Friday, October 31, 2014

Adventures With BeeGee Hot Sauce

My First Attempt to Make Hot Sauce

Not too long ago, I decided to try my hand at making my own hot sauce.  I was partially inspired by two sources to finally diving into making my own food.  The first, most of the best hikers and backpackers dehydrate their own food, which gives a lot more options for eating on the trail.  The second source was a podcast on Science Friday where culinary scientist Dr. Ali Bouzari discusses how to make hot sauce.  My plan is to eventually develop a tasty vinegar based hot sauce that I can take out on the trails to improve my eats just a little.     

The “Hot” Sauce

The first sauce I attempted to make was of the hot variety and I started the process on October 15.   For this sauce, I bought serrano peppers, habanero peppers, and Chile de arbol peppers.  Next, I roasted the peppers using the broil (500 F) setting for 15 minutes and then flipped the peppers and roasted for 10 more minutes.  Roasting peppers is supposed to create a rich, smoky flavor.  After the roasting was complete, I pulled all the stems off the peppers and tossed everything in the blender.  I had 5.6 oz of serrano peppers, 1 oz of Chile de arbol, and 2 oz of habanero peppers (all peppers were weighed after roasting).

With all the peppers in the blender, I attempted to make a purée.  This mostly failed and I ruined a large plastic spoon trying to mash the peppers down into the blender.  After, the peppers were blended as fine as possible (this took about 15 minutes of mashing with a spoon and stirring); I added 2 tablespoons of salt.  Once it was all blended, the “purée” was transferred to a glass mason jar.  Finally, the hot sauce was left on my kitchen counter to ferment for a little over 24 hours with the lid placed on loosely.  I let BeeGee sniff the purée, she actually likes a little bit of spice, and she decided she was brave enough to taste a little.  Her thoughts on the sauce seemed mixed.
 
The "puréed" peppers and salt in a glass jar
The "puréed" peppers and salt in a glass jar


After fermenting for around 27 hrs, 12 oz of white wine cooking vinegar was stirred into the glass jar.  The mix was then aged until October 25th, which was over a week (other hot sauces are aged up to 3 years).  On the 25th, the hot sauce was bottled.  First, the mixture was puréed once more for 1 min.  Then the mix was slowly filtered through fine mesh strainer, which took around 3 hrs.  The filtered liquid was then poured into a 5 oz Woozy bottle with a dasher top.
 
The pepper puree and white wine vinegar left to age on the kitchen counter
The pepper puree and white wine vinegar left to age


The Review

I tasted the vinegar mix every day to try to get a sense of the aging process.  The sauce was pretty spicy as it aged, but after it was bottled, it was only mild.  In addition, I feel the flavor is a little too vinegary, and lacks a complex flavor.  My first batch of hot sauce turned out to be mediocre.

my ok-ish first batch of hot sauce
The final product: my ok-ish first batch of hot sauce


What I learned

The good news is Linda came home and pointed out the obvious food processor sitting on the counter.  Making sure the peppers are puréed initially is key to making sure the complex flavor of roasted peppers is transferred to the final product.  In addition, I plan to add garlic to increase the flavor on my next batch.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Texas From Above (Videos)

A First Time Hang Gliding (Videos)

Today Athena is back with another guest post and she has a been on an exciting new adventure.  If you have ever wanted to go hang gliding, then have a look at all the fun Athena had.

Who knew there was hang gliding in central Texas? I thought you needed cliffs to jump off for that so I had no idea what to expect when my mother told me she got us a Groupon for an introductory lesson in hang gliding. Then I proceeded to not think about it for a month because frankly I was quite scared. The night before I decided to quickly google tandem hang gliding to get a sense of what I was in for… I am not sure it helped or created my unease.

Hang glider just after take off.  Courtesy of Wikimedia
Hang glider just after take off.  Courtesy of Wikimedia

We were told to show up at 9 am wearing layered exercise clothes so I wore a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, a light sweater (that I removed for the lesson), and running shoes (but hiking shoes would have been slightly more appropriately…or at least that’s what my cool instructor wore). I had a cup of coffee and attempted to choke down a breakfast taco on a nervous stomach. I am not afraid of heights, however I loathe that exhilarating feeling people love called free-fall. It is such a terrible not fun, scary feeling to me, so to be clear, I was not scared, just scared that feeling was going to occur. [Also, light breakfast food was key because there was a moment up there when I looked down and saw the ground rushing by and the height and I got a little sick feeling. Looking back up and out at the world (and gripping Pat the instructor fiercely) cured this immediately.]

After we arrived at Carter Memorial Airport in Luling, TX, Joel and Pat of Thermalriders, showed us around a hangar containing some coolers encircled by camping chairs, lots of flying gear/junk, a little dragonfly plane and the glider. We filled out a waiver signing we understood what was going on and we cannot sue them if something goes wrong up there (or something because you know I didn’t read it). Because this was a lesson and not a ride, we were given temporary memberships to the USHPA and told that if we wanted to continue to take lessons an official membership with USHPA was needed.

A very short while and multiple trips to pee later, we were lining up on the runway. My mom volunteered to go first. From getting strapped in to landing, the adventure took roughly half an hour.

Finally, it was my turn. It was relatively easy to wiggle into the apparatus.


 I was pretty nervous evident by my stoic composure in this video:


And honestly, before I knew it, we were rolling down the runway and off the ground before the little plane even was.


Take-off was fairly bumpy at first and I was clinging to Pat like a baby monkey. I even calmly told him I didn't think I should attempt to fly the glider because my arms were starting to go numb. He told me to relax and breathe slower. We ascended for about 12 minutes to 2,500 feet above sea level. Once we were high enough, the ride began to smooth out and I could look out at the incredible hill country. Pat told me were about to disengage from the plane and then this feathery light sensation had me burrowing into Pat’s back. This was because we were immediately slowing from 45 mph to 20-25 mph. Pat rolled up the towrope and instructed me on how to pilot the glider. He distracted me from my nerves by telling me about what it is like to hang glide off a cliff and where he has done it around the world. All too soon, he was taking control again for landing.

Here is my mom’s landing



I have to say that by the end of it, I was pretty smitten. It was a neat perspective to see Texas from, exhilarating, and really indescribable. I can’t imagine soaring through a mountainous valley, so I definitely hope to do that someday… someday, when I have $8,000-$12,000 to pay for lessons and a license.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

A Guide To Texas Halloween Events

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A Few Suggestions on How to Spend Your Halloween

At the end of this week, we have that great holiday of Halloween.  So, if you are looking for something to do almost last minute that isn’t just going house to house for candy, then hopefully this guide will help you come up with some ideas.  Most of my suggestions will be Halloween oriented, but there are a few that aren’t.  And, as always most will be outside suggestions.   
 
World record zombie walk in Pittsburgh
A huge zombie walk


NPS Calendar

One great place to look for events is the National Park Service’s event calendar.  The calendar won’t always include every event because individual parks add pdf flyers to their specific site and these are unsearchable.  For Texans, there are 12 National Parks listed in under the NPS calendar.  I only found 2 parks having events on the 31st

Padre Island National Seashore

On the 31st, Padre Island will be having 3 events.  First thing in the morning there will be a birding tour, after lunch there will be a birding skills class, and after will be an afternoon birding tour.  While, not in the spirt of the holiday, these events are early enough in the day to attend and then move on to more traditional fun.

Chamizal National Memorial

If you are in El Paso, there is 1 event available on the 31st.  If you love Shakespeare, check out Hamlet at 7:00 PM in the park.  If you want to stay with the Halloween theme, then go dressed up as your favorite character. 

TPWD Calendar

No luck finding an event in a national park?  Then check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s event calendar.  There are 9 parks with activities happening on the 31st, so make sure you check and see if a park near you has an event.  These events range from battle reenactments, night hikes, pumpkin painting, to campsite trick or treating. 

Find a Haunted House

No park or event in your area and you are still looking for something to do?  Well if you like haunted houses, then there might still be hope for Halloween.  You can try using find a haunt to locate a haunted house in your area.  This website allows you to search by city and state or zip code.  Make sure you check it out and go get scared! 

Haunted Trails

Another option for a scary Halloween night is a haunted trail.  Unfortunately, there are only three that I could find in Texas, but if you live by one go check it out.  If you live in Houston, The Haunted Trails are in your area.  For folks in El Paso, check out the TexasTerror Trails.  The Terror Trails also include a paintball adventure where you can shoot some zombies.  Finally, if you are in the Dallas area, Haunted Shadow Lake Trail is the haunted trail for you.  If you are lucky enough to live by a haunted trail, I am completely jealous.  Please go and let me know all about it!

Try a Zombie Walk

One final suggestion, try searching for a zombie walk/run for Halloween.  A lot of cities and towns have zombie events where a lot of people dress up like zombies and act like a hoard together.  While I couldn’t find a site with multiple listings, just use Google and I’m sure you will find a zombie walk in your area.     

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Carry Water for Your Dog

Ways to Carry Water and Making Sure Your Dog Can Drink it

Today we will be covering dog hydration again, but looking more specifically at water systems.  While it’s important to have enough clean water, it is not the only consideration you should have in mind when planning a trip with your dog.  One important issue to consider is how you plan to carry water for your pup and the method of getting the water to your dog. 
 
All the gear we have accumulated to ensure BeeGee has water
All the gear we have accumulated to ensure BeeGee has water


In a previous post, A Guide to Keeping Your Dog Hydrated, I talked about ways to keep your dog hydrated on outdoor adventures.  Today, I am going to share the products BeeGee uses for water; when they work best; and their issues.

At a Base Camp

When BeeGee and I are out on adventures with a base camp, our REI Dog Water Bowl is the best bowl for the job.  Unfortunately, REI doesn’t carry it anymore, but carries a very similar Ruffwear bowl (its more expensive though!).  The bowl weighs 5.2 oz, is made of a flexible cloth/fabric mix, and holds approximately 1.5 liters, but is too large to fit in BeeGee’s pack.  This bowl works best when at a permanent campsite with a water faucet or water pump.  You don’t need to carry any water, just fill the bowl with water, and let your dog enjoy. 

it works great at a permanent campsite
The Rei Dog Water Bowl:  it works great at a permanent campsite 

Without a Pack

On short trips when it’s not worth the hassle to put BeeGee’s pack on or when I feel it is to hot out for her wear her pack, I will carry her water for her.  To do this I use the OllyDog 1 liter bottle.  The 1L bottle weighs 7.4 oz, is made from hard plastic, and has a form fit water bowl that attaches to the bottle.  This bottle is a water carrier and bowl all rolled up into one.  Plus, 1 Liter of water will last BeeGee a while.  However, the OllyDog bottle is heavy when filled with water and is too long to fit in BeeGee’s pack. 

It has an attachable water bottle making it a complete water system
The OllyDog 1 L Bottle.  It has an attachable water bottle making it a complete water system

The Old Method

When we go backpacking and BeeGee is carrying her own pack, the OllyDog 600ml bottles were our go to water system.  BeeGee would carry 2 bottles, 1 in each side of her pack.  This helped to keep the pack balanced and even.  Each OllyDog 600ml bottle weighs 5.2 oz, is made from hard plastic, and has an attachable water bowl.  However, carrying both bottles adds a lot of extra weight for BeeGee.  In addition, the bottles take up a lot of room in her pack and are inflexible so other items fit awkwardly. 

Carries water and has an attachable water bowl.
OllyDog 600ml bottle.  Carries water and has an attachable water bowl.

The Latest Plan

For our latest plan, BeeGee will carry 2 soft water bottles and a collapsible silicone bowl.  The soft water bottles we use are Platypus SoftBottle.  A platypus bottle weighs almost nothing at 0.5 oz, holds 500 ml, and is made of flexible plastic.  In addition, the bottles use the same threading as my Sawyer water filter, so I can filter water straight into her bowl.  Furthermore, the bottles are flexible so they fit better with the other items in BeeGee’s pack. 
 
A lightweight, flexible option for carrying water.
The Platypus SoftBottles.  A lightweight, flexible option for carrying water.


Unfortunately, the bottles weren’t made specifically for pets, so a bowl is needed to drink from (unless your pup will drink straight from the bottle).  To fix this I picked up an inexpensive collapsible silicone bowl at Walmart.  The bowl weighs 4.4 oz, holds around 500ml of water, and folds up all compact like.  However, the bowl is finicky about folding up and is much deeper than it is wide.  I feel that there is a better collapsible bowl out there at will continue to look.    
 
I don't even know the brand, but it folds up and holds water just fine
A Collapsible Silicone Bowl.  I don't even know the brand, but it folds up and holds water just fine


The new system has worked out to be a little bit better so far because it packs better and it weighs half as much as the old system.  We will continue to use this until we find something better to replace it.

Final Thoughts

I hope that looking at what BeeGee and I use will help you decide how you will carry water for your trail buddy.  My biggest considerations for her are comfort and weight.  I don’t want to carry heavy, uncomfortable gear so I bet BeeGee doesn’t want to either.  Just remember that having available clean water is the ultimate goal.  In the end, it doesn’t matter how you carry water or what bowl you use if no water is available. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Trip Report: River Walk Round 1

Walking the River Round 1


On the other end of the hiking spectrum from the previously reported Goodwater Loop is the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk in San Antonio, Texas. The San Antonio River Walk offers over fifteen miles of continuous paved trails stretching from the Witte Museum in the North to Mission Espada in the South. Given the length of the trail I have decide to break it down into several sections; today's trek was just under 3.75 miles round trip. This trip will focus on the walk from the Pearl Complex to Navarro Street. This trip I was solo, since my wife jenny has to work on weekdays.

The Background:

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Admission: Free
Elevation: 620 to 675ft
Weather: Sunny and lovely, 80 to 85F
Difficulty: Easy

As I touched on earlier, I have decided to break the River Walk into four easily walkable segments. Today we’ll walk the South Museum Reach. This time of year, late October, is fantastic for this walk because all of the flowers are in bloom and the beautiful days are made even better by the occasional wafting aromas. 

Blooms beckoning bees and butterflies
Blooms beckoning bees and butterflies


There are quite a few butterflies and bees enjoying the shrubbery as well, so if you have an allergy an epipen should be part of your gear.

Staging:

Gear-wise this trip is simple to plan for: Adventure clothes are preferred (but I have made the walk in a suit mid-summer without too much trouble [wife says this is because I'm a crazy person and she recommends cool, breathable clothing]), a reusable water bottle, and sun protection.
Parking can be an issue in San Antonio, with most on-street parking being metered and the city owned garages all being paid, so I like to use the Koehler Garage. The Koehler is free to the public and is in the center of the Pearl Complex with easy access to the River Walk as well as several fantastic restaurants.

The Walk:

Upon walking down to the river you are usually greeted by a cadre of water fowl there just to welcome visitors to the fabulous Museum Reach.

Fowl welcoming party
Fowl welcoming party

The fowl greeting party enjoy gathering at the waterfall below La Gloria, a tapas restaurant at the Pearl, to display their grooming and hunting practices to the curious public.

The lovely waterfall
The lovely waterfall

River taxis run from 9 AM to 9 PM for a fee, if that’s how you would prefer to experience the river, but I really like to walk. The first taxi stop is about two hundred feet down river from the waterfall.
The Pearl and the Museum Reach as a whole are undergoing a lot of development.

Construction work downriver of the Pearl
Construction work downriver of the Pearl


This is not surprising considering that it was just finished in 2009. It can make for a noisy adventure if all of the crews are building on the day you decide to walk, but the construction noise disappears about a third of a mile into the trip just before you come to The Grotto.

Carlos Cortés' Grotto
Carlos Cortés' Grotto

Designed by Carlos Cortés, The Grotto is a unique installation that provides a shaded resting spot for when the sun and heat get to be a little too much. Across from The Grotto is the first example of one of the city’s many faux bois features, a bench. Shortly after that you come across another of the many art installations along this section of the river. F.I.S.H, under the Interstate 35 Bridge, a Donald Lipski creation is best viewed at night when the fish light up.

F.I.S.H. under the Interstate 35 bridge
F.I.S.H. under the Interstate 35 bridge

The next point of interest, one of my favorites, is The Luxury. An outdoor bar and restaurant by Andrew Weissman, The Luxury is put together with shipping containers and gumption with more beers available than I care to count and enough varieties of pork sandwich to sate the most ravenous of adventurer. Security is run by a mating pair of Mallard Ducks who spend much of their time protecting their turf.
Across the river is the San Antonio Museum of Art. SAMA, as it’s called, boasts an array of collections from Contemporary to Ancient Mediterranean, and a few points in between. And just down river from The Luxury is the Jones Street Bridge hosting Sonic Passage, by Bill Fontana. Sonic Passage is an audio installation featuring the sounds of native Texas river wildlife. A short walk after Sonic Passage is VFW Post 76, the oldest post in Texas.

situated nicely on the River Walk
VFW Post 76

At one and a third mile you come across what could be considered the most out-of-place feature of the River Walk: a lock system. The locks allow the river taxis to traverse the elevation change without the worry of downtown flooding with every good downpour.

controlling the flow of water on the River Walk
Locks and dam

Once you cross the lock and carry on downriver an eerie silence falls over the River Walk and for a few hundred feet it’s possible to forget you’re in the seventh most populous city in the union. With the sound of falling water on your back and the smell of wild crape myrtle blooms filling the air, this is my favorite section of the walk and I always think it ends a little too soon.

The Tobin Center For the Performing Arts
The Tobin Center For the Performing Arts

It becomes blatantly apparent you are still in a major metropolitan area as soon as the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts sneaks up from the East. You walk under another example of faux bois to get to the façade of the Tobin Center.

Faux Bois beauty
Faux Bois beauty

From there it’s a quick stroll to the Navarro Street Bridge, which is where I like to walk up to the street and visit one of the best bars in San Antonio, Ocho at Hotel Havana.

The Ocho at Hotel Havana
Ocho at Hotel Havana

After fortifying myself for the trip back to the car I set out on my way. It is possible to carry on down the River Walk to explore Downtown and beyond that to the Missions Reach, but I’ll report on that another day.

Final Thoughts:

The South Museum Reach is a phenomenal way to start training for more involved and demanding adventures or to kill an afternoon. The trail is incredibly easy to walk and is completely handicap accessible. Pets are welcome provided they are on a short leash and their owners pick up any waste deposited. I look forward to chronicling the rest of the River Walk for y’all, hopefully with the rest of the BeeGee crew.

Do you have any favorite River Walk stops?

Dustin H.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Training to Hit the Trail

How  to Train for Hiking

There are many reasons why people want to hike and backpack: enjoying nature, staying healthy, aspiring photographer, or fun family event.  Whatever your reason for getting outside, you need to be fit enough to accomplish your objective.  If not, hiking will quickly turn into a military style ruck march where you are miserable, head down, and only worrying about one foot in front of the other.  That is not how the outdoors was meant to be explored.
 
Start training now to get prepared. Courtesy of Wikimedia
Its time to get in shape to fully enjoy hiking trips. Courtesy of Wikimedia


What Type of Exercise is Hiking?

Hiking and backpacking are primarily aerobic activities (think running and walking), but there are aspects of anaerobic activities as well (think sprinting or weight lifting).  Hiking is an aerobic activity because it is pretty much just walking with a pack on over uneven terrain.  The reason hiking is anaerobic is usually the need for leg power.  You need that leg power to jump across a stream or step up a large rock.

Taking it one-step further, hiking uses almost all of your muscles to a varying degree, but your lower body will have to work the hardest.  Your lower body (quads, hamstrings, glutes, etc.) are the muscles that are going to keep you moving, provide bursts of power, support the weight of your pack, keep you stable, and absorb some impact.  The next set of muscles helping you out is your core (abs and back muscles).  This group of muscles is essential to keeping you up right, stopping you from tumbling over, and helping to support your pack.  The final group and least used is your upper body (arms, chest, upper back, and shoulders).  Your shoulders and upper back will be used the most out of this group by supporting some of the weight of your pack; however, upper body strength is important for things like lifting your pack and other skills required to hike and backpack.

Training

To start with, I will cover the best method for getting in hiking and backpacking shape, which is sport specific training.  Sport specific training is performing the activity to get better at the activity.  This would be putting on a weighted pack and walking over uneven terrain aka going on hikes.  This can be difficult to do with a busy life, living in the city, or if you are just starting to train.  However, I do recommend doing a short hike with a light pack during the weekend as part of your training plan.

Aerobic 

For the rest of us who only have a limited amount of time, if any time extra time, is to walk or run daily.  Walking and running are similar to hiking and will increase your base aerobic fitness level, which will carry over to hiking.  If you already running, then keep on running and add short hikes on the weekends. In addition, runners should slowly transition runs to trail running.  This will focus on support and stabilizer muscles as you run over uneven terrain, which will be similar to hiking.  If you are just starting out, start by walking and increasing your mileage slowly.  When you feel healthy enough and capable, start adding a run to your workout routine and increasing the amount of runs gradually.  Plus, you want to do short, easy hikes on your weekends as well.    
 
Trail running is one of the best exercises besides hiking to get you hiking ready.  Courtesy of Wikimedia
Trail running is one of the best exercises besides hiking to get you hiking ready.  Courtesy of Wikimedia


Anaerobic

While working on your cardio is probably the most important, adding some core exercises and resistance training couldn’t hurt.  For the lower body, try weighted lunges and weighted squats.  These two exercises will increase the power of almost every muscle in your lower body.  For the core, try planks, side planks, crunches, and scissor kicks.  Finally, for upper body do tried and true push-ups and pull-ups.  These exercises should be a nice start and mix to get you started and require only limited amount of equipment.  
 
Squats are one of my favorite lower body exercises and I use them in all my training routines.  Courtesy of Wikimedia
Squats are one of my favorite lower body exercises and I use them in all my training routines.  Courtesy of Wikimedia


Flexibility

Flexibility is a huge issue for hikers and backpackers and as most of us try to create a stable platform while hiking with little movement.  This is because moving too far out of the normal range of motion with a pack on can cause injuries.  In addition, stiff muscles after a long day’s hike are less fun than loose muscles.  Moreover, flexible muscles are better able to handle jerks and weird movements without becoming injured. 

To increase flexibility it is important to get a good warm up and stretch before you start hiking.  Also, you need a nice cool down and stretch at the end of the day when you are done hiking.  It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to add a few stretches in on your hiking breaks.   My final recommendation would be yoga; do yoga once a week at your house or sign up for a class.  Either way it will be a huge benefit to your flexibility and overall comfort level out on the trails. 

Final Thoughts

While I am no expert and you should always check with your doctor before starting new physical activities, this article should get you started in the right direction as far as training.  The key is, it’s not exactly what you do it’s that you are active and having fun.  If you are active and enjoying yourself, it will all eventually come together to create great hiking trips.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Recipe: Salami and Cheese Tacos

Quick Lunch Recipe: Salami and Cheese Tacos

Today we have another quick recipe and one of my favorites, salami and cheese tacos.  I never make hot meals for lunch and try to spend my entire lunchtime break just relaxing or napping.  BeeGee agrees with that sentiment and will instantly nap after she has her lunch snack.  This is why I lean to cold, quick lunch recipes. 
 
courtesy of Olympic Provisions
This is my go to classic Italian salami courtesy of Olympic Provisions


Salami and other cured meats make great hiking foods because they can be carried a long time without going bad.  It is how meat was preserved before refrigeration, so it has been product tested for at least a few hundred years.  The same is true most hard cheeses.  The “harder” the cheese, the less water the cheese contains; therefore, hard cheeses can be carried just as long as cured meats without needing refrigeration.  However, once you cut into your salami or cheese, they will usually go bad much quicker.  This is because bacteria and other germs have been introduced into the food.  I personally keep my cut salami and cheese for about 2 extra days (if it last that long!), but remember I don’t necessarily know what is best for you.  So keep meats and cheeses as long as you feel it’s safe.
 
by Cabot
A solid extra sharp cheddar cheese by Cabot


Ingredients

2 oz. salami
2 oz. hard cheese (I like extra sharp cheddar)
1 tortilla
Optional: your choice of condiment (I like a spicy mustard)

Nutrients

Salami:  salami has around 100 calories per ounce.  In addition, there are no carbohydrates, 7ish grams of fat, and 6ish grams of protein.  Fat and protein are going to provide long-term fuel and the materials to keep muscles going.

Cheese:  Using extra sharp cheddar as an example, cheese has around 110 calories per ounce.  Also, there are no carbohydrates, 9ish grams of fat and 7ish grams of protein.  Just like with salami, fat and protein are going to provide long-term fuel and the materials to keep muscles going.

Tortilla:  There are a lot of options for tortillas, but 1 tortilla will have about 100 calories.  Plus, there are 14ish grams carbohydrates, 0 grams fat, and 5ish grams proteins.  Most of our short-term energy is going to come from carbohydrates, but complex carbs can also supply longer-term fuel.    
 

At Home

There is nothing to do at home except make sure your salami, cheese, tortillas, and condiments make it into your pack.

On the Trail

The first step is to get all your lunch materials laid out.  Second, you want to slice about 2 oz. of salami, but this will vary depending on the size of your tortillas.  Next, either slice or cube your cheese.  Now add your cheese and salami to your tortilla.  Then, if you are using a condiment, go ahead and add it to the mix.  Last, eat that bad boy and enjoy.

Final Thoughts

Salami and cheese tacos are a great lunchtime meal with the added benefit of being quick, easy, and not messy.  Moreover, it has a good amount of calories for how much it weighs.  Furthermore, it is extremely customizable.  There are so many types of salamis, cheeses, and tortillas, which make endless combinations.

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