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  1. Photos from our brunch at Springhill last Sunday ~

     

     

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    Cocktails

     

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    Griddled bread with egg in hole (the picture came out small, but this was quite big)

     

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    Quinoa Waffle - fried chicken (nuggets), sausage gravy & syrup

     

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    Duck's Eggs Benedict - S.R.F. ham, Dahlia bakery english muffin, herbed hollandaise

     

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    Popover, jam

     

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    Popover, sausage gravy

     

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    Beecher's Cheddar Bread Pudding

     

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    House made sausage

     

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    Hash brown potatoes

     

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    I really enjoyed the Duck's Egg Benedict, although as Wendy noted, the egg whites were a shade undercooked. I liked my bite of Quinoa Waffle, sausage, cheese bread pudding, and the beignets/donuts, which I didn't get a picture of. I'd like to come back to try the Hangtown Fry with oysters and the Bistro Burger and maybe the roasted pork shoulder saimin.

     

     

  2. A neighbor friend asked me to share with my foodie friends info on the following Sushi and Sustainability class being offered at Diane's Market Kitchen 1101 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101... (my neighbor met Casson Trenor and Chef Kin on a field trip in SF re: sustainable fish and sushi and sampled Chef Kin's magic). She and I are both going to the 12PM class...

     

     

    Sushi and Sustainablility

     

    Conversation and Cuisine

     

    Monday - April 20

     

    12:00 PM or 6:00 PM

     

    This is a rare opportunity to spend more than two hours in the kitchen with one of the ground breaking chefs and the author who joined forces and talents to open Tataki the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the U.S. Tatakis’ mission is simple: to showcase the beauty and delicacy of Japanese cuisine while respecting the sanctity and fragility of our environment. If we are to preserve the art of sushi, we must also safeguard the health and biodiversity of our oceans. With this in mind, they strive everyday to integrate the concept of sustainable dining into their menu options.

     

    Chef-owner Kin Lui: born in Hong Kong but raised most his life in Hawaii. His passion for cooking began at the early age of 16. He later moved to San Francisco to pursue his culinary career. Kin was lucky enough to apprentice under the Master Sushi Chef at the renowned Kyo-ya Restaurant. He was inspired and motivated to fuse local Hawaiian and Asian traditions into the art of sushi making. His ability to add his unique fusion flare to sushi compliments the traditional Japanese style.

     

    Casson Trenor is the Business Development Director of FishWise and a seafood sustainability expert. He specializes in sushi, and is dedicated to transforming the American sushi complex into a sustainable industry. Casson is the author of Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time (North Atlantic Books, January 2009) and firmly believes that the only way to preserve the art and beauty of sushi for future generations is to incorporate a strong environmental commitment into the very foundations of the cuisine itself.

     

    Your host for this event is Diane LaVonne whose commitment to sustainability is seen by the carefully sourced foods she uses every day in her teaching kitchen.

     

    The meal will feature several rolls, nigiri and sashimi from the Tataki menu.

     

    Price per person $ 95.00 (includes WA sales tax)

     

    Pre-registration is required choose either

     

    The Link

     

     

     

     

  3. There is an awful lot of complaining around here, isn't there?

    Not that I'm complaining.

    I'm just saying.

    I guess this could qualify as small stuff, but it p*ssed me off yesterday that I drove to the post office to mail a birthday card so it will arrive on Monday and the freaking post office last pick up is at 3pm ... I arrived at 4pm... with all the taxes I pay they can't freaking afford to keep 1 person on duty to pick up til 5pm on Saturday. If I desired this type of postal service I'd move to Canada... !!@@**GGRRRR**!!@@ ... small stuff... :rolleyes:

  4. What about my popcorn smiley?

     

    That was my favorite part!

     

    MMMM.... popcorn! I wonder if it was regular theater popcorn or homemade with duck fat and sprinkled with truffle salt, or curry powder, or maybe cheese popcorn... hmmm... I'm hungry for popcorn now... or at least another popcorn smiley might hit the spot, and lower in calories ...

     

     

  5. He was a former fighter pilot... just wondering if most commercial pilots are former fighter pilots? I have no idea...

     

    The pilot was identified as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger of Danville, Calif.

     

    "It was intense. It was intense. You've got to give it to the pilot. He made a hell of a landing," Kolodjay said.

     

    "He is the consummate pilot," his wife, Lorrie Sullenberger, told the New York Post. Sullenberger is an U.S. Air Force Academy grad who flew F-4 fighter planes while in the Air Force, she said. "He is about performing that airplane to the exact precision to which it is made."

     

    Sullenberger is an airline safety expert who has consulted with NASA and others, according to his resume posted on the Internet. He has 40 years of experience, 29 with US Airways, and hold masters' degrees in public administration and industrial psychology.

     

    "It was intense. It was intense. You've got to give it to the pilot. He made a hell of a landing," Kolodjay said

  6. I'm home, channel surfing. Ch 4 / local NBC is way ahead of everyone else with the coverage.

     

    No fatalities. Passengers being taken to hospital a/c exposure but no reports of serious injuries so far.

     

    Pilot apparently deliberately landed the plane in the Hudson & did an excellent job that kept the plane intact.

    Turns out the pilot has a safety training business. Pretty good advertising for how effective it is! He was the last one off; checked the plane twice for passengers.

    I had not heard this part of the story until now. He is a true hero.

  7. There will be a meteor shower in the morning! I posted about this on the PNW forum, but posting it again here, too...

     

    The Quadrantid Meteor shower is happening early in the morning and will be peaking around 4:50am PST, Jan 3).

     

    "Every year this active shower peaks around the morning of January 3rd, with varying numbers visible per hour (sometimes numbering in the hundreds). The Quadrantids favor northern hemisphere observers(especially western North America), and the farther north you are, the better the view! There is no single constellation associated with this shower as far as a radiant, but look towards the area where the handle of the Big Dipper, Bootes and Hercules are located..." in the North Eastern sky... or you can google for more specifics...

     

    I hope it's not cloudy, but with the moon not being a factor, that will help visibility... I love making wishes upon shooting stars...

  8. If you enjoy Meteor Showers, like I do, the Quadrantid Meteor shower is happening early in the morning and will be peaking around 4:50am PST,( tomorrow morning, Jan 3).

     

    "Every year this active shower peaks around the morning of January 3rd, with varying numbers visible per hour (sometimes numbering in the hundreds). The Quadrantids favor northern hemisphere observers(especially western North America), and the farther north you are, the better the view! There is no single constellation associated with this shower as far as a radiant, but look towards the area where the handle of the Big Dipper, Bootes and Hercules are located..." in the North Eastern sky... or you can google for more specifics...

     

    I hope it's not cloudy, but with the moon not being a factor, that will help visibility... I love making wishes upon shooting stars...

     

     

     

     

     

     

  9. I'm just generally cranky. I've had enough of this fucking weather. I've had enough of this fucking walking to work in a foot of snow. I've had enough of these fucking colds. I've had enough of not being able to get my car off my fucking street and essentially being a fucking shut in. I've had enough.

     

    The Greater Vancouver Regional District (which includes all suburbs in the lower mainland....a huge area) has a whopping 27 snow plows. (Those of you back East should be laughing your asses off at that number) Our snow removal and salt budget for the year is $700,000. The last 2 weeks has cost the city over $500,000 and they are calling for another foot of snow overnight. Which means, I won't be able to actually see my fucking car in the morning. My mom, who was able to dig her car out, will be picking me up tomorrow for Christmas, which means I will be stuck there (a cab back home would cost me about $75) until after Christmas. I'm tired of this and it has made me incredibly fucking cranky.

     

    Jaymes, I will happily hate your sister as well, I'm just in that kind of mood.

    Your roads might look better than ours in Seattle... they don't use salt on our roads! It's reported they leave them snow packed *by design*...

     

    To hear the city's spin, Seattle's road crews are making "great progress" in clearing the ice-caked streets.

     

    But it turns out "plowed streets" in Seattle actually means "snow-packed," as in there's snow and ice left on major arterials by design.

     

    "We're trying to create a hard-packed surface," said Alex Wiggins, chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation. "It doesn't look like anything you'd find in Chicago or New York."

     

    The city's approach means crews clear the roads enough for all-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles, or those with front-wheel drive cars as long as they are using chains, Wiggins said.

     

    The icy streets are the result of Seattle's refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster used by the state Department of Transportation and cities accustomed to dealing with heavy winter snows.

     

    "If we were using salt, you'd see patches of bare road because salt is very effective," Wiggins said. "We decided not to utilize salt because it's not a healthy addition to Puget Sound."

     

     

    And I currently have NO WATER... a water main down the street broke today (under the street) and they are *working on it*....

     

    Yes, yes, yes. But the important thing is, do you hate my sister?

     

    ps... I hate Jayme's sister with a passion!!! :lol:

     

    peppyre, I hope you feel better soon... ouch...

     

     

  10. I'm just generally cranky. I've had enough of this fucking weather. I've had enough of this fucking walking to work in a foot of snow. I've had enough of these fucking colds. I've had enough of not being able to get my car off my fucking street and essentially being a fucking shut in. I've had enough.

     

    The Greater Vancouver Regional District (which includes all suburbs in the lower mainland....a huge area) has a whopping 27 snow plows. (Those of you back East should be laughing your asses off at that number) Our snow removal and salt budget for the year is $700,000. The last 2 weeks has cost the city over $500,000 and they are calling for another foot of snow overnight. Which means, I won't be able to actually see my fucking car in the morning. My mom, who was able to dig her car out, will be picking me up tomorrow for Christmas, which means I will be stuck there (a cab back home would cost me about $75) until after Christmas. I'm tired of this and it has made me incredibly fucking cranky.

     

    Jaymes, I will happily hate your sister as well, I'm just in that kind of mood.

    Your roads might look better than ours in Seattle... they don't use salt on our roads! It's reported they leave them snow packed *by design*...

     

    To hear the city's spin, Seattle's road crews are making "great progress" in clearing the ice-caked streets.

     

    But it turns out "plowed streets" in Seattle actually means "snow-packed," as in there's snow and ice left on major arterials by design.

     

    "We're trying to create a hard-packed surface," said Alex Wiggins, chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation. "It doesn't look like anything you'd find in Chicago or New York."

     

    The city's approach means crews clear the roads enough for all-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles, or those with front-wheel drive cars as long as they are using chains, Wiggins said.

     

    The icy streets are the result of Seattle's refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster used by the state Department of Transportation and cities accustomed to dealing with heavy winter snows.

     

    "If we were using salt, you'd see patches of bare road because salt is very effective," Wiggins said. "We decided not to utilize salt because it's not a healthy addition to Puget Sound."

     

     

    And I currently have NO WATER... a water main down the street broke today (under the street) and they are *working on it*....

     

     

     

  11. We now have wind that's joined the 24 hour snow. My car indistinguishable from all the other white mounds on the block. I haven't seen snow like this since 96.

    peppyre, it sounds like you are really getting hit with a lot of snow and now wind. How much snow do you have?

     

    We now have 9" and I heard on the news that Shelton, near where our family vacation home is, has 17"...

     

    Eden, I googled and flaxseed in a small amount seems to be fine for wild birds and is part of some bird seed mix. Birds have keen eye sight and even if you are not on their regular route, they might spot it... it's worth a shot. I have some, too, I will put out... and I'm thinking of grinding some pecans or walnuts for them, since I don't have sunflower seeds or bird mix...

     

  12. Jan, your pictures are great! I especially love the *sunbathing anyone?* caption! :lol:

     

    We now have a little over 8 inches, near Alki. And I have 3 Anna's hummingbirds that I've been feeding throughout this weather... I go out and brush the snow off their feeders and bring them in at night... I feel rather badly I have not set up my regular bird feeder, though, and hope the neighborhood chickadees and sparrows have found feeders and/or food and water somewhere.... I even threw some walnuts to some crows that I felt sorry for (something I would normally never do)...

     

     

  13. We have a solid 9" at my house. It's stopped snowing now but is supposed to start up again later today. I'm going to walk to QFC to grab a few things and to get out of the house. I haven't moved my car since Wednesday! The dry, crunchy snow is so beautiful. We never get that kind of snow!

    You have a lot of snow! We have about 5.5 inches and it's crunchy snow here, too... so funny to watch our dog go outside and crunch through the snow to do his business... I guess we should be shoveling a path and sanding, but just haven't done it...

     

    I feel so sad for the local retailers... business must really suck with the roads the way they are... news pictures of our West Seattle bridge show it almost deserted... I have not moved my car since some grocery shopping that one day that got above freezing (Thurs?)...

  14. The everyday two handled pan from Calphalon is back on sale for $19.99. Great product, I use mine at least once weekly.

     

    Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Everyday Pan with Lid

    It also makes a great pan for popping corn on the stove, with a little olive oil in it ... I use mine several days a week for that, and for stir fries, among other things...

     

     

     

  15. We got 4" at my house at Greenlake. My office is closed again today due to the ice. I'm glad I took out the garbage/recycling before it got too cold yesterday. I checked last night and it is a solid sheet of ice under all that powdery snow. Sunrise was beautiful this morning!

    what is this "sunrise" thing you speak of???

     

    I just got up & looked outside. things are melting fast here in the Tropics of Ballard, but if the predictions are correct & it does indeed snow tomorrow on top of all the ice we have now, then Sunday is going to really be Snowmageddon...

     

    this weekend situation is very threatening...with a strong downslope windstorm on the western foothills on the Cascades....and lots of snow...and perhaps more....

     

    Stay safe out there folks, or better still stay safe inside!

     

    I follow Cliff Mass' blog, too, and his friday radio forecast... and he is predicting worse driving conditions for Sunday than yesterday... he said it will be a more significant event coming than what we've already experienced! (also possible power outtages for some)... Stay tuned!!

     

    edit to add Cliff's blog entry for today...

    This weekend storm

     

     

    I have waited to write this until I have taken a careful look at all the observations and model output. The storm coming in Saturday evening and Sunday morning is potentially much more disruptive than Wednesday's event...and includes both snow and wind.

     

    But before I talk about it how about some fun?...take a look at the latest satellite picture (attached). You see the narrow cloud band over the Sound? That is being forced by a convergence of land breezes on both sides of the Sound over the water. Land breezes occur when the land is colder than the water and the air flows from land to water. Last night with snow on the ground, the land was colder than the relatively warm Puget Sound. The air converges and rises forcing the land breeze convergence zone cloud band. An image from a webcam at the UW shows it (see pic) and if you really like this kind of thing...look at the video (http://www.atmos.washington.edu/cgi-bin/latest.cgi?webcam0_movies). I explain such features in some depth in my book.

     

    Ok, lets get serious. An energetic and wet Pacific weather system is now approaching our coast and will start impacting us on Saturday...particularly later in the day. It will bring a low pressure trough to our coast and will force moist, warmer air above us...producing clouds and precipitation. As pressures fall along the coast on Saturday due to the approaching system the pressure difference across the Cascades will greatly intensify (low pressure west, high pressure associated with the colder air east) and southeasterly winds will increase near crest level. As a result, winds will accelerate over the Cascades, particularly across lower areas in the mountains. The result--very strong easterly winds along the western slopes of the Cascades, particularly around Enumclaw, Black Diamond, North Bend, and Maple Valley. The winds could easily gust to 40 to 80 mph, with serious potential for loss of tree branches, falling trees, and power outages. The winds will start accelerating tomorrow morning and will be powerful by afternoon and peak during the early morning hours Sunday (see graphics for 4 AM Sunday) Weaker easterly winds...but still notable.. will extend towards the Sound.

    But the winds are only a warm up. Now lets talk about snow.

    The precipitation shield from the incoming system (actually its warm front) will reach the Puget Sound lowlands around dinner time. We will have sufficiently cold air for this to fall as snow. There should be a huge east-west difference in the amount of snow that falls tomorrow night and Sunday morning. The easterly downslope flow causes drying. On the other hand the easterly flow will rise as it approaches the Olympics--producing greatly enhanced snow. As are result, I would expect a huge snowfall gradient by say 4 AM on Sunday AM--with the western Cascade slopes and far eastern suburbs only getting a few inches of snow. (see the graphics of 24-h snowfall from the latest high resolution forecast model). Seattle and west shore of Puget Sound communities should receive 2-6 inches, and the Kitsap hit by 1-2 FEET. If you are living west of the Sound this will be serious. Better buy some food and be prepared to hunker down. The heavy snow will continue there until at least 9 AM Sunday.

     

    But there is so much more.... This includes powerful southeasterlies in the western portion of the Strait that will develop tomorrow evening...with winds gusting to 50-75 mph and substantial snow at the western exit of the Strait. Lots of snow in the mountains--at least a foot. And the potential for freezing rain south of Tacoma and over SW Washington late in the event as warm air moving in aloft causes a layer of air to be above freezing.

     

    This is classic active weather situation where numerous major local weather features occur at once...the complexity caused by our local terrain...that is why we love it here!

  16. I can't believe how much snow we have!!!! We have 4.5 inches at our house in West Seattle near Alki (and I've heard more up the hill) and it's still coming down...

     

    How much snow do you have in your area?

     

    The ice this week has been awful... 3 events this week I was scheduled to go to were canceled due to ice or snow...

     

    Luckily I went to Met Market yesterday and stocked up on food. How is everyone else doing?

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