life, drums, family


Cookies with Taiyo

It’s funny what will make me really miss my son all of a sudden.  I got to do an actual FaceTime video chat with him, Yuki and my parents today.  They’re all in Idaho together for the holidays, and I will be too soon enough!  Well, Boise, the nearest big city to Caldwell, where my parents live, just got a Whole Foods Market.  So today, the day before Thanksgiving, the family is going on an adventure to Whole Foods!

And Whole Foods reminded me of one of our adventures with Taiyo.  Yuki, Taiyo and I had gone to Animal Kingdom, and didn’t feel like eating theme park food, so decided we’d hit up the Whole Foods on the way home, get a meal, do some necessary shopping, and head home.  So for desert, Taiyo and I both got the ever-so-delicious ginger cookies, and some almond milk.  And after our meal, we sat and dunked our ginger cookies in our milk.  Delicious!

What surprised me was when, months later, the next time we went to a Disney Park, we decided to again go to Whole Foods for diner, Taiyo remembered the ginger cookies and milk, and asked if we could do that again.

It’s amazing what sticks out in the mind of a 3 (now 4) year old.  Simple things, like buying a cookie and milk, and eating it together in the store, can be some of the most bonding experiences.

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That was the original post-  then tonight I had another chance to FaceTime with Yuki and Taiyo, and Yuki tells me that on their way to Whole Foods today, Taiyo again asked for his ginger cookie!!  Probably about the same time I was writing the post!   What can I say, great minds….


Easy hotel room salad

Here’s an easy meal I threw together in my hotel room while staying at the Double Tree in Memphis. There are no fridges in the rooms, and our busses (which have fridges that conveintly stay on) went away, because we won’t be using them again until after the new year.
So it was time to take all the perishables I had on the bus and use ’em.
And that’s what you see here:
A Spinach Salad w 1 can of tuna (in oil), walnuts, grape tomatoes, and Balsamic Vinaigrette. Pretty darn good, and very filling.

Missing Athens…

Sometimes you get a good vibe the moment you set foot in a place.
Athens was one of those places. Everyone fell in love with Athens, GA from the moment we showed up. What a cool town. It’s rather small, and the downtown is actually only a couple of blocks long, but its cram packed full of really cool shops: from the swanky to the vibey-vintage- awesome fooderies: great sushi (in GA, believe it or not!),

20121110-184642.jpgVietnamese, Thai, American diners, bars with good food, coffee shops, desert places, and most of them one of a kind shops too- a fair amount of live music venues, including the Georgia Theater where we saw shows on 2 of our 3 nights there- great venue- There’s a bikram yoga place there BikramAthens (where I did bikram on all 3 of my days there!!), and just a cool vibe all around.

Athens is definitely a college town, so I’m curious what it’s like when school’s out, but I can’t imagine it being a total ghost town, as it’s just such a cool place.
I’m a bit sad that we couldn’t be there on a weekend, so we could’ve seen more if the local music scene, and I’m definitely already missing this cool town. I’ll be going back to Athens the next chance I get.

Maps&Atlases (really cool band by the way) play for not enough people on a Mon night at Georgia Theater

Great food, wine and Salsa dancing!

Had a great time at Tapas 177 last night!
I was so happy when we walked downstairs to find a live salsa band, and they were killin it! I’ve actually played in salsa bands before, and have listened to the music for years, so I know when it’s good, and these guys were the real deal!! Timbalero, Congero, Bongero, piano, bass, guiro, singers and trumpet. All providing the right elements! A very nice suprise. Some serious dancers there too. Really made me wish I had learned to salsa!

Then there was the food. Somewhat pricey, but so worth it.

We also ran into some people that had been at the Blue Man show (easily spotted by the blue hand print on the bald guy’s head)- so they got a kick out of meeting the musicians from the show.



Kale chips! Last night in Cinci…

It’s our last full night here in Cincinnati, so that means it’s packing night.

So far for me I’ve been making a little tradition of packing night being the night when I pack, (obviously), and I also try to cook up all the food that I have left in the fridge. It’s only occasionally that we get to stay in places that have a full-on kitchen like we had for two weeks here in Cincinnati. If we’re only staying in the city for a couple of nights, we usually have a normal hotel room, and we’re lucky if there is a fridge and microwave in the room. So I try to take advantage of it when we have these apartment – suites like we did here in Cincy. (more…)


Home (hotel) cookin!

Since I’ve been here in Cincinnati, and after I found the Findlay market, I’ve been cooking fish in the apartment almost every night. The only drawback I suppose is that my apartment suite smells like fish!

This is a dish that I was cooking a lot while I was here. As per my wife’s recommendation, I cook the vegetables first, usually just putting a bit of water in the pot and covering it, and cooking on medium low heat. Tonight was broccoli, asparagus, and kale. I prepare the fish by simply putting salt and pepper on both sides. I like to let the pan warm up with a little bit of olive oil in it, then just pan fry the fish. When the fish is almost done I like to throw in little grape tomatoes that I’ve sliced in half because I like the flavor they add. Then the brown stuff you see on top of the fish is the parts of the fish that stick to the bottom of the pan. I like to scrape it off and put it on top for some flavor and a little bit of crunch. I top everything off with lemon and perhaps a bit more of my special Himalayan rock salt that I brought with me on tour.

Tasty. Healthy. Satisfying.



Today’s Lunch!


How about an avocado, basil pepper chicken sandwich on toasted Multi-grain bread with grape tomatoes, olive oil mayo, and pesto spread!


The chicken was precooked and flavored from Findlay Market. Got the hand made pesto spread there too!

Findlay Market is a farmer’s market type place, close to downtown Cinci, that’s open 6 days a week! It’s really great, with lots of local produce, meats, and on-site bakeries, spiceries, etc… It’s where I did the majority of my shopping here in Cinci.

I’m gonna miss you Findlay!