Regional Treats

06
Dec 2010

Much as I like to think I'm an organized person, inevitably there are trips when I realize too late something that I failed to pack. Usually remedying the problem just takes a trip to the drug store for some toothpaste, or relying on the room's alarm clock rather than my favorite travel version. But last weekend when I unpacked at the hip and wonderful Hotel Modera in Portland, as I was hanging up the cute tops I'd brought for dinnertime outings, ...

25
Oct 2010

It must be a bumper-crop year for chanterelle mushrooms here in the Northwest. My local grocery store, the wonderful West Seattle Thriftway, has had a consistent supply of lovely chanterelles for $8.99 per pound, one of the lowest prices I recall seeing for the beauties in recent years. And I've heard other friends chattering about high supply and low prices in recent weeks. It's been a treat to pick up a few handfuls on recent shopping trips, adding them to ...

04
Oct 2010
Europe Adventure 2010: France and Italy

Home again, home again jiggity jog...... What a trip that was, three weeks so full and enriching and reviving that it felt like we were gone for two months. So I suppose we got our money's worth. And our time's worth. But it's great to be home. Another sign of a good trip!! Great restaurants and stunning countryside, inspiring history and phenomenal markets -- but in the end it's hard to beat the comfort of being back in your own bed. Planes, ...

17
Aug 2010
Just Wild About Harry’s

I have got to make a point of getting to Vessel sometime in the next week or so. Just got an email reminder that they're celebrating one of the most venerable drinking establishment in the world--Harry's Bar--with signature items from their menu (beef carpaccio was created there, so the legend goes) and the quintessential Harry's libation: the Bellini. A trip my husband and I took to Italy in 2007 included two major pilgrimages for me. ...

08
Jun 2010

I think a new tactic I'll employ whenever travelling to a new place for the first time will be getting a pedicure on the first day there. That's how we found out about the secret location for getting our shrimp fix while in South Carolina last month. Warm weather, beaches, sandals, sunshine meant a prime time for getting our toes all primped up. So Sunday morning we were hanging out at the local mani/pedi ...

03
Jun 2010

For a couple of months there, mid May couldn't arrive soon enough. I'm truly thankful that this year's been such a full and busy one work-wise, but the load was almost too much, lots of irons in the fire, lots of deadlines on my to-do list. Maybe I'd bitten off a bit more than I could chew. May 15 became the light at the end of the tunnel, the carrot toward which I was running so hard! ...

27
May 2010

I can tell by my watch that it's salmon season! Well, okay. Not exactly by my watch. But by the fact that the harbinger of the seasonal openings--Copper River--has launched and that means that commercial openings begin peppering the region, bringing in freshly-caught wild salmon from throughout the Northwest. What a happy time of year! I have yet to have my first bite of Copper River's 2010 vintage but surely it won't be long now..... Another timely salmon note is that ...

12
Jan 2010

This morning's breakfast was a particularly good eye-opener, a nice change of pace from my standard fare (english muffin with peanut butter, yogurt with Grape Nuts, bowl of cereal). Today, I slipped a piece of cornbread from the pan in which I'd baked it yesterday. I cut the piece in half and toasted it for a few minutes under the broiler. The tiniest swipe of butter, a ...