Brewing at Folsom Tap Craft Beer Fest, Folsom CA

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August 2014

My town recently held it’s annual craft beer festival called Folsom Tap that brought in great local craft brewers from all over, and with the price of admission you got unlimited beer tastings, a couple of good bands, and options for food with a line up of great food trucks.

Folsom Tap is now in it’s 3rd year. These photos are from the event’s first year in 2014 and this was the VIP brewer session (below) where we paid extra to learn about the brewing process and get tips from brewers from Ballast Point and 21st Amendment. We even actually made several batches of beers all together.

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Brewer from Ballast Point explaining the brewing process

Brewing a few different batches of beer below

The end results with custom Folsom brewed labels

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Got certified! This means I showed up, watched some brewers and drank beer heh

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The rest of the Folsom Tap Craft Beer Festival was really good too, photos below.

Had a great time trying out the many different craft beers and listening to the bands play into the night. It was a great turn out and great event. I hope it continues annually for many years.

Be sure to also check out the video I made about this event too that includes live music and more. (click video link)

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Cheers!

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Flying over California

Taking off from Los Angeles and landing in Sacramento.

Southern California to Northern California.

Always a nice quick ride.  1+ hours flying vs 6+ hours driving

Ristorante Savini, Amsterdam NL

August 2013

While working in Amsterdam I dined out nightly at the local restaurants.  There were many great ones to choose from, all featuring authentic dishes of many different cultures.

This night I dined outside at an Italian restaurant called Ristorante Savini, Cucina Italiana.

Located at Spuistraat 1D, 1012 SP Amsterdam, their website can be viewed at http://www.savini.nl/eng/index.php

Dining around 9pm is uncanny in Amsterdam as it does not get dark until 10:30-11pm. The late afternoons seem to never end, which is a good thing.

Tonight I had the beef carpaccio and house penne pasta with Italian sausage.

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Al’s Italian Beef, Chicago IL

December 2012

My uncle JD is a life long Chicagoan and gave us a tour of Chicago a few years ago and for lunch one day he took us all to famous Al’s #1 Italian Beef.

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Stepping inside was like stepping back in time where the ambiance and food is exactly the same as it has been for the past 25+ years. Their specialty is their roast beef dipped sandwich, they also sell Chicago hot dogs and tamales and a few other items. I had to try a little bit of it all.

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Everything here is classic and tasty. Don’t plan to sit down, though, there are no chairs and tables here, just a counter to lean on, but its fun.

Al’s #1 Italian Beef is located at 601 W Adams St. • Chicago, IL  Phone (312) 559-2333
Website http://www.alsbeef.com/

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Stock Cafe, Amsterdam NL

August 2013

While in Amsterdam I discovered a drink I’d never heard of or tried before.

Mint tea.

So simple, fresh mint, hot water, honey.

Stir all ingredients together and enjoy. I found I really like this tea for breakfast.

Stock Cafe can be found at Hotel The Exchange, Damrak 50h · 1012 LL · Amsterdam
Phone 31 (0)20 427 5382  website http://www.hoteltheexchange.com/caf-a/caf-a.htm

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Yard Pizzeria, London UK

August 2013

After work, on another hunt for a local restaurant in London, I went searching for a few highly rated place to have dinner.  Unfortunately the place was so crowded there was a line out the door and down the block – damn they must have really good food there!  It was time to revert to plan B which was a pizzeria that was down the road another block.

Yard Pizza can be found at 140 Tabernacle St,Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4F
Website: http://www.yardrestaurants.co.uk/

When I found the restaurant, I was surprised to see it was in a former fire engine house.  The decor was top notch and interesting, but instead of sitting inside I opted to sit at the outdoor seats and enjoy the warm night air and watch life go by in London.

Service was quick and efficient, the menu selection very good, and the food tasted excellent!

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I had their Rocket & Prosciutto pizza which had black olives, mozzarella and tomato sauce, topped with prosciutto, fresh peppery rocket (arugula) and shaved Grana Padano.

This pizza paired nicely with a local brew called Camden Hells.

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Having very much enjoyed the quality fresh pizza I had to also try their desserts and picked out their Vanilla Pannacotta that came with a mixed berry fruit compote.

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I was really amazed how great a pizza could taste – this place wowed me on all levels.

From their website:

The Yard, Shoreditch is set in a converted fire station and retains many of its original features. Inside; The Yard has a unique warehouse feel – whilst outside you will find a great seating area, but we’re not just famous for our location and atmosphere – we are renowned for serving up a diverse selection of pizza toppings and our unbelievable ‘Yard of Pizza’ which is perfect for sharing.

 

Forest ride on a Ural, Silver Lake CA

I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was a kid. I have 2 bikes now, one is my beloved Harley Road Glide that I’ve had for 11 years and the other is a funky Russian motorcycle sidecar rig called a Ural.

The Ural is a bit of a rough rider but it’s different and fun. When people ask me how it rides, I tell them that it “runs smooth like tractor” heh.

August 2014

Using my GoPro Hero Black 3 camera I  made this short film of a ride on my  Ural motorcycle from a campsite at Silver Lake West to Kit Carson Lodge on Silver Lake.
It’s a short ride, but the scenery is nice.