Friday, September 11, 2015

Recently in My Face: Chow

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I previously chronicled this was the best breakfast I’ve ever had.  And because I knew it would take two days to drive from Seattle to Bear Valley, a detour Chow one more time was in order.
Pictured above:  The Sampson - Poached Eggs, Crab Cakes, Sauce Choron
Yeah, that’s right, another crab cake.

Walkabout 2015 Day 5: Willamette Valley and Beyond

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Time to leave Seattle and start heading towards the High Sierras.  First stop is Bend OR with a detour for wine tasting in the WV.  I may have purchased a case and a half.

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Recently in My Face: Elliot’s Oyster House

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Oysters, meaty creamy Sea Cows on the left, briney funky Blue Pools on the right.

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Crab cakes.  I can never get enough.

I almost didn’t make it there, but I’m so glad I did.  The Brooklyn is great, but for just oysters, and variety of oysters, this is the place.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Walkabout 2015 Day 4: Baseball and One Last Walk Downtown

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I make this deal to you, the citizens of Seattle.  Any time you have both Neko Case and the Texas Rangers in town, I will dutifully visit and eat your seafood, including dim sum.

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Rangers Win!!

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Congrats guys!

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Until next time, Pike Market.

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Walkabout 2015 Day 3: Bumbershoot

Most of the day was spent wandering around Seattle Center watching various acts I have never heard of.  One act that some how struck a chord with me was Moon Hooch.  They are a saxophone duo with a drummer that plays dance music. 

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Neko!!

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More Neko!

 

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Nifty place for a festival.

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Hippies!!!!

Recently in my Face: Skillet Diner

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First you make a decadent grilled cheese made from brie and cheddar on brioche grilled with the perfect amount butter.  Then, because this is how I roll, I knock it up a notch by adding bacon jam.  But that’s not even close to good enough.  I then added a fried chicken thigh.  It was ridiculous.

Walkabout 2015 Day 2: More Seattle

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A lot of walking around today.  After lunch at Skillet Diner in Ballard, I was dumped off at the waterfront to fend for myself.*  Eventually I made my way to Pike Brewery in the market where I found the A&M playing.  So I settled down there for a while and high fived myself when the final gun sounded.  Afterwards, to celebrated I headed up to the Pie Bar for pie and cocktails.  Unfortunately it was too dark for pix.  But still, a pretty good little day.

* It was either get dumped off at the waterfront or endure the Alabama/Wisconsin game.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

So Long, Old Friend

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The world’s most photogenic dog has gone to the great dog park in the sky.  Please enjoy some of her finest moments.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Recently in My Face: Uchi Dallas

Dallas continues to turn itself into the city I want to live in.  Not satisfied by opening a Top Pot (a must put in my face event for every trip to Seattle) three blocks from house, Dallas has now brought me my favorite Texas restaurant – Uchi. 

Previous fawnings can be found here, here, and here.

And no, it did not disappoint.

On to the porn:

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Oysters

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Toro Salmon

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Breen

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Hamachi Cure

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Escolar – the best non liver based dish of the night.

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Wagyu short ribs

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Scallop Sushi – freebie randomly given to us.

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Hamachi

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King crab

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Bacon Steakie

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Foie Gras Nigiri

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Peanut butter semifreddo.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

It’s Never Too Late for Flood Porn

I had thought I had posted these pictures last week when Dallas was at DefCon 4 (or is it 2, I can never remember which is worse) for the Trinity River flooding us all into oblivion.  After nearly two weeks of rain, we finally got a sunny day and so off on my bike I was.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Recently In My Face: Grapevine Brewery Beer Dinner at Cook Hall

This was my second beer dinner at Cook Hall in The W near the AAC.  Both times the food has been phenomenomnomnomal!

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Tres Vaso’s Ceviche – Shrimp, Tuna, Scallop

Pairing:  Monarch Filtered Wheat

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Corn Goat Cheese Soup

Pairing: Belgian Saison Spring Seasonal

This was the winner of the evening.  Both soup and beer.

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Spice Rub New York Strip

Pairing: Night Watch Oatmeal Stout

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Churros

Pairing: Sir Williams English Brown Ale

 

These pictures were amazingly captured without a flash on my new Galaxy S6 Edge with just a tiny bit of adjustment from Adobe Lightroom.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Recently in My Face: Lusher’s Red Hots

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At last, a hot dog place within walking distance of work.  And not only is it close, but it’s also very good.  Downtown just keeps getting better.

Those onion rings were ethereal albeit a bit greasy.  The Meat Fight pictured in the back was very good.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Obligatory Snow Day Pictures

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After crawling out of our bunker this morning, Zoë and I walked around the neighborhood to assess the damage and poop on some snow.  I had gone earlier, so only Zoë made with the poopings.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fun with Youtubes: The Great War

Seriously.  This is what the internet is for.  Indy Neidel guides you through what happened each week 100 years ago this week during World War I.  I only wish I wasn’t 8 months behind.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Recently in My Face: Knife

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Bone in rib eye for two, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, hollandaise and bordelaise sauces with Barolo.

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Deconstructed banana pudding (bottom)** Caramel pretzel (top) with Sauternes.

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Post dessert of cookies.

Don’t get me wrong, this was a very good meal.  But compared to the meal we had last year at  John Tesar’s other, now closed restaurant, Spoon, this was fairly meh.  There are literally a trillion other fine steakhouses in Dallas and, unless I am willing to buy an once or two of their 240 day dry aged beef*, there was little here to compel a return visit.

 

*I was not.

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