Category: Our Life

Covid-19 Dinners

Restaurants have been closed by the governor but are allowed to do takeout and delivery. Many restaurants, already on razor-thin margins, will probably not survive. We decided to support them by ordering takeout or delivery from a different local restaurant until this is over. We assumed it’d last just a few weeks, but it’s been much longer. We’ve kept it up every night except for one and repeated some restaurants. 70 days later, this is the list of restaurants:

  • Aglio E Olio
  • Momiji
  • D’ La Santa
  • Poke Bar
  • Vios
  • Kin Dee
  • Tacos Chukis
  • Rione XIII
  • Ramen Danbo
  • Plenty of Clouds
  • Monsoon
  • Ezells
  • Humble Pie
  • Mamnoon
  • Southpaw
  • Two Doors Down
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Hanok
  • Olmstead
  • Feed Co
  • Cactus
  • Marmite
  • Garlic Crush
  • LOCAL
  • Din Tai Fung
  • Morfire
  • El Camion
  • Butcher’s Table
  • Nick’s on Madison
  • Boka
  • Sebi’s polish food
  • Regent
  • Pagliacci
  • Bonchon
  • Reckless
  • Rocket Taco (90-minute wait for takeout!)
  • The Golden Olive
  • Homegrown
  • Super Six (Mother’s Day brunch)
  • Red Cow + Dick’s (Mother’s Day dinner)
  • Cafe Lago
  • Mammoth
  • Jack’s BBQ
  • FOB Poke
  • Italian Family Pizza
  • Bluewater Bistro
  • Sandwiches, calzone and salads from A Pizza Mart
  • Spaghetti, sandwich and salads from Olympia Pizza (Queen Anne)
  • Rancho Bravo
  • 206 Burger

Mother’s Day 2020

Hudson and Gay cheers-ing

Happy Mother’s Day, Gay!

Our friend Kamala’s restaurant Super Six offered a Mother’s Day brunch so I ordered that. The scheduled pickup time was 11:45am, though, so we had a late brunch. But we did have Bloody Mary’s.

For dinner, we ordered surf-and-turf, steak and lobster, delivery from one of Ethan Stowell’s restaurants, Red Cow, for Gay and I and the kids got burgers from Dick’s Burgers.

Garage Floor

Since moving into the house I’ve disliked our garage floor. It’s 100+ years old and very ugly and worn concrete. I had planned to put an epoxy floor in but after researching my options, I decided to do Racedeck tiles instead. An epoxy coat looks great, but it’s expensive, I didn’t want to do it myself because it’d take me several days and require too much prep work and wouldn’t fix the unevenness in the floor. Racedeck’s Free Flow™ tiles stay cleaner and drier because dirt and water falls through to the floor below. Plus, it’s cheaper and much easier to do myself.

The kids helped me, which included moving stuff out of the garage, vacuuming the floor and snapping all the tiles together. It only took us 90 minutes to do all that and cover most of the floor.

It took me several more hours over a couple days to finish the edges by scribing and cutting the tiles to fit the walls, stairs, garage door rails, etc. I’m very happy with it, the garage is much more pleasant place to be.

Happy Birthday, Gay!

Gay turned 50 today. The kids made breakfast for her all by themselves.

Gay and Havana went to Gay’s favorite cake shop Deep Sea Sugar & Salt to get pieces of cake. She decided to do this just before Eric scheduled a surprise Zoom call with a bunch of her friends from around the country. I also couldn’t get the Zoom app to work on my iPad so the surprise was ruined even more because when she got back I had to get her up to my office computer. Yet she was still surprised.

I picked up takeout dinner from Rione XIII, which is now takeout only during the Covid-19 shutdown, and it was pretty good.

Schools closed due to Covid-19

While I was at Eva’s school waiting for her to come out, Governor Inslee announced that schools would be closed to prevent kids from catching and spreading Covid-19. This was expected, and probably should have happened a few days earlier, but my question is: How will we know when to open them again?

We had one snow day this winter and just weeks ago I was hoping for snow so the kids could have several days off like last year which turned out to be fun. I got what I wished for, sort of. They should get at least 3 weeks off.

Ruth’s birthday in Spokane

Gay threw a party for her mom’s 80th birthday in Spokane. We picked the kids up from school on Friday and headed to Spokane, beating the rush hour traffic out of the city and avoiding any traffic on Snoqualmie Pass making it a smooth drive across the state. We checked into the Davenport Grand Hotel at 8:30pm, had a late dinner and went to bed.

Saturday

The birthday party started at 1pm, we stopped at Costco for flowers, Sweet Frostings for cupcakes and then set up for the party at Prospectors Bar & Grill. The party went well, lots of old friend showed up, Gay gave a nice speech and I think her mom had fun.

We had dinner at Downriver Grill with Amy & Chad and Jon & Megan, who were also in Spokane, but for a funeral. We later discovered that the restaurant was in the same location that Gay’s step dad’s butcher shop was in 40 years ago! The kids went over to Amy & Chad’s house to hang out with Leo, Kaki and Emmarie.

Sunday

The original Davenport Hotel has an old school Sunday Brunch. We invited Gay’s dad and aunts but they decided not to go. That was a mistake because the brunch was amazing! In the atrium there was Bloody Mary Terrie making crazy Bloody Marys four at a time that were impossible to pass up. Gay got in that line as we were seated. The hostess walked us by all the food stations and explained what everything was while Gay waited in the Bloody Mary line where Bloody Mary was making . The food was all buffet style and our champagne glasses (and the kids’ sparkling cider glasses) were always refilled automatically. There was so much food including pork bellies, prime rib, made-to-order crepes, waffles, pancakes, fruits, omelettes, eggs, Eggs Benedict and a dessert table with a chocolate fountain the kids dipped strawberries in.

Bloody Mary at The Davenport Sunday Brunch

We walked around downtown Spokane a bit, the kids rode the carousel at Riverfront Park.

Gay and Havana met her mom and her mom’s friend, Ginny, for a beer somewhere near her mom’s house. Later, I took Hudson and Eva out to dinner at Table 13, the hotel’s restaurant, and Gay and Havana met us there just as Hudson and Eva finished their dinners.

Monday

Gay met her friend, Lisa, from high school for coffee and I took the kids for breakfast before picking Gay up and driving home.

I’ve always dreaded coming to depressing Spokane. This was the first time I enjoyed the visit. The Davenport hotels are great, there are more good restaurants than ever, it feels more diverse and less redneck than it used to be.