As soon as we were back home in Seattle we had our next event to look forward to; Lon and Trish Miller’s visit. After getting to bed after 1:30 am and working a full day we conjured up all of the energy we had to pick them up.
First Stop: FareStart
We had dinner reservations set for the four of us and Billy and Valerie. We felt uber special at FareStart, after having like ten different people come up and hug or talk to us before we could even get seated to our table. After we finally did we had two bottles of wine recommended as pairings from our friend Timothy, the “Wine Guy”, and our first course arrived just before the student’s graduation. The menu was quite good and came from just down the street of our house, Queen Bee. They specialize in crumpets (a British take on the English muffin?) and those were showcased in the appetizer and dessert courses. The menu consisted of the best duck confit with frisee and cherry tomato salad on top of a crumpet, glazed beef short ribs on a beet and corn succotash and mashed potatoes, and finally a blackberry buckle with whipped cream on a sweetened crumpet. We all left full and headed back to our house to keep the conversation going until about 11 pm when we had to call it quits to go to bed for work the next day.
Next Stop: Eastlake Bar and Grill
Both Bryan and I had to work full days on Friday because of such limited vacation time. So while we were working Lon and Trish did get out to explore our neighborhood a little bit. Shortly after I got home and decompressed we piled into the Jeep to head to one of our favorites; the lakeside deck at Eastlake Bar and Grill. We got prime seats and in the sun it was just the perfect temperature. I stuck with the beer battered fish and chips (one of my go tos there) and shared the side salad and sweet potato fries with Trish. We had a leisurely long dinner conversation and really let us settle into the weekend. After dinner we drove back home to watch The Theory of Everything on HBO and had bowls of ice cream to go around.
Next Stop: Bowling and Dinner with Friends
Saturday was a pretty chill day. After sleeping in late Bryan and I made the Millers banana pancakes and eggs with ham for a late breakfast. Bryan and I went for an awful run (our bodies are still not very happy from the DR) while they napped. We all cleaned up and then headed to the Garage in Capitol Hill to play a couple of games of bowling, had some beers and snacks, and then went back to Andrew and Angela’s house, for a belated birthday of our friend Andrew. We didn’t have anything else planned for the day and we wanted Lon and Trish to get to meet our friends. I enjoyed the bowling and had one good game and one bad game. Angela had cooked up some delicious marinated chicken thighs, corn salad, orzo tomato salad, a tomato tart, grilled portabello mushrooms and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes for dessert. It was casual and fun and Lon and Trish approve those friends.
Next Stop: Church and Fun in Ballard
Sunday morning after debating on whether or not to go to Mt Rainier or the Olympic Peninsula we decided to stay in Seattle. This was due solely to the smoky air caused by the wild fires east of us. The sky was so smoky you couldn’t even really see downtown, the ferry ride to the peninsula would have been smoked in and the web cam at Rainier showed that you couldn’t even see Rainier from its base. So we went to church. It was a guest speaker but it was the leader of our small group and she did an excellent job speaking, really fantastic! After church we went to Queen Anne Ave to pick up food from Homegrown to take and eat at our spot at Bhy Krake Park. I tried their beet salad and their tomato bisque and loved both. We then drove to Ballard to first browse the expansive Ballard Farmers Market. I wanted to buy everything! All of the produce looked simply amazing, especially the heirloom tomatoes and the $5 bouquets that I tried to get Bryan to get me! We ended up getting a bunch of colossal yellow beets and Lon bought a bag of mini street donuts hot off the fryer to share. We then mosied over to the nearby Ballard Locks. Bryan and I had never been to these before and it was fun to explore the discovery center and then walk over the locks to the fish ladders where we saw so many humongous salmon, and plenty more jumping on the surface. I mean HUGE! We learned a lot about the life of the salmon too, much of which I didn’t know. We stopped by the big band music that was playing (they do music every weekend day at 2pm) before heading home to rest up before dinner.
Last Stop: Dinner at Salty’s
For the Miller’s last night in Seattle we wanted to get some good seafood. Bryan had never been to Salty’s before so we made a reservation at 7:30. Lon’s cousin, Darlene who works at Boeing in Renton as well, joined us for the dinner and was my first time meeting her. We had a table with a great view of the city skyline and I started with a glass of Malbec. For my entree I chose the coho salmon which I certainly don’t regret. The large filet of coho came perfectly cooked (a little rare) on top of roasted fingerling potatoes and topped with a celery root and rock shrimp remoulade. Phenomenal! Others enjoyed their meals too and everyone enjoyed the view. We headed home around 10 pm to get ready for bed. I said my goodbyes to the Millers Monday morning before work but it was a brief goodbye. The Millers left in the afternoon so they were once again able to enjoy a walk in our neighborhood and went back to Queen Bee for lunch. It was good to have them here for their visit.
Nonstop: Sip and Sizzle at Ruth Chris
Our FareStart friends have been before but after Bryan dropped his parents off at the airport on Monday we met up with our friends Holly, Jason, Shareen and Matt for the bimonthly private event at Ruth Chris Steakhouse in downtown. Each event features a local winery, brewery or distillery and offers a tasting of their selection and many of Ruth Chris’ appetizers. For this one it featured Browne Family Vineyards out of Walla Walla with their Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both were delicious but for once it was the white that I was in love with and had three glasses of it and one glass of the red. We had several eats including their volcano shrimp, seared ahi tuna, prime rib sliders, and calamari. All was delicious and we left paying nothing (it’s supposed to be $10 for the two hours but apparently they don’t often collect for it). Great time but even by the time it was over at 7 pm Bryan and I were exhausted and quite tipsy. We headed home to call it a night and leave the rest of the week uneventful.