Monthly Archives: November 2011

4am = Sadness

I was up at 4am today in order to work the Downtown Burbank Art Show. It was not worth it. Getting up at 4am is never worth it. NEVER. Not for ANYTHING. Not even for bacon that’s so perfectly cooked that it simply melts in your mouth – and that’s saying a lot coming from me!

The show was freezing (the thermometer hung around 48 degrees Fahrenheit for the majority of the day) and it promises to be colder AND rainy tomorrey! Oh joy.
Looking back on this, I guess getting an iced Thai tea with boba probably wasn’t the smartest choice for trying to stay warm. I spent the day shivering and studying. After the show, I headed over to Enegren Brewing to help close the tap room since they had a brew day and were surely overwhelmed with busyness and important brew stuffs.
There was lots of work to be done. Lanterns were lit, Chinese food was consumed.
I’m glad I was there to help out and make the brew day a little easier… In other news, thanks for the free meal and entertainment, guys!

I’m going to pass out now and sleep in an extra hour! And then I’m going to work in the rain all day after church. That should be fun…

Disclaimer: Any boring, incoherent wording on this page has been because of extreme sleep deprivation. Becki is not responsible for the dull title or the lack of images. Please use Bites ‘n Brews responsibly.

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Maple-Sugared Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

I had the most wonderful mini-vacation yesterday and today! I went out to Santa Clarita to visit the only place that I ever go to taste wine: Roman Holiday.
None of our regulars were there. We picked a new table with some ridiculously comfy chairs and settled in for a few hours.
I got a new hat! And made an unfortunate duckface. For that, I blame the wine and sincerely apologize.
Allie looked gorgeous and un-duckface-y as usual.
Small tastes of red wine were consumed by myself. A glass and a half of prosecco was also consumed.

Besides these few pictures, my camera stayed tucked securely in his bag and my computer remained unopened. The only contact I had with the outside world was through my Twitter addiction, where I posted some pointless photos. It was wonderful to get a break and spend some quality time with my cousin, shoving our faces with Indian food, baking quiche, tasting wine and watching ridiculous shows from our middle school years.

In other news, I have a wonderful recipe to share with you!

Maple-Sugared Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

Serves 4-6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish
Welcome the chilly days of autumn with a new twist on sweet potato fries. These Maple-Sugared Grilled Sweet Potato Fries are perfect for warming up and adding a sweet finale to those cold evenings.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons salt


Step 1
Wash and peel the sweet potatoes, then slice into small wedges.
Step 2
In a large bowl, mix the canola oil and cinnamon, add the potato wedges and stir to coat evenly.
Step 3
Spread the potato wedges on a large grill pan that has been wrapped in foil.
Step 4
Grill the potatoes wedges over medium heat for about 15 minutes,
flipping every 3-4 minutes.
Step 5
After 15 minutes, sprinkle the brown sugar and drizzle the maple syrup over the potatoes and stir to coat.
Step 6
Grill for 5-15 minutes more, stirring often so the fries don't burn.
Step 7
Remove the fries from the grill and sprinkle the 2 tsp salt over the
Step 8

Tomorrey is International Stout Day! How are you celebrating?


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