The Pizza Ingredients

The Pizza Ingredients

The wife and I have been watching Master Chef lately — a famous cooking competition show that we had somehow managed to unintentionally evade since its inception a decade ago. It was originally intended to be background noise as we took care of chores such as folding laundry or washing dishes. But with time, we started to pay attention. Before we knew it, we were invested. Now, I am inspired to cook.

I, like most people, have passionately loved pizza since, well, since I can remember. For that reason, 13 years ago I decided to try making my own, from scratch. Long story short, it was disgusting. The dough was under-cooked, the sauce was unbearably salty, and the toppings were sub-par — the memory still haunts me. Over a decade later, through perseverance and multiple, multiple attempts, I have perfected The Ramdolfi Pizza™ (not actually trademarked).

Master Chef in mind and inspiration in heart, we drove to the grocery store to acquire the freshest of ingredients for the freshest of pizzas. Admittedly, Mrs. Ramdolfi is vastly more talented in selecting the perfect fruits, including tomatoes — and yes, they are technically considered fruits. For that reason, the stunning wife pictured above helped me pick the perfect tomato for this pie.

Ready to create the perfect pizza sauce with the perfect tomatoes, I proceeded to inspect the store’s basil for freshness, as pictured above. Satisfied with their selection, we moved on to the garlic, mozzarella, and other secret ingredients. It’s actually a rather simple recipe, but it is one that I’ve been developing since the mid 2000’s.

Fun fact: The wife enjoys riding the ends of shopping carts — up until I decide to take pictures, then she is just unamused. I like to give her a hard time, but the truth is that I think it’s adorable, which is why I also tend to encourage it.

Back to Master Chef. Upon securing the most delicious ingredients, I spotted some items that beckoned me with their tempting convenience…

I entertained them for an instant, and even lifted them just to confirm what I instinctively knew, they were but a mockery of Italian cuisine. Could they make a decent pie? Maybe. But would I have to turn in my Italian card? Absolutely. Unamused by these Americanized ingredients, we headed straight to the self-checkout stations, and on to our Master Chef challenge at home.

Tell me, do you like to have shows playing as background noise? Do you pronounce it tomato or to-mah-to? Would you rather buy premade meals or make your own from scratch?

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(Featured Image by: Mr. Ramdolfi)

It’Sugar Candy Store

It’Sugar Candy Store

Spider-Man: Far From Home was awesome! But our date was far from over. Universal CityWalk still had much to offer. As we wandered around, we stumbled upon some interesting shops, including It’Sugar — and no, that’s not a typo.

The Ramdolfis wandering around CityWalk for fun

It’Sugar is a large candy store that offers specialty sweets, some of which I had never even heard of before. The wife spotted the store and quickly led me into it. I was initially reluctant to follow, but she was so excited! It’s difficult to say no to an excited wife.

The thing about candy is that it’s delicious, but unless you have Mrs. Ramdolfi’s metabolism, you are certain to pay the price. If you’re like me, you were not blessed with the genetic material required to consume sweets and process them like they’re veggies. As such, I was not amused by the plethora of colorful temptations surrounding me — but wife was.

Mr. Ramdolfi unamused with the plethora of sweets tempting him to make poor decisions

The truth is that I have actively been trying to get back in shape for the last few months, so partaking in any of these treats would be counterproductive to say the least — even if they do have all sorts of Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors including Krispy Kreme!

It’Sugar was a fun stop, but ultimately we chose to be responsible adults, with aging bodies that prefer nutrition over tasty empty calories, and leave before we changed our minds.

Tell me, do you have a sweet tooth? What is your favorite candy? Are you still able to consume sugar confections without gaining a pound, or have you reached the age of conscious eating?

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Getting (Back) In Shape

Getting (Back) In Shape

Once upon a time in my days of youth, I had all the time in the world to run cross country, track & field, and play tennis — I was in shape. Like most people in their teens, I also had a metabolism that allowed me to eat that extra fry free of guilt. Heck, I had a metabolism that allowed me to eat fries. Nowadays, not so much.

With time, and for one reason or another (mine was trading the gym for Netflix), we let go and put our health at risk. It happens, but I am not here to complain. I am here to do something about it; in fact, I have been in order to get (back) in shape in time for my wedding.

That said, my goal is simple: To lose the 50 pounds that I gained since moving back to California in 2017. It may sound like a lot, but when you do the math, it was only gaining 1.09 ounces every day for 2 years, or approximately 220 additional calories a day — or you know, a side of fries.

While my strategy consists of moving more, eating healthier, and trying to get more sleep, the following factors have been in my opinion more influential in my journey to fitness:

Mindset: Perhaps one of the most difficult thresholds to cross, is that of getting in the right mindset, that “I can do it mindset” where you actually believe you can. This, like most first steps, is admittedly easier said than done. But trust me, you can.

Goals: You may have a dream or a vision, but without goals, there is no certifiable way to measure your progress, and without these measurements, you can never know if you’re on the right track or if you need to re-calibrate.

Motivation: Summoning the will to do what is necessary to make your dreams come true, has to be by far the main reason why people fail, because it is hard. You will not always have the same fire in you that you had on Day 1, and that is exactly when you will need the right motivation to keep going.

Perseverance: For those days when you lack even the slightest trace of motivation, just keep going. Even when going to the gym or saying no to happy hour is the last thing you want to do and you feel the pain of doing so, do it. You will be happy you did.

Rewards: Last but not least, it is important to reward yourself along the way, to celebrate the small milestones and recognize your progress. It will re-energize you and make you feel better about your sacrifices.

With these tools under my increasingly less tight belt, in just over a month I have slimmed down 11 pounds, but this is only the beginning. Trust me, if I can do it, you most certainly can. So in the words of every motivational speaker ever: Do it!

Tell me, what does your journey to fitness look like? What is your strategy to getting in shape? What do you find to be more challenging, diet and exercise or the intangible hurdles listed above?

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