Friday, September 11, 2015

Recently in My Face: Chow

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

Walkabout 2015 day 5

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.


Recently in My Face: Elliot’s Oyster House


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


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


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.


Rangers Win!!


Congrats guys!



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. 




More Neko!



Nifty place for a festival.



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

walkabout 2015 day 2

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


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:




Toro Salmon




Hamachi Cure


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


Wagyu short ribs


Scallop Sushi – freebie randomly given to us.




King crab


Bacon Steakie


Foie Gras Nigiri


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.







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!


Tres Vaso’s Ceviche – Shrimp, Tuna, Scallop

Pairing:  Monarch Filtered Wheat


Corn Goat Cheese Soup

Pairing: Belgian Saison Spring Seasonal

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


Spice Rub New York Strip

Pairing: Night Watch Oatmeal Stout



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


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.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Obligatory Snow Day Pictures


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.