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Good Bye Summer 2010

Posted: September 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Everyday | No Comments »

This was a memorable summer and for me, the meals are the memories.

It was a weird, busy, delicious summer no doubt. The weather was random, making the local food scene unpredictable and there were some firsts, a few obsessions, and the most important meal of my grownup life.  Here’s a quick recap of a few Summer 2010 memories that I can conjure.

Menu

Menu

Appetizer

Appetizer

Soup

Soup

Salad

Salad

Shellfish

Shellfish

Sorbet

Sorbet

Entree

Entree

Dessert

Dessert

Chef

Chef

Summer 2010 Recap

The Most Important Meal of My Life

At 35 I got married right. It was a small wedding built around a seven course meal reflecting the values of our times (and hopefully of the times to come): local, minimal impact, delicious foods.  The chef accomodated some challenging requirements including, food allergies, vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, picky eaters, and a three year old … and there were only 21 of us!

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

We eat a lot of pizza. Every year. Every season. But this year I think we broke a record, which is easy to understand considering the recent explosion of pizza options in Seattle. We ordered the seasonal broccoli raab pizza with ricotta instead of sausage at Flying Squirrel so many times they revised the menu to include our version. We ate at five pizza places in Seattle in a single day: Proletariat (if you haven’t been, GO NOW), Madame K’s (sad they’re gone), Veraci, Snoose Junction, and a New York Pizza Place. In San Francisco, we managed to squeeze in three pizza places in a day: Golden Boy, Delfino, and a slice from the place next door to the Toronado.

Chefs

Better late than never, right? We joined the Top Chef party this summer and have watched seasons 1 through 5 in marathon fashion, plus two seasons of Top Chef Masters. It was a guilty pleasure until I found out that chefs watch it too (and not just the wannabes like myself). In my teens and early twenties it was all about the local musicians, now, it’s all about the chefs.

Vegetables

This summer was my first as a CSA patron/subscriber/member and I will definitely sign up again next year. It’s like Christmas — each week getting a box of mystery produce. The variety and surprise has stretched my everyday repertoire. For example, I got a gorgeous bulb of fennel one week. I love fennel,  but don’t really buy it or cook it, until now. I braised the shit out of the fennel, with some white wine, olive oil, herbs, cherry tomatoes, and scarlet runner beans, and damn it was delicious. In addition to the weekly CSA box, my garden is bursting with black kale, swiss chard, beets, and tomatoes – the majority of which will likely never ripen.

Spring Hill Saimin

Damn You Pork Belly

Vegetarian > Pescetarian > Carnivore > “Vegetarian”

For well over a decade I was a strict vegetarian. That’s a pretty long time, right? I don’t need to feel too guilty for abandoning that lifestyle, right? No? Phew, that’s what I thought. A steamy, delicious bowl of saimin at Spring Hill’s brunch marked the end of my days as a vegetarian. The two toothsome, fatty, smoky, salty squares of pork belly in that broth changed everything. Meat tastes good. It has richness and depth that no plant matter can replicate. No, not even dried porcinis or engineered, fermented, compressed, dried, and rehydrated frankengluten. That said, the thought of industrial meat makes my stomach turn, so these days I practice “vegetarianism” (i.e. mostly vegetarian until presented with something too delicious, too pure, too coddled to turn down).



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