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Hood Meat

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I’m glad there is all this rage about street food, especially tacos.  I like nothing better than to eat these tacos and I have been making this style for, well, years.  It’s all about getting that taco when it’s hot, fresh and the flavors just mix all together to create its own “special sauce”.  These tacos are smaller and you can cram about five down the ole food cave before you realize you are full.  Perfect!!  I recently ate West Coast Tacos for the first time *GASP* and as a tribute to this hot meat, nestled between corn legs and smothered in “special sauce”, I give you Kyle’s version of street tacos. (Follow West Coast on twitter and Facebook to find out where they are parked for the day/time.)

This particular time, I used flank steak, next from the fridge will be skirt, both will work fine.  (Find out the difference/similarities here.)  I marinated it with two limes, three medium heads of garlic, a handful of cilantro, all organic, salt and pepper to taste for a total of twenty-four hours to make it nice and flavorful.

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Next I grilled the meat on high for three and a half minutes per side.  I wanted to get nice charred markings and flavor, while keeping the inside a medium.  You should adjust your grill to what works best for your desired temperature of the meat.

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Let the meat sit and rest at least five minutes before you cut into it.  This will keep the juices in the meat and prevent it from drying out.  Plus, the meat is still cooking for several minutes after it comes off the grill.  Make sure to cut the meat ACROSS the grains, if you go with the grain of the meat, it will make for some seriously chewy tacos, no bueno mis amigos.

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Once I took the meat off the grill and turned it off, I placed my corn tortillas on there to mark them up and create a small crust on the outside.  Think of it as toasting a hamburger bun, it helps to keep all the wonderful “special sauce” that is created when everything combines in holy matrimony.  I use corn because flour are just to wimpy.

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Finally, I was ready to assemble my street tacos, so here are my favorite condiments to put on them.  I didn’t make my own salsa this time, kinda cheating, I know.  I swear to do it for the next round.  I would love to share your recipes.

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That’s Going to Leave a Mark….

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I got a gift certificate this past Christmas to get a new tattoo at Metamorphosis Tattoos in Indianapolis.  The place is bomb, they do great work and it was the most personal gift I have ever received.  The new piece was going to be a Little 500 tattoo that I got for my four years of riding.  I wanted have a larger one but I didn’t want to stick with the cycling theme.  This is one that is associated with music, both my passion and my work.

Here is part of the series of photos from the sessions and you can find the whole series here.

The sketch that Megan Zoeller made of the front part of the piece.

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Here is a portion of the front of the piece done after an hour and a half after my first session.


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The second session had my calf piece almost completed in an hour and a half.  It’s just missing some additional color that Megan put in at the final session.

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This is after the last session, which took another 2 hours to complete.

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I am very happy with the way everything turned out.  It took a lot for me to hand ideas over to someone and let them create something.  This was a way  for me to get over that fear and I can’t wait to start my sleeve.

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Your thoughts/comments are welcomed.

Money Shot

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2010 by blogstoryshort

This is part II of my ‘California Dreamin” blog about my trip to San Diego & LA. (View part I, Lucha Libre here.)

Ever since Craig Ferguson came onto the boob tube, I have been a fan.  He’s funny, dresses well and damnit, that accent makes me have a man crush on him.  So when the opportunity arose to see the show, I was down.

The whole process was kind of different, we didn’t know who the music act or guest, Vampire Weekend/Lindsay Sloane, were going to be and we had to hand in our phones with security so no pictures.  The show that we were on was actually done ten days prior to its airing and was the second show recorded that Friday.  (They normally don’t record on Fridays and never two shows, we were unique.) Vampire Weekend recorded the song in January and the crowd was ‘fluffed’ so we would applaud loudly.  They also moved a pair of hot Russian ladies in better view of the camera, all in the name of good television of course!

This first video, just at the very end (minute 13:09) is when the security guy drops his walkie-talkie on the floor during taping.  You can hear it clear as day and we all had a laugh during the break about it.

This second video is my moment of fame!  At the 6:09 minute, you can actually see my right arm!  It looks like the show’s warm up comedian is getting ready to elbow me in the face but he’s just walking down the stairs.  My buddy Micah is directly behind me and gets a bonafide ‘money shot‘ for sure.

It was a great experience and Craig is hilarious when the cameras are off.  He cusses like a trucker and is very down to earth.  Wish all television personalities were like that.

Seven Year Itch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2010 by blogstoryshort

There comes a time when everyone has to make some changes in their life, shaving my beard after seven years was my most recent one.  It came as a shock to me but after dealing with some of those ‘wonderful’ surprises life seems to hand you at times, I felt the time had come to do it.

I started off by having some fun with the whole process, leaving different types of beards and hair in interesting places on my face. The last time I shaved was for Halloween in 2003, I went as Joe Dirt, priceless.

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Lamb chops supreme

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You can catch more of my fun photos here.

Since it had been seven full years, I decided to have my face professionally shaved, the old fashion way, with a straight razor.  I went down to Red’s Barber Shop in downtown Indianapolis.  This place was great!  It was about 45 minutes for the entire process and it was the best $25 I have spent in a long time.

I started out by one of two hot towel wraps around my face, which was followed by a layer of warm shaving cream.

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Getting a hot towel

There was a second hot towel, then the final layer of shaving cream and the shave.  This was an experience, much like getting a facial at a salon but of course, different.  My whiskers were pretty tough and I had two rounds in certain areas just to make sure.

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The shave

Once the shave was complete, I was given a cold towel wrap on my face and then a nice dash of Clubman Lilac Vegetal Aftershave.  It did burn some but helped to seal my pores and prevent the dreaded razor rash.

And so here we are folks, clean shaven and ready to grow it back!  That’s right, this is only a temporary phase and I will be growing the beard back.  I feel a little naked without it.

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Shaved!

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