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Fill Me Up Buttercup

Wow…good thing we are on a regular work out routine…because summer is in full swing with food festivities and good food galore.  I feel like this week was all about just that.

Monday:  Construction trailer Mexican food potluck.  We had soooooo much food…chili colorado, Mexican shredded beef tacos, Spanish rice, guac, salsa, chips, salad with corn and avocado dressing, green chili chicken enchilada casserole.  Working with so many guys I knew they would have the meat department covered, and I was right, so I brought a fresh minty papaya salad with a hint of lime and cayenne pepper and a rich tres leche cake that was such a hit I had everyone asking for the recipe.  Other than buying the ingredients it was a super simple cake to make (white boxed cake mix, condensed milk, evaporated milk, whipped cream).  I worked off some of the party food playing tennis with Bryan late on Monday night.

Amazingly delicious cake!
Amazingly delicious cake!

Tuesday:  Mystery diner lunch at the Yard House downtown Seattle.  I had $50 to spend with a friend for lunch and we ordered a few drinks and entrees and got it all covered for writing a killer review.  I tried their Mediterranean seared sea scallops that came with five good sized scallops, fresh hummus, and tabbouleh with sundried tomatoes.  It was an interesting preparation of scallops but which was surprisingly fantastic.  I also had to try their new appetizer of Z’atar roasted cauliflower with tahini sauce which was bomb!  And after work……we were supposed to get back on the water to go sailing but traffic was so bad Bryan didn’t make it back to Seattle in time.  So instead we (David, Bryan and I) took the fruit, cheese and cracker plates I had made for the boat down the street to Lake Union with our inner tubes to float for a few hours, snacking and drinking beers.  We might have downgraded our on-the-water experience but we still had a blast.

Very good scallops at the Yard House.
Very good scallops at the Yard House.
Departure.
Departure.
David tubing.
David tubing.

Wednesday:  Dinner with my Polly.  After Polly got her wisdom teeth removed Wednesday morning, I brought over some soup and pudding for my dear Polly (and Thai noodles for Brittany and I).  We watched a movie and nearly died in the heat of her apartment.

Thursday:  Back to FareStart.  Haven’t been in awhile and this was a great week with the oh-so-fantastic Metropolitan Grill heating it up in the kitchen.  We had a tomato gazpacho to start, a striploin steak with parsnip puree, and peach melba for dessert.

First course of a silky gazpacho with awesome heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, and microarugula.
First course of a silky gazpacho with awesome heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, and microarugula.
The main course of a perfectly seared and flavored striploin steak, fabulous parsnip puree, romenesco, smoked onions, and au jus.
The main course of a perfectly seared and flavored striploin steak, fabulous parsnip puree, romenesco, smoked onions, and au jus.

Friday:  A few meetings.  We first had a meeting regarding demobilization from the Capitol Hill Station.  Marika and I will be leaving the Capitol Hill Station probably by the end of the year and we started our conversation on where we will be going next and how we will be phasing out.  Then I finally made it back to one of our monthly staff meetings at the office for a Thai lunch.  After work I went with a few coworkers to the sexy soul-full concert of Charles Bradley, live and free at the Seattle Center.  Not knowing anything about him before the concert I figured he was from the soul era but he is actually a newer artist just trying to bring back the good ol’ days with a style very similar to James Brown and Otis Redding.  It was fantastic…especially the band playing behind him.

Saturday:  Saturday morning  we took nice and easy.  We then bought a new bed to be delivered on moving day from a store selling super local and amazing products.  This was a very big task completed.  We ended up getting an all latex medium-firm queen mattress with an equally high quality box frame.  We also got a wool mattress cover.  Now we just need a new queen size frame.  We then went on a run around Eastlake.  What was going to be a 4 mile run for Bryan’s first run ended up being 4 miles for me but we split after 2 miles and Bryan continued to run around the entirety of Lake Union, 6 miles.  Maybe he will have no trouble doing the marathon in October.  It was hot too!  We came back to clean up, dress up, and walk over to the Skansonia ferry boat for Mary and Tyler’s wedding.  It was a fantastic wedding, small and intimate, but lively with a great band and dancing.  The buffet spread was killer and the drinks were maybe a little too good because I got mighty drunk.  A real focus on beach-themed drinks is always a win in my book.  We had killer views the whole night and just perfect weather for the wedding.  Mary’s twin sister gave an exceptional speech too.  I just would have liked her dad to have been able to attend, that always breaks my heart.

Wow!
Wow!
Beautiful ceremony
Beautiful ceremony
The newly weds, thanks to those posting pics on Facebook.
The newly weds, thanks to those posting pics on Facebook.

…and now on to our moving day!

Chelsea

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