Monday, May 3, 2021

iPhone 12 pro max camera

I took some low light photos using the iPhone Pro Max which has three imagers and the wiz bang algorithmic image processing. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

brunnhilde's fresh water level sensor failure - part 2


The fresh water level sensor in Brunnhilde failed in June of 2013. I had since replaced it with a "new and improved" one that is constructed of a stainless steel tube rather than a plastic tube. Just when I thought it should last much longer than the original one of 9 years. Not so fast. In the owners' forum in North America there has been many report of the "new and improved" sender failed of late.

Monday, April 12, 2021

taiwanese beef soup noodles - part 2

Since I took a month long trip to Taiwan, I am inspired by what Taiwanese do with their beef soup noodles. I am now more willing to let the hair down when preparing beef soup noodles. I would never guess that sesame seed oil work but now I am a believer.

happiness is another small engine - part 3

I wrote this post a year ago but left in as draft. I decided to go ahead and publish it now.

I just add another small engine to my collection. This one is an essential equipment for the ranch. Happiness comes from the time and misery I save from using a lesser piece of equipment.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

E61espresso machine repair


E61 machines are the affordable espresso machines to those willing to invest time to make a good cup. These are serious semiautomatic machine from Italy that are similar to what are used in cafes but at home baristas' budget. Unlike most consumer machines which are disposable, these can be repaired and rebuilt indefinitely. While each brand and model are different the parts are generally generic and can be procured readily. It is the nature of the business of heating water and making steam that inevitably they will need maintenance and repairs. I had repaired it once before due to the failure of a solenoid valve's magnetic coil.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

livestocks at the ranch

I jokingly texted one of my track buddy a photo of the livestocks at the ranch.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

this campground is open

I love sleeping in the Westfalia Vanagon Camper. To sleep in it at home is like a treehouse retreat and conjures up a child's excitements. Now I have my own woods camping is just a few steps away. No firing up of the ICE is necessary.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

a tool cart at last

I had been wanting this tool cart ever since I saw it at Harbor Freight. Only for the garage in the city it was not feasible to accommodate one. Acquiring this is symbolic of being liberated by the confines of a small place to be able to service my vehicles efficiently and have the space to do the many things I enjoy.

brunnhilde's starting battery - part 2

I eventually got around to replace the starting battery that has been threatening to leave me stranded. The cost of recovering a stranded Brunnhilde easily exceeds the cost of a new AGM battery. I didn't do it right away as it takes some work and muscle.

Friday, April 10, 2020

westy and westy

Strangely here in the US they call all Westfalia campers and motorhomes Westy, rather than referring to their specific names such as VW Westfalia Camper or Mercedes Benz James Cook motorhome.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

brunnhilde's starting battery

It'd been twice that I nearly got stranded when Brunnhilde's starting battery cannot turn the engine over after a night of camping. At first I thought I over-used the audio system and drained the battery. The second time it happen I barely use the sound system.

Friday, March 27, 2020

isode redux

I have not driven Isode for may be three years. It has been sitting in the garage all this time, and the gasoline in the tank no doubt is very staled.

Friday, January 31, 2020

one of world's best jazz stations

Because of this article I discovered this great jazz station that is in Newark, New Jersey.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

not a boring steak - part 2

I don't cook with a recipe. If I do is just a vague idea in the head as that I plot base on what I have on hand, and what I think would work. I shop ingredients for what look good and never rigidly for a dish that I have in mind. For this streak dish, I did shop for some root vegetable, a half pint of cream, and the steak. The rest are just what are on hand at home. A New York Steak with oyster demi-glace and scallops is born.

Monday, December 9, 2019

a tale of a piece of cod

This is a tale of a piece of cod that was utilized to the fullest. It is a piece of Alaska lingcod that I bought from an Asian market. I have long since given up buying frozen cods as they are always disappointing, in that the precious fish is wasted. It has been more and more difficult to buy good quality fish. I only know of one shop in Portland that I can count on now. While grocery shopping I bought a piece that is slightly over 2 pounds taken from the tail section.

slack season’s danzi noodle 度小月擔仔麵 - part 2

Today I put a little more effort into making my reinterpretation of this delightful snack. Again I have no intention to replicate the dish but to be inspired by it, and using the ingredients that I happen to have. The main difference of today's bowl is I made a proper but simple broth from a piece of Alaska cod bone left over from filleting. I also collected some shrimp shells and thew them into the stock too. It is just a little quantity of stock.

slack season’s danzi noodle 度小月擔仔麵

One interesting little bowl of noodles that I encountered in Tainan is slack season’s danzi noodle (度小月擔仔麵). The origin of this bowl of noodle snack piqued my curiosity. The restaurant that I first came across it prepare the noodle in the open, as a showcase which it built its fame. It claims to be the original invention of the dish.

a month in taiwan, 2019 - part 1

Part 1 was in Taipei, arrived from a flight from Portland, connecting in Vancouver to Taipei via Air Canada. This series of posts are foodie photo heavy, and light on text.