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    The Pandemic of 2020

    Tomorrow is my 41st birthday and it’s been six month since the start of the Pandemic so i thought i would spend some time writing things down to what has happened so far just as a reminder to my future self and to anyone who may still be reading my blog.

    It was probably late January, or early February where i started to read articles about a flu hitting China, which was causing the whole country to shut down, and basically hide from the virus. Reports starting flowing that it originated in a wet market in the city of Wuhan, and it was serious enough that the Chinese government was trying to cover up what was happening inside their borders. Every article that came out really started to read like World War Z minus the zombies but all of the deaths.

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    2019 Year in Review

    Wow, i guess i never did a 2018 year in review, but here’s 2019 anyways.

    Best Movie

    • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
    • Captain Marvel
    • Avengers: Endgame
    • Pokémon Detective Pikachu
    • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
    • Toy Story 4
    • Spider-Man: Far From Home
    • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
    • Zombieland: Double Tap
    • Frozen II
    • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    • Spies in Disguise
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    Backyard Redo

    After 3 years of what was described to me as a backyard of a crack house, we finally got around to fixing up the backyard.

    With such a large space to work with, we knew it was going to cost a lot, and it was going to take a lot of planning. We spent months try to figure out whether to go with concrete or pavers, grass or astroturf, plants or trees, patio cover or pergola and in the end we kept it simple since we were quoted into the $70,000+, and we just really wanted something usable at this point. .

    My main goal was to create a larger entertainment space and keep everything else simple for the time being. The patio was cracked all over, the lawn area was uneven and didn’t have any sprinklers so we went and tore everything out.  We redid our patio with cement and expanded it by an additional six feet straight to the backyard gate. We poured an addition pad by the front wall for a future shed, and planned for sprinklers and grass for the majority of yard, save 3-6 feet of planter space.

    Demo took only a few days, while the long portion was just prepping the sprinklers and rebar for the cement.

    Once the cement was poured and dried the backyard already started to feel livable.

    With the grass finally in place, the backyard was done for now, and i finally felt safe to let the girls out into the backyard without them hurting themselves. The patio is now big enough for them to ride their scooters, and the grass soft enough for them to run wild.

     

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    Bavel

    Bavel is one of the newest hot restaurants in LA that i had to book months in advanced. It just so happen to land on Mother’s Day weekend so that worked out for me. I didn’t have high expectations even with all the rave reviews because i wasn’t sure how different Middle Eastern food could get from any other corner stores, but as a sister restaurant to Bestia they had some things going for them.

    I got some recommendations from people that i know who have gone already and basically ordered what everyone seemed to like. After the meal i have to agree with everyone. Something about getting each dish with their own specific fresh bread and each dish different was enough to see the attention to detail put into it. We went off script and got the lamb ribs which was a mistake and by the time the lamb neck schwarma we were pretty much full so we didn’t quite enjoy it as we could have. For dessert Tiffany want the strawberry pastry that Ben and I kept trying to figure out what it reminded us of, and eventually figure it out it tasted like a toaster strudel. My favorite dishes were again with my continuing leaning towards  vegetable forward dishes were the baba ghanoush and oyster mushrooms (especially since i’m still not a super fan of mushrooms).

    DUCK ‘NDUJA HUMMUS
    creamy garbanzo beans, jerusalem mix spice, herbs, pita

    BABA GHANOUSH
    smoked eggplant, mushroom & eggplant salad, tahini, fried curry leaf, fried pita

    GRILLED PRAWNS
    harissa marinade, cured zucchini tzatziki, herbs, lime

    OYSTER MUSHROOM KEBAB
    lovage & cardamom puree, sumac

    MALAWACH
    ancient grain crispy layered bread, grated tomato, dill crème fraiche, aged egg, strawberry zhoug

    BBQ LAMB RIBS
    spicy pineapple amba, fried seeds, coriander, cilantro

    SLOW ROASTED LAMB NECK SHAWARMA
    tahini, red zhoug, pickled vegetables, laffa

    STRAWBERRY SUMAC & SWEET CHEESE PASTRY
    pistachio ice cream, labneh cream, cured sumac

     

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    Home Ownership

    Its been a fun month of Home ownership this month for some odd reason. At the beginning of the month our internet went out, and we were without our main source of home entertainment for a few days. We were all stuck watching a single TV of over the air programming until Frontier Fios came out and had to replace our ONT unit in the garage.