A Fabulous Northwest Weekend

It was raining slightly on my run this morning, but now the bright sun is shining through my office window. It is so typical Seattle, and I just love it. Like I love so many things about my city, including so much of my weekend. This was my first weekend not coaching ski racing, my first days off in many months (since the snow started falling) and I was eager to get outside and enjoy the many things that are on offer here. It was such a fabulous collection of awesome activities that I'm posting here so you can remember how great where we live is... First thing Saturday morning, we sauntered … [Read more...]

A Few Upcoming and Kind of Awesome Events

I don't normally devote much space to events, despite the constant influx of emails telling me about them, mostly because I don't believe in promoting events that I wouldn't myself attend or be attending. And then sometimes I am scared they'll sell out before I get my ticket. But there does seem to be quite a few things coming up that I'm excited about, so I wanted to give my readers a heads up, two of which I'll be at and one of which I'm sad to say, I'll miss out on by being out of town. First off is this Sunday's Oyster Roast for the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. They had me when they … [Read more...]

Anchovies & Olives

I really like Anchovies and Olives. Both the two individual foods and the restaurant. Seriously, anchovies and olives are two of my favorite things and I think that helped in my decision to really like the restaurant. There is something basic, plain and inviting about the completely bare walls and barely screened over industrial ceiling. The kitchen is open, with low counters, leaving the whole thing completely exposed, much like the food. What do I mean by exposed food? It is served, plain and simple, just as it is described on the menu. Order the scallop under 'crudo' (grapefruit, … [Read more...]

A Valentine’s Day Meal

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you've already heard about how great of a foodie's companion B is, and probably are thinking, 'enough already, tell me about the delicious eats'. And I'm getting there! "You have two options" B told me over the phone. As an old hand from the restaurant industry, I knew going out to eat was his last idea of a good time on Valentine's Day. But apparently he had gone way down south and scoped out a tiny hole-in-the-wall comfort food restaurant that he felt would be a good dinner, and going there was my first option. "Or," he said hopefully, "I can … [Read more...]

Making Whole Wheat Noodles

I'm okay with healthful food, as long as it tastes delicious. Thus I've never liked the dried whole wheat noodles that are available at grocery stores. Even with many more minutes of boiling than a normal pasta, the noodles have a funny texture. But the texture never gets to normal, or even edible.Then it occurred to me that the best pasta is fresh pasta, so why not try making a whole wheat fresh pasta. And what a pasta. Instead of being hard to cook, the texture has this wonderful melting chewiness that all fresh pasta does. In addition, there is even more texture from the whole grains. It's … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon Canape

We recently came into some smoked salmon. A lot, actually. We've had many a breakfast of lox and bagels, but we're working our way through it. Don't get me wrong--I'm not saying I'm getting sick of bagels and lox--I just thought that a little creativity could go a long way toward a new presentation of the lox. Something a little different. This was actually inspired by a dish we had at a dim sum in Vancouver, though that also may have involved mayonaisse and what appeared to be a del Monte fruit cup, so I think this is an improvement. This is simple, but a totally amazing snack. Definitely … [Read more...]

Changing the Energy

Recently I wrote a very angry piece. It was mostly spurred on by having read the Stranger's review of a hookah bar. But some not very nice things were said. Now there's backlash and comments and commenting on the comments, and I'll be honest, it stresses me out. Two diet coke's and a Reese's later. I'm calming down. I never set out to offend anyone. I have met Ms. Leson and┬áMr. Kauffman before and had extended conversations with Ms. Kelly and Ms. Denn via email. All are not but the nicest people in the world. My criticism, though it might been less than kind, was more directed towards those … [Read more...]

Seafood on the Grill: Oysters and Saba

Yup, we're still in America. Nope, that is not meat on my Memorial Day grill. I was at the store (and starving, never a good move) looking for food to grill. B called "Is it okay if I just do seafood?" I asked, standing over an enormous tub of giant Pacific oysters. These puppies were big and meaty. But I couldn't stop there, I went a little overboard. Scallops, for ceviche, mackeral (aka saba) to wrap in banana leaves and grill, big, beautiful asparagus. It was, I must admit a bit of a feast. The ones on the left are topped with lime juice, salt, pepper and cilantro in a ceviche style, the … [Read more...]

Seattle Food Tour

One of the most enjoyable elements of our trip to New York was that we were given a self guided walking tour of food place on an online message board. Extending it and adding our own interests, we ended up spending a day walking--we totaled it up to about 12 miles, and eating. It was an amazing experience, and I felt that I had truly gotten to know the city, walking the streets and eating just a small nibble at each place. We ended up often eating between the two of us, about half of each item, then giving the other half to the nearest hungry looking street-person. So we even added a little … [Read more...]

McCormick and Schmicks

So I was underwhelmed in general by McCormick and Schmick's Fish Bar on 4th. It was like the service was by a teenager recently promoted from McDonalds. He didn't know the menu, got orders wrong, etc. Not to mention there was bugworms crawling on my table! … [Read more...]