The gTeam headed to HipCooks on Friday afternoon for a 4 hour cooking, eating and imbibing session to celebrate the year thus far. The theme was Tapas and Sangria.
Heather kicked us off by boiling sugar. How hard can that be?
Kate and Harvey also had a swing.
Jeff showed us some skills in flipping stuff. Jeff's the guy who is hosting our annual summer BBQ next month and has proactively said, "No, this is not a potluck, I am doing all the cooking". That's just how good he is with an apron on, spatula in hand.
He and Tyler then got stuck into a major Ops / Finance discussion. Or the Cubs recent winning streak.
Things heated up when Pete the Chef produced two bottles of Red and instructed Kate, Doe and Heather to make Sangria.
Meanwhile Schooner and Kel built Manchego and not Quince paste the other type of paste (too much Sangria) triangle things. The two flavours went together perfectly and how easy to make (assuming you remember the name of the red paste).
Heather then free-poured to make the Sangria. I am blaming everything that went on after that on this specific moment.
We then sat together and enjoyed our entrees (Yes, the first course is called an "entree" and I will dedicate all the rest of my years educating my 300,000,000 American cousins that entrees are indeed the first course. Shock horror, "mains" are well, the main course)
A superb start and so fun to just be with our colleagues.
In a gutsy move, Steph took on the "crack an egg in one hand" move and nailed it. I've been practicing all weekend - a lot of egg a lot of everywhere.
Mimi and Kelda got stuck into sauteeing onions in a mountain of butter.
Team Ops - Harvey and Tyler also got their sauteeing on. Tyler looks pretty circumspect.
With the Sangria now freely flowing, Kate (RHS) held court!
Dawn (RHS) looked on nervously as Steph continued to smash eggs.Kelli (LHS) held similar concerns about the amount of Sangria left.
Karen and Kate had clearly checked out by now as some of the rest of the gang continued cooking beautifully!
Schooner and Harvey doing a serious investigation...
Kel grabbed an ingredient and made a nose cover. I still don't know why.
Schooner took control of the second round of Sangria.
Chef Pete did an impressive flip of the flan. We all ooh'ed and aah'ed.
Kelda and I built some of these delightful things. Friday was the end of Kelda's first week at g. And she appears to be liking the place.
We then sat down for the mains. Great food and great company.
Kelda then shared a story about her affection for all things Apple MacIntosh. I'm just leaving it at that.
Then it was time for the desserts to come out of the oven. Little custards.
Steph made a very cool and crunchy g for the top of her dessert.
We then demolished that, Kate (RHS) told a cracking story and weheaded into the weekend in a very happy frame of mind.
I have been looking at the Tesla 100% electric Model S of late. Our 10 year old Prius is, well 10 years old and has just hit the 100,000 mile mark. Tesla's first car, a Roadster was a two seater and thus a non-starter for families. The Model S however is a 4-door sedan with incredible performance. It has a range of 300 miles (480 km's) on one charge. Based on all of that, last week I decided now was the time to make a move and put down a deposit. Not a day later I was informed that there was a test drive event in Washington Mall and I was invited to take a spin. So today I did just that and it was incredible. I am not a car guy at all. Stats like 0 - 100 in X seconds bore me. But this is different. Completely different.
When you want to revolutionize an industry you can't do it from within. Tesla's founder Elon Musk came from Pay Pal - he founded that too. And he runs a rocket ship company too. As someones said lately, when this bloke dies he can safely say he did it all. Tesla has taken great elements from unrelated industries - Apple's retail stores for example. So rather than going down "Auto alley" to buy a new car, just go to your local shopping mall where you will find a Tesla Dealer. Choosing interior and exterior colours and features are all done online. The touch screen centre console is an oversized iPhone. All touch screen, completely intuitive. The battery technology has been enhanced by cell phone battery technology. And the 100% electric feature is as much about performace as it is about the planet. So this car could have never been imained in Detroit. It had to be located outside of it. Very little of Detroit's old ways are releant to this new way. Today I drove the future and it was (and will be) awesome.
Check out the pics / videos below.
Massive centre console control panel. Just pick a planet and off you go.
Plenty of room in the boots (trunks) front and back (for the dead bodies).
Aussie Rob and I, flying in from two different cities on two different airlines at exactly the same time last Friday scoring exactly the same, "business class legroom in cattle class" seat...there is a God after all.
For all you under 6 footers who usually occupy this one, enough is enough.
Note Rob was wearing big boy pants and reading a magazine that conjugates its verbs. I was in running gear and catching up on US Weekly. Still reeling from the TomKat break up.
Week two of touch footy at the Forest Hills paddock was a much more comfortable affair thanks to the 7pm kick off and cooler temps. 8 trusty players rocked up: one less Queenslander (thank the Lord above) being replaced by one local, Natalie, a flier in the #14 jersey.
Skill level continues to improve with a lot less hail mary's and a lot more go forward ball and a little bit of jinking and weaving. Shades of Mark Ella circa 1984 and the unbeaten Grand Slam could be seen (OK, you had to look pretty hard) by the classy combinations made up between Tiger Shanks (the 10 year old 150 pounder), Joe Doolan (a ball of muscle and determination) and Rob Doolan the Bris-vegas native powered by a boozy Sunday lunch and too much cheese.
For students of the game, this is a must see.
The bespeckled Henry Hubble ran hard, did good and innovated with some pre-try celebrations. Never seen that before. Natalie has footy in her bones - ran straight, laughing all the way. The Graham-Nye brothers made some good yards, shimmied a bit and generally didn't kill each other which is progress.
Our good friends at Pabst Brewing Company provided their Blue Ribbon product for the after match function refreshments again. Thank you. Hoping our even better friends at Adidas could stump up with jerseys, a stand, a field, a press box - the usual. Hi Antonio, how are you?
Until next week (7pm Sunday at the Forest Hills Elementary School pantheon), adieu.