Jam Out with Ya Clam Out!

Well, summer has officially arrived and it started with Hangout Fest 2013 last weekend!  We land-locked ourselves for four days and four nights while our neighborhood filled up with at least 35,000 people!  For those of you who do not know, we have a house two blocks away from Hangout.  We invited Mary’s cousin, Rebecca, to come down for the weekend to help out and to enjoy the festivities.  Prior to all of the madness, Krystian was able to take Rebecca on a scenic flight of Pleasure Island.  It was very cool being able to see preparations for the festival happening from up above!


Rebecca enjoying her scenic flight over Pleasure Island.

Although we (Krystian & Mary) did not attend the festival, we were able to listen to the music we wanted to hear from our balconies while grilling burgers!  Some of the bands we listened to are The Shins, Tom Petty & the Heart-breakers, BassNectar, Trey Anastasio, The Roots, Galactic, Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit, Stevie Wonder, and more!  We spent most of our time during the festival parking cars in our front yard.  Needless to say, it was a great success and we met many interesting people from all over!


Mary and Rebecca parking cars.

As mentioned earlier, we were land-locked for four days so we planned our meals accordingly.  One of our meals was so delicious and so easy that we thought we would share it!


Greek Lamb & Feta Tacos with Fresh Pico de Gallo

Greek Lamb & Feta Tacos w/ Fresh Pico de Gallo

  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 small yellow onion minced
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • Black pepper

Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat.  Add minced onion.  Sautée unitl they begin to turn golden.  Add minced garlic.  Sautée until garlic begins to brown.  Add ground lamb and rosemary, mixing in the onion and garlic.  Add black pepper to your liking (we love black pepper, so we are not shy about it).  Cook the lamb until it begins to brown over medium heat, just as you would ground beef.

Fresh Pico de Gallo

  • 2 medium vine-ripe tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. fresh lime juice

Dice and combine in a dish the tomatoes, bell-pepper, jalapenos, and onion.  Add the cilantro, salt, and lime juice.  Stir well (we put ours in a dish with a lid and toss it like a salad).  Refrigerate.  Pico is better the longer it marinates in the lime juice.

Now all you need are taco shells and feta cheese and you will have yourself Greek Lamb & Feta Tacos!!

*This recipe makes about 6 large tacos

And remember folks, Jam Out with Ya Clam Out!!


Funky sign for a funky summer!


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