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February 23rd, 2012


06:16 pm - let's see how this works...
Haven't posted in forever, but I think I used to do this and it used to work, sometimes...

I'm heading to Bohemian Bacchanalia tonight. Doors at 8. At 7 or shortly before that, I'll be sitting with a book in Russell House Tavern getting a drink, probably at the upstairs bar (but maybe at the downstairs). If you're so inclined, stop in!

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July 11th, 2011


05:53 pm - chairs
I'm hunting for some wing-back armchairs, ideally leather, and am interested in combing the estate sale / auction / antiques market for them.

Do any of you do this, and can you share any tips on where to go / sources you've used, etc.?

Thanks!

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July 9th, 2011


06:55 pm - An omission
Also in Seattle, under Low Schtick

Skillet Diner - a very good modern diner, at which it is possible to order a bacon-bratwurst burger, and where you have the option of subbing your fries for poutine.

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July 8th, 2011


11:42 pm - Eating in Seattle, a brief guide
High Schtick

There's a certain retro appeal to Canlis that is just a joy to experience. The food is thoroughly modern and the wine list is very serious. You will eat very well and drink very well to match, and they have a damn fine and very enticing cocktail list, which may actually serve better than the wine list itself. The real pleasure of eating here is in the view and the old, old school service, the sort you can only pull off if you've been in the business 60 years. They greet you by name the first time you walk in and you can get a tour on which they show you the personalized wineglasses they keep on hand for their regulars - including a particularly dusty shelf of vintage glasses whose owners haven't been in for quite some time... The front of house is an absolute joy to watch.

Low Schtick

The really unmissable thing in Seattle is Happy Hour at the Walrus and the Carpenter. They open at 4pm, and oysters are 50% off for the first hour, and you get $1 off glasses of muscadet (they only have Bregeon, but then again, it's Bregeon!). The oysters are Pacifica, and so they're all about cream and flesh and sweetness, rather than the briny/sweet interplay of Atlantic ones, and they're 6 hours old, and at half off, they're cheaper than retail and you don't have to shuck them. Worth crossing the country for, as soon as possible.
Quinn's Pub and the Ethan Stowell empire are both pretty decent at what they do. You can find similar in any major metropolitan area, though.
The Calf and Kid in Melrose Market has what seems a pretty encyclopedic selection of cheeses from the Northwest. Some of them are bloody damn tasty.

Jittery Schtick

Stumptown and Victrola, 3 blocks apart, are the heavyweights in terms of sheer bean quality and care taken in brewing. Both make superlative coffee. Stumptown has better baked goods.
Caffe Vivace makes a mean espresso.
But really, this is Seattle. You walk into a random sandwich deli and there's a 50% chance you can get a cup of Stumptown from an air pot.

Boozy Schtick

Pleasantly surprised at the number of great microbrews we found, all of which were from NW brewers whose names we'd never run across in Boston. The star was probably a dark lager from Chukanuts.
Bar Ferd'nand, also in the Melrose Market, is a terrific wine bar. Didn't try the food, but very good selection of wines by the glass, and for retail.
Knee High Stocking Co. well worth a visit for the cocktails and atmosphere, as is Tavern Law. Each produced one of the best drinks I've ever had (the Cup of Awesome at Knee High, Dirt and Diesel at Tavern Law). Don't bother with the little speakeasy at Tavern Law (the Needle and Thread) - the main tavern is cheaper, just as good, and has a menu - one of the frustrating things about the Needle and Thread was that they try to do the thing that Drink does with no actual menu, but don't quite pull it off.

Sweet Schtick

Honore Artisan Bakery is in the middle of nowhere in Ballard, but would probably have a good-sized following if it were located in Paris. It's that good. Mostly tarts and bombes and such, as opposed to scones and muffins, but then again, it's too far away for breakfast anyway.

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May 31st, 2011


10:30 pm - Things you ponder on your day off
So there are these bags of stroopwafels made by Daelmans. Each wafel is about 2" round, and the bottom and top cookies line up perfectly and the caramel is spread perfectly to the edge. So I'm fairly sure that what they do is they make a giant sheet of stroopwafel in the factory and punch out the rounds with a cutter.

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So what do they do with all the scrap?

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March 29th, 2011


07:19 pm - atheism
Atheists I know, and friends who know atheists - in what ways do you find atheism interacting with or influencing your general view of the world?

I realize this is a much less concrete question than some people reading have asked recently.

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March 24th, 2011


02:35 am - Because I desperately need to get back to posting
1. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi was really quite rocking.

2. If you look up the term "Scottish Wanker" in the dictionary, you should see a picture of Hal Duncan. This has to do as much with his writing as with his sense of style.

3. Drink really is quite, quite utterly fantastic. Possibly my favorite Barbara Lynch establishment. It certainly feels the least commercial and most forward thinking.

4. Getting to see a lot of old friends is wonderful. It's even more wonderful to know that their lives are turning in positive directions.

5. I generally quite like my work, but, for reasons that are probably not the ones you might guess, it fills me with existential despair from time to time. Then again, this is possibly because it is a constant reminder that my infinite faith in humanity is poorly placed.

6. Some people forget to hydrate. I forget to drink riesling.

7. The sound of high school was roughly as follows: Bon Jovi (Bed of Roses and then whichever their late 90s album was), REM (Out of Time and Automatic for the People), Portishead, Bryan Adams, the Cranberries, Meat Loaf, Soul Asylum's Runaway Train, and a couple of DJs on the early morning circuit. Don't laugh, all the music on the radio was top 40 American pop.

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December 20th, 2010


09:40 pm - My favourite quote to date from the Noma cookbook
"Scientists predict that the biodiversity of the world's oceans will decrease dramatically in the future, and that squid will therefore become bigger and stronger."

The caption to a photo of a raw squid.

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September 26th, 2010


03:12 am - spare ipod cable?
Anyone have a spare USB-iPod cable lying around? Ours seems to have gone walkabout...

Thanks!

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September 5th, 2010


10:24 pm - ipod dock
Need to get one. Anyone have a favored model? Also, bloody exhausted.

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