Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thursday Evening at the Ballard Firehouse

Last Thursday night Matt and I visited the Hi-Life at the Ballard Firehouse (5425 Russell Ave NW, Seattle 98107 or www.chowfoods.com/hilife) for a light dinner and drinks. It seemed to be the proper choice because fall is definitely in the air and the Hi-Life is a warm, cozy environment with plenty of wood fire pizza and other comfort food.

Honestly, the highlight of my meal at the Firehouse was the Cherry Limeade (picture above) which is a boozy concoction of muddled lime and liquors, topped with a cherry which comes out pretty damn delicious.

The food at the Firehouse was okay, but not great, it is basically just bar food trying to trying to put on a fancy costume. For example, we ordered the calamari which came with what they described as "summer herbs" and a lime vinaigrette. Well, it was actually fairly chewy, unseasoned calamari COVERED in arugula and very little dressing. The bitterness of the arugula stole the whole show and the calamari flavor was barely present: it was kind of sad.

However, the wood fired pizza was very good. It had thin, fresh, crispy crust and just enough savory sauce. It would have been perfect with just a little bit more cheese, but overall the pizza was quite tasty and light. Just what I was looking for on that particular evening.

I'll probably go back to the Hi-Life at the Ballard Firehouse again, but I'll stick to their pizza and cocktails . . . no over-hyped, seemingly high end, bar food in disguise for me.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

White Trash Dinner Night: Spuds & Suds

Last weekend I decided (after being inspired by a Seattle Weekly, Voracious "Food Porn" slide show featuring tater tot casserole) to do a "White Trash" dinner night. I made good ol' tater tot casserole (picture above), served with a VERY classy accompaniments: cheez-its in a plastic bowl, paired with Miller Lite and Hostess cupcakes and oreos for a decadent finish. I have to be honest, the dinner was quite yummy and it was nice to take a break from all the fru-fru, pretentious, yuppie food that I normally make; we totally had fun!

I was a little afraid that Matt wouldn't like my tater tot casserole, but he responded with, "What's there not to like?!? It's little kid food." He's right too, all ingredients are fairly kid friendly: meat (ground beef or turkey), green beans, seasonings, tater tots and cheese a plenty. Very kid accepted, generally not Mom approved though.

Anyway, I just thought I would share a few pictures from our fun themed dinner night. Enjoy!

Cheez-its served in a plastic bowl atop a crystal Tiffany & Co platter . . .
Tot casserole, covered in ketchup and half eaten next to a Miller Lite . . .
and the decadent, dessert finale of hostess cupcakes and oreo cookies . . . delish!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Husky Picture Day 2010

Hi All!

So, this is definitely NOT a food post, but it definitely reeks of Seattle local flavor and I just had to write about my time at Husky Picture Day 2010. Everyone knows that I LOVE my Husky Football Team and that I have a silly, school-girl crush on Jake Locker.

Matt and I woke up early on Sunday morning, which was not easy because both of us had ridiculous hangovers from a long day of drinking in the pool on Saturday (we went through 5 bottles of liquor and 2 bottles of champagne between the 5 of us!) and dragged our cranky selves out to Husky stadium in the hopes of getting a picture with Coach Sark and Jakey-Poo. By the time we got there at 11:30, when the event started, the line to meet Jake was already hundreds of people long. We still stood in line, braving the 95 degree weather and the crying, vomiting children to try and get a picture with Jake. Unfortunately, we were not successful, but we did get a few fun pictures (posted below) and Coach Sark posted a cool video of the event on his blog (linked below).

Fan enthusiasm at the stadium on Sunday was VERY high and people are very optimistic about the upcoming football season. To tell you the truth, I am too! GO DAWGS!!!

Matt and I above the tunnel at Husky Stadium

Coach Sark signing autographs in his flip-flops.

Sark's tent at picture day (he was the only one that got a tent!)

Video from Sark's Blog. You get a good look at Sark, Locker and the other players.