Valentine’s Dinner

15 02 2010

So for Valentine’s Day this year I decided to forgo the fancy restaurant and cook my lady a fancy meal at Chez Brian 353.

I asked around for some good meal tips and my lovely mother suggested Lamb. I had never even tasted lamb but it sounded classy and more likely to impress than chicken pot pie.

While at a church meeting on Thursday a member told me that he is a retired chef, so i picked his brain on the best way to cook up some lamb and what sides would go best with it. I took his advice and my mom’s, did a little homework and was ready to jump on it.

Well Saturday I rolled down to the grocery store, picked up the food and ingredients and got ready to do the dang thang.

On the Valentine’s Day Menu that evening was:


Ham and Cheese Puffs

Main Course

  • French Seasoned, oven-roasted rack of Lamb
  • Red Roasted potatoes
  • steamed green beans, broccoli and califlower blend veggies
  • Parisian bread with the seasoned olive oil dip
  • Shiraz-Merlot wine


  • Fresh baked Red Velvet cupcakes
  • Chardonnay

A fine meal cooked with love so you know it tasted like the bomb diggity.

We dined to a soundtrack of her favorite songs and took the party to the home theater to watch her favorite movie.

That’s how you do Valentines Day,

Smith Out.


summer ready

20 05 2009


Mothers Day

10 05 2009
Me Ma

Me Ma

Today is Mother’s Day and it feels sort of odd because I haven’t seen my mom in a few months and I didn’t have the chinks to fly back to MI for the weekend.

I talked to her early this morning and it was good to hear her voice and catch up with her. She told me what she wanted for a gift: a photo I’d taken of her and my aunt Lynn at my graduation in 2005.

That day, I was snapping some shots randomly of her, my aunt and my cousins during their trip there after I caught up with them after the ceremony. They were getting ready for the nice snapshot and someone said something funny that just got them going.

I got a shot of them in the throes of a good laugh and it’s such a fitting photo of the two. Despite the ups and downs they were always there for each other and they knew how to crack each other up.

Not too long after my graduation my aunt passed unexpectedly. And that picture took on a whole other significance to my mom. So I today I looked for it so I could send it to my cousin so she can blow it up and have it printed and framed for my mom.

I found it

Mom and Lynn crackin up December 05

Mom and Lynn crackin up December 05

along with some other photos from those days before she was gone.

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Fav photo from Central Park

1 05 2009

I was uploading last night and realized I missed my favorite photo from my adventures in the park.


I love this shot.

Saturday in the Park

1 05 2009

Suddenly, the temperature rose and summer came to the city…in April.

I decided to rise with it. I took to the streets on Saturday and explored the park with a friend from work. I’ve been all over the Northwest part of Central Park. My church is on Central Park West (CPW as they call it) and 108th and after service I cross into the park and climb the Great Hill and walk around a little.

During the winter it was tranquil somewhat slumbering. Gangly tree branches lining the trails, brave runners enduring the windchill in pursuit of fitness. But in the spring it transforms and is alive with people and activity. And by activity I don’t mean bar-b-ques and frisbee. New Yorkers do everything, from tightrope walking, to bocce ball to swordfighting, to things I’d can’t even name.

Central Park is not a park. It’s a universe.

The Joy of GChat

30 04 2009

It’s kinda like teleporting…

I'm in yo house

I'm in yo house

There’s Something about Slusho…

2 04 2009

…That makes the Fringe/Cloverfield fanboys go wild

So why not fan the fever.