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  • The Green Knight: Birthday Dinner
    mouth with acidity and fruit mineral notes then provided a long balanced finish It was one of the best whites I ve ever tasted For dinner Katie had broiled halibut in a spicy red cherry sauce with wild rice and mushrooms on the side This was as appropriate as fish could ever be with the 2000 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova We decanted this one for two hours before drinking and it was gorgeous Lots of cherry spice and a long layered finish We have two more bottles of this in the cellar and I look forward to seeing how it continues to age Finally the piece de resistance dessert Katie labored all afternoon to make dark chocolate truffles She made two batches one infused with lavender and one with Gran Marnier both delicious To round out our meal we opened a bottle of 2000 Gould Campbell Porto Vintage This was filtered Thank goodness There was a LOT of sediment and decanted three hours prior and probably could have benefited from a few hours more It was rich and syrupy and a great companion for the dark brooding truffles Five bottles of this remain in the cellar so we ll see how this one matures over the next decade or two What an absolutely fabulous meal In the middle of all the chaos in the rest of my life it felt so good just to relax and be a little hedonistic for an evening Great wine great food and great company I truly am blessed Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 00 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels food volleyball wine 1 comment rtfgvb767 said IS VERY GOOD Tuesday March 30 2010 at 2 08 00 AM EDT Post a

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  • The Green Knight: Birthday Retrospective
    one day live in the land of fondue I also closed on my house that day 23 2002 My golden year started off innocuous enough with The Big Lebowski and white russians Then it really really devolved as I made an ass of myself while bowling 22 2001 Lovett College Night s theme was Titanic Several of us wore formalwear for the dinner and then the Russian Rave hosted by Eric my COMP partner who was born on the same day I received my first hug from Katie at the Lovett 2nd Floor pre party happy birthday to ME 21 2000 My 21st birthday coincided not coincidentally with Lovett Changeover To begin the evening we had a meat buffet in the Commons I then turned over the presidency to Phil and let loose 16 1995 After 16 years of telling me that I would never ever have a car on my 16th birthday my mom hinted to me that something was waiting for me in the driveway at home As I pulled into the driveway I found a toy corvette waiting for me there Wow was that ever anticlimactic 12 1991 Jukebox party with my best 6th grade friends in Virginia 10 1989 Games party at my dad s house on Montesano Nintendo pinball machines pool darts and jukeboxes It was the last party I had there but man what memories 1 1980 My first cupcake with a single candle in it and it wouldn t be my last 0 1979 Surprised my parents by all of a sudden being ready to go Popped out at 5 23 PM just in time for dinner Many thanks to everyone for the warm birthday wishes Although I m still working hard today I m basking in the warm glow of everyone s

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  • The Green Knight: Beer Bike and Bryan Birthday Brunch
    As our party expanded we moved to Ruggles Green for dinner Here Katie had the vegan hempanadas while I revisited my old faithful quinoa mac cheese Chocolate creme brulee cake for dessert was a perfect finish Thank goodness we swam that morning Today Katie hosted a small birthday brunch for me at our house My birthday isn t actually until Tuesday but this way we could take advantage of some other friends being in town for Beer Bike She whipped up an awesome spread of fresh veggies clam dip veggie frittata dark chocolate cherry whole wheat muffins and sweet potato hash So good We complemented this with bloody marys champagne cocktails and of course sangria It was my first time making sangria in I don t know how long Times have clearly changed for me though Because we were making a small batch I used nice Rioja wine instead of the large format fruity wines I used to use when mixing up batches of 100 gallons I added just a dash of Everclear for legitimacy instead of dumping in the full handle as per usual Similarly instead of adding sparkle via dry ice so as not to dilute the alcohol content this time I added champagne talk about classing it up The end result was delicious and I m glad to have turned over a new leaf It was a great start to my birthday week and I m so happy to have been able to catch up with so many people over the past few days Here s to many safe returns Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 45 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Beer Bike birthday sangria No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post

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  • The Green Knight: 10k Race Report
    I was 30 seconds under my goal pace whereas in reality I was only around 15 seconds under This didn t affect this portion of the race but it would affect my decision making later The course turned around at Shepherd and the next several km breezed by 6km 4 43 172 heart rate 7km 4 41 173 heart rate During this km I passed Katie and some Rice friends going the other way which was fun 8km 4 51 172 heart rate One of the roadside bands on this stretch was playing Louie Louie Rice s unofficial fight song 9km 4 50 173 heart rate I intentionally took these last couple of km pretty conservatively as I thought I was 30 seconds under goal pace and I wanted to ensure that I had plenty of gas in the tank for my final 400m I passed over the last big hill the exit off of Memorial back into downtown Houston As I hit what my GPS told me was 9 6km I was confused because the finish was nowhere in sight The time was 45 19 much earlier than the 45 45 at which I was planning on reaching the 400m to go point Because I seemed still to have plenty of time I proceeded cautiously waiting until I turned the corner ahead to kick it I didn t want to pull the trigger too early and die before the end As I turned the corner I was less than excited to see 300m of incline ahead of me then another turn Where on earth was the finish line My goal had been to run the final 400m at a 3 08 km pace but I wasn t sure where the final 400m began and I was irrationally unnerved by the hill I picked up the pace a little dropping down to 4 00 km territory up the incline but didn t really kick it By this point I wasn t really looking at my watch anymore I was just trying to figure out where I was and whether it was too early to let loose About halfway up the hill I could hear music that sounded like finish line music and I realized that I might be running out of time to make my move I looked down to my watch and saw that I was now at 26 28 I was definitely running out of time to make my move I kicked down to a 3 00 km pace and began passing runners one by one I rounded the last corner and was pleased to see that the finish line band was a Blues Brothers impersonation band I can t remember what they were playing because I was too busy being mortified with the realization that the finish line was only 50m away I had definitely waited too long to kick it I reached down and found another gear I passed many runners en route to the finish

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  • The Green Knight: 10k Training
    target This conforms with my estimated anaerobic threshold of 171 Last week I tried a 10k while keeping my heart rate around that level The result was 47 50 average heart rate 166 max 183 Looking over the data I could see that after a quick first 5k my pace slowed significantly in the latter half in order to keep my heart rate around 170 I ran the first 5k in 23 30 and the second in 24 20 despite an intentional pace increase for the final km This wouldn t do at all I wanted a negative split a faster second 5k than the first Furthermore I wanted enough gas in my tank to push hard at the finish So I ran one last practice run on Sunday after a brutal legs workout in the gym Saturday This time my goal was to keep my pace down in the first 5k so as to maintain that same pace throughout the second 5k before kicking it at the end The goal was a 23 50 first 5k and a 23 10 second 5k a 4 46 per km pace through 9km then a 4 05 final km I came out a little quickly and my first 5k only took 23 42 My heart rate was 160 after 1k 165 after 2k and cruising altitude 170 after 3k However around the 8km mark my hear rate headed north to 175 and my pace slowed to the 4 51 range I entered the last km about 10 seconds ahead of pace but when I turned it up my pace didn t increase enough and when I kicked it for the last 100m I was basically out of juice My final km pace was 4 19 finishing in 47 05 just shy of my target Average heart rate 169 max 184 Now I have a great idea of where my limits are and where I can should push them On race day I will also have the advantage of not having just destroyed the muscles of my legs the day before For what it s worth my 47 05 time would have put me at 284 of 1 500 runners and 29 in my age group of 124 runners 81st and 77th percentiles respectively at last year s Bayou City Classic The year before I would have been 257 of 1500 and 13 of 97 in my age group 83rd and 87th percentiles respectively These are not as high as my percentiles from the Texas Med 5k but that is to be expected since this is a distance I ve only been running for about a year Also the cold rainy Texas Med 5k might have attracted fewer serious runners With only five days left until the race it is time to set some goals 1 Total race time under 47 00 2 Negative split second 5k faster than first 5k specifically 23 50 and 23 10 respectively 3 Final km under 4

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  • The Green Knight: 5k Training
    runners 24 of 36 men and 7 of 9 males in the 25 29 age group 60th 33rd and 22nd percentiles respectively Clearly I would have a lot of work to do if I ever hoped to beat Mr Herce s 91st 84th and 82nd percentiles And a lot of work is exactly what I did although it would seem pretty meager relative to that of serious runners Throughout 2008 and 2009 I lived in Switzerland and gradually increased my aerobic load to 45 and then 60 minute runs Although I neglected anaerobic runs in 2008 I added them back to my program in 2009 albeit only on the treadmill Upon my return to Houston at the end of 2009 I decided that it was time once again to test my running on the field of competition and I made a New Year s resolution to run at least three races in 2010 at least one 5k under 22 00 and at least one 10k under 55 00 I also resolved to run barefoot There are enough reasons to run barefoot that the subject warrants its own blog post You can see some of them here and here but my reasons are less scientific I saw people doing it read a little about the barefoot running movement and thought Yeah I can get behind that So I began running in December in Vibram Five Fingers barefoot running shoes more like foot gloves They provide enough sole to protect your foot from glass or sharp pebbles but not so much as to alter your gait from that of a natural barefoot runner At first I developed blisters and could not run my full 60 minutes Within weeks though my feet had adapted and running felt GREAT Springing off the balls of my feet rendered even my heavy footfalls light I resolved that I would not just train barefoot I would race that way as well I signed up for the January 30th Texas Med Center 5k and prepared to make my barefoot racing debut Here again I didn t train for the 5k per se The week before it though I did run a timed 5k at Memorial When I came in at a PR 22 35 I thought that maybe I hadn t set my new year s goal aggressively enough The competition would be on asphalt though and I didn t know how well my bare feet would hold up on it To make matters worse I woke up on the day of the race to find the weather cold 30 F and drizzly Part of me said that there would be no shame in running in shoes given the conditions The stronger part of me however reminded me that I had committed to something and that I would be no better than Mr Herce if I didn t see it through When I arrived at the race site Houston s medical center I got out of my car

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  • The Green Knight: Weeks of Wine . . . and Beer!
    with puppets Cox played the role of Wine Monster Cookie Monster s twin brother representing the US while I presented as Kermitage Le Frog obviously representing France Our talk was mostly on the silly side since by the dessert course most attendees have already had eight glasses or more of wine and attention spans for wine geek facts are low This turned out to bite us in the butt as well though by the time we took the podium Cox was so inebriated that he could barely read the words of our talk No worries though I think that actually enhanced our presentation value The talk was well received and we had a grand time Later that same weekend I co hosted a wine event for the seniors of Lovett College at Rice University This was a great event that brought students faculty staff and alumni together added five very nice wines for lubrication and produced great conversations and new connections among all I wish we had had such an event when I was a senior but I at least hope to participate in many more as an alum Last week Katie and I met up with some of her work colleagues for dinner at Rudi Lechner s for German cuisine We departed from wine in favor dark German beer Spaten Optimator and feasted on spatzle zucchini bread and fresh baked pretzels with rich mustard A two man band with accordion brass and alphorns kept us entertained and even got us out on the make shift dance floor for the chicken dance Awesome Just last night we received an urgent call from friend and former Lovett president Rizzo who needed to fill out his trivia team for Seinfeld night at Little Woodrow s As Katie and I are in the middle of watching every episode of Seinfeld we couldn t resist Actually we tried to resist but when I learned that they had Guinness on tap I was sold It was a great night even though we only took third place If only Katie and I had finished all of the Seinfeld seasons I m sure we would have won it all Posted by Bryan Hassin at 11 12 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels beer PCH Seinfeld wine 3 comments Brad said Wow how can you not be enthralled by a blog titled Weeks of Wine and Beer Unless a perfect martini is your cocktail of choice Up with olives Life is good Best Brad Thursday March 4 2010 at 10 54 00 PM EST Bryan Guido Hassin said Oh man don t get me started on martinis I love them too they just tend to get me into more trouble I used to be more into olives but recently I ve been going for cooler crisper garnishes like cucumber or a twist Still there will ALWAYS be a place in my heart for sapphire martinis extra dry and DIRTY oh so

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  • The Green Knight: Winter Olympics are Over
    have become accustomed to having some TV on in the background while we cook Now that the Olympics are over we ve begun making our way through all of the seasons of Seinfeld chronologically of course What a show We re just getting started with it and it s amazing to see the early episodes now 20 years old Everything seems so scripted It s almost like watching a small ensemble play The actors aren t comfortable in their characters yet so their acting seems very intentional Still the comedy is good and we ve had several laugh out loud moments already Great stuff So thank you NBC for both the Olympics and Seinfeld And 30 Rock And The Office Now if only you had football Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 18 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Olympics Seinfeld No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October 4 September 3 August 6 July 4 June 3 May 4 March 3 February 1 January 4 2011 47 December 5 November 4 October 3

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