Another Craigslist Find

The craigslist gods were on my side this week. I snagged an awesome tall dresser for our master bedroom. I had been looking for a dark stained one that would fit in between our closet and window and this one totally fit the bill. Our room is finally feeling put together! Now, I just need to figure out a solution to cover up the wall-to-wall closet….

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This is what I ate.

I just had lunch with my aunt at Earls Restaurant & Bar in Bellevue this afternoon and I had to share with you what I ate because it was just that good. I’ve always been wary of this place – I’ve heard it’s like an upscale Hooters, which didn’t seem like a place I needed to visit any time soon – but I was in the area and I was hungry. Nuff said.

I ordered the Grilled Chicken and Baked Brie Ciabatta which included: grilled chicken breast, melted brie, roasted apples, spinach, sweet fig jam, garlic mayonnaise on house baked ciabatta. Obviously, anything with melted brie is usually very, very tasty but I was all over the sweet fig jam. So delicious. This may have to be re-created at home minus the waitresses in tacky tights.

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Food for Thought

After my weekend in the foodie capital of the Northwest, I realized that I’d always wanted to see how I matched up with the Omnivore’s Hundred. So here it goes….

From the Omnivore’s Hundred: Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.

2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.

3) Italic any items that you would never consider eating.

4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison – probably way too many times

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile – courtsey of Montage of Portland!

6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue – everyone’s been to the Melting Pot in Seattle at least once in their lives….

8. Carp

9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush – thanks to Leah’s Catering, yum.

11. Calamari

12. Pho

13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart – from NYC natch.

16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

19. Steamed pork buns

20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoesone of my favorite summer time foods!

22. Fresh wild berries – picked by yours truly

23. Foie gras – no thanks.

24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters

29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi

34. Sauerkraut– not sure why not….next time I’m at a hot dog place, this is gonna go on there

35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted cream tea

38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects

43. Phaal

44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu – it’s that deadly?

47. Chicken tikka masala

48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone

54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine – need to get on this one ASAP

60. Carob chips

61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin

64. Currywurst

65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill

76. Baijiu

77. Hostess Fruit Pie

78. Snail

79. Lapsang souchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom yum

82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.

85. Kobe beef

86. Hare – killed it myself – do I get extra points for that?

87. Goulash

88. Flowers

89. Horse

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam

92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa

94. Catfish

95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta – just made some on Monday night

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

Man, 39 out of 100 isn’t that good and I’ve always considering myself an adventurous eater. Looks like I’ve got some work to do….

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Portland

Just got back from a weekend of all around debauchery in Portland. Man, I love that city! Spent the weekend supporting the BF’s documentary, Sonicsgate, which was playing at the Portland Beer & Movie Festival but also squeezed in plenty of fun time.

Did a little tax-free shopping, ate way too many good meals (check out the Urban Farmer at The Nines hotel for THE best breakfast – with no wait natch.) and hung out at various drinking establishments around town. AND, we were able to hit up Voodoo Doughnut in the wee hours of the night to get a few of their famous, cereal-encrusted doughnuts. Not exactly the best idea after consuming lots of alcohol, but I couldn’t pass it up with it being right around the corner.

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Sailin’ in the South Pacific

I’ve had a busy few days with the last of the birthday celebrations (thanks everyone for the fab gifts! can’t wait to start my garden!) and, of course, Valentine’s Day, my second most favorite holiday of the year.

We spent the day-o-love having brunch at Pomegranate in Redmond where we indulged in far too many good treats including the chocolate-orange brioche french toast with spiced whipped cream and the Firebread Breakfast with sautéed spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, scrambled eggs topped with white cheddar AND chopped fresh basil. I swear, the BF’s french toast was cut two inches thick! It was more like a dessert than a breakfast, but oh so good none the less!

We also watched a bit of the Olympics and closed the day feasting on New York strip steaks from the new butcher down the street, Bill the Butcher (clever, I know). I also tried my hand at making sage-butter sauce for our gnocchi, which turned out pretty good and was easy to make! I also discovered that after boiling my gnocchi, throwing them in a hot pan with a bit of olive oil to crisp them up makes them a million times better. Ah, the little things in life!

After a weekend of indulging, it was back to a short week of work, which included a trip to the 5th Avenue Theatre to see South Pacific with my gal pals. What a fab show! I think I had the song ‘I’m gonna wash that man right outta my hair’ stuck in my head for the rest of the night. Looking forward to seeing our next few shows including Legally Blonde next month. It’s really such a treat being able to see shows like that for such a good price! Anyone under 30 should look into the 5th ticket packages; they are an awesome deal!

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