Brunch and Kaiju Nite 8 (Lots of Food!)

"ゲゾラ" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/30 sec, ISO800
“ゲゾラ” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I’m going to have to go on a serious diet soon if I keep on eating like I did today… 😃🍺

First off, we went to a farewell brunch for some friends who are moving to Brooklyn. The food was something that is common in Austin: build-your-own tacos with brisket, carnitas, homemade salsas, and fresh onion, cilantro, jalapeños, and tomatoes. In addition, cold local beer and yummy mimosas to wash it all down. It was pretty awesome. 🍴

Later that day, we hosted our 8th “Kaiju Nite”, in which we watch Japanese monster movies and enjoy even more delicious food. The menu included karaage (Japanese fried chicken), harumaki (egg rolls), shrimp toast, champuru (Okinawan dish of goya, spam, and egg), lotus root salad, green salad with sashimi, and various small snacks. Beverages included sake, wine, and beer. OMG I was so full! 😝

"Brunch Brisket" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/350 sec, ISO200
“Brunch Brisket” Austin, 2017

My aunt often ends her greeting cards with, “Eat well” and I intend to uphold that request. 😃

I hope you had a nice weekend!

またね~

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Photo Expo

"Lighting Demo" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/45 sec, ISO3200
“Lighting Demo” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was a lot of fun because I spent the morning with an old friend and a new friend hanging out at the local camera store, Precision Camera, which was holding their semi-annual EXPO. There were presentations and demonstrations, giveaways, and we got to play with all the newest gear.

"Precision Camera" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/850 sec, ISO200
“Precision Camera” Austin, 2017

I checked out the new Fujifilm X100F, which is the successor to my X100T. I was hesitant to try it out because I might get the itch to upgrade, but as it turned out, I didn’t feel like it was such a big improvement for me, considering the way I shoot, and my snapshot photo style. The improvements which would make me consider upgrading would be an articulating screen and a true mechanical focus ring. Perhaps in the future, but for now, I am still happy with my X100T.

"Magic Mushroom Burger" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Magic Mushroom Burger” Austin, 2017

And besides the photo-geekery, we enjoyed delicious burgers at Hopdoddy. Yum!!!

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

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Rib Dinner

"Rib Dinner" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Rib Dinner” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today we had a yummy dinner of ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. Everything was homemade except the beans, which were definitely the least delicious item on the menu.

For the ribs, I bought about 9 lbs. worth of pork ribs from Costco, and then used a simple but great technique to cook them. Basically, just rub the rib racks with Dijon mustard, then apply your favorite dry rub. Do this to both sides, then wrap in foil, pop into a 200 ° F oven for 6 hours, then turn up the heat to 300 ° F for about half an hour more.

Next, carefully check if the ribs are tender, and if so, cut them up, then put on a baking sheet and place them under the broiler to caramelize. And that’s it. Enjoy!

"Too Many Ribs" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/35 sec, ISO3200
“Too Many Ribs” Cedar Park, 2017

Since we got the ribs from Costco, we had three times as much as we could eat, but that just means that we’ll freeze the leftovers and get to enjoy ribs again in the future. 😄

I hope you had a nice day!

おやすみ~

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Pasta and Beer

"Sardine Pasta" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Sardine Pasta” Cedar Park, 2017

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"Glass of Gold" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800
“Glass of Gold” Cedar Park, 2017
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