Valentine’s with Friends

Many years ago, John and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings on Valentine’s since we had no dates, and figured we could enjoy some discount wings on wing Tuesday. The next year, we remained single and instead went to bdubs on wing Thursday. He accidently wore the same shirt, and so a tradition was born.

For the last few years, we’ve done the same thing with all our single friends. I was extra hungry this year, and ordered way too many wings. No regrets.

The following day was the opening day for Black Panther. My tradition to see all Marvel MCU movies opening weekend on Thursday night persists. The movie was amazing. I highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t. I think one of the biggest draws for me is the amazing story and visuals. It makes sense given my love of Final Fantasy games. Square has always been notorious for awesome storylines and groundbreaking visuals. Black Panther had a great story, it was grounded and relatable while being set in a fantastic and beautiful environment. Black Panther’s villain was great and really tied everything together. A sympathetic villain is something that is hard to pull off, but when it works you get really compelling interaction between the protagonist and antagonist. Go see it!


Sunday’s dinner party theme was seafood.  Ben wasn’t able to make it so I kept it simple – salmon and soup. The salmon I cooked sous-vide using the Modernist at Home book that I’ve had forever but been unable to use. It uses a lot of specialized equipment or ingredients, so my recent sous-vide acquisition has been fortuitous.

Modernist at Home

I chose to go with a wild rice and mushroom soup. It turned out better than I could’ve imagined. It was chock full of umami and utterly scrumptious. I hope to make it again soon.

Wild rice and mushroom soup

LaTonya brought brussel sprouts over to accompany the dish, and Dante brought a key lime pie for dessert. The salmon was AMAZINGLY tender. I could barely get it out of the bag without it falling apart. I can’t wait to make more fish with the sous-vide.

Sous-vide salmon

Lastly, yesterday I finally got to use the shichirin I bought a couple months ago. I bought it because Soma uses it a lot in Shokugeki no Soma. I hope to get more familiar with it and look forward to using it more. It’s definitely more convenient than getting the entire grill out when I need to just grill a couple things.


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