Big transitions going on at The Aerie recently – and you guys know how I feel about change – but these are all for the good.
First off, the upstairs renovation is complete! The Beloved and I spend a lot of this weekend moving furniture back into place from its temporary place in the garage and assembling a new bookshelf. Everything looks really great. No more displaced toilets in the bedroom or bathtubs. (Pics and post to come soon).
The other thing that we spent some time on this weekend was assembling a new grill. When she was here last year, The Beloved’s mom (MOMPAT) noticed that my long-serving grill was looking a little long in the tooth and suggested that as a Christmas present she would get us a new one – a great idea.
And even though you can grill year round here in San Diego, like everywhere else, grills don’t really go on sale until the Spring. We’d gotten one right before we went to Sacramento last weekend and so this Saturday, we put our new Char-Broil RED together.
Now the assembly instructions suggest that it can be done in about 30 minutes. Well, two chemistry PhDs and 100 minutes later, we were all set. (The assembly wasn’t really difficult, it just took some time to remove and sort all the parts from their packaging and occasional Cirque du Soleil-esque contortions to get some. of. the. damn. screws. in…)
The new grill worked great and got super HOT (in <15 minutes it was over 500 F). That evening, we were able to sear-grill a great steak in about 4 minutes per side (and that was a little more medium than I was shooting for…) — I’m going to need a stopwatch to get the timing right! I’m very excited to get to know its ins and outs this year. Thanks, MOMPAT!!
Of course, me being me, I’m a little sentimental about seeing the old grill (coincidentally, also a Char-Broil) go off to that great Backyard in the Sky.
It’s served me well for a decade – this weekend I’ll put it up on Craigslist for free. Maybe some college student will want to give it a fresh start!