05.24.2013 by Andrea
The past couple of visits to Seattle have been a bit of a whirlwind. When I moved to NY it was due in part to thinking that my Seattle social life was looking more open than it had in previous years. I don’t know if I was just attempting to justify the move or if I truly believed it, but one look at my day planner and you know that I am still attempting to juggle a lot of balls between Seattle and New York. Luckily one of the easiest ways to combine Seattle revelry is to pair it with a meal and so I’ve been intentional about trying restaurants that have been popping up on my radar when I am on the East Coast. The list continues to grow with places I need to try this summer, such as Frolik, but in the interim, a couple of foodie events, and friends being flexible has made for some good eats.
My friend C shrivels when I call him a foodie but his instagram not only has cool pictures of his travels, it also includes his eating. So closet foodie, whatever he wants to be referred to as, and I went to eat at The Whale Wins the other day and had a blast. Chef Renee Erickson has long been a favorite of mine, she just keeps opening cool restaurants. Case and point the newest eatery to be opened in Ballard this summer, Barnacle, a snazzy wine bar, continues to embody her cool vibe. C and I decided to stretch our palates and try some foods that we wouldn’t necessarily be attracted to but were heavily recommended by the waitstaff. Carrots and fennel no big deal. Sardines on toast, surprisingly went down pretty easy. Marrow bones, not usually what I am drawn too but definitely worth a twirl, and then who can say no to pork shoulder. Clearly that wasn’t a huge stretch, but sometimes you have to just go with the flow.
Renee E, always wins with her innovative concepts, and fresh twists on food. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her restaurant the Walrus and the Carpenter, you should immediately, and also plan on keeping your eyes peeled for oysters on wheels, aka her new food truck, Narwhal, that should be appearing any day now.
Clearly one of the best reasons to come home is to celebrate a couple starting a new life chapter together and bringing everyone together to celebrate their wedding. My little brother, and his beautiful bride got married a few weekends ago, and had a delightful wedding that was true to them to the core. I have to take the official stance of bragging sister, and say that I think that their guest book was one of the coolest ideas I have seen pre and post pinterest era. Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Matt G.!
While back at the homestead I of course ate at Burgerville, once … maybe twice, but it was only one cheeseburger per visit, and then got to close out the weekend with a loop through the Mobile Food Rodeo. Lady BB, and her rad bro’s purchased the upgraded Sheriff VIF badge as a birthday gift and couldn’t have chosen a better treat. The weather was beautiful, it was a great way to ring in Cinco De Mayo, and I finally got a chance to sample Ezell’s food truck, which was everything I dreamt it to be.
Clearly this was not our first rodeo for BB and I and so we deviated from some of the trucks that we know and love and went with comfort food at Monte Cristo. We were also very intentional and made sure to try items outside the box, like sushi. Which was refreshing and delicious.
One of the best perks of being a VIF was not having to gorge and stuff your face in the two hour pre-entry corral. There was a hour of early access and then the rest of the day you were able to cut to the front of the line. With the heat, and hungry bellies, this turned out to be the cat’s meow in getting food fast. Certainly the best perk of the day!
There are certain favorites one can’t ignore, and of course Contigo came up big for us with their habanero lemonade, which they sold out of and their tacos al pastor. I am not sure how they were not crowned the winners of the taco show-down because we sent multiple people back to their truck for their special o’ the day!
All in all a good round of eating in Seattle of late. Looking forward to a few more nosh stops in the next month or so. Wishing everyone a safe and playful holiday weekend.
Until the next bite, cheers.