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Leslie

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  1. Welcome Chef Vanda ... It's hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I'd go with fresh Alaska King Salmon. I usually prepare it simply, drizzled with a little olive oil and fresh cracked S & P, sometimes baked on a cedar plank, or on the grill, being careful to not overcook it. Halibut is also right up there at the top...

  2. In late July, a group of us enjoyed a fun delicious Jazz Brunch at Serafina. I meant to post about this earlier and time got away from me... (photos were taken with my iPhone)

     

    We started out with cocktails... I had the harrissa kissed Bloody Mary, a very tasty good morning eye opener. I also enjoyed my sips of the other cocktails.

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    We began with a tasty Bruschetta with 3 toppings. The tuna one was particularly delicious, but they were all good.

     

    Bruschetta ~ Grilled Columbia City bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil, topped with:

    Poached albacore tuna flavored with capers, lemon and fresh herbs; green olive tapenade; Fresh Laura Chenel goat cheese with Mama Lil's Hungarian Goat Horn pickled peppers

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    Fresh seasonal fruit accompanied our entrees

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    I opted for the Torta di Formaggio e Pancia, an excellent tart type entree. I would definitely get this again.

    (House smoked pork belly, caramelized leeks, and a goat cheese custard baked in a flaky puff pastry shell; accompanied by grilled summer vegetables brushed with batuto)

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    Some of the other dishes others ordered:

    Borsellino Ripieno

    Two crisp black forest ham “baskets” filled with soft polenta and sautéed mushrooms; topped with poached eggs.

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    Panino del Mattino

    Sweet applewood ham, scrambled eggs, and fontina pressed in brioche and topped with a decadent prosecco hollandaise; paired with a simple green salad

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    Crespelle del Giorno

    Tender crêpes filled with the chef's daily selection, served alongside roasted farmhouse potatoes

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    I'd love to go again. The music was nice, it has a lovely ambience, good food, and after some initial hesitance to let us use multiple credit cards to pay, they let us do that. They also have a stated policy of not letting groups of 6 or more be seated until the entire party gets there, which I think is inconvenient, but we ended up being a group of 5, so we were seated right away. Perhaps if it's not overly busy, they will go ahead and seat larger groups before all are there, one could hope...

     

    Serafina Osteria & Enoteca

    2043 Eastlake Ave E . Seattle 98102 . 206.323.0807

  3. Early chanterelles in Seattle woods/parks!!

     

    With our recent rains we decided to check some of the local (Seattle) woods/parks yesterday to see if chanterelles had popped up yet. We found 2 dozen beautiful chanterelles in 2 different mushroom patches we check every Fall. If you're out in the woods or Seattle parks, check under/near medium sized douglas fir trees, which is where we found these... It's a good time to go mushroom picking. :)

     

    Isn't there a poisonous mushroom called the Death's Trumpet or something that looks EXACTLY LIKE a chanterelle?

     

    Is there a reason Leslie hasn't posted since yesterday?

    It's absolutely true that you should never eat a mushroom you can't positively identify. You must stick to the ones you know. Chanterelles, morels and matsutakes are the ones I know extensively, and look for during their season. :)

  4. Early chanterelles in Seattle woods/parks!!

     

    With our recent rains we decided to check some of the local (Seattle) woods/parks yesterday to see if chanterelles had popped up yet. We found 2 dozen beautiful chanterelles in 2 different mushroom patches we check every Fall. If you're out in the woods or Seattle parks, check under/near medium sized douglas fir trees, which is where we found these... It's a good time to go mushroom picking. :)

  5. You know, I think and believe any serious resentment I felt about incidents on eG passed a long time ago. But the story would actually make a really interesting book. I mean that seriously; I hope a journalist tackles it one day.

     

    I think that's why this thread continues to be interesting.

    I also think the eG-->OA-->MF story would make a good tv soap opera or mini-series ... we could all play ourselves. :lol:

     

     

  6. I also read an article that Mark Spitz was not invited to games... I saw a picture of him, he's still looking good. ( I used to have a crush on him!)

    I saw a photo of him lately .. he does endorsements for Botox now ... :lol:

    OMG!! That is too funny!

    see what I mean?? <_<

    That said, pool chlorine must make the skin age prematurely .. it is a chemical, after all ...

    There is something just a little strange about a guy promoting botox, IMO...

    I just noticed he is starting to resemble Ted Danson.

  7. I also read an article that Mark Spitz was not invited to games... I saw a picture of him, he's still looking good. ( I used to have a crush on him!)

    I saw a photo of him lately .. he does endorsements for Botox now ... :lol:

     

    OMG!! That is too funny!

     

  8. I only got to watch that amazing men's swimming relay race belatedly when my brother sent me the video. If anyone else would like to view it, Here is a Link ... it's got me wanting to watch more of the Olympics. I thought the French team's comments before the race turned out to be quite funny, too. I also read an article that Mark Spitz was not invited to games... I saw a picture of him, he's still looking good. ( I used to have a crush on him!)

  9. Omni, I'm so glad to hear you found Ezzie. I remember when I thought I had lost Sami a couple of years ago on the 4th of July (at dusk, just before fireworks, the worst time to not be able to find one's cat) when the sliding glass door had accidentally been left open ... I called him for a long time, then went searching through the neighborhood and park ... when I returned home from searching, who should come around the hallway corner, but Sami. I have no idea where he was hiding. I had post traumatic stress syndrome for several hours, even being over joyed to find him safe.

     

    Such cute kittens, splinky!

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