Bachelor Night 03

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Of course the way to start some quality Dog Boy weekend time is to take a trip to Fort Funston! Happy Dog, Happy Man!

Then fry some leftover baked potatoes with onions. Fried potatoes, not hard. Why do they suck most of the time in restaurants?

And serve the fried potatoes with leftover hamburgers on a toasted English Muffin.

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Some time passes. What would a Bachelor Afternoon be without a nap? Anyway, dinner for one at Gialina. Roast Chicken Breast with a Panzanella salad and a glass of wine. We’ve been going to Gialina nearly once a week since it opened and it remains about our favorite nearby restaurant.

Somehow ending up in Berkeley of all places, at the Albatross Pub, with friends, recently re-arrived in the Bay Area.

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They do have tasty beer at Albatross Pub, who can complain about Moonlight Brewing‘s Bombay by Boat?

BART back to San Francisco, and another night gone.

I guess “Sucker Punch” will have to wait until tomorrow.

Bachelor Night 02

Second night of the wife’s trip out of town. Usually at this point, I’d probably pull out the Jambalaya, but I was feeling a bit difficult. Like I should make something different. Movie theme seems to be Science Fiction Mind Trip.

Marinated some chicken breast strips with chile powder, garlic, Lemon, and olive oil.

Maybe something like Arroz con Pollo with beans?

But a green rice with a lot of parsley and Marjoram.

And Brown Rice.

The Vieux Carre is one of my favorite elaborate (by my standards) cocktails. 1 oz Rye Whiskey, 1 oz Cognac, 1 oz Sweet Vermouth, a generous teaspoon of Benedictine, dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters and a dash of Angostura Bitters. Twist a lemon zest over the drink and drop in. Built and stirred on the rocks, right? No bachelor drink should involve no more than one vessel.

I dunno, I found Source Code to be less compelling than Inception, even with the annoying presence of Leo di Pooplio in Inception. The ending of Source Code was just chicken shit, happy bullshit. Well, I have high hopes for tomorrow’s installment of the “wife’s out of town dumb movie trilogy”. We’re going for a “Sucker Punch”. I think it will be the best of the three.

Bachelor Night 01

A lot of people have recently been posting Dean Martin’s recipe for “Martin Burgers” on their sites, dug up by Letters of Note:

MARTIN BURGERS

1 lb. ground beef
2 oz. bourbon–chilled

Preheat a heavy frying pan and sprinkle bottom lightly with table salt. Mix meat, handling lightly, just enough to form into four patties. Grill over medium-high heat about 4 minutes on each side.

Pour chilled bourbon in chilled shot glass and serve meat and bourbon on a TV tray.

Well, obviously, we’re in California in the second decade of the 2000s, so we’ll need to mess with that a bit.

Start by slicing some heirloom tomatoes.

Follow your favorite recipe for burgers, mine involves bread crumbs, dry vermouth, spanish paprika, thyme, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil. Form your meat into patties. I like dividing a pound of burger meat into 3 patties. Heat a pan or start the grill.

Rent an appropriate movie. Preferably something about which your partner said, “That sounds dumb!” and about which you thought, “Yeah, that does sound kind of dumb, but cool!” I was thinking of Avatar, but it just seemed too woosy, and possibly too dumb, even for me.

Start cooking your burgers.

While they are cooking, add a tablespoon (or to taste) of rich simple syrup to a rocks glass. Squeeze a quarter size piece of orange peel into the syrup and drop into the glass. Add ice. Add 2 oz Bourbon and stir until well chilled.

Toast a bun or English Muffin. Spread one side with mayonnaise and the other with dijon mustard. Put some greens on the mayonnaise side and a slice or two of tomato. On top of this place the cooked burger. Cover top with mustard side, cut and enjoy. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, a baked potato is a nice accompaniment.

Pop in the video and enjoy.