Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life, As of Late

What a terrific summer we're having! It's been sunny and hot for the most part, and yes us PNW people are obsessive about the weather, it makes all the difference in the world when the sun is shining and its actually HOT during the summer months. The heat and sun also makes for the most beautiful sunsets, which we've been enjoying every evening. The hot weather has also made a huge difference in the local berry production, and we're eating our weight in fresh picked berries!

During the summer months Portland jam packs events in and we've stuck close to home simply because there's so much good stuff to do and no need to go too far. One of our favorite weeks of the year - Portland Burger Week had us trekking all over town to try various $5 Burgers and it was so much fun. Hope everyone is getting out and enjoying the last weeks of summer because its the best season of the year in our humble opinions, and would gladly press rewind to do it all over again!

Thunderstorm CloudsKitchen and CookingGlass HouseBelated and Early Birthday CakeBanh CuonChinatown BuildingHot Pot DinnerOld Town China TownChinatown Alfresco DiningFifth Avenue Food CartsCareOregon BuildingBrick BuildingsBurnside BreweryBar Bar Burger & SaladSmallwaresPistils Nursery BuildingNorth Light

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Life, As of Late

Scenes from Arcadia BeachArcadia BeachBeach HomesChilling on the BeachBeach SnacksHawaiian BBQCherry PickingLoft ViewsBeer BikeFullersPancetta for CarbonaraPancettaMochi, Piccola and MamaCarbonara DinnerDinner with the ZuccolosGrilled Pork Noodle Bowls

Oh Summer, what a glorious season you are! We've been spending our weekdays preparing then recouping from the weekends, just the way summer should be. Summertime to us means day trips to the coast; lots of deliciously simple meals prepared, cooked and eaten outside; and summer fruits! Summertime Portland is a big tourist destination because the City is so beautiful this time of year, and there is so much to do. Life is good. Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Memorable Meals: Shiro's Sushi

Upon deciding to go to Seattle, we immediately made dinner reservations for Shiro's Sushi Restaurant in Bell Town.We may not have known where we were staying or how we were getting there, but we knew what we would be eating once we arrived. 

Shiro opened the first sushi bar in Seattle in 1970, and although Shiro is no longer there, his appreciation for the freshest ingredients and the abundance of the Pacific Northwest makes this restaurant a must for any sushi lover any where in the US. We've had our fair share of sushi all over the world, and we can say without reservation that this meal, at Shiro's, was the best sushi we've had stateside.

The doors open at 5pm and the line for the sushi bar starts around 4:30pm. Shiro's does not take reservations for the sushi bar, so we made regular reservations for when the doors open at 5pm and scored the last two seats at the bar. We selected the Chef's choice Omakase tasting menu and ate and ate until we were satisfied.

Shiro LineSushi Bar

We requested no blue fin tuna or endangered tuna be served, but we were ok with local albacore tuna. Pictured is the belly and loin.
Albacore

Flounder, Japanese Snapper and Seared Flounder Fin.
Snapper

Local Baby Squid legs and tube.
Octopus

Smoked Herring Roe - tasted like smoked jellied tobiko.
Herring Row

Live Sweet Shrimp.
Sweet Shrimp

Fried Shrimp Heads.
Crispy Sweet Shrimp

Santa Barbara Uni, elevated with the addition of truffle salt.
Uni

It seems everyone at the sushi bar was having omakase, so it was interesting to see what the other two sushi chefs were preparing for their diners. When we saw our neighbors receive a piece of king crab, we had to request a piece. Still warm from the steamer, it was sweet, succulent and a total homerun.
King Crab

We have been waiting years to try Shiro's and it was completely worth the wait. Chef Shiro came to the Seattle looking for its unique availability of geoduck and seaweed, and brought with him his high standards of providing only the freshest ingredients he could find to his customers.That tradition and passion can definitely be seen today.

Shiro's Restaurant
2401 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington
206.443.9844

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I-5 High-5: Sly & Robbie's Seattle Show

Last weekend we hopped on the Portland to Seattle Bolt Bus and bolted on up to Seattle to see Jamaican music legends Sly & Robbie.  Even with the limited amount of time we had, we made the most of it by catching the first bus of the day and arriving in Seattle just in time to get in line for famous Salumi's, a specialty salami shop started by famous NYC chef Mario Batali's father Armandino Batali. Open only Tuesdays-Fridays 11am to 3pm, we were finally able to try Salumi's famous artisan salamis. We decided to start our day by splitting the meat and cheese platter ($18), a hunk of their shelf stable pancetta and a Salumi Muffo (their take on a muffaletta). It was truly worth the wait.

Salumi LineSalumi Meat & Cheese Plate

After a terrific breakfast/lunch we walked up a few blocks to the ID (International District) and did our usual Seattle to-dos with visits to Japanese $1.50 store Daiso, and had some yummy treats and a nice bowl of beef soba noodles at Uwajimaya's food court. After a few hours we were ready to drop off our bags at the terrific Hotel Max and head to Bell Town for a dinner reservation at a much anticipated sushi restaurant. The rest of the evening was a blurr of lots of walking, more eating and drinking, Pride weekend on Capital Hill, an amazing show at Neumos and a final 2am meal of Hot Mama's Pizza. Pretty good for the first 18 hours!

CourtyardKushibarMikeKushi-yakiSerious Pie Building

With Hotel Max's proximity to Pike Place Market, we made an obligatory visit. We had very particular items we needed to purchase. Going to Pike Place Market on a Saturday during any summer month is complete madness, so we bee-lined to Pike Place Chowder, grabbed a quick chowder and got out as fast as we could.

Pike Place MarketPike Place ChowderSeattle Farris Wheel

We ate a few more meals and headed back to Portland full, happy and still dancing.

Local 360 Biscuits and GravyShanghai Garden Mu Shu PorkShanghai Garden Hand Shaven Noodles

Thank you Seattle - you were fun as ever and delicious as usual!