Month: August 2021

Hudson’s 13th Birthday

Hudson turned 13 today — he’s now a teenager! We had his pick of Jimmy John’s sandwiches (he really wanted Jersey Mike’s but they’re not close by) for lunch and Ramen for dinner. Havana made him a chocolate Among Us cake. His friends Bowie and Eli came over to play video games all day spend night, which seems like almost a normal day for him, but it felt special to him.

Hudson was born at 12:05am which reminds me how glad I was he was born on the 25th instead of the 24th because of who he shares a birthday with.

Hudson’s 12th birthday.

Solo dinner on Lake Union

Nobody wanted to go on the boat today but I know that summer is ending and I haven’t spent enough time on the boat, so I had (reheated leftovers) dinner by myself and watched the sunset on Lake Union.

I live in the prettiest city in the country!
Sunset over Aurora Bridge and Gasworks Park

I’m finally reading The Boys in the Boat and read a chapter of it during and after my dinner. It felt very appropriate to be in a boat at the very place the book is set. Speaking of, I noticed today that the Pocock Rowing Center is right there by the University Bridge that we go under on our way to Lake Union– George Pocock is a significant character in the book and was the most prominent boat builder for crew teams across the country. I love the history.

Camp week

As in 2019, all three kids went to Camp Orkila this week leaving Gay and I childless. On Sunday, we went to dinner at Eden Hill.

Carpaccio at Eden Hill

On Monday, we had dinner at Terra Plata with the parents of our kids’ camp friends. Tuesday, we finally got a reservation at Canlis and were going to go with Deirdre & Patrick but I was so tired that I didn’t go and they all went without me. Wednesday evening, we took Barley and stopped at Seattle Caviar on the way to the boat and, trying to do something decadent that the kids would not appreciate, had caviar and champagne on the boat in Lake Union. Then we had a late takeout dinner from Rione XIII at home. Friday, we went to Altura, one of our favorite restaurants, and we still think it’s the best restaurant in Seattle for creative and pretty food. (Still not as good as our unforgettable dinner at Schloss Elmau in 2018, but close)

STUZZICHINI

APERITIVO: SPICY CUCUMBER SODA
OSETRA CAVIAR, FERMENTED POTATO, NASTURTIUM
MAHOGANY CLAMS, FERMENTED POBLANO PEPPER, KINOME LEAF
SAVORY CANNOLI, HOKKAIDO SEA URCHIN, PARSLEY ROOT PUREE


MUSTARD GREEN SPONGE CAKE, KANPACHI VENTRESCA, CAPER LEAF
GRASSFED BEEF CRUDO, PARMESAN FONDUTTA, CURED EGG, CARASAU

Sockeye Salmon: CALABRIAN CHILI, PADRON PEPPER, ZUCCHINI BLOSSOM, SWEET CORN
WARM OLIVE OIL ROLL
SEA BREEZE FARM DRY-AGED DUCK
NEW POTATOES, SUMMER BEANS, PORCINI, FOIE GRAS
VANILLA GELATO, CHERRY GRAPPA, AERATED HOT CHOCOLATE
PISTACHIO ZABAGLIONE, SUMMER BERRIES, ALMOND TUILE
GRAPPA PRESERVED CHERRIES, MARZIPAN, CHOCOLATE

Albuquerque 2021

Because my dad died during Covid, we delayed his memorial service until this summer, when we thought the pandemic would be over. It’s not, of course. However, it worked out well because his birthday is August 5th so my mom scheduled it for that day.

We flew to Albuquerque on August 4th, checked into Hotel Chaco and then met almost everyone else for dinner at El Patron. My brother Todd, my sister-in-law Rozanne, my niece Kristin, my sister Trish, brother-in-law Jeff, their daughters Sarah and Leah, my aunt Lorna, my cousins Jodi and Delene and my mom, of course, were all there.

Dinner at El Patron

The memorial service was the next morning at their church. It was a nice service and my sister, brother-in-law Jeff and I spoke (I transcribed what I said here). I have a fear of public speaking so I was very very nervous about it. My sister was too, and fortunately, I brought airplane bottles of Maker’s Mark so we snuck away before the service and we each had one to calm the jitters. 😝

We had a family lunch at my mom’s house after the service. My uncles, a.k.a. my dad’s brothers, Bob and Roy, Roy’s wife Leslie and Bob’s daughter Carole were there too.

Gay, Sarah, Trish, Leah, Kristin, Jeff, me, Hudson, Havana, Bob, Eva, Rozanne, Todd, Carole, my mom, Leslie, Roy, Jodi, Lorna and Dalene

Across the street from our hotel was Sawmill Market, which was fantastic. We ate almost every meal there, trying to never repeat anything, and we still didn’t try 3 or 4 places. Next visit to Albuquerque, I guess. Everything we had was really good and it was so convenient to go there and everyone could get what they wanted versus spending 20-30 minutes on Yelp before every meal trying to find a good place to go.

First dinner at Sawmill Market

The highlight of the trip (of the year?) for Havana and Hudson was meeting Charlie Heaton, an actor in Stranger Things and other things. Several Netflix shows are filmed in Albuquerque and he was filming season 4 of Stranger Things so was staying at the same hotel and happen to be sitting all alone next to all of us at dinner on Friday night at Level 5 where we had a big family dinner. I sent him a beer and we got him to come over and say hello to everyone. Later, we had dessert and invited him over to share desserts and he hung out and talked to all the kids for a while.

Eva, Havana, Charlie and Hudson

Our hotel room had a nice big terrace so we hosted everyone for pizza dinner, from Sawmill Market, of course, on Saturday night. A bunch of us went over to order the pizzas beforehand and then had a drink outside in the courtyard waiting for the pizzas. It was a very nice evening all around.

My mom, Jeff, Hudson, Eva, Carole, Sarah and Gay