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Dining with the Millers

This week has been all about good food let me tell you.  I feel like I haven’t done a whole lot else.  With the Miller’s visiting and wanting to check out some of Seattle’s fine establishments we have had our share of meals out on the town.  Add to that an SEAW happy hour that I hosted right before they came, my company picnic, FareStart guest chef night, and a fundraiser for the Fremont Abbey at Pecado Bueno and you have just about covered me for…well, a week.

Tuesday:  Nijo Sushi

Located just across the street from our office this place has a killer happy hour that many don’t know about.  I took my SEAW group here for our August happy hour and walked away with only a $43 bill for 10 people for the food and a $55 bill for all of the $3 drafts purchased in the two hours (SEAW does not cover the booze).  Our group had great conversation over their calamari, multiple orders of their takoyaki, yam fries, three sushi rolls, dancing shrimp, and potstickers.  Yummy!  Afterwards I practiced my shopping skills and then my frozen yogurt eating skills at Yogurtland.

Dancing shrimp
Dancing shrimp
Pork gyoza
Pork gyoza
Yam fries with wasabi mayo
Yam fries with wasabi mayo
Seattle tempura roll
Seattle tempura roll
Calamari
Calamari
California roll and chefs special roll (spicy salmon, asparagus and avocado)
California roll and chefs special roll (spicy salmon, asparagus and avocado)

Wednesday:  Annapurna

One restaurant that immediately jumped to the top of Bryan and my list after dining there once was the Himalayan restaurant Annapurna in Capitol Hill.  Bryan wants his parents to experience various foods and wanted to take them there.  I wanted to see their reaction walking down the stairs to the basement in a hole in the hall in Capitol Hill.  It was what I expected.  Of course the food was addicting.  We ordered a variety of dishes for the table to share including our favorite, the mango mazza with chicken (two of them), the lamb bharta, and the Annapurna curry with chicken as well as a few garlic naans for dipping.  Stuffed…and so happy that I will soon be working right next door to this restaurant for lunch and picking up dinner!

Chicken mango mazza (chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, pea pods, mango, paneer)
Chicken mango mazza (chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, pea pods, mango, paneer)
Annapurna curry with chicken (chicken, tomatoes, onions)
Annapurna curry with chicken (chicken, tomatoes, onions)
Garlic naan
Garlic naan
Lamb bharta (lamb, eggplant, tomatoes)
Lamb bharta (lamb, eggplant, tomatoes)

Thursday:  GCN of Volunteer Park Cafe at FareStart

A restaurant I have heard very good things about and thought would be a place I would like to try showcased their food at this week’s Guest Chef Night at FareStart.  That restaurant would be Volunteer Park Cafe located in the Capitol Hill/Eastlake part of town (so I might start going there more with Bryan).  Their menu was exceptional and the food was delicious.  The three course set for the night was a lemon, cucumber, and tomato salad with feta to start, lamb meatballs with tomato coulis, pickled eggplant, summer zucchini salad, and yogurt and mint for the main, and a vanilla orange shortcake with local peaches, honey and cream for dessert.

Starter
Starter
Main
Main
Dessert
Dessert

Friday:  Triple P: Paella, Pizza, and Packing

Friday after work I first needed to unwind and decompress from the week.  I had somehow stumbled upon a write up that the great flamenco guitarist we say just a few weeks ago was going to be playing a free outdoor concert Friday evening at the pillars in downtown, complete with free paella from Tango Restaurant and a flamenco dancer.  Too good to be true, yes, but indeed it was true!  I melted into the music for a good hour, had some paella with chicken and seafood, and was stunned by how good the dancer was.  I was at peace…until I then had to go back to Bryan’s apartment to pick up pizza from Pagliacci’s for them and help kick start the packing for the move.  It was hot and sweaty and the peace went away.  Oh well, at least we accomplished a lot in a few hours.

Andre the flamenco guitarist.
Andre the flamenco guitarist.
A huge pan of paella.
A huge pan of paella.
So pretty!!!
So pretty!!!

Saturday:  Jacobs Summer Picnic

Saturday morning I attended the company picnic which was held at Golden Gardens this year.  Like usual we had a full BBQ spread of pulled pork and burgers, mac and cheese, potato salad, watermelon, and brownies.  And per tradition there was Paul’s (Yooper) pickled eggs for the newbie employees.  There were lots of kids and a lot of attendees this year.  We had a great game of 10 vs. 10 beach volleyball going on and the weather was fantastic on the Sound.  I had a great time being casual with the coworkers.  I then joined the Millers for the Duck Boat tour.  I had a great time on my 2nd ride of the Duck Boats going out on Lake Union and around downtown.  We then went to nearby Sport Restaurant and Bar to watch the last three quarters of the preseason Seahawks vs. Broncos game (a killing) and had dinner.  With so much meat all I really wanted were the sweet potato waffle fries on the menu but I got a salad to round it out a bit.  After the game and dinner we walked through the Seattle Center, where they were playing an outdoor movie, to Yeti Frozen Yogurt where I treated them all to the best frozen yogurt in the city.  The BEST!  Seriously sweet potato fries and frozen yogurt is the best dinner.

Sweet potato waffle fries for the win!!
Sweet potato waffle fries for the win!!

Sunday:  Moving Day

Ugh, Sunday.  From 9:30 am until 6:00 pm I was helping Bryan move to Eastlake.  Granted, I was not physically moving him all day (I was on lunch duty for the crew and spent the last few hours laying on his couch in the sun in his new place with a gorgeous view of Lake Union) and I was spent.  We started the day with Top Pot doughnuts and loading up Bryan’s apartment.  His poor parents spent the day cleaning.  After we were completely loaded in Queen Anne they drove the UHaul to Eastlake while Lon and I went to Camion in Ballard to pick up two dozen tacos and Gatorades for everyone.  By the time we made it to Eastlake the truck was unloaded.  Hooray!  We had lunch (THREE fish tacos for me) on their front stoop before rallying enough to begin on David’s apartment.  We headed to Wallingford to load up David and then I needed a coffee bad so I got a 20oz iced coffee from a cute coffee shop around the corner.  We then headed back to Eastlake to unload David’s stuff before I parked my butt on the couch and refused to move.  Bryan still had to return the UHaul and pick up a few more things from his apartment so I let him drive me back at 6pm to call it a night and let him go out to dinner with his parents.

Camion fish tacos
Camion fish tacos

Monday:  Cuisine and Conversation

Monday night was probably my favorite night with the Millers, and my last night with them too.  Per request of Mrs. Miller to finally get her hands on some killer Seattle seafood I suggested Tom Douglas’ Etta’s Restaurant right next to Pike Market and the Puget Sound.  Having been there twice I knew there really was no better place for salmon in Seattle at a decent price, and I have never had a bad meal at a Tom Douglas restaurant.  After work I walked to the market and had about an hour to kill so I read in the sun overlooking the water, not too shabby.  Once my company arrived we were quickly seated and ordered a bottle of Syrah.  All of our food was outstanding.  Bryan and Mrs. Miller ordered the legendary Rub with Love Salmon that comes with an amazing shitake relish, cornbread pudding, and this time farm fresh broad beans.  Since I have had this staple dish (and during Restaurant Week lunch for less than $15) I got the Neah Bay King Salmon dish of the night that was served with buckwheat scallion fritters (think cross between hush puppies and falafels), miso buttered chanterelle mushrooms and roasted cherry tomatoes and onions.  Mr. Miller got their fish and chips, per my recommendation as well and was very pleased.  We also shared the padron pepper appetizer that came with a sort of fonduta and crushed nuts.  Everything was fantastic and the Millers thanked me for the recommendation.

Rub with Love Salmon
Rub with Love Salmon
Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips
King salmon hiding underneath some nummies
King salmon hiding underneath some nummies

We then drove up to my house to sit on our deck, listening to jazz music, and talking for a long time.  We had ice cream, Mrs. Miller inspected my t-shirt quilt, and they even surprised me with a gift for my new business lol, a crab and shrimp boil mix and a glass jar to keep it in.  That was very kind and thoughtful of them.  We had a really great time all talking about family and what not.  These are really my favorite kind of nights, enjoying a good meal and then conversing until late in the night.  This is where I said goodbye to them and wished them a good trip.

Tuesday:  Pecado Bueno…Tacos for the Arts

Tuesday after work I volunteered my time to help support the Fremont Abbey (I really want them to bring back their cooking classes) at a cool event held at Pecado Bueno which is right across the street from them.  The event had a great live folk band and an unlimited taco bar.  I helped in welcoming guests for a few hours, listening to the band, and then getting to eat some of their great tacos with their awesome salsa bar.

Great band!!!
Great band!!!

Chelsea

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