Having recently moved into a new apartment, Ryan and I thought that we needed to get a grill to celebrate and enjoy the summer. Our old apartment was in the same building, but the balcony was closed due to construction. The new one has a functioning balcony with a beautiful view, so what better way is there to enjoy it than getting a grill?
When deciding which grill to get, I had a few things I was looking for. First of all, the grill should not cost a ridiculous amount of money. I am not Bobby Flay and will not use all the features and power of an expensive, $700 grill. Secondly, the grill does not need to be huge and have many burners. Most of the time, the grilling will be for just Ryan and I and we don't want to waste precious space on our balcony, so a small grill is what we needed. Lastly, the grill has to be gas, since charcoal is banned in our high-rise.
I searched Amazon and the first candidate was this Masterbuilt Veranda:
The grill looks like an art deco piece and is not to expensive. Sadly, it seems to be discontinued and getting replacement parts would not be easy.
After reading reviews for various grills on Amazon, I decided on getting the Char-Broil Patio Caddie:
This grill fit into everything I was looking for, so we went down to Home Depot and bought it. After about 30 minutes of assembling the thing, it was hooked up to a gas tank and ready to go.
This was our first gas grill, and igniting it was very easy. It quickly heats up and despite it's small size, the cooking area is pretty roomy. We bought some bison and gorgonzola onion burger patties at Whole Foods, along with some corn to try on the grill. The results were delicious:
All together, a successful purchase, I think.
Next thing we are going to try on the grill... shish-kabobs.
This blog has been neglected for too long, so I have finally decided to update it regularly. I have moved from Drupal to WordPress, due to Drupal being more than I needed from blog software. I am aiming for a look that is clean and at the same time can bring together all of my posts, twitter updates, Flickr photos, etc...
I've also changed the name from Leo's Tech Blog to Leo's Updates (although I might change the name again, if I can think of something good). I don't post only about technology, so a change of names seemed like the logical thing to do.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Ryan and I are moving to Chicago in August. One of the good things about this is that I won't have a 45 mile commute to work anymore. The University of Chicago is only about 7 miles from our future apartment. I was thinking about getting a bike for this commute, as it would be good my health and also cut out almost all of my gas expenses. Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of bike I should get? I was looking at Trek's site and the Soho 3 looked good to me:
Does anyone have any suggestions on which Bike I should get, or what I should look for in a good urban bike?
Radar Magazine has published a list of the most overrated items appearing on high end restaurant menus these days. The list was compiled by Anthony Bourdain and contains some great gems such as suggesting that someone should get a t-shirt saying "I am an asshole, please take my money." if they order a certain item on the list.
I have found a video that has been posted of a walkthrough of the iPhone unlocking process. The author of the video then puts in a T-Mobile SIM card about 7 minutes into the video and the phone appears to be functioning with it.