mixed in with a shot gun seat to my cross-country trip as I relocate to the city of Angels! And do me a favor... don't forget to hold a door for someone today.  It will mean much more than you even know.