bananas and tomatoes

Looks like banana and tomato prices are holding steady in these inflationary times. Eat up, both are good for you anyway.

Some of the best tomatoes and NorCal famous are the Early Girl dry farm tomatoes (Dirty Girl grows them well) and definitely worth the premium. Of course the common Cavendish banana is good but I do like candy apple bananas if they're around.

Nice to know Wall Street and Fed don't really care to manipulate the banana and tomato market like everything else (for now at least?).

"uncrate" style of a few things I don't need

A running list of things I don't need "uncrate" style.

La Marzocco Linea Mini is overly expensive but it sure is nice looking and will make some really good coffee drinks. $5900

Bertazzoni induction range is good looking too. I'd prefer the larger burner at the front left instead of the back but that's a minor issue. $4850

Eiderdown comforter is the opposite of a weighted blanket, the premium is with the high warmth to low weight ratio. The down is collected from nests and is about as environmentally friendly and responsible as can be. $4800

basic workout and gear

I simplified my workout goals to run 4 miles every day and hope to ramp up to 5 to 6 miles a day at some point. Rest days will generally be Mondays with some ad hoc rest days depending how I feel.

Gear wise, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% are amazing shoes. I used to run in Asics either Nimbulus or Cumulus but these Vaporflys feel way better. They have carbon soles and some nice cushioning so my body doesn't feel wrecked after my runs. It's a noticeable and significant difference.

I'm usually pretty skeptical about heavily marketed gear/features. But I do understand how carbon fiber soles can both absorb the force of my running and spring me forward. Carbon fiber in road bikes definitely absorb choppy roads so it makes sense it would do the same in shoes. Carbon fiber is one of the coolest materials.

The other item that's helping me run and recover quicker is this Hypervolt Plus massage gun. I was skeptical about this too but it works. Recovery is a big deal if I want to actually run every day.

Considering it's just shoes and a massage gun and not like a bike, bike parts/maintenance, swimming membership (for pool access), gym membership, seems like I should be able to save some money too.

polo shirts

Quick post on polo shirts. Polo shirts are all I wear these days and I've had quite the product journey from Lacoste to American Apparel to Sunspel to random web finds.

My go to polo shirts are the Sebastian style from Orlebar Brown and Adrian/Roth styles from John Smedley. They're both pricey but the quality and the feel are pretty good (moreso for the Smedley polo since it's Sea Island cotton). Orlebar Brown does seem to fade quite a bit over time.

Happy to take other recommendations for polo shirts if you happen to stumble upon this post and have something good for me to try out.

a couple favorite dishes

Probably the best thing I made and ate last year was this white truffle risotto (recipe from the French Laundry cookbook). It's a simple dish and it really is good. I got the white truffles from Market Hall. Folding in whipped cream, the white wine, the amount of butter, the small amount of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and onions versus shallots, surprised me when I was making it. I think I made risotto correctly for the first time — I used fewer ingredients and paid more attention to actual cooking with some toasting and a lot of absorbing and stirring that needs to happen to maintain the integrity of the rice.

The second decadent thing we ate recently was this Hokkaido snow beef from Chateau Uenae. "Hokkaido Snow Beef. Located in the Hokkaido Prefecture, about an hour outside of Sapporo is Chateau Uenae. Cattle is raised in sub zero temperatures in the pristine Hokkaido countryside."

It's an A5 BMS 11 wagyu that's over the top. The superlatives of rich, fatty, melt in your mouth I heard about are all pretty true. The fat coats your tongue but it's a delicious fat. I got these 4 ounce steaks from A-Five Meats which is close to our office near the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. This is supposed to be a "holy grail" type of steak and it is good and I would certainly buy and make it again.

my cookware recommendations

pots and pans – Mafter Bourgeat

Go with Mafter Bourgeat and get one of their black steel pans (the 11 7/8" one) and get the remainder from their stainless steel collection: the 9-1/2" and 11" fry pans, the 1-3/4 quart and 4 quart sauce pans, the 7-1/2 quart stock pot, and optionally the 4 quart saute pan. Altogether, these should run you about $500-$600.

There's a small detail with these Mafter pots and pans that's not in most cookware. The handles are attached in a way where the rivets don't go through so the interior is clean.

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