This is a contraption that makes 'steam rings', what in a less PC time we would call smoke rings. You let steam build up, then push the top down and (if you do it right) it emits a steam ring about 14" across. Will put his face right over the hole when he pushed down, with the effect shown in the photo. I hope the steam was non toxic.
For vacation we are staying a block off the beach on Balboa Peninsula. The weather has been brisk and often cloudy and windy. One of the great kids activities has been kite flying on the beach. Eva, Will and Lyra have all been having a great time with their kites.
We had a fantastic breakfast at Side Street Cafe this morning. We had been to this spot a few years back, and it it is still awesome. We found it the last time on the Chow Hound board, this time through Yelp. Yelp has quickly become my indispensable travel resource.
I have a reputation for making very good hamburgers. It all comes down to grinding the meat myself, and using appropriate meat - usually chuck. Of course the right helper is important too. There is no substitute for freshly ground meat in hamburgers. It is OK if the butcher does it, but the meat needs to be ground the same day the hamburgers are cooked.