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...