While celebrating my friend Mike’s birthday at Vessel, I ordered the Lamb French Dip sandwich. Tender, braised lamb is cut paper thin and topped with pickled shallots. And the au jus! I could drink that alone. My friend Katy enviously eyed my meal but is allergic to wheat. The good folks at Vessel kindly created a deconstructed sandwich for Katy with no bread, apple butter and horseradish condiments on the side, and a bigger side salad. It was an elegant solution and much appreciated.
During a visit to Kingston, Washington, I had dinner at the Main Street Alehouse, which was offering the “Heart Beet Salad” that night. I love hearts of palm and beets so I ordered the salad despite its ridiculous name (or perhaps because of it?)
Unfortunately, a blanket of bland shredded mozzarella obliterated all of the salad’s ingredients, including a nicely balanced honey mustard dressing.
If you see me doing a happy dance in the aisle of my local Red Apple grocery store, it’s because I just discovered that it now carries Full Tilt Ice Cream. I used to live within walking distance of the original Full Tilt, and I have missed its friendly vibe and ice cream flavors inspired by the incredibly diverse community in the White Center neighborhood. While I haven’t had much ice cream lately since I’ve been on a raw, vegan and gluten-free cleanse, it’s nice to know that once again, Full Tilt is nearby.
Another favorite sweet snack of mine—Pocky—can now be bought in bulk at Costco. Pocky is a thin biscuit stick dipped in chocolate. Beyond owners of Asian grocery stores, who is buying (and consuming) this much Pocky?!
Like many people, I take a lot of pictures with my camera phone. However, many of them rarely see the light of day. I have hundreds of photos of homemade meals, restaurants, pastries, produce, etc. that remain imprisoned on my phone.
I’m setting them free with a new feature called, “What’s On My Phone Wednesdays.” Enjoy.
I bought this hilarious cookbook for my friend Michelle for her birthday. All of the recipes are written in the style of the BDSM romance “50 Shades of Grey.” It’s an excellent parody, the recipes look pretty good, and the pictures are enticing.
I’m not much of a beer drinker, but when I was a college student in Minnesota, I did enjoy the occasional Leinekugel’s, which is brewed in neighboring Wisconsin. I’ve never seen it for sale in Seattle and was pleasantly surprised to find it at my local Target.
I had a unique dessert at Blind Pig Bistro that absolutely knocked my socks off–a fennel panna cotta with braised rhubarb and apples and a crunchy oat topping.
If you like wine, photography or simply getting together with cool people for a good cause, come to the Olson Kundig Architects [storefront] Thursday, July 19 from 5:30 – 7:30pm for a wine tasting and mobile photography show to benefit hunger-relief organization Food Lifeline.
For just $10, enjoy appetizers and a selection of wines hosted by Sozo Friends and peruse the gallery of photos presented by mobile arts collective, Juxt. More than 30 international artists have donated their photographs for sale. Here’s one of the stunning photos that you will be able to purchase Thursday night.
Juxt photo by Leisa D. from Australia
Five pairs of Mariners tickets will also be up for grabs in a raffle.
All proceeds will support Food Lifeline’s work to end summertime hunger for children. For every dollar donated, Food Lifeline can provide the equivalent of a full day of nutritious meals for a hungry child.
The event will be held at the Olson Kundig Architects [storefront] at 406 Occidental Avenue in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.
If you can’t attend the event, but still want to help, please consider giving to Food Lifeline’s Food Frenzy 2012 Campaign. When you donate, please select Olson Kundig from the list of participating Design & Construction firms.
How do kids feel when they don’t have enough food? Hit play to find out.