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This week we got a little friendly with several people over shared dinners and conversations.  It was a good time indeed but a week that left me looking forward to a relaxing weekend.

Monday:   My one and only night at home which I enjoyed reading and doing dinner on my own (Bryan worked late).

Tuesday:   Pizza making at Philipp and Sara’s.  They did not have success with the dough they made per the recipe I sent them, so Bryan saved the day with his try when we arrived.  Our pizzas came out quite delicious, paired with good wine and gelato.

Wednesday:   Turner-hosted barbecue lunch at the job site = lots of meat, potatoes and ogling from contractors.  Dinner hosted at Ed’s apartment with Billy and Valerie in attendance.  He served us a delicious bolognese pasta, I made a apple, cranberry and goat cheese salad, and he topped it off with a coconut cake with raspberry coulis for dessert.  A very late night of talking around the dinner table.

Thursday:   FareStart for both Bryan and I again and again I was hosting while Bryan was being trained as a Captain.  A unique FareStart featuring the Portage Bay Cafe with a first ever breakfast-for-dinner menu of:

First Course
Dungeness Crab Cake Benedict with Local Dungeness Crab, Braised Organic Fennel and Leeks atop a House Made Organic Yukon Gold English Muffin, Stiebr Farms Organic Eggs, and Smoked Tomato Hollandaise. Finished with Fresh Organic Tarragon Oil.

Entrée
Lamb and Quinoa Strata with Samish Bay Organic Feta, Uli’s Lamb Sausage, Imported Olives, Organic Sweet Peppers, Sage, Organic Quinoa, Stiebr Farms Organic Eggs, and Chive Crème Fraiche.

Dessert
Bananas Foster French Toast Flambe House made Challah French Toast Covered in Fair Trade Organic Bananas and Local Rum Caramel, and a Scoop of Buttermilk Ice Cream

Crab cake benny for dinner...starter
Crab cake benny for dinner…starter

Can you say full?  I can.  But the crab cakes were delicious!

Friday:   Night at the Seattle Repertory Theater for our 2nd play of our season package.  This time it was the play Dear Elizabeth, featuring the 30-year friendship of two very famous American poets; Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.  It was a very interesting and heartfelt play that we both loved.  Of course I also love getting Yeti froyo post play. And on my own I tried Panera Bread’s new chicken and soba noodle broth bowl beforehand which was filling, warming, and delicious!

Panera's new chicken soba noodle bowl.
Panera’s new chicken soba noodle bowl.

Saturday:   Saturday morning breakfast in the casa featuring banana pancakes and bacon made by the boy.  Sun and 60 degrees got us both outside for a run and we both struggled a bit.  That night the Fremont Abbey held their grand opening of their new community center and music venue with free concerts and free tacos from Pecado Bueno.  Polly and I enjoyed the awesome live music along with some free tacos of course.  There was a surprise special guest, Damien Jurado, a popular folk artist from Seattle, that was very good.

Damien Jurado at the new Ballard Homestead
Damien Jurado at the new Ballard Homestead

Sunday:  We made it to church for a second week in a row.  Talked about Forgiveness as a tool.  Bryan and I went to go pick up some wood pallets for a herb planter project that I have in mind and then we got Homegrown to eat outside in the sun.  I went with the half seasonal special sandwich of turkey, cranberry, and aioli with a cup of their tomato bisque.  It was a great lunch but between the food and the sun it put Bryan and I in a slumbery state.  It took us a few hours to get ourselves out the door for our bike ride.  We ended up riding from our house to Lake Washington, to and around Seward Park, where we stopped and sat in the sun for a while more, before making the return trip to complete 18 miles.  It was my first bike ride in a long time.  We picked up groceries for the week, including steak, veggies and potatoes to grill while we watched episodes of our new favorite show; Parks and Rec, to close out the week.

Chelsea

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