The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.

9 months 1 week ago #643705 by Chase Audate
Just got back from a great coffee shop here in town, french press delight 


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9 months 1 week ago #643763 by Ira Weber
Happy Monday all!  Coffee in hand and into town to meet with a client.  


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9 months 1 week ago #644124 by Finn
@Gary,

You have any tips on pizza maker?  We have decided to pick up one and I'm looking for good recommendations.  

Let me know .  Thank you! 


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9 months 1 week ago #644197 by Owen
Hey Finn,

Check out this oven.  My neighbor has one of these and it's amazing



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9 months 4 days ago #644661 by GaryA

Ian Stone wrote: There sure is, here you go:  www.amazon.com/Coravin-Model-Wine-Preser...052&s=gateway&sr=8-3


Coravin makes a number of different models.  


There are cheaper 'wine savers'.  Hand operated air pumps with self closing stoppers.  For a few days these work well.  They start around $15USD.  (See Amazon)

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9 months 4 days ago #644662 by GaryA

Ian Stone wrote: I've been thinking about picking up the 'Weston Electric Meat Grinder & Sausage'

Just need to figure out all the details on making the sausage.  

What has stopped you from it? 


Time ... just not enough time in the day.  Then after a bit, one forgets.  I need to bring it out from the garage and set it up in the BBQ patio, in plain sight.

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9 months 4 days ago #644663 by GaryA

Ken Brun wrote: You know what would be fun to make?  Beer.  I have always wanted to try this.  My brother years ago, made home made wine and it was OK, but had a very sweet flavor to it.  He then tried making beer, and forgot about it, and it molded over and no one dared to try it.  

That would be fun to explore.  


LOL ... sounds like a college kid's fridge.

I have a friend who was a master brewer ... but thought that a steady job as a teacher would be better than a micro-brewery.  That micro-brewery has taken off and he's still a teacher.  We talk about making beer and vino.  I need to stick him in the BBQ patio also. 

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9 months 4 days ago #644664 by GaryA

Fess Walker wrote: The problem with beer is it takes up so much space to make.  It would be fun, but I would rather make a nice red wine. Or any wine for that matter.  


Lol ... both beer and wine take some space, sorta depends on how much you make I just.  I have a few books on making wine and one book on construction of all the apparatus necessary.  I think buying a kit is easier.  I have located a few wine making suppliers in SoCal that I should stop in and have a chat. Back to time ...

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9 months 4 days ago - 9 months 4 days ago #644665 by GaryA

Kenta wrote: Fresh pasta is the best.  We make it a point to make it at least once a month.


Even better than making and eating fresh pasta ... is making and eating fresh pasta outside.  Gary took a little square in the backyard and setup what Gary calls his BBQ Patio.  Gary has his propane grill, a Kamado and a dedicated electric smoker set up along with a prep table and a couple induction plates.  He also has a three burner propane camp stove, but this has been replaced by the induction burners. Most of Gary's cooking is performed outdoors.  The BBQ Patio was originally enclosed overhead by a pergola canopy, but Gary has replace the cover with a canopy of grapes (Pinot Noir).  Recently, Gary has installed speakers in the BBQ Patio, so now he cooks with music. ;)

Being in SoCal, Gary can comfortably cook outside all year long.  

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9 months 4 days ago - 9 months 4 days ago #644666 by GaryA

Toby J wrote: Long day, my mind is toast.  Any of you move to electric car yet?  With all the tax credits and fuel savings, is your bank account happy?

We are thinking about getting a Tesla 3.  Starting our research.  


Gary's neighbor just received his Telsa.  He loves it and it's a fine automobile. Gary has given long and hard thought to an electric vehicle.  Presently Gary and Mary Lou drive Volvos, (the SUV and the convertible), there is nothing affordable (at least affordable for us) and equal to the SUV and nothing to equal the convertible. Electric cars are very commonplace out here, all kinds. We used to say "Look, a Tesla!" ... but not anymore.  Tesla's are everywhere out here.  Gary's main concern with Teslas is the viability of the company. 

PS- But, Gary and Mary Lou are planning to toss up some solar panels for the house.

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9 months 4 days ago #644667 by GaryA

EOS Man wrote: Spiced up my coffee tonight with a little brandy in it. Going to make some short bread cookies now! 


Brandy is sooooo good in brandy.  Years and years ago Gary used to purchase coffee bean that have been soaked in brandy.  Gary can't find those beans now ... he thought about soaking his beans in brandy ... then it hit him that there's no need to soak and dry the beans, one can skip the middleman and simply pour brandy into the cup. (duh!)

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9 months 4 days ago #644668 by GaryA

Chase Audate wrote: Just got back from a great coffee shop here in town, french press delight 


French Press makes a great cup of coffee.  

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9 months 4 days ago #644670 by GaryA

Matt Nguyen wrote:

GaryA wrote:

Cory J wrote: Wait till you get to season 7 Fess!  Best season ever.  


Hey any of you on a wine a month program?  


Gary belongs to six wineries (down from a high of 12 wineries) which ship out quarterly cases of vino.  Additionally, he is a member (Angel) with Naked Wines, and he gets a few cases a year from them. (And Gary grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot and Pinot Noir in the backyard). 

 




Silver Oak Wines!  We love their wines.  Are you going to be there in August for their 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon?  


Silver Oak is amazing.  Maybe, August is a long way away.

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9 months 4 days ago #644671 by GaryA

Finn wrote: @Gary,

You have any tips on pizza maker?  We have decided to pick up one and I'm looking for good recommendations.  

Let me know .  Thank you! 


Nope, Gary uses his oven or the Kamado (with the grille rise up). Gary has found that for breads, heat is heat.  Personally, Gary thinks there is no difference in flavor between a wood fired brick oven and a regular gas heated oven. He has a friend with a wood fired brick pizza oven, while it looks great, it cooks the same (end product tastes the same) as Gary's kitchen oven or charcoal Kamado.

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9 months 4 days ago #644673 by Pete Franko

GaryA wrote:

Toby J wrote: Long day, my mind is toast.  Any of you move to electric car yet?  With all the tax credits and fuel savings, is your bank account happy?

We are thinking about getting a Tesla 3.  Starting our research.  


Gary's neighbor just received his Telsa.  He loves it and it's a fine automobile. Gary has given long and hard thought to an electric vehicle.  Presently Gary and Mary Lou drive Volvos, (the SUV and the convertible), there is nothing affordable (at least affordable for us) and equal to the SUV and nothing to equal the convertible. Electric cars are very commonplace out here, all kinds. We used to say "Look, a Tesla!" ... but not anymore.  Tesla's are everywhere out here.  Gary's main concern with Teslas is the viability of the company. 

PS- But, Gary and Mary Lou are planning to toss up some solar panels for the house.


You mind me asking who's solar panels are you looking at?  We have been considering however haven't started the research side of things yet.  


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