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I-rish I Had More Parties

Cheers to St. Patrick, whoever he is.  The past week seemed to be celebratory in a way.  Let’s see…

…we had our St. Patrick’s (and St. Pollyanna) party on Saturday night at our house.  There was Irish car bombs, baileys, Irish whiskey, Guiness and Harp galore, and even Polly’s homemade apple cider potion XXX.  Then there were Irish gigs and step dancing on the dance floor.  Green popcorn, green cupcakes, Irish soda bread and Irish sausage snacks.  And there was Polly’s birthday cake (made by her friend who owns a wedding cake bakery…swoon).  Someone ended up laying in the grass at one point, in the rain.  There was also a wrestling match and an impromptu push-up competition?  First party with all four roommates attending.  And I even scored green jeans for $8 right before the party!!!

…I cooked Bryan and I an Irish dinner on Monday night.  This included meatloaf with colcannon mashed potatoes and sauteed cabbage.  We lounged to a documentary about sommeliers called Somm, it wasn’t Irish but it was fantastically interesting!

…Ivar’s was celebrating it’s 109th birthday on Tuesday with a buy one dinner get another for $1.09.  Normally a dinner goes for $30 each but we got two for $30 and Tuesday is 1/2 priced wine nights, so double score (bill was about $50 compared to $100 it would have normally been).  The turkey (as in bowling) comes with being seated right by the floor to ceiling windows in the very best seats of the house to watch the night on Lake Union, the rowers and downtown Seattle from afar.  Oh, and we got to walk there from Bryan’s house (~1 mile).  So nice!!

Ivar's northwest combo plate of Alaskan halibut, king salmon, crab cake, potatoes, green beans and a rich papaya sauce.  Yummy!
Ivar’s northwest combo plate of Alaskan halibut, king salmon, crab cake, potatoes, green beans and a rich papaya sauce. Yummy!

…FareStart is always a party and this week was no different.  The Queen Anne pricey hotspot, Tillikum Place Cafe was the star tonight with a menu featuring:  mushroom and barley soup, pork loin with braised red cabbage, potato cakes, and a citrus angel food cake.  It was a fantastic meal, a super smooth night, and my friend Abby and I concocted our next business plan that got me all excited!

Forest mushrooms and barley in a mushroom consumme broth.
Forest mushrooms and barley in a mushroom consumme broth.
Amazingly tender brined pork loin with apple compote on a bed of braised red cabbage and potato pancake underneath.
Amazingly tender brined pork loin with apple compote on a bed of braised red cabbage and potato pancake underneath.

…Friday means Friday and that is enough for me to celebrate.  Especially now that it is officially spring, now that today was a high of 53 and sunny, now that the weekend is looking to be in the 60s and sunny, and now that we got MARCH MADNESS on the TVs.  Bryan and I met up after work to hit Henry’s Tavern by the Stadium District for food, beers, and games!!!  I got a great grilled chicken salad with roasted tomatoes and Manchego (Spanish) cheese and the world’s best Young’s Double Chocolate Stout on nitro from one of their 100 beers on tap.  Henry’s is an excellent place to watch games, they have comfortable lounge seating, a bar and private sitting rooms, good food, lots of beers, and on a nice day they open their back wall up to the outside.

…And Saturday I celebrated a victory against Bryan’s team in the tournament.  It was a big deal.  We had a nice, sunny, peaceful morning skiing at Stevens (with fist pumps of “Hail” and “Hook Ems” as we skiied by each other) and at 2pm we headed inside to the Foggy Goggle for lunch and the big game!!  I was sweating what my reaction would be if my team lost but after the first few minutes that worry magically went away.  I tried my best to not gloat too much on the way home 🙂  Settled into the last episodes of breaking bad with our favorite Fish Cake Factory pad kee mao’s delivered.

Yum Pad Kee Mao extra spicy!!!
Yum Pad Kee Mao extra spicy and extra veggies!!!

…And Sunday I celebrated the spring.  I studied in the morning before hitting up IHOP by myself for a delicious breakfast.  I got my scooter towed to the scooter doctor.  I worked in my garden clearing out two of the beds in preparation for planting for a solid active hour.  I studied so more outside on my deck.  I walked to Safeway for groceries for the week and picked up Blue Jasmine from Redbox.  I made what turned out to be a great and creamy broccoli soup (using milk and leftover mashed potatoes for the “cream”) and got some chicken marinating.

IHOP nummers.  Gotta love those granola and blueberry pancakes.
IHOP nummers. Gotta love those granola and blueberry pancakes.

Party on!

Chelsea

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