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The Meat I Eat #33

Yesterday was a big, meaty day!

First, I went up to the Phinney Ridge neighborhood with a buddy to watch the Men’s World Cup final. We had intended to go to The Dray, which is a cute little spot where they serve delicious flatbread pizzas and usually have a very good selection of interesting beers. They also carry coffee! Unfortunately, even though we got there right after they opened (and almost an hour before the match started), the place was packed. Instead of staying and standing the next 3+ hours, we forlornly started to head back to the car. As we were walking, we passed an Irish pub that we hadn’t noticed earlier. This place (Molly Maguires) had their front door propped open and we could see that they had pre-match World Cup coverage televised on a projector on the back wall. We poked our heads in the door and saw that there were only a couple of other folks sitting at the bar and the beer selection was pretty mediocre (also, no flatbread pizza). However, the game was starting soon and we didn’t want to miss it so we decided (somewhat resignedly) to go in and sit down. This turned out to be a very good decision.

Shortly after we’d grabbed some beer and claimed a table, the proprietor approached us and, in a thick Irish accent, quickly said something, pointed to the back room, and hurriedly walked away. We just kind of nodded our heads uncomprehendingly at him at first, but then we realized that he’d said something about complimentary snacks. Because the match hadn’t started yet, I figured I might as well go and grab some pretzels or peanuts or whatever so I could have something to munch on. But there were no peanuts or pretzels. Instead, there was a line of ~a dozen crockpots/trays/dishes: coleslaw, curry rice, curried meatballs, hot dogs, fried chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, hoagies… all complimentary! It was ridiculous. I made a meatball sub and had some rice and coleslaw. It was all tasty. Also, the pub eventually filled all up by ~the 20th minute. The crowd seemed evenly split between German and Argentinian supporters, so the atmosphere was raucous and the air was constantly filled with choruses of “ooooohs and “ahhhhhs”.

Later in the afternoon, I went over to a cookout at Curtis and Danni’s. We sat on their back porch in the sunshine and Curtis grilled up some hamburgers. There was quinoa salad and chips and guacamole and cupcakes and sangria. I also made a bunch of super refreshing caipirinhas, Brazil’s “national cocktail”, to commemorate the ending of the Men’s World Cup. After everyone was finished eating, we gathered at the table and played card games until the light faded and a few raindrops started to fall on our heads.

It was a good day.

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Miles run in 2014: 174.4
Books read in 2014: 46

The Meat I Eat #29, #30, and #31

I have three meat eating incidents to report this week.

Saturday, June 21st, 7:00pm:

The absolute highlight of this past week was going to Danni and Curtis’s wedding. These are two of the kindest, coolest, grooviest people that I know and celebrating their wedding with them was delightful. In addition to all of the lovely people in attendance, there was a wine/beer bar and a taco bar (chicken tacos!) and a sundae bar and a boatload of dancing and laughing and general jubilation… it was one big, wonderful party.

Andrew+Danni WeddingTired, but happy, from so much dancin’.

Tuesday, June 24th, 5:00pm:

On Tuesday, one of our friends invited us over to her condo (which she just BOUGHT, because she’s an ADULT) for drinks/desserts. Before we went over, Stephanie and I swung through Ballard and grabbed a bunch of $1 tacos at El Borracho’s. (I’ve written about going to this place previously.) This time, I made sure to try one of every variety (they have nine different kinds of tacos!); I still think that their carnitas taco (Coca-Cola braised shredded pork) is my favorite, but the cochinitas pibil (orange achiote pork with pickled red onion) was very good, too.

El_Borracho_TacosTacos as far as the eye can see…

Saturday, June 28th, 1:00am:

Finally, last night we went to… Taco Bell! We had an impromptu night out (i.e., deciding to meet up after 10pm), with a couple of our friends at King’s Hardware over in Ballard. We each had some cocktails and then we split a pitcher of cider. It was fun, but it’s been awhile since I’ve been out at a busy bar on a Friday night… there were so many drunk, boisterous, LOUD, happy people! Anyway, Stephanie and I go to Taco Bell maybe once a month (it’s the only fast food place we go to, unless you wanna count Subway), but I usually order all veggie options because it’s easy and they’re sufficiently tasty (crispy potato taco!). But last night I had a hankerin’ for a cheesy gordita crunch (with beef). So I ordered one. And it was glorious.

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Miles run in 2014: 162.8
Books read in 2014: 42

The Meat I Eat #28

Friday was Stephanie’s last official day workin’ at UW. She’d stayed on as a post-doc for her graduate advisor after gettin’ her PhD last August, but she’s taking the summer off until she starts her new position at NIST in Boulder, CO in October. To celebrate, we went out and got drinks/snacks at Naked City Brewing up in Greenwood. Naked City has some pretty fancy food… we split an order of french fries with black truffle sea salt, a cup of ginger-carrot soup, and a beet burger. The food was very good, but the portions were small. I also had a Spiced Peaches & Cream Hefeweizen from Laht Neppur Brewing Co. It tasted like peach cobbler. I enjoyed it a lot.

A few of our friends ended up joining us and we hopped over to the bar next door (Bill’s on Greenwood) to catch the end of the hockey game. The food at Bill’s was much more unassuming (and much greasier); I was still hungry, so I ordered their buffalo chicken flat bread pizza (with bacon!). Although it was only eight bucks, it was huge and came with A TON of delicious, salty, tangy, high-quality Roquefort. I was happily surprised. The food+drinks+friends+hockey combined to make for a lovely celebration evening. Hooray!

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Miles run in 2014: 152.0
Books read in 2014: 39

The Meat I Eat #26

Instead of going and playing Ultimate Frisbee today (like we would’ve done had we won on Tuesday), a few of us decided to go over to Fremont Brewing Company for some sunny, almost-summertime drinks on the patio. It was warm and festive and we had a lovely time.

Danni+Andrew+Fremont BrewingCheers! With a black bean burger and a saison.

They don’t actually serve food at Fremont Brewing, but they do allow/encourage folks to bring in anything they wanna eat. With this in mind, Stephanie and I stopped at Paseo, which is a happenin’ Caribbean sandwich spot just a few blocks north of the bar. Stephanie got a tasty lookin’ tofu sandwich, but I opted to go for their most popular sandwich: the Caribbean Roast. This sandwich comes on a lightly toasted baguette and has slow-roasted/marinated pork shoulder in addition to fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños, crisp romaine lettuce, caramelized onions, and a garlic aoili sauce. It was delicious.

Andrew+sandwich Fremont BrewingBailey at Fremont Brewing

SANDWICH! (left) and lil’ pup Bailey, whose presence necessitated going to a bar with a patio (right).

I probably would’ve rather been playing some Frisbee, but hanging out and eating/drinking in the sun with a bunch of friends is certainly a great way to spend an evening.

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Miles run in 2014: 142.3
Books read in 2014: 34

The Meat I Eat #24 and #25

Thursday, May 15th, 8:30pm:

As I’ve done for the past four or five years, I’ve been playing on a co-rec intramural Ultimate Frisbee team this spring. Our regular season finished last week, and our first playoff game was Thursday at 6:15 pm. It was pretty hot out (~83 °F), so I didn’t eat much food during the day because my stomach is fairly sensitive to eating+exertion and I didn’t want to feel gross while I was runnin’ around. Because I’d had such a light lunch, I was super hungry once the game was over (we won 14-6!). I didn’t feel like fixing dinner, so we just went to Subway and got sandwiches. Instead of my usual veggie sub, I opted to get the Subway Melt (which has turkey, black forest ham, and bacon). It was good and filling, but probably only about 10% better than the meat-free sandwich.

Saturday, May 17th, 7:30pm:

One of our friends is celebrating her golden birthday this year (she turns 25 on May 25th) so she threw a party on Saturday to commemorate the occasion. Folks were encouraged/instructed to dress up a little bit and to incorporate something gold into their attire. (I went to Goodwill and picked up a swanky, golden, $4 tie.) At the party, there were also tons of golden balloons and origami cranes folded from metallic golden paper and marigold (maybe?) flowers and Werther’s candies in shiny golden wrappers… the theme was artfully embraced and helped make things feel particularly festive. Our hostess cooked up a big ol’ slow cooker full of carnitas and we stuffed ourselves with tasty tacos. There were also tons of handmade desserts on hand including an apple-crepe birthday cake, sriracha+orange+chocolate truffles, cupcakes, and so much more. Everything looked and tasted delicious! It was a truly wonderful birthday party for truly wonderful individual. Hooray!

Golden Birthday dessertsAndrew Golden Birthday Party
Fancy dessert spread (left) and enjoying some delicious carnitas nachos (right).

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Miles run in 2014: 139.1
Books read in 2014: 31