Boris Mann’s Personal Blog

Feb 2024

Today is my birthday.

This picture is from 49 years ago. 1975, summer, Eagle Cliff Beach on Bowen Island. That’s me being held by my mom.

Feb 2024

I had an amazing intro call with part of the Besonda team this week.

It’s a non-profit focused on co-op based cohousing for BC.

I’ve been feeling that something like this needs to exist, so it’s amazing to find an org like this getting started!

#coop #cohousing #BC #housing

Feb 2024

It’s Fat / Pancake / Shrove Tuesday so I’m making Eierpfannkuchen for dinner.

Simplest recipe: 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour. Pinch of salt, pinch of sugar.

I’m just getting started in the pancake mines.

#FoodWiki #German #pancakes #FatTuesday #cooking

Feb 2024

My mom made spaetzle for lunch, and had this “Landfrauen kochen - Traditionsrezepte aus Württemberg” cookbook.

Translated “Farm women cooking - traditional recipes from Württemberg”, which is an older Swabian region of Germany centered around Stuttgart.

German cookbook titled “Landfrauen kochen - Traditionsrezepte aus Württemberg”&10;&10;A woman cooking with some pretzels pictured.
Feb 2024

I watched “Union Street” tonight, a documentary about Vancouver’s historically black neighborhood of Strathcona.

Rather than being focused on displacement, it features a number of great local makers.

The Georgia Straight has a write up. Recommended!

#Vancouver #EastVan #movie #Strathcona

Feb 2024

Campaign launch for Tangara Music Player today:

Tangara is a cool, hackable, ESP32-powered music player that provides high-quality audio, long battery life, and a design that’s easy to customize, repair, and upgrade.

It’s the year of tiny hardware, so yes, I ordered one!

#music #openhardware #opensource

Feb 2024

Trapped inside or coming out to play?

A yellow cone sitting on plywood with Woodland Park behind it. Has “MATRIX” stenciled on it.
Jan 2024

Our oven bottom burner is broken. It’s going to be painful dealing with our property manager to get fixed.

But it does have me thinking about the Anova Precision Oven.

Anyone have first hand experience with it or something similar — countertop convection + steam?


Jan 2024

A picture of me cheers-ing with likely some sort of hazy fruit ale somewhere in San Francisco, Jan 27th, 2020.

Old glasses, and I look a younger and skinnier.

Cheers to a “good” 2024 everyone!


Jan 2024

Made lard by rendering pork fat in a crock pot (middle jar, white).

I added in 6 yellow onions and let that cook overnight (jar on the right).

The first jar on the left is the broth + fat I scooped out of the onions.…

#FoodWiki #food

Jan 2024

Found out that Glorious Organics Co-op is going to have a new drop off location for their CSA boxes at Mucker Next Door this year.

Sign up on the website to get notified when they open for new membership.

#Vancouver #CSA #EastVan #coop

Example CSA box from the Glorious Organics website
Jan 2024

Dinner at The Pie Shoppe tonight.

  • Salad to share and some nice olives
  • “The Kent” pizza, charred pineapple, spicy coppa
  • Slice of Raspberry Rhubarb pie.

Updated opening hours, added pizza as cuisine for #OsmVancouver

#Vancouver #restaurant #EastVan #pizza #pie

Jan 2024

I guess I signed up to get notified of new releases of the Numbeo Cost of Living Index by City. It’s a comparative baseline with NYC as 100%, and there are 362 entries.

Canadian cities start with Victoria at 52nd to Halifax at 83rd. There’s a second cluster with Mississauga at 103rd to Edmonton in 124th place.


Screenshot of cost of living index with Canadian cities highlightedScreenshot of Cost of Living index - second Canadian cluster, Mississauga 103rd to Edmonton 124th

Jan 2024

A list of of 22 bakeries that make delicous bread in Vancouver, by Scout Magazine.

#FoodWiki #Vancouver #bread

Jan 2024

The Dystopia is doing great, thanks for asking.

This was a test of a security system at a construction site that I walked past on the weekend. Original audio!

Jan 2024

Bread is complete. I’ll let it cool, wrap it, and see how it tastes for breakfast tomorrow.

The “no knead” technique was first widely shared in 2006 in the NY Times Cooking section.

Here’s my entry for it in the FoodWiki.

#FoodWiki #baking #bread

Round golden loaf fresh out of the oven on a wire rack
Jan 2024

Chad and his wife Kumie gave me a bit of their family miso back in June, in a container in this bag with instructions.

  • cool dark place
  • mix once in summer
  • ready to eat fall

And: おいしくなった, roughly translated as “it will have become delicious”

It is delicious! Thank you friends!


Jan 2024

We were in North Van today and went to a Filipino restaurant Alloz Grill for lunch.

I had garlic rice with beef stew & a sour tamarind pork soup (pictured), Rachael had all-day-breakfast Longsilog. We got a leche flan to take home.

#FoodWiki #restaurant #Filipino #NorthVan #OsmVancouver

Jan 2024

Overnight rise of No-Knead bread recipe. It’s been a long time since I’ve attempted bread.

#FoodWiki #baking

Jan 2024

Trying out Phở Jade “the place for noodle soup lovers”.

It’s got a pretty big menu. I tried a large bowl of pho with all the meats to get a baseline.

It’s good! Fragrant floral broth.

#Vancouver #EastVan #FoodWiki #pho #restaurant #Vietnamese #OsmVancouver

Phở Jade Menu cover - Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant - The Place for Noodle Soup LoversA steaming bowl of pho with all the meats. A pile of bean sprouts and fresh Thai basil.

Jan 2024

Turns out it’s Timbertrain’s 10th anniversary — and they’re doing a giveaway raffle if you subscribe to their newsletter.

This is my #EastVan local and before that the #Gastown location was our afternoon macchiato stop.

#Vancouver #coffee

Jan 2024

Rachael got started shovelling, I finished it off and did the sidewalk.

I took the second picture where you can see it’s snowing enough to start covering things again.

#Vancouver #snow #BCStorm

Jan 2024

Jazzed my way through making a beef stew with lots of onions, red wine, and roasted red peppers.

It’s similar to Spanish Chilindron, when I went to go look for recipes afterwards.

I was thinking about paprika, but just added some tomato paste & Calabrian chillies right at the end.


Jan 2024

I got all my Google Maps saved places exported and imported into FacilMap.

But! They’re all just labelled as “Point” and lost the name of the business.

More research on GeoJSON and FacilMap import formats needed.

Jan 2024

I made up a recipe for Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles. It’s a modification of the Buttermilk Waffles recipe I use with my vertical waffle maker.

#FoodWiki #waffles #baking #coconut