Archives For July 2012
I’ve been slacking on this blog; phoning it in. ABOP is my baby, and I have big plans for it. I’m currently blogging everyday over yonder as part of my time at Dev Bootcamp. I’m talking about things like “feelings” and “knowledge” and “careers” and “growth.” If you don’t like touchy feely stuff like that, then just stick here to this cozy space you know and love. I’m sorry, my faithful precious unborn fawns. I will be back soon!
Excuse me while I phone in this blog post and show you recent photos! A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Consider this a few thousand words.
I ride a bike… in San Francisco. I’ve actually had a bike here for about 3 out of the 4 years I’ve lived here, but I was always pretty weary about riding as a daily means of transportation. I work downtown and I’ve always had to take Market Street straight down from my cave in the Castro. This means I deal with the occasional potholes, buses, street car tracks and overall asshole in a private vehicle. My first road bike, I purchased from Refried Bikes in the “Mastro” (Mission and Castro. SF has funny micro-neighborhood names). These guys were awesome. I got an awesome vintage Motobecane, put some drop handlebars on it, rolled up right my pant leg and I was off!
The feeling of pure joy is pretty intense. Immediately, I felt like a kid again. I was bobbing and weaving through the streets of San Francisco, whizzing past cars who have to deal with pesky things like traffic and stop lights. I’d put on headphones and pump my pedals to my power song of the moment. I was free of all those constraints. I’m getting around on my terms, my time, my way. Basically, I was an dickhead bicyclist. I started riding to work. Luckily, my prior job had a bike store room with hanging racks, so bike parking was never an issue. I was a fearless rider, zooming up and down market everyday. On days off I’d go on bike rides around the city, or across the Golden Gate Bridge. I was fulfilling my destiny as a Mission Hipster.
Then, I got the rude awakening I needed. I was riding home from work late at night. I was on Market Street and a car came out of nowhere and hit me. I don’t remember much, but I was knocked off my bike and unconscious. Thanks whatever higher power you want to that I was wearing a helmet. I came to with a hunky (I think) paramedic My bike was damaged, but was fine after a new back wheel and paint. The worst part, is the car that hit me fled the scene.
I left that accident with a fear of the road as a bicyclist. My bike sat pretty idle for about 18 months. I couldn’t get right back on my bike.
Fast forward. I started Dev Bootcamp and since I wasn’t going to be able to go to my normal yoga classes with Debbie Steingesser or Janet Stone. I needed to find a new way to stay active without my normal routine. I gazed longingly at my poor, unridden bike. It was time.
I took it back to Refried to fix it up a bit. I put a new leather seat on it because my ass needs to ride in style. I purchased a new helmet and a light, also. I gave myself a goal. I was going to ride my bike into DBC every single day (providing weather permitted).
Monday, June 11th was the day. I hadn’t done a practice ride or anything? Was I crazy? Probably. I bounded down my hill and onto Market; not terrified, but fearfully aware. I got downtown OK; a bit winded from the couple of hills I encountered. I was a better bicyclist. No headphones in my ears, I was obeying all traffic signals. I made it to Grant Avenue and headed north. I’m riding down the side of the road and a car is flanked on my left-hand side. He tries to go right and he taps my back wheel. I put my good down and brace myself; I didn’t fall. I didn’t flashback to my previous accident. That would be far too dramatic and my mind isn’t that clever. I DID however have a mini-panic attack. This lovely fellow got out to make sure I was alright, and while apologizing profusely, gave me his phone number in case my bike needed repairs. We went on our merry ways. (My bike is fine, in case you were wondering.)
Since then, I’ve been biking daily and it’s getting a lot better. I don’t have an inflated ego on the bike anymore, but I feel much more comfortable. It’s been a great way to clear my mind, like yoga does for me. In those moments on the bike there are no text messages, emails, Facebook, Twitter. There is just myself and my bike as one, traveling on the road.
Head on over to the SF Bicycle Coalition to get more info about riding in San Francisco. Become a member, like me!
Dear Fried Chicken,
Have you met my best friend waffle? It goes great with maple syrup…
before our adult life took over our social life, david was my cheese to my macaroni or bacon to my eggs, you know that sweet romantic stuff… He was my waffle to my fried chicken.
As days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, there was one thing that will always bring us together. A GREAT chicken and waffle, for I am the chicken and waffle connoisseur of San Francisco, CA. Yes, I gave myself that title but who the eff cares.
It all started January 2011, when I dedicated the rest of 2011 to find the best chicken and waffle in San Francisco: Eats in the Richmond, Zero Zero in SOMA, Criolla Kitchen in the Castro….I went to every place: to find the best fried chicken and the best waffle, combo, no skinny waffles please.
Many great milestones have come along with David, Chicken and Waffles and I and this one was the best…we were featured on the front page of the NY times…THE FRIDAY paper!
From looking for the BEST fried chicken to the BEST waffle, I am now trying to perfect my own recipe with a twist.
For those gluten free/dairy free…. a box of paints exclusive… Gluten Free Dairy Free Chicken and Waffles recipe!
- -4 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- -Salt for taste -Pepper for taste
- -2 Eggs -1/2 Cup Almond Milk , unsweetened, sweetened, vanilla, whatever you want
- -2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
- -8 Tablespoons of Herb and Garlic Seasoning (any brand, I like simple organic)
- - Peanut Oil/Vegetable Oil/Canola Oil, whatever you want
- Waffles: (two waffles)
- -1/3 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
- -1/3 Cupt Brown Rice Flour
- -1 1/2 TBSP of Coconut Flour
- -3 TBSP Finely Ground Almonds (or Almond flour)
- -1 Egg Seperated
- -1 TSP cinnamon
- -1/2 TBSP Orange Peel
- -1 Cup Almond Milk 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- - Coconut Oil Spray
Start with your fried chicken because that takes the longestReal Maple Syrup
- Gravy (for those who are not strict on dairy/gluten free)
- Get a small sauce pan, fill it up half way with oil, turn our gas stove on med-high heat
- Wait until the oil is about 325 degrees refer to this article
- Mix the milk and egg together in a medium bowl
- Mix dry ingredients together in a medium/large bowl
- Dip Chicken in milk/egg mixture and then dip to dry mixture
- Place on a plastic cutting board
- Start deep frying one at a time, I like to deep fry each chicken for at least 15 mins, until chicken floats
- I still like to cut parts of the chicken to see if it is fully cooked and then deep fry for longer if needed
- Strain chicken after you deep fry
- Turn on your waffle iron
- Seperate egg Mix Egg Yolk with a wisk
- add Bob’s, Brown Rice Flour, Coconut Flour, baking powder and Almond Flour
- I like to get whole almonds and run it through a food proceessor to get finely ground Almonds
- Get an orange and finely chop the peel and mix into dry mixture.
- Mix in Almond Milk slowly and wisk in
- Get the whites from the egg and mix with a hand mixture until soft peak
- Refer to this article
- Slowly Mix into waffle batter by folding into the batter
- Spray coconut oil on waffle maker (gluten free tends to stick more)
- When Waffle maker beeps when waffle is ready, leave it in for one more minute, It can cool a little more.
Enjoy! Please visit facebook.com/teepzchallenge for updates on my adventures.Now, put your fried chicken on top of your waffle, smother it with maple syrup and eat it with a fork and knife. Slice a piece of your fried chicken with your waffle and eat it together.